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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

839 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | 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 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
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
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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