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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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461 Reviews

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 892
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 25
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled Oct 6, 2011) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany and amber combination color with a low and somewhat fizzy head that falls quickly to the surface leaving behind on ly a thick collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is on the low side in intensity...what I pick up most is some bready and biscuity malt, Ritz crackers, touches of lightly caramalized sugar, some light floral/perfumey hop aroma.

T - Malty base, bready with some spices on top..cinnamon, sugar, lightly biscuity. Hop presence is low, not much bitterness or flavor...more or less serves the purpose of balance against the malt mostly.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied...well carbonated and quite prickly/tingly on the tongue. Malty, a bit sweet, somewhat candy like.

O - Just ok with me...well brewed, but tending towards the sweeter and sugary side of the balance line. Hops are not a big player here unfortunately. Perhaps just not really what I was looking for in a beer at this moment.

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Photo of mhexum
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of TLove
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great copper/amber color, though a bit light for a winter warmer. The beer has a very nice, ESB-esque bitterness and sourness and has a similar taste to the ESB. The bitterness rolls off the tongue to back of the throat quite nicely, where the fruits mellow out the taste a bit. But the mouthfeel is ultimately watery for a winter warmer, rather unfortunately so. The finish is similar and has a negative effect on the drinkability of the beer.

This isnt a great winter warmer, but swings the better-balanced RedHook ESB in a darker, hoppier direction.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of head. Smell is nothing exceptional malty with a bit of hops. The tastes is a bit unique. At first its somewhat bland with a bit of sourness, after a few sips you can pin down the malts with a little bit of hops to balance, but not much. Not a strong or overpowering brew. Overall it's a good beer, it's nothing great or exceptional at all, but I will probably try it again before the season is over.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winterhook doesn't seem as consistent as it used to in earlier years. A little thin appearance and malt wise. Reminiscient of some hybrid red and porter, but neither one comes across like it should. Hopping very good, tastes like Cascades?

Would be a much better beer if it were thicker, like a true winter beer should. Maybe I'm slamming it a bit much, but I think this is just fine for a summer beer, I want some heft in my winters. . .

A little bit of chocolate and roasted nuts underlie the surface. Good hopping. Serviceable.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-copper color into an Imperial pint glass. Much carbonation, bubbles are clearly visible. Insignificant white head fades to nothing within 30 seconds, leaving a bit of a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is subtle, with hints of light toffee and walnuts.

Taste is also quite understated. Caramel, cashews, figs. Nicely balanced malt/hops. A drinkable ale.. but not what I'd consider a winter warmer. I think this is closer in style to an American Red/Amber ale.

Mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated. Very drinkable, even sessionable ale, but nothing exceptional about it.

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Photo of VtBrew
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color-Dark Red almost garnet like. Head is frothy long lasting and nice lacing.

Aroma-Deep Malty warm aroma caramel notes light hop aroma.

Taste- Strong alcohol taste. Not sure what hop was used but it smells good taste not so much.

Drinkbability- Would be a great winter beer without the scary spice/hop

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Photo of ndekke39
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with an October 31, 2007 best-by date. I hope I'm not too late! Decanted into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish-copper with a thin white head. Good retention.

Smell: Warm spices, oranges, mellow maltiness.

Taste: Kind of a zingy malt center. Toasted grain. Then it disappears. No aftertaste, and not a lot of complexity to it.

Mouthfeel: Touch of carbonation on the tongue. Just below medium-bodied. Seems appropriate for the style, but I think it could be thicker.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a lot of complexity. I can think of plenty of other Winter Warmers I would rather drink.

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Photo of philbertk
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV? (4.0 / 5.0) ESB Flavor.
1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB? Deep Amber color. Rich flavorful malt body is spicy but not spiced. Tasty classic defining the Winter Ale Style. Sampled 11/4/1998.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter ESB. Clear dark cherry red color. Smoky toasted hop front. Rustic malt body with light sweetness and strong roasted flavor. Lightly spiced. Rich and balanced. Sampled 11/13/1999.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) ESB Winter Ale. Clear pretty deep amber red color. Spicy mild malt hop front. Medium body with sweet roasted flavor and cherry fruit notes. Generic flavor. Ends with a bit of malt spiciness. Overly sweet-underly flavorful. Sampled 11/9/2000.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter ESB. What a difference a year of aging makes! Slightly hazy rich copper amber color. Lacy head. Mild malty hop front. Creamy incredibly smooth malty roasted mild spice body. Ends with smooth hot hop mild spice. Sampled 11/2/2001.

2000 22 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB? Clear rich red amber color. Mild floral malt hop front. Malty sweet doughy body with slightly spicy ESB notes. Balanced hop spice finish. Nice spiced medium bodied ESB. Tasty Brew but weak as a Winter Ale. Sampled 12/23/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich copper bronze color. Light head. Medium lace. Mild hop malty roasted slightly spicy front. Rich sweet roasted body. Caramel cherry biscuit notes. Mild clean smooth hop nutmeg end. Winter ESB. Sampled 10/30/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild head. Thin lace. Clear thin copper red amber color. Toasted light cinnamon floral hop front. Sweet smooth toasted cherry caramel fruit mild spice nut body. Clean balanced mild earthy hop end. ESBish. Sampled 12/2/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Light lacy head. Clear bright ruby red color. Toasted mild spice mild hop front. Creamy sweet thick light toasted caramel earthy fruit mild Winter spice body. Smooth light tangy mild hop end. Bland. ESB? Sampled 1/6/2004.

2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Clear thin bright dark bronze red color. Mild lacy head. Mild roasted malt spice hop front. Thin dry sweet mild roasted caramel body with light nutmeg citrus notes. Clean mild malt spice hop end. Bland. 10/23/2004.

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Tight lacy head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild roasted floral malt hop front. Earthy crusty rich crisp mildly smoky rich caramel ESB body. Tangy malt spice mild bitter hop end. Wintery ESB. Nice. Sampled 10/15/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Creamy lacy head. Thin amber bronze color. Mild hop mellow malt spice front. Clean dry sweet mild toasted caramel biscuit toffee body. Clean mild hop end. Smooth clean but bland. Bad Buds? Better Last Year. Sampled 9/30/2006.

2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. 6-Pack $6.99. Mild head. Clear thin bright amber color. Mild hop malt spice front. Mild sweet creamy caramel malt spice body. Mild tangy cinnamon mild hop end. Clean easy malt spice mild Winter Ale. Mild Amber malt flavor. Sampled 1/20/2008.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.85 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Rocky lacy rich big off white head. Clear thin bright dark amber bronze color. Mild toasted mild hop front. Dry sweet thin easy toasted mild earthy burnt malt spice hint body. Crisp hop nutmeg hint dry refreshing mild end. Easy bland somewhat tasty weak Winter. Sampled 3/2/2009. 6-Pack $6.49.

2009--12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Thin lace hint tan head. Clear pretty rich bronze red color. Toasted mild hop delicate Winter spice front. Crisp mild creamy sweet toasted toffee candy mildly earthy roasted doughy Winter spice body. Clean smooth mild hop vanilla cinnamon hint end. Well made. Sampled 10/13/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV. 29.2 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Light tan dense medium mild lace head. Clear bright rich copper color. Toasted mild caramel mild hop malt spice front. Rich medium sweet toasted caramel biscuit slightly crusty rich malt body. Clean satisfying smooth mild hop spice end. Well made Winter Amber. Sampled 10/16/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/16/2010.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a clear copper brown with a huge (3-4 finger) off white rocky head that had great retention, finally reducing to a large foamy cap and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of toasted caramel malts, spruce hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (orange), toffee and dark fruit (plums and raisins).

The taste was moderately sweet and had a nice malty feel with hints of toffee and citrus at first and then became mildly hoppy with a note of dark fruit and a slight bitter finish. The flavor lasted only a short while with the fruity hoppy taste fading relatively quick.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall a decent Winter Warmer that was very drinkable, although it is nothing over the top...

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Photo of trekbiker3000
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was a very nice reddish brown color; clear, with a moderate head.

I did not notice much of an aroma, maybe a little hops.

There is a definite hop bitterness to this beer but not as bitter as an IPA. The flavor is a spicy earthy taste that is interesting. I'm not sure about it, but I went back for another one.

The mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated. My overall impression is that it is a decent representation of a winter ale, something you could drink while watching football.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 16, 2013 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Redhook. Expectations are about averaged based on the brewery and the style.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a ruddy mahogany-ruby colored body with about a finger and half of dense frothy off-white head. A bit of lacing when swirled, but none sticks to the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is pretty faint. Some amber / chocolate malt presence, a hint of oily pine hops, and virtually nothing else.

T - Taste follows the nose: amber / chocolate malt up front, some earthy tea leaf sweetness, a bit of piney hop bitterness in the middle, and some dark malt roast / coffee grounds on the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, bitter, and slightly dry. Light and refreshing for being a 6.00% abv beer.

Overall, a fairly forgettable outing from Redhook, but it was about what I was expecting. Definitely not a very interesting beer, but drinkable and "safe" for those looking to expand their beer horizons. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want this again.

Redhook Winter Hook ---3/5.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, maybe some spices and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of spicy roasted malts, some grassy notes as well.

Overall: Not a bad winter brew, I have had this one quite a bit over the years, can't really go wrong with it.

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Photo of masikon
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was offered to me by a friend, I usually don't drink much redhook these days but I gave her a try during a heated table-tennis match. lighter than expected with a minimal head and mildly active carbonation. Taste is of malts, perhaps some toast and a bit of peppery alcohol. Taste is very malty despite the somewhat thin mouthfeel, sort of threw me off a bit. I can see what Redhook is going for here with the roast malt flavor but I can't say I thought it was well done, the mouthfeel is too thin and undercarbonated to support the malt profile....comes off as too grainy for me. Overall try it if it's offered but don't pay for it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of ntillemans
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured out into a pint glass.

A - dark amber, tan-brownish...low carbonation...less than a finger of head was gone within minutes

S - Slight roastiness and maltiness and a hint of fruitiness...but the overall culmination of that balance was neither appealing nor very potent...no alcohol smell I could detect.

T - I didn't care much for the balance. Not enough malt or (seasonal) fruity charm for a winter. Strong roast overtones and very hoppy (some fruitiness) but a very dry finish that I disliked.

M - Bitter, dry finish ... a lot of tingling on my tongue that caused me to salivate for want something a little more malty. This one's missing a fuller body one expects in a winter ale.

D - I may be biased against this one because it's heavy on the bitter hops and light on the maltiness and robustness I tend to enjoy. I could drink several of these and I could think of many beers I would dislike more than this one. I just won't seek this one out.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber to copper with a small beige head. Looks thin in the glass. Smell is light, but malty and faintly spiced. Decent nose. Taste mild, lightly spiced, but not much so, malty with maybe the faintest twinge of tartness and/or alcohol and spice. Actually isn't too bad for the style.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with white head that recedes quickly.

Nose has some caramel and faint bourbon-like aromas.

Palate is caramelly malty sweet, thin bodied, highly carbonated, and finishes with an off-alcohol taste.

One of the least impressive winter beers I've ever sampled.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear mahogany color with a solid, white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts mostly. Malts are characterized by toasted notes with caramel. Slight amount of hops make their way through and add a grassy, leafy taste, but it still is relatively sweet. Overall, the flavors are a little weak and I just want more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Board info called this a English-style strong ale.

Poured a clear chestnut color with a frothy beige head that retains well. Toasty malts in the aroma, nutty with a bit of sweetness. Nutty taste, malty, toasty, a bit bland. Some light hops come through near the end for a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat drinkable, but not that great. Reminded me more of an amber ale than a winter warmer or strong ale.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Since i live about 3 mins away from the Red Hook brewery i have come to expect all of their beers to be tasty. However i found this to be on the average side.

Pours a semi dark carmel color with a very thin head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: strong hop note right out of the gate followed by a milder spicy background.

Taste: again lots of hops upfront, being that is a native washington brew this is no surprising. some toasty malt cuts the bitterness very well and ends hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: goes down pretty easy, the carbonation is noticeable but isn't over powering.

Defiantly not the best winter warmer out there but i would gladly session with this after a day of shreding the gnar at Crystal Mtn.

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Photo of hopbar
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours red brown with a puffy tope head. Smells of cloves, hops and some dry citrus rind odors. Quite a spicy nose and reasonably intriguing. Taste is sweet and effervescent. Tastes like cloves and sweet malt. Hops are cloying and floral. Somewhat unbalanced between malt and hops. Some menthol-like flavor in there too. Mouthfeel is quite thin for it being a winter warmer. Drinks OK, but really not anything special for the style...

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. poured a medium amber with some brown woody colors. A decent finger and a half head of fluffy white faded slowly leaving some really impressive chunky and gummy lacing that followed down the glass... beautiful on the whole.

s. nothing too exciting... average roasted malt and some hops of the neutral variety, neither citrusy nor piney nor floral... just relatively neutral. As the brew warmed, the aroma grew a bit stronger, but nothing more than average malt and neutral hop presented itself.

t. Pretty much on level with the aroma. Some roasted malt, a bit of candy and a touch of sweet dried fruit. A bitter hop presence, but one of the more neutral hoppings I've encountered, nothing very exciting. No traces of any spicing for a winter warmer.

m. thin and a bit heavy on carbonation, giving it a bit of light creaminess. Not bad, but nothing amazing. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there on the tongue, giving it a bit of character.

d. meh. Not horrible... decent for a middle of the road winter ale. I wouldn't really call it a warmer, more like an average hoppy amber. Might be a decent introduction for someone unfamiliar with the "winter" style, but really kind of middle of the road, and there are so many other good options out there, this one just falls off the radar.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.