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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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81
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816 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a very deep amber colour with a small amount of foamy white head on top that disappeared almost instantly. No visible carbonation.

S - Smells like sweet malts with hints of spice. The nose didn't impress me at all (for what I was expecting).

T - A very typical ale flavour. Nice malt profile with some caramel. Nothing really jumps out at me for a winter beer (expected more spiced).

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated. A nice mouthfeel for an ale.

D - A very drinkable ale, but also not memorable enough to seek out again.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Chrisco88
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured deep amber/brown with a small, bubbly beige head that faded quite quickly.

Aroma: Not very aromatic at all, nothing jumps out. With a bit of swirling I picked up some caramel or roasted smells as well as a bit of spiciness of some sort.

Taste: Quite balanced but a little sweet in the end. Caramel flavor dominate with some roasted malts in there as well. Towards the end there's a tinge of bitterness but there's also a nice earthy spice to ponder.

Palate: For the most part it was smooth but below average carbonation left me with a watery consistency.

Overall: Easy to drink and perfect for cold temperatures so can't ask for much more, but it seems all the flavors and aromas are so bland and subtle there's no reason to choose this over another winter ale.

Chrisco88, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear red mahogany body with a 1-finger tan head that settles to a little cap. Good lacing but no as clingy as I like to see.

S - Not overly aromatic, took some swirling to get the nose to come out in this one. Dark malts and brown sugar with some dry floral hops.

T&M - Caramel malts with a nice touch of brown sugar. Floral hops follow and are more prominent than expected. Adds a nice bitterness to the spice in this beer. Seems to be lacking something, though. I want there to be more flavor but it's just not there. A litle thin in the mouthfeel.

D - A nice-drinking beer but not my favorite winter warmer. Sessionable for sure.

MrIncognito, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with small off-white that dissipates quickly. Leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma, some carmel and molasses. Faint spice.

T: Same as the aroma. Toasted malt, some sweet carmel, and a touch of light hops and spices.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: This is a solid winter offering. Big malty flavors and but still balanced. Generally, I'm not a big fan of the brewer but this is my favorite beer from Redhook.

JMD, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of lukeoberm963
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Beer did not impress me (much like other of the Redhook beers I've tried). I thought that the beer was going to change my mind about Redhook, but instead it isn't showing much in the way of flavor. It is winter in a place notoriously bombarded with snow so I was feeling chipper to drink a WinterAle. I was persuaded by a beer salesman to give it a shot. It poured a dark copper color with a two finger head. The smell was a caramel and toasted malts with whiffs of chocolatiness as well. First, taste. Hmmm... Where'd it all go? I didn't taste much more than what I could just smell. The mouthfeel is nothing short of lame. No chewiness to it at all. The drinkibility may be there where you can keep drinking it without savoring it, but that also means I do not care for savoring, much less drinking too much more of this beer. There are better winter ales that are cheaper than this too! Oh well.

lukeoberm963, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying something new for the winter season. Keep me warm on, well, warm winter evenings.

Appearance- A deep amber, almost ruby color. Quarter inch of creamy slightly tan head. Beautifully clear.

Smell- Not getting much, some rich maltiness maybe. A little spice. Definitely some rich caramel. A little nuttiness as well.

Taste- Rich caramel balanced by a nice fruitiness. Finishes a little sweet. Definitely nutty as well. There is a slight tropical fruit taste, almost mango? that is quite unexpected. The finish has a little burnt sugar bitterness that I don't love.

Mouthfeel- Nice and creamy. Good carbonation so it isn't too heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down well.

This is a pretty good winter beer. Not exactly my favorite, it's a little sweet, but finishes bitter. Still, a good beer.

callmescraps, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of BrewDorkTimes
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep chestnut color, and is topped by a toasted-marshmallow head. The smell is dominated by aromas of roasted malts and has a strong coffee/toffee component as well.

On the palate the beer is sweet but balanced, with a touch of bitterness. The toffee flavors are great and are accompanied by notes of chocolate and macadamia nuts. Actually, if I had to sum up this beer en an extremely primitive way, I'd say it tastes the way I would expect a half IPA, half nut-brown Ale to taste. It has notes of chocolate, cream, and roasted malt, but it also has a bitter hop component that you can expect from a good IPA.

The alcohol level is low for a winter seasonal and this beer seems like it would be a very easy beer to pair with food.

If you see it on sale, definitely snatch some up, but otherwise-with so many great winter ales in the market-you could pass on this one without fearing that you had missed anything Earth-shaking.

BrewDorkTimes, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with a redish tint; small head that does hold its body fairly well; lacing is good

S: Aromas aren't too strong but there are subtle roasted malts; array of spices, chocolate, and subtle citrus hops

T: Upfront there is a nice blend of roasted malts balanced with a touch of citrus; on back end the flavors dissipate and there is something off puting and slightly sour

F: A bit too thin and watery but okay

D: This is pretty drinkable and the spices aren't much for a winter warmer; there is something in the aftertaste that becomes a tad wearing

dbossman, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with slight red tint with fair head and lace. Smell of citrus, caramel and light roasted malt. Taste has a sweet roasty caramel bitterness. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium with just enough carbonation to make it so. Overall a very nice balance, making a very good winter ale.

Bookseeb, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of olmatty
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a tobacco amber beer with a sticky off white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell- Light malt aroma. Not much aroma at all.

Taste- Malt flavors up front, a spicy light malt and hop bitterness of hops appear mid way and a light, caramel, biscuit sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel- Palate filling, smoothly carbonated

Drinkability- Not too heavy and smooth drinking.

olmatty, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into an old Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance is medium to light brown with a one finger beige head. Good retention. Smell is caramel malt notes balanced with some light citrus notes. Taste hits with some resiny hop notes in the form of pine. Caramel sweetness balances this out.Aftertaste is bitter and a bit hoppy. Taste is too watery for my tastes. No real noticeable spice note to me. Maybe a littel orange peel, but not enough to affect the maltiness and hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Drinkability is good, light flavors and manageable ABV allow for a lot of these to be consumed easily.

Overall, a nice ale. It is a bit watery for me but has a decent flavor profile. Still needs more to distinguish it as a winter warmer. Just not a beer that reminds me too much of winter.

Gosox8787, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: It smells bitter and hoppy. Like an IPA and an ESB had a child.

Appearance: The body is a dark reddish color with a tan head. The head has small bubbles around the edge and bigger bubbles in the middle. Great lacing.

Tastes: It is not as bitter as the aroma may lead you to believe. It is a little bitter with some fruit like tones.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Average.

MTNboy, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown bordering on amber. Very clear, filtered. Almost appears lagered. Little head formation, light carbonation.

S - Very lightly scented - at best I can detect just a hair of ale yeast.

T - Starts with a smooth caramel malt, has a bit of nutty notes to it as well. Builds some bitterness, but a malt forward beer. Appropriate for a warmer. No hopping detected. Finishes with a light malty sweet note. No aftertaste.

M - Moderate to strong beer body - lots of good sugar thickness to the beer. Some mouth coating. Carbonation bite is light.

D - Solid drinkability for a warmer. Certainly a bit filling and a bit too sweet for summer months, but certainly does the trick for the winter. ABV will surely warm you, but probably not bite.

katan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winterhook doesn't seem as consistent as it used to in earlier years. A little thin appearance and malt wise. Reminiscient of some hybrid red and porter, but neither one comes across like it should. Hopping very good, tastes like Cascades?

Would be a much better beer if it were thicker, like a true winter beer should. Maybe I'm slamming it a bit much, but I think this is just fine for a summer beer, I want some heft in my winters. . .

A little bit of chocolate and roasted nuts underlie the surface. Good hopping. Serviceable.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purschased on a weekend trip to Charleston, SC.
Pours a clear dark brown with superior side lacing and a copious tan head with very good retention. Appearance is exceptional.

Aroma provides malts up front with some caramel and molasses mix most notible. Hops, a little grassy, are present.
Taste is malty and the sweet caramel is most prominent. Has a little spicy bite in the dry finish that leaves a warmed palete.
This was a pleasent suprise and a very good winter ale.

jadpsu, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up at the store. Sounded interesting. This is my first Redhook.

The beer is a dark red brown. There is a decent finger, late' colored head. There is some lacing but nothing to write home about.

The smell makes you think that there is some alcohol there. It's malty with bread, caramel, coffee and molasses.

The taste is quite like the smell. It's like a cross between a red and a porter. I don't like that too much because the bitter porter gets in the way of the sweeter, breadier malt and it's too weak to feel too much like a porter. The finish is a nice bite of hop and bitterness from coffee and molasses.

It's a pleasant enough brew but it's a little to o thin and watery at times.

sgoodship, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for throwing this one in with a trade.

The color is a bright, clear orange-amber. An off-white head is somewhat thick and tight and remains steadily firm for some time. Some patchy lacing is left behind initially.
There's a firm malt aroma with a somewhat less but still substantial hops presence. There's a caramel from the malt as well as a leafy, flowery aroma from the hops and rather than the array of spices sometimes found in a brew such as this, just a gentle peppery spice and maybe a hint of something warmer.
The taste follows suit, with the malt and hops in harmony, hops gently giving way for the maltier base to come up a bit stronger. An herbal, flowery flavor from the hops compliments the sturdy caramel of the malt and the pepper lingers along with a warmer spice. It's a fairly simple, straightforward flavor, though well balanced and just complex enough to make it interesting.
The body is medium, a good balance of smooth and crisp. It's clean and just thick enough to have a little character.
This is a good one for winter if you're not into overly spiced brews, and a good median between that type and the Christmas ales that are, in fact, IPAs.

Brenden, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a very small amount of white-colored foam around the edges and some wisps on top; definitely a weak head showing but a beautiful maroon/purple body

s: light grape bubblegum; toasted biscuit and grain; light apples; some light coffee/toffee

t: warm toasted malts; some grape; light abv; coffee; dust; biscuit;

m: smooth; light carb; med/light body

d: a very smooth and drinkable ale; a little strong on the grape notes;

hoegaardenhero, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Oct 08 09. Single purchased for $1.35.

A-Pours a medium amber hue with a two finger, light tan foamy head. Modest retention and lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued malt aroma that is biscuit like with caramel. There is also a faint floral hop presence in the nose.

T-Toasted caramel malts with some grapefruit like hop presence. Not bad. But, not as full flavored as other winter warmers.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it is not as heavy and filling as some others, and the ABV is only 5.9%. One of Redhook Ale's better offerings of late.

velosuds, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Japerrault
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Spicey, piney hops, as well as some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet caramel noticed first, then toasted grains. Hops flavor with slight bitternes in the finish. Nice balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, well balanced beer. No harshness present. Easy to drink.

Japerrault, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of stawn
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 10-20-08. Consumed 11/14/08

A - Pours a deep amber with a finger's worth of off white head. Disapates leaving some lacing.

S -Smells very piney on the nose. Great hop aroma

T - Oh my! Super smooth. Definite hop flavor but no bite. The malts blend nicely.

M - Dry bitter aftertaste, but its a good thing. Lacing is sticking like webs down the glass.

D - This really reminds me of SNPA but with a smooth start and thicker body. Great winter beer!

stawn, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pry off, date stamped 12/02/08

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper-colored brew with lazy carbonation and a thick sticky dark ivory head with good retention and some nice patchy lacing

Smell: Very nice balance between earthy, pungent hops and sweet toasted biscuit and caramel notes. Simple, upfront, and well-defined aromas are quite pleasing.

Taste: Very much in keeping with the aromas. The first thing that really hits you is the hops (even after at least four months in the bottle this is still quite fresh)...there are nice strong hop flavors and a light/medium bitterness, offset by significant sweet caramel. I first had this a few winters ago (and this is only my second sampling); it reminded me then of my time in Yorkshire, it does the same thing now.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth

Drinkability: High, easy to knock back several of these comfortably on a winter night

Conclusion: Good, solid winter warmer, brewed in the English tradition; nice balance of malt and hops; this is unique enough to stand on its own, yet approachable for those just getting into craft beer. I'm going to make it a point to get this into my winter rotation much more regularly!

BedetheVenerable, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking dark brown/bronze beer. Good head and lacing.

Nice smell. Rich malts.

Smooth taste. Fairly heavy body, but not overly so. Malty but not too malty. Enough hops to keep the taste interesting. Its an oldish bottle so a sliiight hint of oxidation is starting to sneak in, but that isn't the beers fault.

Good mouthfeel. Rich and filling.

Very pleasurable to drink, esp for a beer with the body it has.

A lovely winter beer. Smooth and rich yet semi-sessionable.
It isn't a great beer but it is a good one. Similar to a less hoppy Pyramid SnowCap.

nms1987, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of VtBrew
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color-Dark Red almost garnet like. Head is frothy long lasting and nice lacing.

Aroma-Deep Malty warm aroma caramel notes light hop aroma.

Taste- Strong alcohol taste. Not sure what hop was used but it smells good taste not so much.

Drinkbability- Would be a great winter beer without the scary spice/hop

VtBrew, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I'd previously described the color of this ale as like "moonrise over Venus" owing to its radiant scarlet glow. That original bottled beer review dates to 2003, back in my "Jimi Hendrix" phase of beer reviewing. Far out.

Returning to this ale at the source where it's brewed reveals a beer of far more hops than I remember. Both the aroma and taste impart a bright hoppy immediacy like a handful of Cascade pellets. Hop flavor posits an herb and spice flare against an alt-like nuttiness that delivers more character than I was expecting. And the freshness of the draught is notable. If I had to venture a deconstructionist guess I'd say Winterhook is IPA hops on ESB malts with an alt-like yeast.

Very effective as a winter warmer. Almost compelling.

RedDiamond, Mar 11, 2009
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