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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

811 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

One winter seasonal that I have probably seen the most improvement over the years is Winterhook. Its been around since 1985 in one form or another but seems to be on the stable path for several years now. Bright clarity off of the deep copper color brew, awesome looking lacing as it leaves a web like trail down the glass. Malty aroma of toasted grain and caramel, hint of floral and grassy hops as well. The smoothness is certainly there with a small crispness that drops off quick in the medium body. Spicy, herbal and bit time floral hop flavor don a balanced bitterness that lingers far into the drying finish.

High in drinkability, flavorful and a bit complex yet approachable enough to bring to a holiday party. By far its one of my favorites each year.

12-18-2007 04:13:24 | More by Jason
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

Lucid, erythematous bronze with orange accents. The ecru colored head is dense and sits atop the beer with a resolute purposefulness. A slow descent brings about tattered rings and sheets of lace that cover the majority of the inside surface of the glass.

Wow, the nose is a surprise in the best way possible with loads of tropical fruity, sweet citrus zest dipped in melted caramel. I sure didn't expect a winter warmer to be this fantastically hoppy. It smells more like Amarillo than Cascade, but I'll take the brewer's word for it.

The flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, but it's a near thing. Plenty o' hops, with bitter grapefruit peel and pine sap in the forefront, anchored by a toasted caramel malt base that binds it all together in convincing fashion. I really don't appreciate much in the way of spices, just the four basic ingredients that combine to produce very good beer.

The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium and, as a consequence, the finish isn't as long and as lingering as it might be. When judged as a winter warmer, which I feel should be more full, it probably deserves the next lowest score.

Winterhook Winter Ale is a different sort of winter warmer, but a good one. It drinks like a relatively well-balanced IPA that's slanted toward 'made in the U.S.A.' tropical hoppiness. In other words, there's a lot to like in this 12 oz. bottle.

12-16-2004 21:32:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

A wonderful winter warmer.

Deep dark reddish brown color with a head that holds a lot of foam. Chocolate malty smell with a slightly bitter hop that holds up well in the mouth. Some tang at the finish.

Not too heavy - I could drink a few of these, but definitely in the season. With snow on the ground, this beer feels like the right way to enjoy the evening.

01-23-2009 02:31:28 | More by KTCamm
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Sue me.

S: Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, black fruits and clean rain all came through on the nose.

T: Dark, sugary fruit with hardly any sweetness, molasses, light yeasty grains and a refreshing, watery finish.

D: Not sure what makes this "wintery" but it sure tastes good to me.

Value: I paid $3.99 for a sixer on sale. KILLER!

05-06-2010 00:21:55 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

I haven't had this beer in probably 4 years or so and I am looking forward to it. Reddish brown in color with a small creamy white head. The smell is wonderful. Hops, berries and malt, I love it. I must say the flavor is well balanced. Hops and berries go back and forth. Carbonation is low, just how I like this style. Aftertaste is a bit dry with more hops coming through.

Very different from what I remember but very good.

12-19-2003 02:14:47 | More by CharlesRiver
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DukeofAle

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

I'll skip the usual, boring and repetative "review" ("xxx pours a deep mahogany brown with red highlights blah, blah, blah") and say simply that this is one of the better brews I've sampled in some time - if you like your ale on the hoppy side. Not a "big" beer, just a nice, fairly low gravity ale with a bite. And and $6.99/6 pack, it's ranking increases in light of the exceptional value. It' getting tough to find a real soild brew under $10.00 - this was a very pleasant discovery and I will be buying more!

12-30-2008 21:12:16 | More by DukeofAle
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almychristopher

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

this beer pours a nice copper color with a foamy tan head that fades to thick lacing. the aroma carries a lot of malt character, with just a bit of some noble hops at the back. the taste is good well balanced with the sweet malt up front and the citrus and spice of the hop arrangement follow through nicely. a well balance beer, although I would have expected a bit more in the way of alcohol from a warmer.

01-29-2009 03:57:43 | More by almychristopher
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Had this on tap at Brixx Pizza,first time on tap.Poured a lighter brown almost amber color with athis head that left a thin sheet of lace,picked up a bigger than expected hop presence in the aroma some pine along with some roasted malt.Big and hoppy up front on the palate very piney and resiny with a enough of a roasted malt backbone to hold up to the hop attack making for a big,bold,well rounded brew.Very pleasntly suprised with the character of this brew,have had it before and dont remember such a hop profile.

12-10-2004 03:54:24 | More by oberon
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Spikester

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

2008 version. Dark amber with a half inch of light tan head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops and some caramel.
Taste is bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, leather, some grapefruit, hint of lemon and a medium-dry bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinker for a winter warmer. Abv of 5.9%.
Update: Bottled on Oct 17 2013. abv listed as 6.0%
Number 29- 2013 version. Not too different than original review but this is a classic winter warmer and a smooth drinking slightly hop forward beer with plenty of malts to give it an almost Imperial Amber Ale character. One of the better beers of this style.
This update was on Jan. 29, 2014.

12-07-2008 04:50:54 | More by Spikester
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a burnt amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves tons of lace on the glass.

Smell is mostly citrus. Lots of west coast hops. Taste is citrus with a dry, nutty, and sweet malty finish. Pretty enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is off the charts. I could definitely put several of these away on a cold night, or any night for that matter.

Someone else mentioned the price in his review, and I have to agree. For 6.99 a sixer, this is a steal.

01-20-2009 07:05:32 | More by daythree16
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Goregazm

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

WILL KEEP YOU WARM ON THE COLDEST WINTER NIGHTS

Appearance: Pours a nice, reddish-copper color. Clean, but not transparent. Has a decent, light tan head which goes down somewhat rapidly and leaves a good amount of foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong on the nose, you can smell it as soon as you pop off the cap. Has a floral, hoppy smell, with some caramel and malt. Grains are in there as well. Wasn't bad, but not as good as the...

Taste: Nummy!!! This beer has a warm, toasty taste that you can literally feel going down. Tastes like buttered bread with a nice malt and some bitter hops. More sweet then bitter, with a slight detection of fruit. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly thick, with a litte carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Doesn't lose its creamy feel on the palate after being in your mouth for a few seconds. The aftertaste is not a far cry from the taste itself, just a bit more suttle.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, and one of the best that Redhook has to offer. This is ideal to sip on a cold, winter night. Whether sitting in front of the fireplace or under a blanket watching a movie, this is a brew that matches up perfectly. If you're not a big
fan of the winter season, this is a damn good reason to look forward to it.

10-18-2008 06:35:54 | More by Goregazm
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Bagman007

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very nice copper coloring with a decent, not very long lasting, head.

S- Very hoppy scent when you first smell it. Can't really smell any malts at all. Can also smell some spices as well.

T- The spices really stick out in the taste, perhaps more than in any other Winter Warmer I've had. Surprisingly does not taste as hoppy as it smells.

M- Since it was not as hoppy or bitter as I expected, it went down surprisingly smoothly.

D- Extremely drinkable session beer. Definitely something you have have a lot of.

Overall I was extremely impressed with this beer. Very smooth compared to most Winter Warmer's. I would recommend this to anyone.

12-17-2008 04:40:48 | More by Bagman007
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

This beer poured a deep red to slightly brown color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was sweet, very sweet caramel with a light touch of hop. Not too bad. The flavor was well balanced between the sweet caramel and sweet grapefruit and piney hops. Where the beer lacked was in the mouthfeel. It was just too thin. Overall a nice easy sipping beer that was good to start a night. I'd have it again.

12-23-2004 19:50:39 | More by kmpitz2
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NHGrafx

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 2 finger head that dies pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma starts off pretty hoppy which yields to a malty sweetness. There is also a weird fruity smell, but I can't think of anything to describe it.

Taste is malty with a clear hop flavor present. There is some nice toasted/roasted malt flavors as well. There is light to moderate bitterness on the finish. Has a slight sweetness that comes out as it warms. The weird fruit flavor is in the taste as well, but still can't think of how to describe it. Mouthfeel is very good and very good drinkability too.

Overall a very good winter ale. Will definitely have this again.

11-26-2008 02:38:41 | More by NHGrafx
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Such a surprising brew for me. Not a huge fan of winter warmers as I find they're generally much too spicey and lack body.

Redhook's Winter Ale is fantastic. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy head. Spices are perfectly balanced with an unexpected amount of hops. Chocolate mixes with grapefruit to create a truly original winter ale. Nuts and malts create a nice backbone and a delicious finish.

01-08-2012 21:12:56 | More by devinoconnor
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Dark copper color with a decent head and lace.
The aroma started with some hops,malts and some honey.
The taste of malts,caramel and sweetness.The hops surprised me,but were a welcomed surprise.
The feel was smooth,medium body,medium carbonation and an overall good balance.

Notes: What a fine brew of a surprise. Six pack next time as it was so easy to have.

11-20-2008 03:02:13 | More by Lexluthor33
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

01-08-2005 23:31:16 | More by ZAP
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

I think I'd previously described the color of this ale as like "moonrise over Venus" owing to its radiant scarlet glow. That original bottled beer review dates to 2003, back in my "Jimi Hendrix" phase of beer reviewing. Far out.

Returning to this ale at the source where it's brewed reveals a beer of far more hops than I remember. Both the aroma and taste impart a bright hoppy immediacy like a handful of Cascade pellets. Hop flavor posits an herb and spice flare against an alt-like nuttiness that delivers more character than I was expecting. And the freshness of the draught is notable. If I had to venture a deconstructionist guess I'd say Winterhook is IPA hops on ESB malts with an alt-like yeast.

Very effective as a winter warmer. Almost compelling.

03-11-2009 04:27:46 | More by RedDiamond
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RootedFool

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Purchased a 12 pack on sale at the local Safeway.

Pours deep amber with copper highlights around the edges. A very light brown head spews toward the lip of the glass, dense and pillowy and takes its time descending. Dollups of lace hold to the glass like cool whip around a fat child's lips during Thanksgiving dinner.

Smell:

A thin waft of raisins cooked down in caramel, with a middle and finish of straight-up brown sugar and a hint of lemon zest.

Taste:

A dry bitterness along the center of my palate, overflowing into an even drier bitterness -- blackened toast comes to mind, but pleasantly -- and succulent candied fruits peak through the middle, closing on a slight twist of alcohol in my throat and gut, and a raspy twang of bitterness over a bed of fading malt sweetness that reminds me of flat Pepsi.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between creamy and "whipped," a nice palate-coating density. Doesn't quite stick to the ribs, but this is a good thing.

Not bad for my first winter seasonal of the year.

10-07-2004 01:52:49 | More by RootedFool
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14%

Light brown and foamy, left alot of foamy lace. Crisp and refreshing, nice qualities for this syle beer. Very smooth and long malty center, Mild/mellow hop finish. nice balance and drinkability. Good session brew. A pleasant quaffer. Tried this one on tap. Didnt have the time to let it warm up abit in the glass.

02-07-2004 02:17:32 | More by Billolick
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14%

Excellent looking and an eye pleasing beer with a clear and bright light garnet color with tinges of orange. Small fruitiness in the aroma with more of it coming out as the beer warmed up, along with sweet and grassy hops. Aromas included sweet cherries, apricots and birch. The beer is a dry one, light in malt body with a biting and bitter tang and a dry, fruity finish. Light, tasty and flavorful. The dryness is an asset to this beer. Very good.

12-01-2003 16:36:34 | More by pezoids
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14%

Brewed 11/13 at the brewery in New Hampshire.

Poured into a pint glass and watched a good finger-and-a-half of textured khaki head mount itself on top of a clear and copper body. It's cool to see pretty lacing and nice head retention on this style of beer.

Smells like clove, wood, warming alcohol. Nice bitterness in the taste that doesn't come through so much on the smell. I like how this beer isn't too spiced up - it's a warmer for sure, but it finishes clean (maybe even dry) and it's not overly sweet. Leaves a nice taste.

This is the best beer I've tried from Redhook and a great one in the style. I liked it more than Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

01-06-2012 00:56:58 | More by NardiByNature
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +14%

22 oz. bomber, $1.99, I've got to take advantage of it,

A: Pours a deep clear amber to red with a frothy medium white head, great lace.

S: Has a solid hoppiness, grapefruit, citrus, crystal malt.

T: Heavy crystal/red malt flavour. Has a substantial bitterness. Good flavour, like an Old Jubilation meets Full Sail Wassail.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, thick feeling, robust, good overall body.

O: Why can't Longhammer have this kind of hop character?. This is real good beer and at sub-$2 a bomber it's a steal. One of Redhook's best without a doubt.

01-12-2012 06:09:12 | More by Halcyondays
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RedLion

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +14%

I really think this is a way above average beer. There's nothing on the market quite like it. This brew has a wonderful winter spicyness that I havn't found in any other beer. Truely a perfect compliment for a cold winter night. Like all Redhooks, this beer pours almost too clean, with a good head. But, who really cares how about a beer looks? The important thing is how this tastes. Flavors present are nutmeg and cinammon. It's too bad I can only find it during the winter.

04-21-2005 02:18:10 | More by RedLion
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Butch

Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Sampled 22 December 2006

Beautiful color. Deep cherry-wood, just a bit of red. Head was nice and tight, if short. Faded to a respectable lid that graced me with a perfect lace over the entire inner wall of the glass. Bless him for that. It stuck around for the whole beer and I was taking my time drinking it; writing this, watching TV, and answering emails in the process.

Smelled like an IPA. The deeper I drew, the more hops I got: score. At the end there was a hint of something spicy. A real winter ale.

The taste was, in my opinion, a nice example of the style. Not over top in any direction, no serious flaws, just a nice solid example of a style I love. All hops on the backend, but again, I got that subtle hint of something spicy . . . especially the last two swallows.

My goodness I love Christmas brews. I’ll be sure to get it next year, and probably again this year if it’s still available the next time I restock The Cache.

Butch

01-14-2007 12:32:59 | More by Butch
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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