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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003

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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Photo of dnichols
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was poured a pitcher in a plastic container that we then poured into a 12 ounce frosted mug.

A: The beer poured a clear amber body with a 1 1/2 finger white head made up of sticky dense medium sized bubbles. The head had decent retention and supported a thin even curtain that marched down the side of the glass.

S: The initial aroma is dominated by lightly roasted sweet malts, floral hops and a bubblegum like odor that gives the impression of a sweet candy.

T: The taste is dominated by floral piny and grassy hops that also generate light white spice flavors. The hops are complemented by sweet malts with white bread yeasts and light brown sugars.

M: It was light bodied, thin and dry with balanced carbonation and a distinctly sour back side flavor.

D: It was a decent brew with a moderate ABV but a bit more bite and piny flavors than I typically enjoy.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's see what 07's offering yields:

Pours coppery/orange with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention

S: Breadyness & slight citric hops

T: Breadyness with orangey hops up front. Some piney hops as this warms along with a bit of brown sugar, dryness & grapefruitty hops. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks good, makes me think APA vice winter warmer, but is still pretty tasty. I'd take this over their IPA or ESB any day!

Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice copper look, although with little head and lacing. Has a very neutral scent, just a bit of an ale/hoppy aroma, but nothing strong at all. A nice crisp flavor, very clean that starts with a slight hoppy feel and ends with a hit of caramel and what tastes like a bit of spice. Goes down fine, not rough, not overly smooth. A nice ale, but not the best winter warmer.

Photo of GRPunk
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Reddish amber color with a thin hed that quickly turned to a fine lace and left some nice sticking on the glass. It had medium carbonation. A bit "cleaner" than I would expect for the style.

S- Pretty evenly balanced between some caramel-like malts and pine scented hops.

T- More balance as the aroma would suggest. Caramel and pine/citrus hops.

M- A little thin for my liking. I was hoping for something a bit more solid when I see the term winter warmer for style.

D- Good drinkability.

Overall- A tasty beer. Just a bit of a letdown when I think of a winter warmer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five finger off-white head leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. The nose is hoppy with some spices. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a mellow blend of spices with a nice hop backbone. Decent winter ale. $1.50 for 12oz from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH.

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with creamy one-finger head. Aroma is nice and spiced. Taste is malty upfront with the spices disappearing in the back of the throat. Not as overpowering as other examples I've had. Very smooth like a pale ale. I supposed it still qualifies as a winter warmer but the spices are not overpowering like other examples I've had.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent reddish auburn brown, very minimal head.

Aroma is malty, spicey, a hint of citrus hops.

Flat tasting with a mild bitter hop taste, metallic aftertaste.

Light bodied with average drinkability. Not bad, but probably nothing I would buy again.

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

The Winterhook comes in an old man winter blowing our way with a freshness date of September 17th. It pours a clear amber color with some nice foam lacing and a head that hangs around for a while. The smell alright with mostly a hoppy aroma dominating. It tastes nice more on the floral side with less of a maltiness which seems to be a norm for this style. It has a nice caramel flavor to it and it is light and soft in the mouth. Respect the old dog on the block.

Photo of noremorse1
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a moderate amount of carbonation. Decent sized head that drops off gradually (not before I could get in the first few sips) and a bit of lacing.

Smell is nutty, caramel, hint of chocolate. Detecting a hint of fruit. Spicy as well.Very rich, great smelling beer.

There is a definite presence of malt here. Also, the chocolate smell is complemented by a mild chocolate flavor.

This beer is a little lighter on the palate than I would have expected, but still has a relatively strong body to it. Slightly bitter aftertaste that causes me to take sip after sip.

This beer goes down well. I find myself detecting new flavors with each sip. The folks at ESB have made this year after year since 1985 with good reason; it is a deliciously drinkable beverage. It will not knockout Bell’s Winter Wheat as my favorite winter beer, but I will enjoy this 6-pack and maybe another.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear red colored beer with an OK short tan head.

The smell is sweet and malty with a woody tea like aroma and faint hints of spice. Spice is mainly vanilla and spruce with maybe a hint of citrus.

The taste begins malty and a little woody in the finish. Vanilla and a bitter hop finish are the first things to emerge here with a spruce or pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK winter warmer and nothing more. If I want a good version of the style I would get 2 below or an Alaskan Winter Ale.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown color with a thick head – light lacing. The aroma is mostly of malt with a slight touch of hops. The taste is spicy and hoppy with a nice malt background. The mouthfeel is full. This is an interesting beer that I’d consider easy to drink.

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

appearance - Dark amber copper color. Very small head that floated at the top of th beer.

smell -Hoppy, grapefruit smell to it.Some toasted malt

taste - Lot of hops here. I can also taste some malt too. bitter

mouthfeel - medium body with some bitterness feel to it.

drinkability - I'm not crazy about bitter beer, someone who likes hops would like this.

Photo of alexskovan
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.

Photo of danielharper
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of peabody
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of mynie
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.

Photo of Drew966
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.

Photo of wedge
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of cabsandking
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of biergeniesser
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
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.'

Photo of mnj21655
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of hopbar
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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