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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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857 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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:
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 Hibernator
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.6%
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
3.25/5  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
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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 -1.4%
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
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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).

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

Chestnut in color with very little head and sparce lace. Hoppy on the nose with some sweet chocolate malt in the background. In the mouth the sweet, toasty malt attack is followed quickly by hop bitter. the texture is creamy. The beer finishes with some fruity notes, pronounced alcohol, and another blast of chocolate malt. a decent winter quaff.

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

Pours a dark amber or is it brown what ever, small tannish head doesn't last long but laces well. Caramel malts, sweet some fruit coming thru with a touch of light floral hops in the background. Taste is malt goddness lightly spicey with a slight hop finish. Overall light for a winter warmer but it is drinkable. Mouthfeel light side of medium again little light for a warmer but it is just a Redhook after all. I would say drinkability is decent so far the only Redhook brew I have bought more then one six pack of.

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

Standard brown 12 oz. bottle with a blue and white label featuring old man winter blowing up a gust of cold wind. No label information whatsoever. - no, wait, there's a bottled on date: 9/29/04.

Pours a clear pale brown under a one finger off white head that settles slowly, leaving some very good lace. The nose is strong with spice - cinnamon and nutmeg to my mind. The mouth is very prickly and light. Edgy spice taste here, without much malt. A strong bitter hops finish follows, with the spice returning in the aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable, albeit a tad watery. An off beat brew, but I like it.

Photo of Brian700
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with a little red tint. The head is tan and stands about 1/4" and fizzles out fairly fast. There is a mild smell of hops and malt. Maybe a little spice. The taste isn't very impressive. Pretty weak at first taste and then as it hits the back of the palate you pick up on some hop bitterness and a little sweetness. This isn't a very complex beer. The mouthfeel is poor. I don't think this beer has the right amount of carbonation for its classification. It seems to lack enough carbonation. I think this beer would be a little better if they made it a little heavier with a little more alcohol. I really wouldn't recommend it. I would rather poor myself a bells best brown anyday.

Photo of trancefishy
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark ruby beer with only a few little bubbles on the edges, wanting to be at least a small head. aroma is of sharp malts. taste is flat, a rush of bitterness with a similar finish, and a mildly sweet aftertaste. rather one dimensional. mouthfeel is a bit flat and thin. there is just a bit of that "english ale" taste wanting to get out, but it's far in the background, along with a smidge of dark cherry.
i'd recommend grabbing something better.

Photo of beertaster13
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty standard winter warmer. Pours a dark brown with red streaks. The smell is heavy on caramel malts and apple, hints of spice streak through. The taste is of a toffee malt and apple crust. Bread like taste with spices creep into the end, a full bodied beer than is great for those chilly nights.

Photo of RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 pack on sale at the local Safeway.

Pours deep amber with copper highlights around the edges. A very light brown head spews toward the lip of the glass, dense and pillowy and takes its time descending. Dollups of lace hold to the glass like cool whip around a fat child's lips during Thanksgiving dinner.

Smell:

A thin waft of raisins cooked down in caramel, with a middle and finish of straight-up brown sugar and a hint of lemon zest.

Taste:

A dry bitterness along the center of my palate, overflowing into an even drier bitterness -- blackened toast comes to mind, but pleasantly -- and succulent candied fruits peak through the middle, closing on a slight twist of alcohol in my throat and gut, and a raspy twang of bitterness over a bed of fading malt sweetness that reminds me of flat Pepsi.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between creamy and "whipped," a nice palate-coating density. Doesn't quite stick to the ribs, but this is a good thing.

Not bad for my first winter seasonal of the year.

Photo of rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled, lame is a word that springs to mind. Very dissapointing for a supposed winter ale. Light choc, caramel, little hops noticable, grainy and thin, no bitterness, cola like texture. NOt really a fan of redhook at all, very bland for a winter beer, where is all the flavour????

Photo of shapudding
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No head, just a slight ring of khaki on the edge. Dark and clear amber color. Very smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of bitterness that breaks through to you. Lightly carbinated. Not too heavy at all. -Could not get any scent on this one at all (was drinking at my hangout which had become a bit smokey, when I shoved it at beerbud in frustration to see if he could catcha whiff, he said he could smell generic cola). Decent drinking brew.

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Headless dark tea like colored pint pour with a thin ring lace with no carbonation notes showing.

At best, cola notes.

Woody bland dry straw flavors. Standard beer like malts are present.

Last swigs: On tap at the Drafting Room so I decided to celebrate the start of July with a Winter. This is a confused beer looking to distinguish what it is. Mostly it is a watered down porter. Less than average. Pass.

Beer is good. Happy weak beering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Crystal clear brown with quarter inch white head.

Smell:

Predominantly hoppy with a hint of pine keeping with the season.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Not sure what distinguishes this beverage from Red Hook's IPA. Overly hoppy thogh some malts appear midbrew to be quickly quashed by the strong hop presence. Not my cup of tea.

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

No information anywhere on the bottle as to what I am about to imbibe. Winter ale. Mahogany body with a sticky lace atop. Sweet, malty caramel apple aroma. Smells very much like some barleywines I've had. Kind of thin on flavor. Subtle fruitiness to back the substantial toasted malt character. Tingly on the tongue. Not huge on flavor, so I don't know that I'd want to drink a lot of these, but it goes down fairly smooth and I certainly could drink a few. I think I'd just go after a winter seasonal that's got some more character.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterhook Winter Ale was served from a 12 oz. twistoff bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a rich dark reddish copper hue, and was topped by a small but fine tan head. The nose was of moderately roasted malts accented with a subtle citrusy hop bouquet. The taste was fairly light in the roasty malt department for the style. There were some tasty flavors however, in the form of grapefruit and lemony citrus accents, and an aggressively hopped finish. I did pick up some alcohol in the aftertaste, which tainted any potential lingering pleasantries. I still would have liked more of that sharp or roasty maltiness up front. The body was decent for the style, and since this was not a huge beer, it was pretty drinkable. Overall, not a bad winter brew, but needs tweaking.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aside from the weirdly hideous "printed the night before at Kinkos" labeling, I’m impressed. The beer pours a deep, rich, clear ruby/mahogany. The head is a quarter-inch of rocky amber that lasts for a decent stretch before leaving a thick rim along the glass wall. Nice lacing as well. A seriously good-looking brew.

Smell: Malt right off the bat, with a certain underlying spiciness. Whether it’s hops or some adjunct, I’m not entirely sure. Still, not that assertive. Not bad, but not what I’d expect from a “special” brew.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the heavy malt and mild carbonation give it a nice smoothness. The taste is terrific—for a pale ale. It starts off rich and malty, more sweet than smoky. The hops bite hard at the end, with an astringent finish. Again, a great pale ale, but not quite the weight or intensity of flavor you might want in a holiday beer.

Drinkability: Very. This is a very tasty brew, nice flavor without a ton of body or a huge ABV. I could drink more than a few of these.

If you frequent this site, you know that Redhook is pretty much synonymous with mediocrity. This brew, however, is solid. I liked it a lot. Not the best seasonal, per se, but a really tasty ale.

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.