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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
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)
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Photo of SerieDNo3
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 version, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber; light can travel through, but it definitely is not clear. Thin head that quickly became a film and left minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Mild alcohol on the nose, as well as some fruit and a slight metallic twinge.

T: Some spices and toasted malt, but it has a metallic presence that lasts throughout the beer. Not necessarily unpleasant, but also not something I would seek out.

M: For a beer with so little carbonation, it feels surprisingly thin.

D: It goes down pretty easily, given the generally thin mouthfeel. If I enjoyed the flavor more, I could put down a few of these with no trouble.

SerieDNo3, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of noremorse1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a moderate amount of carbonation. Decent sized head that drops off gradually (not before I could get in the first few sips) and a bit of lacing.

Smell is nutty, caramel, hint of chocolate. Detecting a hint of fruit. Spicy as well.Very rich, great smelling beer.

There is a definite presence of malt here. Also, the chocolate smell is complemented by a mild chocolate flavor.

This beer is a little lighter on the palate than I would have expected, but still has a relatively strong body to it. Slightly bitter aftertaste that causes me to take sip after sip.

This beer goes down well. I find myself detecting new flavors with each sip. The folks at ESB have made this year after year since 1985 with good reason; it is a deliciously drinkable beverage. It will not knockout Bell’s Winter Wheat as my favorite winter beer, but I will enjoy this 6-pack and maybe another.

noremorse1, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $13.99 as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 15, 2012). Dark caramel amber with one finger of khaki white head. Average to below average retention of lacing on the top, above average on the sides.

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nutty malts, slight dark chocolate and slight coffee beans. A tad bit of rye hops as well.

Tasted not so much like the smell. Got toffee, caramel, roasty malts, candy cane, mint hops, rye hops and iced tea. Started out so bad, but ended so well with the mint.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Smooth finish.

This beer grew on me a lot. Wasn’t anywhere close to as good as the Widmer Brr I just had, but it hit the spot. I’d have it again.

BucannonXC5, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of mmmbeer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., bottled on 10/4/05 - served just above fridge temp. in a nonic. Pours a deep mahogany red with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a sheet when it recedes along with some good lacing while drinking it. Smells mostly of hops (floral, spicy, and piney) but has some caramel malt behind it. Tastes the same except for added notes of citric hops, toasted malts, and alcohol. The hops are nice but the malts need to be beefed up a bit. The mouthfeel is medium, bordering on full. A decent winter warmer for the price, I just wish the alcohol were less noticeable.

mmmbeer, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of swid
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Winterhook pours a dark amber to light brown color. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", tan head that almost immediately settles into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, very little lacing. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of a generic American Pale Ale, except that there's a bit more maltiness here than in a typical APA. Small amounts of caramel are present, too.

Like the smell, the taste of this beer can be summed up as "a maltier version of a typical APA". There's really nothing else that distinguishes this beer. The mouthfeel is fairly light, slightly thin, and wet; finishes with a mix of sweetness and citric hop bitterness.

The beer's drinkable enough, but very average otherwise. There's nothing to distinguish Winterhook from the wider range of winter seasonals.

swid, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with a redish tint; small head that does hold its body fairly well; lacing is good

S: Aromas aren't too strong but there are subtle roasted malts; array of spices, chocolate, and subtle citrus hops

T: Upfront there is a nice blend of roasted malts balanced with a touch of citrus; on back end the flavors dissipate and there is something off puting and slightly sour

F: A bit too thin and watery but okay

D: This is pretty drinkable and the spices aren't much for a winter warmer; there is something in the aftertaste that becomes a tad wearing

dbossman, Jan 02, 2010
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.

mntlover, Oct 31, 2004
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.

Pegasus, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Dithyramb, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10-03-06. Into a pint glass, pours a nice clear coppery amber, with a good inch head, bubbly on top, full of whitish lacing all over the glass, almost too much. Aroma is hoppy, leafy and oils, biscut malt. Eh. Taste is also a bit hoppy, I'm bored already, malts hops yay. Mouth is decent in body and carbonation, pretty drinkable beer, but was hoping for much more in a winter 'warmer.'

objectivemonkey, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark amber color that could be seen through with a slight tan head. The head really stuck on the side of my glass.

Smell: I instantly smelled a hoppy aroma. It was like the smell of hot metal. Also some sweet aroma coming through like caramel. This isnt a great aroma, but i think is very interesting and unique.

Taste is fruitier than i thought and very hoppy. I can taste cantalope and peach in the afterttaste. I think that is strange, but thats what i taste.

Mouthfeel is not as full as i like, but does have a decent balance with the hops and malt. Medium carbonation.

I think overall this one is quite drinkable. I am about half way done drinking it right now while i have been writing my review. My favorite from redhook is blackhook, but this is quite nice.

acrawf6, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Tall thin 12 ounce bottle. Labeled like the picture in the BA Database. The Bottled On Date finishes in ….08 03 the previous numerals are worn and not that discernable. Twist off cap was destroyed by my Samuel Smiths Bottle Opener.

Appearance: A clear but dark looking copper color body underneath a light tan colored head that is creamy looking, smooth and has a good longevity. Thick lacing eventually thins as the beer is downed, but the lacing looks good. Backlit it has a deep ruby hints. Solid conditioning. It looks great in my McEwan’s Scotch Ale Glass Goblet.

Nose: Biscuit and oatmeal with some sweet malts. Has a nice hop nose that rises at the back end with some feint pine oils. A baked bread nose builds as the temperature rises.

Taste: Malts start the beer, with some bitterness in the middle. The finish has an oatmeal cereal feel with a light sourness to it. As you drink through this it has a simple feel that is good but can be a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first with a spiky carbonation aided by a porridge like feel in the back end. Bitterness cuts the oatmeal porridge in the latter third. Finishes dry and acidic.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched and a nice drinking beer but a little too one-dimensional and a tad thin at times.

Overall: Thanks to BigHuge for the chance to finish off this Winter Ale before the Spring breaks through. Cheers!

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, with some spices. The taste is malty, slight hop, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

Wasatch, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper color and formed a nice, off white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subside. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and some caramel. A flavor of malt, caramel with some hops present. The body is fairly thin for this style and the finish is a touch on the bitter side. Just not terribly impressed with this one, which is about par for this brewery.

Wildman, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear ice tea brown color with a nice head that provides good retention and lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, piney hops and a touch of spice; slightly medicinal

Taste: Starts out with a good caramel base; a little vanilla appears, mid-palate; after the swallow, the brew turns surprisingly bitter, woody and pithy on the finish

Mouthfeel: Just a touch thin for a Winter Warmer (but still acceptable), but is a bit overcarbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable and unexpectedly hoppy; some flaws but still OK

brentk56, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this sucker on-tap and decided to sample it; I'm a sucker for new stuff, what can I say? The body is surprisingly clear, and a little lighter than I would have expected also, with an amber color. The head is off-white, two fingers tall, and both retention and lacing are pretty good.

The aroma mixes hops, malt and spices, but overall, it isn't especially powerful.

I honestly expected this beer to be bad, but I have to say it won me over, as it is pretty good. The hop profile is pretty powerful, with bright citrus and a floral flavor that come through immediately. The bitterness is light, however, because the big malt base eclipses it before it can really go to work on your mouth. The malt brings lots of toasted flavors with a little bit of grain. Toffee and sweet caramel are also prominent. Pretty evenly balanced between the malt and hops here, with an ample amount of each. I don't really pick up any spice additions, so if they're in there, the traditional ingredients are obscuring them, which is fine with me.

The rich malt base in this one deserves a little bit of a longer finish, which could be accomplished by beefing up the body a little bit. The carbonation is moderate, but the body is a touch light.

Winter Hook isn't a bad beer at all, and it is probably worth a try, especially because it tends to pop up at places that might not have a stellar tap list.

Hojaminbag, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of beergeek279
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a bubbly, foamy white head. The smell is malty. The taste is fairly hoppy on top of the slight amber malt. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Surprised to see this is an old ale...tastes more like an amber. Still, on its own, it's a good if uneventful beer, and one I might consider having in the future.

beergeek279, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook Winter Ale pours a dark copper color with only a slight ring of white head around the edge from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a mild hoppy smell. Nice hoppy flavor, a bit of caramel is in the background. A solid choice, definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight-up amber body, clear with a thin bubbly head that leaves tiny bits of lacing

Thick malty aroma with lots of caramel but definitely some buttery diacetyl (sp) as well.

All the malty flavors are there, but there is also a surprisingly pleasant streak of English hops happening as well. Very interesting and very nice to cut the thick malt.

Forced C02 is not the best way to go with these beers, but it is what it is. This would be really nice from a cask. The carbonation in this one is a little too sharp and biting.

Pretty good pick, the flavor is very unique with that subtle streak of hoppy bitterness. I've heard they change the recipe with this one every year, so we'll see how it is compared to future offerings, I suppose.

bboven, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 2013 edition. Part of a haul of Christmas themed ales I picked up for the season. Unique bottle design, to say the least.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut ruby in colour, with a quarter inch of light foam that recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is still fairly malt-forward, but there is a nice earthy grassy hop presence coming through as well.

Solid winter warmer that is malty enough to fall within that heavier brewing category, but has enough pale ale elements to be quite drinkable. Malty, bit of chocolate, earthy hops, light taste of pine, bit of fruit and spice, grassiness. Mild booziness to it.

Tasty enough brew - it isn't the big winter warmer I was expecting, but it is certainly a tasty ale with a good hop presence.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty medium copper color after poured into a pint glass. Little head retention, but nice lacing that hangs around. Pleasant nose is a bit complex, but dominated by malt sweetness, hops, and a hint of woodsy spices. Medium bodied in the mouth, definitely crisp with hops. I swear that there are some kind of spices trying to reach out and bite your tongue. Dry aftertaste and definitely a belly warmer. Above average for a seasonal ale.

merlin48, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz.amber bottle. Born on date of 9/25/03.

Poured a deep amber in color. Shafts of ruby-red light can be seen when held up to the light. Excellent lacing of the glass with a tannish-colored head. Aromas are a mixture of grassy hops and some sweet malt. Flavors are hoppy up front and finishes with a caramel sweetness combined with a bit of a metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is average, with the metallic flavor costing points in this category.

Notes: Not too much in this one to make me think of this as a winter brew. It's probably the best Redhook beer I've had, but it's more of a regular amber beer than a winter brew. Not one that I'd rush out to buy each year to see how it's changed.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 21, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BrianCuoz, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

InfernoBoss, Jun 04, 2013
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.