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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | 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 Ellbert
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The look of this beer is exceptional. It is a burnt brown color with a huge pillowy head. There is tons of sticky lacing that makes this beer look geourgious.

Smell: The smell is of burnt caramel lightly hopped with a few spices. Not bad.

Taste: A little harsh. The flavors do not blend well. The malt is the backbone of this brew but the hops seem very harsh. Maybe not the right hop for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A good mouthfeel, nice and rich and thick.

A decent brew but I would not want to have it again.

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

Photo of Zraly
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a nice one inch head. Nice citrus smells and herbal notes slowly dance out of the glass. Lacing is good and carbonation helps move the flavor forward upon the first sip.

More so than anything, I identify this ale as an American IPA. I understand the philosophy behind labeling it a winter warmer, and in a basic sense it constitutes such a notion. But I'm really reminded of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada's "Celebration Ale" when I drink this...which is only offered seasonally, but is an IPA in its true form and label.

Medium bodied, a bit raw in the malt department, and warmly on the money with flavorful hops in the finish. Starts of semi-sweet with a bit of caramel flavor. Hints of alcohol. The finish is of orange peel and pine. Dry finish on the tongue. Smooth enough to drink more than one.

This is a great transition brew for newbie drinkers, to introduce them to hops and a minor alcohol kick.

Enjoy with some spicy nachos.

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice pint at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte. Must have been on special on Wednesdays because the bill was less than I expected. Typical to the other winter warmers I've tried so far this season. Much more than a hint of cinnamon and spices that sparkled in the mouth (though not anything "extra" for the style). Thin lacing around the glass. Hard to fully judge this one, since I was trying to pay attention at my first Carolina Brewmasters meeting. Not as good as the home brewed Imperial Stout I tried later in the evening.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber/brown has a one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is very pine like with hints of spices and dark malt in the background. The taste is very hoppy at first sip but ends up being well balanced with the caramel-like malt. This beer is medium bodied and dry.

Reflection: This is the first beer I've had from Red Hook that I would buy again. Great hoppy flavor, a good change up from usual winter warmers.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very slightly hazy ruby brown with a decent light tan head.
Hoppy nose, with grapefruit and pine.
Tasted like an American IPA. Not bad, but since it really didn't meet the usual with flavor, and didn't really warm, I kept the score low. Nice hop profile, with a sturdy caramel undertone.

Finished dry and acidic. Turned out to be quite drinkable and worth a few.

Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/13/04...

Appearance: deep ruby-brown, thinnish layer of off-white suds, poor head retention, beautious color

Aroma: lush bready/crystally maltiness, woody hops with an edge of citrus, hint of marzipan

Flavor: toasty malt backbone with a pronounced roast edge, slight woodiness, piny/peppery hop flavor, finishes dry with an aftertaste of roast and hop greenery

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight warmth, a bit astringent

Other comments: A nice, hoppy dark ale. Full-flavored, but a touch too bitter for a winter warmer, IMO.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep red to slightly brown color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was sweet, very sweet caramel with a light touch of hop. Not too bad. The flavor was well balanced between the sweet caramel and sweet grapefruit and piney hops. Where the beer lacked was in the mouthfeel. It was just too thin. Overall a nice easy sipping beer that was good to start a night. I'd have it again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucid, erythematous bronze with orange accents. The ecru colored head is dense and sits atop the beer with a resolute purposefulness. A slow descent brings about tattered rings and sheets of lace that cover the majority of the inside surface of the glass.

Wow, the nose is a surprise in the best way possible with loads of tropical fruity, sweet citrus zest dipped in melted caramel. I sure didn't expect a winter warmer to be this fantastically hoppy. It smells more like Amarillo than Cascade, but I'll take the brewer's word for it.

The flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, but it's a near thing. Plenty o' hops, with bitter grapefruit peel and pine sap in the forefront, anchored by a toasted caramel malt base that binds it all together in convincing fashion. I really don't appreciate much in the way of spices, just the four basic ingredients that combine to produce very good beer.

The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium and, as a consequence, the finish isn't as long and as lingering as it might be. When judged as a winter warmer, which I feel should be more full, it probably deserves the next lowest score.

Winterhook Winter Ale is a different sort of winter warmer, but a good one. It drinks like a relatively well-balanced IPA that's slanted toward 'made in the U.S.A.' tropical hoppiness. In other words, there's a lot to like in this 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear mahogany liquid, with a thick creamy off-white head. Good head retention, and lace. Citrusy hops present in the nose, along with some toasted malt. Carmel flavored slight toasted malt, followed by a pretty good amount of hop bitterness. Citrusy, and slightly floral hop flavors. Medium body, with moderate carbonation. I do not remember this being so hoppy. This really is a pretty decent beer. One of the few from Redhook that is still worth searching out. Pretty drinkable, good beer for this time of year.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brixx Pizza,first time on tap.Poured a lighter brown almost amber color with athis head that left a thin sheet of lace,picked up a bigger than expected hop presence in the aroma some pine along with some roasted malt.Big and hoppy up front on the palate very piney and resiny with a enough of a roasted malt backbone to hold up to the hop attack making for a big,bold,well rounded brew.Very pleasntly suprised with the character of this brew,have had it before and dont remember such a hop profile.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/08/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Englander pint glass. 12 oz bottle with born on date of 11/02/04.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber color, 1/4-1/2 inch brownish head and above average lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet hops and a tad of spices. Maybe a little medicinal or bubble gum scent.

Taste- Hmmm, don't taste a whole bunch of spices. Pretty much tastes like a decent IPA. Maybe a little clove or spices mixed in, but for the most part some pine and fruity hops. Towards the end I may have picked up some kind of roasted malt flavor also.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation, not thick at all. Goes down nicely.

Drinkability- Wouldn't choose this as a winter warmer, as it really didn't warm me up, but as an IPA with a tad bit of spices makes it interesting. Definite decent beer worth a try.

Photo of mhexum
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours great with a big head that doesn't stick around long.
Smells wonderful, taste was a little disappointing compared to the smell but still good. This was my first Winter Warmer and I really appreciated the spiciness, it has quite a great full flavor.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been trying the winterhook for the last couple of years and I have always been pretty impressed besides the fact that Redhook is often knocked for being a shitty craft brewery. This year (2004) is very similar to SN Celebration. They went a little more hoppy this year and steered away from the heavy malt and spices. It is a red copper color wiht a very nice head and lacing. The aroma had a small amount of vanilla and nutmeg, but was mostly full of hops. There was a nice fresh hopness to this beer and it was very satisfying. This may be one of the best overlooked and unappreciated winter brews out this year.

Photo of Hibernator
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it in a tulip pint glass. One of the better Redhook labels with the old man winter design. Another Winter beer that I look forward to seeing every year.

There is a bottled on date on the side of the label, but I can't fully read it.

Amber brown in color with scattered sticky lacings.

Sweet malt and fruity nose.

This beer is reminding me a little of a Long Trail Harvest with some warmth. Strong sweet malts up front with a touch of fruit...maybe plums.
Slight hop bite on the finish.

This is a good winter seasonal, but like most of Redhook's other beers, its not what I remember it as once being. You can usually find this at a good price for the quality of the beer.

This is an enjoyable Winter seasonal beer, but not a preference.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is a little disappointing - there aren't any comments about how this is a special beer made with select hops for the holidays, etc, but thats no biggie. The color is nice, caramel reddish brown like a coke, and crystal clear, but the head disspates very rapidly. The aroma is very nice, with a full dose of a spicy, piney hop and a slight maltiness. The flavor is good but a bit thin - nice hop notes and a touch of malt in the middle, but the maltiness lacks depth and overtones (I hate to say it that way but that's the best I can do - it doesn't generate much feel for caramel, toffee, toastiness, etc. it just kind of sits there). Overall this is a good drinkable beer, probably a good choice on tap when nothing else "special" is available but not in the league with famous Christmas beers.

Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dreamt of cherubim and seraphim with this one on 11/20/2004. 16-oz. pour at Margarita’s in downtown Concord, NH.

Was a bit leery of what the tap lines might be like, but what the hell, when in Rome. Nice ½ inch fluff of plumed head immediately, which actually remained attenuated throughout most of the emptying, and pretty good lacing as well. Dark copper to brown hue with a dulling sheen to the whole affair. Copious malt front to nose with some spices kicking about – cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg, spruce essence perhaps. To taste, welcoming deep malt with a robust, almost scotch ale like overall profile; a touch of chestnuts roasted on an open fire toastiness too. On the whole, a pretty good offering from Redhook when I am used to uninspiring stuff from them, for the most part.

Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid but not outstanding beer. Pours a medium dark brown carmely color with not a lot of head to speak of. Smell is more hoppy than I'd expect, due to the darker color. Nice pine scent. Also a bit of sweet malts hidden in there. Pretty tasty floral hops and a nice presence of fruity malts makes this beer pretty well balanced. Unfortunately it's a tad watery which takes away from the flavor. Very drinkable though. If the brewers stepped this one up just a few notches it could be a very good beer.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly strong piney hop aroma with a pinch of alcohol. Small khaki colored head that fades quickly to a foam coating. Pretty nice lace forms as the beer is drank. Transparent caramel brown colored beer with clouds of fine bubbles rising briskly to the surface. Hop tea flavor with a mild malt base. Maybe a pinch of biscuit malt in there. Mild bitterness picks up midway through. Light body, kind of soft and watery. Not a bad beer, goes down easy, won't be going out of my way for any.

Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, ruby-tinged brown hue with a slightly creamy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, with some pine and a touch of hops lingering in the background. Palate is malty and slightly nutty upfront, quickly developing a hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice, sturdy, slightly creamy body. Still, this one's a little harsh. The hoppiness is fine, but is not well-balanced.

Photo of maccroz
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, rich amber brew. Not syrupy thick, but very complex. This is a great winter beverage. A lot of winter seasonal brews go crazy either trying to craft a drink that is as thick as porriage or as spiced as nutmeg. This is a happy medium: a darker than normal beer which is slightly more complex than you'd expect in a lager.

Very unique piney-new-englandish taste (which is probably hard to picture not being from new england, but it's the best way to describe it)

Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed

Photo of NEhophead
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles after a moment. Ringed and condensed lacing with surprisingly good/almost exceptional strength. Clear, light mahogany in color.

Moderate caramel sweetness with some darker fruit tones: cherry, plum, raisin. Also some darker floral hops in there with a touch of clove. Mild aromas but not unpleasant.

The sweet aromas soon turn to a burnt clove flavor upon impact on the tastebuds. A slightly bread-like malt character combatted by an unbalanced and unpleasant hop bitterness. Watery and lacking in true flavor. A highly astringent and almost pine cone flavored aftertaste.

Medium bodied yet thin and watery on the palate besides the clove-like graininess.

Bottom line...this is not a pleasant tasting beer. I'm still belching that pine cone flavor almost an hour after finishing the pint. My advice if you really want to try this one is not to make the mistake at buying a whole 6pk. My quest continues in finding a decent Redhook product.

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber-brown color with a fairly large and thick tan head, which retains impressively well, sheets of fine carbonation, and an abundance of broken lace.

Aroma: Spicy herbal hops dominate the aroma, there is also caramel malt, dark fruits, as well as some faint winter spices.

Taste: Begins with a moment of caramel sweetness, which soon gives way to roasted malt flavors and a very strong pine resin hop presence. Finishes dry with a lingering medicinal bitterness and a fairly strong and warming alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, with a late sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The earlier incarnation of this beer was one of the first microbrews I ever tried, and so was a touchstone for my progession as a fine beer enthusiast. Probably not as good as I considered it was at the time, but I could have chosen a much worse beer, and perhaps not embarked upon this voyage of beer discovery.

Presentation is a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off cap. The label art is quite picturesque.

Photo of pgroove
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the best mass-market winter brew out there (better than the sierra celebration, IMHO). Some tasty stuff although I know some peeps who weren't wowed with the flavors. It's a nice chestnutty brown and has an intense taste bordering on a mild porter. Def worth a pickup (the dude at Von's only charged me 2.50 for a sixer today--maybe its on sale).

Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown body with a sticky, light-tan head.
Smells of rich sugary toffee malt. Big spicy, sprucey hops are there too. Not bad, although there are also some faint metallic notes.
Toffee cookie dough malt flavors start it off. Hops come in midway to balance the light sweetness. The hops are bitter, piney, and kind of citrusy. Chewy, medium-big body. Some residual sweetness trespasses in an otherwise resiny, bitter finish. A surprisingly decent strong ale-ish beer. I was prepared to find this thing mediocre (like other Redhook beers I’ve had in the past).

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.