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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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801 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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

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alexskovan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale amber with a two-finger head. Smell is rich with hops, piney and woody and crisp. Taste is like it smells, hoppy but not overly so, and hops that taste like something other than grapefruit. Bitter and dry finish.

A nice ale, bracing and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 22:17:03 | More by alexskovan
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danielharper

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Dark brown body, thin "soapscum" head. Good, but nothing special.

S: Very malty aroma, hints of nutmeg? Strangely sweet, almost like chocolate-covered cherries.

T: Heavily malted, sweet, slight nuttiness, with a touch of astringency to the finish. Finishes dry.

M: Moderate, slightly chewy.

D: Overall, a good beer, but not an everyday one for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 00:31:36 | More by danielharper
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peabody

Kentucky

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark Ice tea/coffee color with just a hint of off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is caramel and hops and that is about it. Some alcohol comes through.
Taste is bland but the hops do bitter the mouth up in the end.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but after a bit it cleans itself up.
This is one of the better Redhooks. Sad.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 23:58:11 | More by peabody
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of light for the style, a wonderful shimmering red with a retentive white head and bubbles sparkling clear like champagne.

Smells of surprising hops against traditional chocolately warmer malt, no hint of alcohol. West coast hops, cascade, I think. Lightly floral and above average bitterness.

Starts out with the same mild hop kick of an average APA, but that moves quickly into the rounded, sweet malt of a warmer and ends on a sweet, bready note. No real sign of yeast or alcohol.

Definetely a warmer, but probably the hoppiest warmer I've ever had. This isn't to say that it's hoppy on a grand scale, just that warmers usually don't have any hop presence at all. This is nice change of pace, and that fact that it's free of the usually burny warmer aftertaste (which often contrasts poorly against sweet malts), is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 06:14:17 | More by mynie
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Drew966

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook Winter Ale pours a dark copper color with only a slight ring of white head around the edge from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a mild hoppy smell. Nice hoppy flavor, a bit of caramel is in the background. A solid choice, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:44:56 | More by Drew966
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wedge

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clean amber color under a frothy, loose white head. The smell comes across as being somewhat earthy...mellow spices, ginger, and grain. Faint peanut skins and a tad buttery. The flavor is almost Belgian Wit-like, having flower and pepper notes. It has a fine, powdery spicy/herbal quality along with a blanketing citrus rind presence. Slick, easy going mouthfeel.

Not too memorable overall. Supposedly, they use nine different malts in this brew, which is great, but they need a lot more of it. I'm not getting the complex malt profile, chocolate, and caramel as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:23:22 | More by wedge
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber shade and a fluffy one finger off white head that reduces down but maintains a sticky ring and lace. Aromas of raw hops and malt, caramel, and slight esters. Taste is lass sweet than anticipated, instead displaying some dry hops, earthiness, roasted malts, and burnt caramel. Considerable amount of hops reveals a stronger floral, sprucey flavor than spice and bittering characters. Much of the hop flavor falls into the finish with spices clinging to the tongue and bready, grassy notes playing with each other. Medium body and a full but slick mouthfeel on the chewy side, and a little oily on the palate. This beer focuses on hops, which is a different take on a winter warmer, but it works for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 19:03:20 | More by cabsandking
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Redhook Winterhook poured clear, deep amber with a fluffy off –white head that collapsed slowly and laced itself nicely on the glass.

The aroma was primarily fruity with a significant element of floral hops.

The flavor was dominated by the hop character. Crisp, minty, herbal, tea-like and floral hop flavors were accented by moderate, lingering hop bitterness. Deep in the background, a slight undertone of caramel malt sweetness was detectable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 01:37:08 | More by biergeniesser
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10-03-06. Into a pint glass, pours a nice clear coppery amber, with a good inch head, bubbly on top, full of whitish lacing all over the glass, almost too much. Aroma is hoppy, leafy and oils, biscut malt. Eh. Taste is also a bit hoppy, I'm bored already, malts hops yay. Mouth is decent in body and carbonation, pretty drinkable beer, but was hoping for much more in a winter 'warmer.'

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 03:14:48 | More by objectivemonkey
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 12/06/06 into a pint glass.

Clear reddish-copper in color with a tan 1 finger head that settled to just a film and left minimal lacing. Smells of toasted caramel malts, some faint spices (possibly cinnamon and nutmeg), and a bit of piney hops. Tastes of the toasted caramel malts, some of the aforementioned spices, and piney hops at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is good but the body is a tad on the thin side. Drinkability is good, a decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 00:43:36 | More by mnj21655
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle...poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. This is my first pretty bad beer in awhile..

A - Hmm...poured like a flat soda - fizzed a little, no head, clear brown in color. Sounded like there would be some carbonation, but nothing appeared.

S - A few faint scents of malt, but that's about it...something just doesn't seem right.

T - OK, now I'm just plain confused. No discernable flavors, but there's a burnt malt aftertaste, and after a tasteless brew, the aftertaste isn't welcoming at all.

M - No carbonation and a very watered down body.

D - I don't really know what else to say. I had the ESB and IPA and while not spectacular, they weren't downright bad like the Winter Warmer. At first I thought it was a bad bottle, but even after letting it sit for awhile, my opinion changed not. It's one of those that was so bad, I want to try it again just to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 01:40:14 | More by JohnnyM2002
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, i think that Redhook has kind of gotten into a rut however, and that is that alot of their beers have very similar characteristics.
This beer had a very similar smell of banana and sweet malt that their Blonde has, and furthermore the mouthfeel is very similar. Obviously they are different colors with the winter warmer being much darker, but kinda wierd.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2007 01:27:18 | More by supercolter
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hopbar

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mo's Wines and Spirits, Fairfield, CT
12 oz. bottle; Mixed 6 Pack
Bottling Date: 10/10/06
Pint Glass

A: Poured a copper color with very little head. Didn't have many bubbles but left a nice coating on the glass.

S: Woody tasting with hints of sweet spices.

T: Very fresh, strong and piney with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not much there; no bubbles, too thin.

D: Although I was happy with it, I do have many more to try this winter and I would not be disappointed if I didn't have it again until next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:04:57 | More by hopbar
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malty

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Front label perforated stamp of '100306'.

Pours a clear copper color with a loose 1/2" light beige head and somewhat scarce carbonation bubbles moving upwards. Very nice sheets of lace.

Fresh juicy hops aroma with a fruity undertone. I briskly swirl my glass a few times and bury my nose to uncover a faint carmel note as well.

The flavors are a tad metallic with the hops predominantly shining through, although much more attenuated from what I anticipated from the nose. An unsweetened Lipton tea flavor finishes up the round.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a wonderful airiness compliments of ultra fine carbonation at a moderate level.

Drinkability is good. Very unintrusive ('safe') flavors with not much else peeking out. Mouthfeel was the finest aspect IMHO. I'm sad this ale has digressed.

Overall a faint shell of what this ale used to be from 6-8 years ago. Not malty at all, just a nice dose of hops for it's saving grace.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:38:02 | More by malty
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Butch

Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 22 December 2006

Beautiful color. Deep cherry-wood, just a bit of red. Head was nice and tight, if short. Faded to a respectable lid that graced me with a perfect lace over the entire inner wall of the glass. Bless him for that. It stuck around for the whole beer and I was taking my time drinking it; writing this, watching TV, and answering emails in the process.

Smelled like an IPA. The deeper I drew, the more hops I got: score. At the end there was a hint of something spicy. A real winter ale.

The taste was, in my opinion, a nice example of the style. Not over top in any direction, no serious flaws, just a nice solid example of a style I love. All hops on the backend, but again, I got that subtle hint of something spicy . . . especially the last two swallows.

My goodness I love Christmas brews. I’ll be sure to get it next year, and probably again this year if it’s still available the next time I restock The Cache.

Butch

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 12:32:59 | More by Butch
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is copper colored with an off-white head that leaves trails of lacing on the glass. Smell is mostly of sugary malt and spices and only very slightly of grassy hops, maybe a slight citrus tang. Taste is initially sweet and spicy like the nose but has a fairly bitter, dry finish; bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of creamy carbonation. Overall, this is a good example of a winter warmer and a pretty drinkable beer. Not a favorite, but pretty good and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 22:16:57 | More by gmfessen
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MDekker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, exactly three months after bottling...

Pours out just plain brown in color, with a small head. The aroma was light, with hints of mossy pine. Not much else. The flavor wasn't very sweet. Mostly, it tasted fresh, soapy, and hoppy. The carbonation was slightly irritating in the mouth, but not bad. It went down pretty easy, but mostly this brew was nothing special. Nothing below average, either, but it didn't thrill me. I probably won't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:06:24 | More by MDekker
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leedorham

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium reddish brown with an off-white head.

Good lacing.

Aroma is slightly malty. Slightly buttery.

Taste is well balanced with malt-sweetness and bitterness but no real richness of flavor. This is creamier that some of the other mass-produced winter offerings. Slight clove character. Respectable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 05:29:11 | More by leedorham
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served into tall pilsner glass,from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle crimped-on cap.

Medium copper,reddish hue,off white head dissapated quickly to layer of foam.

Nice pleasing aroma,very spicey,citrusy,yeasty aromas Belgium-like spiceyness to the nose.

Spicey taste not as spicey as the aromas would suggest. A kind of bland taste midway through. A dry,tart finish a bit citrusy. Kind of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium mouthfeel,slightly chewey,a bit harsh going down. Average beer not exciting,couldn't drink too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 04:34:16 | More by jcdiflorio
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, dated 110706, so its nice and fresh.

I'll be damned if this isn't one nice looking beer. Tall foamy head, good retention, very clear copper-red body, decent lacing.

Smell is sweet with a good note of piney hops. No spice in the nose.

Tastes like an amber ale, meaning caramelly and malty, with the addition of that piney, floral hops. This is actually quite tasty. Redhook says this beer packs 9 malts and 4 hop varieties, but its not really that complex. Its not really a winter warmer in the traditional sense, more just a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, a tad thin, and a touch creamy, that retained head really helping the last facet.

This beer is really drinkable, I could have a few of these and be quite content. This one really took me by surprise. I was expecting a weak offering, and while its definitely not the usual winter warmer, its still a nice, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 23:39:16 | More by foureyedgeek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winterhook pours a clear, light-chestnut/copper body with glowing auburn highlights beneath a massive, frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves solid walls of lace behind.

Toasty, nutty, and caramelish malts greet you in the nose. With each swirl of the glass it seems to get richer. There's an almost buttery-cocoa, or nut-laden cookie side to it, and some light spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) as well as a touch of piney hops (or spruce extract). Very welcoming!

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is rich without being full, and it never becomes cloying. Initially, the toasty malts appear quite strong, even bordering on heading into roastiness as the caramel flavor is dark like burnt brown sugar. Then the spiciness and spruce-like flavors set in, helping to lead it to a dry, lingering finish. I'm not sure what spices are there, or are not there, but I picked up notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The bitterness is solid, but restrained, appearing at first only in the finish, and then more so across the middle as you progress through the glass and the spiciness builds a little on the palate. There are some beautiful subtleties going on here that would certainly be missed at draft temperature.

A really nice winter ale! Perfect with a holiday dinner or a cold night beside the fire. Enjoy it at cellar temperature to get the most out of its varied flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 22:53:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Houlihan's restaurant in Maple Grove, MN. They were out of the Sam seasonal so this would have to do. Like most of the Redhook brews, this beer is unoffensive and taste watered down, even at 6.1%. There's some lightly roasted caramel and not much else. I don't know what's "winter warmer" about this, reminds me of a basic amber.

UPDATE: Bottle from Liberty St. Tavern.
The current bottled version has a nice, seemingly dry-hopped bite to it, but on the other hand there's also an unpleasant metallic taste. I'd still call this an improvement.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 06:11:51 | More by tempest
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dickroop

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering poured a dark coppery color, very attractive. Not much head, but the smell was very inviting, fresh citrus hops, yummy.

The taste was good, nicely balanced. The hop flovor was citrusy and a little floral, the malt flavor was caramel with some good toasted notes. A fine smooth overall flavor with notes of grape juice. The mouthfeel was a little watery, carbonation was generous and good.

Overall, I wouldn't have minded having another, drinkability was good. Pleasant and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 23:15:01 | More by dickroop
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Jaynuze

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I started drinking this at my local watering hole since the other options aren't much better (bud, miller, Mich., and other various macros), however I was really impressed with this season's Winter brew ... especially the nose.
It pours a nice rich amber with a very thin white head. Depending on the cleanliness of the glassware (which is usually 50/50 at my local dive) it usually leaves a nice Belgian lace down the side of the glass.
The nose is a wonderfully sharp citrus that really gets one's senses going. It's a bit of a tease though since the taste and mouthfeel are much less satisfying than the nose would leave one to believe.
It has a smooth taste with little or no spice, which makes me wonder how this is truly considered a winter warmer other than the fact that it comes out at ... you guessed it, wintertime. I would say the best description of its taste is a more full bodied lager.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery (though this could be due to the bar's tap system) and the carbonation is not shooting up the glass as I've seen with other brews.
Though not as complex as other winter styles, this is an "old faithful". If your bar doesn't offer anything too interesting this is always a good call. I like to pair this one up with a nice side of Rye to get me through the cold weather ... it matches nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 18:40:21 | More by Jaynuze
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Awesome dark red brown color with a good aount of head upon the pour and a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Nose is a touch of sweetness with a mixture of fruity undertones and alcholol.

T: Very similar to the nose, as it starts off with just a faint mild caramel sweetness and then transitions to the fruity boquet of hops and finishes with a nice twang of warming alcholol.

M: This would be my only knock on this brew for the style. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin in my opinion, and it doesn't compliment the taste enough for the winter warmer feel.

D: A very good overall drinkable winter brew. Not my favorite, but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 03:51:25 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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