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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

815 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was actually part of a Christmas gift from my mom. Thanks Mom!

A - Deep amber colored body with an inch of medium tan head. It also has a nice lacing as it's sipped away.

S - Slightly hoppy with a nice sweet and spicy bouquet.

T - Bready flavor with a slightly spiced middle. The finish is of simple hops.

M - Smooth texture with the finish being a bit coarse which allows the hop flavor to come through.

~ This a tasty, smooth and likable winter warmer. Give it a try.

cdkrenz, Dec 29, 2008
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.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark goldish brown. You see little bubbles on the body with a slightly off-white head maybe half a finger's length at first. Settles even with almost no lacing.

Smell: Not a bad scent but nothing that will make me go crazy inhaling it.

Taste: This beer reminds of something that you had before. If I were to take a guess and no bs, it feels like a vienna lager. This brew is just a notch more bitter than some of the rest that I have had. It's like is was run through a course of extra wet hops.

Mouth: Smooth finish comes off a little dry.

Overall: Definitely did not disapoint. Honestly pouring this into the glass I didn't know what to expect. Winter warmer?, maybe if you want to call it that. Grab a glass and drink up. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 05, 2013
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.

Hibernator, Nov 30, 2004
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.

Truh, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of flux702
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

flux702, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Raw umber body with lumpy linen head that turns to film.
Red currant cake, a whiff of paint fusels, earth and brownie mix on the nose.
Chocolate cherry fruitcake, some soil and a big bite of spicy, woodsy, piney hops.
Ginger cake finish and long stinging, oily linger.
Medium, chewy and a bit hot, oddly.

Lots of rough edges to this one which I suspect are down to cinnamon oil. The barky spice accentuates all this beer's faults, making it play like it's got too many IBUs for the style, and too many stray boozy notes. A bit more body and malt (but not sweetness; verging on syrupy as it is) would be the way to go here.

Not an easy sipper.

StJamesGate, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RedHook WinterHook Ale- Mugsys bar Rte 70 ( Toms River/ Bricktown)

Appearance- A nice dark red with a thick white head
Smell- bitter hops with a citrus and floral
Taste- bitter. Citrus and floral hops. good!
Mouthfeel- sharp bitterness. Nice little aftertaste. No bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a good Ale that I enjoyed but Sierra Nevada would be a sufficiant replacement and slighty more enjoyable!

NJpadreFan, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy and has great retention. The nose has a rather big hop aroma that is piny, earthy, and spicy. The flavor has a caramel sweetness to it as well as a slight spice character with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is pretty hoppy with some citrusy, piny, earthy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

I like that there is a winter warmer that is a little hoppier and not so over spiced, this is though a little simple and I'm indifferent about it overall. Nothing really stands out for me.

tdm168, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11.15.06

Pours a dark brownish copper color with an off-white ring of lace that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by fresh hops with a faint sweet malt background and maybe even some winter spices. After the really nice aroma, I was a little let down by the lack of flavor. The taste, much like the aroma is dominated by the hops upfront with a sweet and toasted malt presence as well. Pretty good tasting brew, but it is just a little too watered down. Overall, this is an interesting enough seasonal to have again but really nothing to get exited over.

cjgator3, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is malty, bready, some nutmeg and cinnamon, good flavor but not great for this style. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, May 02, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6 pack picked up at the local beer place. Pours a lovely tan color into the pint glass. Capped by a small off white head with good retention. Clear with good bubbling carbonation. Nose is sweet with malt, caramel, orange zest. Taste adds grassy and floral notes, toffee. Light tannin. Leans to the sweet side this one does, but not cloying. Medium bodied, alcohol is slightly warming. Enjoyable.

UDbeernut, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of JISurfer
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice little hop bite to it's initial taste, but then turns to malty. It's color was a dark amber with a tan head. The head was frothy, but then went down to a laceing of the same color. I was most inpressed with the cover up of the higher alcohol in this brew. i would have never guessed that it was almost 7%. It's a little rough around the edges on the first taste, but smooths out as you go.

JISurfer, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of sprucetip
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into Midnight Sun goblet

Deep amber/copper, clear, good head with retention and lacing.

Some dark fruit and a surprising citrusy hop aroma on a malty base. Smell is not strong or prominent, unfortunately. Had trouble getting a good whiff after the initial pour.

A mild sweetness up front with hop bitterness following closely. A little bit of dark grainy flavor, but overall not very complex.

Some tingling from the carbonation, a bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Dryish finish.

The dry, bitter finish nay slow some down, but this will be consumed as a session beer by many. For me, what detracts most from the drinkability is an overall, relative, lack of complexity.

This is a decent beer, but considering the many options, I won't be reaching for it often.

sprucetip, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of beerdown77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark amber with notable head that stuck around for a while. It smelled and tasted malty and toasty. It had a well balanced taste that wasn't too sweet or smoky. I would classify this as moderately crisp and medium bodied, making it easy to have a few of these in a row. However, after i finished, I started to get that sour, muck taste that sometimes follows beer. I still think Winterhook is pretty solid and will come back to it next winter.

beerdown77, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent ale but slightly below average for a winter brew. Very drinkable but otherwise uneventful. Nothing really stands out in the way of winter additives of typical spices. Slightly hoppy and bright on the top end, finishes with a bit of zing. Decent head and lacing. A very brash pour caused a huge 2 inch head but it held its own and brought itself down quick. This is a very drinkable beer but definitely not best in class. Go with CBC winter Warmer or Great Lakes Christmas Ale (best in class).

mashedpotatoes, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-15-03
Aroma 2: A musty hop smell heavy with pine and citric notes. I’m a little worried
Appearance 3.5: Dark red that is clear when backlit. Has a nice off white head that clings to the side and seems to last
Flavor 3.5: Very hoppy. The hops come through a little nicer than the smell lets on. While the hop flavor is in full force, the bitter is kept at bay. No malt sweetness here, but has to be backing the hops.
Mouthfeel 2.5: A bit thin, with a very slight hop pucker
Overall Impression 3.5: This is a pretty good beer all in all. Heavy-handed hops here hold, hindering holistic happiness (sorry, I hit a roll). Trying to say, a bit out of balance, but not so much to seriously detract from a tasty brew. I would like a bit more complexity, and a little more balance, but you can’t have everything.

Re-reviewed 12-13-05
Bottle Inspection: 6% abv. bottled on 101005 (sampled 121305). My label is blue with old man winter blowing up a hard wind.

Aroma 4: Malt with a nice spice level, maybe ginger, coriander, I guess it’s just the northern brewer and cascade hops blending so nicely; A very nice nose.

Appearance 3.5: Clear dark ruby brown with active carbonation levels feeding a skimpy head of grayish white that gave some good lace.

Flavor 4: Tastes like a light bodied heavily hopped stout. Very mild overall impression, but some nice sweet notes balanced by a gentle bitter and almost grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Firm carbonation, slightly oily texture slowly fades.

Overall Impression 4: Easy drinking winter ale. Good “pure” flavors, hops and malt doing their thing. It’s very clean and neat, but not a lot of punch for the winter season. Still, a very well crafted beer.

HardTarget, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: New packaging for 2005. Bottle is a bit homely, with very square shoulder and a split label. ABV and bottled date (September 14, 05) are clearly visible.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Head fades to leave a nice lacing, very light bubbling keeps it from going away completely.

Smell: I am recovering from a cold (and thought a winter beer would be the perfect medicine), so my sense of smell is less than perfect. However the malt sweetness comes through, as well as a hint of fruit. Just a little bit of spice in there too.

Taste: Starts off sweet and malty, and then a bit of hops come in to keep it balanced. Spice is very light, but still present. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Just a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall impression: Nice winter seasonal - I'm always happy to see this come on tap at the local bars. Certainly not the best out there, but it is widely available and tasty.

rowew, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of aerozeppl
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with 2 fingers of white head.

S: Nice smell with a lot of malt and spiciness.

T: Malt was up front followed by some hops. Nice balance to it.

M: Thin for the style. Felt good though.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Got this because everything else on tap was bleh. If in the same situation recommended.

aerozeppl, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber color. Great sweet hoppy aroma. First impression is of a winter pale ale. Spicy pine and hop notes. It becomes more bitter as you drink, but the flavor holds throughout. Flavor holds through the finish. Nice winter beer but it could improve in sweetness and depth.

Utica_Brew_Review, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of cabsandking
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

cabsandking, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- golden amber color, lots of carbonation, decent head that settles to a ring after a few minutes.

S- Very peculiar. It smells like a regular light bodied ale except for a strange underlaying smell. It's a musty, malty, almost earthy smell.

T- A little bit thin but a lot going on. Starts out with an earthy, tone with a little bit of spice. Maybe pumpkin spice, cloves, cinnamon. Then comes in the little bit of piny hops that finish dry and completely different than the start. Not bad, but again: a little thin.

M- Great mouthfeel. Starts out creamy and smooth than thins down to a dry hoppy feel. Interesting.

D- Not too strong. Good for whenever I'd say. It isn't wonderful but I'd say it is one of the best winter beers I've had this season. Much, much better than that samual adams winter lager crap I had last week.

Rudgers73, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear red mahogany body with a 1-finger tan head that settles to a little cap. Good lacing but no as clingy as I like to see.

S - Not overly aromatic, took some swirling to get the nose to come out in this one. Dark malts and brown sugar with some dry floral hops.

T&M - Caramel malts with a nice touch of brown sugar. Floral hops follow and are more prominent than expected. Adds a nice bitterness to the spice in this beer. Seems to be lacking something, though. I want there to be more flavor but it's just not there. A litle thin in the mouthfeel.

D - A nice-drinking beer but not my favorite winter warmer. Sessionable for sure.

MrIncognito, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of BlackAngus
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, brown color with a fluffy head that fades to about half a finger thick.

S - Malt aroma, very prominent hops aroma, but it's not overpowering.

T - Hint of what may be "winter" spices, hop flavor, some maltiness.

M - A tad thin, but clean. Light carbonation.

D - Not too bad. I'd drink it again.

BlackAngus, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of BrewDorkTimes
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep chestnut color, and is topped by a toasted-marshmallow head. The smell is dominated by aromas of roasted malts and has a strong coffee/toffee component as well.

On the palate the beer is sweet but balanced, with a touch of bitterness. The toffee flavors are great and are accompanied by notes of chocolate and macadamia nuts. Actually, if I had to sum up this beer en an extremely primitive way, I'd say it tastes the way I would expect a half IPA, half nut-brown Ale to taste. It has notes of chocolate, cream, and roasted malt, but it also has a bitter hop component that you can expect from a good IPA.

The alcohol level is low for a winter seasonal and this beer seems like it would be a very easy beer to pair with food.

If you see it on sale, definitely snatch some up, but otherwise-with so many great winter ales in the market-you could pass on this one without fearing that you had missed anything Earth-shaking.

BrewDorkTimes, Jan 03, 2010
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