1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 788
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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)
View: Beers (45) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Redhook Winterhook Alström Bros
Ratings: 788 | Reviews: 453 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of tjsdomer2
tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby amber red with not much foam or carbonation.

Smell: Mostly some faint smoke.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, smoky tobacco. Very pleasant and unique flavor, and the mouthfeel has some lemon crispness and flavor.

Overall Drinkability: A unique beer that gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 05:03:45 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of GeoffRizzo
GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue with a thin ring of a head, some fresh winter spices and roasted malts on the nose make for an inviting beverage. A bit thin up front, but quite tasty, roasted malts, winter spices, some orange peel and lemon notes. As she warms, some of the hop flavorings become more noticeable. Delicate and smooth, a strong old-ale, probably not, but one of the under-rated and widely available winter beverages, a great offering and a superb winter session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 02:43:29 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of zacharius
zacharius

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light brown with copper tint. Nice tight head sits on top, lasts through the glass. Smell is of hops and a bit of malt in there as well. Taste is decent esters predominate with hints of roasted malts, hops are in balance. The aftertaste of this brew is where it shines with an endless floral taste of willamette hops. Mouthfeel is average and it has decent carbonation, some alcohol but nothing to write home about, could be thicker. Drinkability is very good, you could drink many of these beers. Not quite what I would expect from a winter ale but a good beer nonetheless. Nothing here to offend anyone but nothing to make you crap your pants with enjoyment either.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 23:12:26 | More by zacharius
Photo of WetCoaster
WetCoaster

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 06:33:15 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of shapudding
shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 14:53:05 | More by shapudding
Photo of thesilverhand
thesilverhand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber-red, with a one-finger light brown foamy head that dissipated almost immediately. Just a skiff of foam was left on top.

The aroma is full of pine hops and a sweet malt underbelly. Nicely balanced and enticing. I really like the smell on this one. Not too aggressive, but very appealing.

A touch of malt sweetness hits first, but is quickly overcome by hop bitterness. The taste is not as appealing as the aroma, but it's still very nice. The hops here retain the pine character, and are a bit woody in the finish. Nice bitter aftertaste, and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

It's pleasant on the palate - not light, certainly, but not a big full-bodied beer, either.

This is really, really nice. I'll be coming back to this one, and not just for winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 14:04:44 | More by thesilverhand
Photo of dsa7783
dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from the Redhook Brewery, and I am not dissapointed... their winter warmer is a decent stab at the style... appearance was a nice caramel color with a minimal head... taste was about average for a winter warmer... a little caramel sweetness on the palate with some spices present, maybe cinnamon, but a little more bland compared to some other winter warmers I've sampled... I was pretty satisfied though, having copped a single 12oz bottle from Wine and More in West Orange for about $1.79... at 6%, there was a nice alcohol glow pervading from the drink, and the sweetness lingered on the mouth for a bit... great drinkability and the alcohol is hardly noticeable behind a sweet finish... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:44:14 | More by dsa7783
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice burnt amber color, good bit more orange in here then I thought there would be honestly. Very clear, almost crystal like clarity to it allowing you to really notice the ample amount of carbonation that was present in this one. Chains of bubbles streaming up toward the surface to reinforce the already nice amount of head and lace that were on the top. Upon first pour there was a good two finger high head of white across the top that only gradually faded while leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace throughout the session. Nice dripping web like creations were strewn all over the side of the glass and really left quite a nice impression overall.

S - The aroma on this one overall was quite light to be honest, at first it was hard to pick up much of anything, however after I waited a few minutes I was able to detect some subtle hoppy notes, very nice and floral actually coming up from it and giving it a little bit of a kick. Nice light grain like back was predominant here as well, with nice rich tones of cereal and earthy grains that really let it shine a bit and honestly was starting to take on the aroma more of a nice pale ale, or perhaps even a light IPA, though I am really not sure what style this fits in.

T - The flavor overall was very nice and extremely well balanced with no one thing really dominating over anything else. The first flavor to really pop out at you was a nice amount of hops which were quite light and floral, with some semi sweet notes of orange and fresh grass coming through quite nicely, while being layered upon a good deal amber like malts and a nice touch of cereal and oats in the background. Some light notes of perhaps banana or something similar as well coming though now giving it a little more complexity and a little bit more balance. Then the finish hits with its nice bitter profile and good long drawn out dry feeling, making you come back and get another sip. Again this was more of a light IPA or very nice Pale Ale.

M - Very nice light bodied ale, with a little more to it to be honest then just a light bodied pale ale, this one had a little bit of a body to it. Very nice carbonation profile here as well, with lots of carbonation that lasted until the very end of the session. Good strong finish really rounded it out well, and gave it that quick, clean, crisp feeling that really added a lot to it.

D - An absolutely great session ale. The feel was great, the flavor profile was just light enough to be really quite down able, but at the same time had enough of a flavor to keep me interested for a while. I could have easily thrown down a few more of these with no real issue at all.

Overall I thought this was a rather nice offering from Red Hook. I have had better, sure, but this was definitely not bad at all. Would I go out and buy it, probably not, but I certainly would not turn my nose up at it either. Could have had a little more spice to it to make it have that little bit of an extra pop, but overall it was still good and would say if it was there, you could do much worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 18:16:02 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of kwm13
kwm13

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer at first appeared to have a nice caramel color to it with a nice head, but upon looking closer, the color appears quite cloudy and the head all but disappeared within a minute.

I get a odd smell out of it, almost smokey, almost flowery...a whole lot of confusion for my nose.

The taste was great, really smooth, good finish. The flavor was plesant but hard to describe. Maybe a little bit of spice to it? A friend tasted it and said it tasted like Bass, but this is much fruitier, not as dry and just not at all like Bass. I've concluded that he doesn't know what he's talking about.

As I drank it I enjoyed it, but searched too hard to describe it to really get the full appreciation for it. It seems like a good balance and just as the smell confused my nose, this is like a combination of personalities in my mouth.

Overall, I really liked the flavor, but to describe it was tough. It's a good winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:41:28 | More by kwm13
Photo of pandashaver
pandashaver

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown body, translucent. White very foamy head that left excellent lacing down the glass and kept some head throughout.

S - Very citrusy/lime smell initially, with also some grassy notes. Can smell the malt sweetness but also the hops. Spices were hard to decipher and not overwhelming at all.

T - The hop presence was a nice surprise. Some spices, though subdued. Sweetness to balance, and a good bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, though a bit watered down as expected from this brewing company. Sticky from the sweet malts.

D - A liked it, but did not love it. Usually would have only one, unless I stayed at the same bar and didn't have any other options. I don't drink winter brews regularly this time of year, so I'm not the best judge of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 13:44:50 | More by pandashaver
Photo of Transatlantic
Transatlantic

Tennessee

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish/light copper color. A tint above a typical pale lager. Heading was practically not there and not much lacing.

S - Sweet malt is a dominant smell with a nutty like characteristic. No hop aromas...and there's a holiday spice in the mix.

T - Bitter upfront to start. Almost getting a citrusy kick towards the middle. Perhaps a grapefruit type citrus. And towards the end, you're left with a strong bready cracker taste.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Not a bad brew in the bunch that i've tried for Christmas.

D - It's a bit on the bitter side, but it's definitely one to sip on and enjoy while watching the snow outside.

It's not an above average beer, but after sampling all the watery beers i've had today, it tastes like a champion.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:04:45 | More by Transatlantic
Photo of PrivateEquity
PrivateEquity

Kansas

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

A - Dark amber, clear appearance is inviting, good lacing

S - Malty, grainy, caramel nose.

T - Good taste with "maybe" a touch too much bitter on the back end. Not too complex, but solid.

M - Right amount of mouthfeel. Good amount of crispness

O - Very drinkable beer. Definitely let it warm up a bit, it is uninteresting when cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:45:15 | More by PrivateEquity
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

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

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and a slight spice note. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:23:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Bierwolf
Bierwolf

Missouri

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.

Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.

Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.

Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.

Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:19:05 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of beerluvr
beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with an off-white head over clear and dark reddish liquid. Piney and herbal, citric notes abound. Taste is lightly sprucy, piney and malty. Dryness pops up right about now. Finishes syrupy yet dry with a nice stickiness to it...an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 06:31:00 | More by beerluvr
Photo of maxpower
maxpower

Missouri

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

Nice deep reddish brown color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Fruity and citrusy aroma, smells kind of like an IPA, hoppy citrusy flavors with some caramel. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a sharp bitterness, much better than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 21:57:03 | More by maxpower
Photo of kbub6f
kbub6f

New York

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

This clear, deep red/brown beer has a small, grayish-tan, fine, doughy head. Spots and arcs on the glass. Big pine hops in the nose, and almost a menthol note. Sweetish. The beer starts hoppy with some pepper. It turns a little watery, but there's some decent dark caramel (especially at temperature). Major pepper in the finish with lots of hops and some nice grains. This is a nice, hoppy brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 00:56:10 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Backer2004
Backer2004

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2005 02:57:48 | More by Backer2004
Photo of BamaScholar
BamaScholar

Tennessee

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

Great bottle design pours a darker amber shade with a beige or light brown head that didn't last long but had nice cling on the glass.

The aroma is primarily hoppy to me but there are also faint traces of herbs/spices like mint and juniper and a detectable pine element. The taste is sharp, with a persistent spice component down the hatch (may be alcohol-based).

Overall, the balance isn't impressive but the taste is rather unique and its easy to see how appropriate this beer serves as a seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 01:45:02 | More by BamaScholar
Photo of BeerBob
BeerBob

Nebraska

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

Winterhook Winter Ale pours midnight red from a 12oz dark brown bottle with a pry off cap. Light tan head went to over two fingers with a firm pour into my 16oz beer tumbler. Some foam was left over after the settling out and consisted of a full ring with islands of foam here and there about the surface of the beer. The walls of my glass were garnished with ample lace as well.

Nose is spice central, with clove, coriander, and herbal pine. Palate is a major Winter Ale Spice treat. Clove, coriander, herbal pine, and orange peel are well represented.

Tasty and complex, Winterhook “Winter Ale” of 2005, is sure to put most anyone in the holiday spirit with it’s 6.0 alcohol by volume,
printed on the label.

Date on bottle 100305, no best by or born on info that I could find, either on the label or the paper six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 02:23:49 | More by BeerBob
Photo of gmfessen
gmfessen

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Photo of cswhitehorse
cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 02:26:20 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of TippySelenoid
TippySelenoid

Missouri

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

This beer is amber to brown in color, transparent, with a nice head that laces to the bottom of the glass.

Smells malty with some hop notes.

Tastes clean. There is some nice bitterness that isn't overpowering. The higher alcohol content balances nicely, even though it isn't throughly hidden.

Medium or maybe just a smidge thinner.

This beer goes down well. And the next went down well, and so did the next one, etc.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:33:06 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

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

I had already reviewed this beer and thought it was bland, but I accidently put this in my shopping basket, but now I'm glad I did. Retry! On to the beer:

This beer is copper in color, hues of orange with a solid head on top and trickles of lacing. The aroma is hoppy....a clean and crisp fruity aroma. Bit of caramel too. The taste is a winner. Pleasantly hoppy and malty. Good mix of caramel and sweet dough to go with the grapefruit and piney hop flavors. There's also a hint of orange flavor. Finishes clean. A good drinkable beer overall, and one that paired well with my spicy pork tenderloin topped with BBQ sauce.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:17:38 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Jayli
Jayli

Massachusetts

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

This beer pours a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. The head is tan and creamy, nice head retention, and leaves excellent lacing throughout the beer. Initial scent is of some roasted malts, piney hops with a hint of sweetness...perhaps spices? Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. This is the first beer that I have tried from Red Hook - I found it to be a nice winter beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:10:52 | More by Jayli
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.