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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-03-2014 17:19:31 | More by Dougish
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2014 01:12:47 | More by tentwelve
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

06-24-2014 01:31:51 | More by Brutus627
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-18-2014 10:46:36 | More by Zond
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3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

So what the heck am I doing reviewing this in June? I know I've had this run of the mill brown ale before, but today I found a six marked way down. So how does it taste 8 months after the date on the bottle? Similar to the way it tasted in October, I think.

It is a typical brown color with very little head. The aroma is slightly pungent, it would be great if you cranked it up by a factor of 4. The taste is typical brown ale. There doesn't seem to be anything that distinguishes it as a winter warmer - no spice. It's malty but not strong.

The aftertaste is a similar malty, boring flavor.

So I got these really cheap in June, and I got what I paid for. When will I ever learn.

06-14-2014 22:45:27 | More by schoolboy
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-11-2014 01:15:50 | More by wvbrewcrew
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-09-2014 20:00:23 | More by HoppySeb
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-08-2014 07:11:54 | More by KevMo84
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-24-2014 21:08:14 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-11-2014 20:31:07 | More by Georgiabeer
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

05-02-2014 18:35:16 | More by jadler16
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance: 2" cream colored head recedes rather slowly leaving significant lacing. Color is a deep copper and mostly clear with moderate carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: earthy, floral, and pine hops blended with a rich bread dough and caramel aroma Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nice variety of flavors. There is a peppery spice combined with the sweet caramel and toasted bread flavor. The finish has the bitterness of the hops with just a tiny bit of alcohol warming with the swallow.
Overall: another solid and very drinkable brew from Redhook

04-27-2014 16:07:37 | More by Foyle
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2.08/5  rDev -41.9%

"Winter Hook #29." 12 fl oz snub-top brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local H-E-B grocery some months ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 6% ABV per the label. 2013 vintage. Bottled: Sep 27 13.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a dark murky amber with brownish hues. It's a bit stale looking. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a generic looking winter ale with nothing to interest the discerning drinker.

Sm: Evident spices: nutmeg, allspice, and...ginger? Has some generic amber malts, caramalt, and a candi sugar sweetness. Caramel, faint molasses, licorice, fennel. Light vinous touches. Generic floral hopping.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.\

There just isn't much here of interest. It comes off very tired and generic, with no signs of boldness or inspiration. An inoffensive aroma of average strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it.

T/Mf: Generic unevocative spices, generic amber malts, generic floral hops, and caramel. A hint of cherry cough syrup. Slight breadiness. That's about it.

It's cloyingly sweet and feels way too syrupy, thick, and sticky. Poor balance, no cohesion, no complexity, no subtlety, no intricacy, no nuance. Not a gestalt beer. Flavour duration, intensity, and depth are all subpar.

This is an unpleasant beer with few redeeming characteristics. Luckily, it's not boozy or hot.

No yeast character comes through.

Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, but not biting. Okay thickness. Medium body. Poor overall presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Difficult to quaff on account of its low quality and cough syrup notes. I'll have trouble finishing just one bottle. It's a terrible beer and isn't worth trying. I'd caution friends from purchasing it. More garbage from Redhook. But hey, there's always next year's recipe change to look forward to...


04-21-2014 03:35:47 | More by kojevergas
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-17-2014 22:51:11 | More by SkinniePost
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 18:13:26 | More by DaveMiller
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-04-2014 01:09:25 | More by clager
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-31-2014 22:17:22 | More by BH712
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-20-2014 18:38:59 | More by harpus
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

SAmpling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. This was a gift from my friend Laurel.
The beer pours a clear amber hue with minimal beige head foaming up about .5 cm ad fading to an edge layer. I also see a little wispy island on the surface that seems to stick around throughout the sampling. Aroma is grainy malt and and some caramel and toffee. I dont get any real hop profile anywhere.
The first sip is average body and fine but tingly carbonation. Flavor is as the nose advertises, with a heavy malt base and caramel and toffee dominant. Again I dont get any hops or boozy bite. I do also get a little dark fruit, some red grape. This beer is pretty one dimensional but enjoyable for what it is. The beer does go down very easy and I find it a nice treat for the evening. Nothing outstanding but a nice malty treat.

03-20-2014 01:04:15 | More by sulldaddy
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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some herbs and spicy aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and spicy flavors, that make for an interesting and complex drink. Drinks much like a Pale Ale. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: I consider this is an interesting Pale Ale. Not what I was expecting from a Winter Ale, but good.

03-16-2014 01:34:23 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-12-2014 03:56:27 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-10-2014 21:01:28 | More by morebeergood
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-25-2014 02:13:47 | More by Catracho5
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-22-2014 18:21:41 | More by dpgoblejr
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02-20-2014 19:35:42 | More by LXIXME
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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