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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

807 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-26-2011 14:32:01 | More by Another6Pack
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy copper amber with a decent off white head and a good amount of lace.

S- mild aroma of sweet caramel malts and earthy English hops. Raisin, date, prune, toffee, and sherry.

T- well balanced flavor, toasty, woodsy and sweet with understated bitterness. Fruity tartness comes in with red grape, plum, raisin, and berries. Finishes with an earthy bitterness and a bit chocolatey.

MF- nicely full feel with proper carbonation. Lots of grain went into this one. Creamy and rich.

D- surprisingly good from an underestimated brewery. Anheuser Busch has the rights to this one around here, and thanks to my sales rep Ty for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 08:10:25 | More by hustlesworth
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear chestnut body with red highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head.

S - Yeasty, candied grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied orange.

T - Toasty grain, brown sugar, spicy pale malt, brown bread crust, a light dusting of cocoa powder, caramel malts, nutty yeast, cascade-like hop creating a citrus edge against the malt. Finishes crisp and semi-dry.

M - Light side of medium, medium carbonation, slick but drys out on the finish.

Light and mellow winter warmer. This is a good all around holiday beer. The hops and cocoa seem to give it a holiday spice without being forced. Good stuff for $7.99.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:53:05 | More by StaveHooks
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scootercrabb

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-26-2011 00:19:30 | More by scootercrabb
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Boulder Never Summer Ale.

A: Clear copper color with one-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted malt. Hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Floral and lightly toasted malt. Solid hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Warm.

O: I generally prefer less hopped winter warmers, but this wasn't bad. I feel like it was very comparable to the Never Summer Ale and would call it a tie.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:33:10 | More by SolipsismalCat
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, clear appearance is inviting, good lacing

S - Malty, grainy, caramel nose.

T - Good taste with "maybe" a touch too much bitter on the back end. Not too complex, but solid.

M - Right amount of mouthfeel. Good amount of crispness

O - Very drinkable beer. Definitely let it warm up a bit, it is uninteresting when cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:45:15 | More by PrivateEquity
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Rayek

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook hits my glass with a deep amber and active carbonation. A small and fizzy cream head quickly falls to a patchy film. The beer leaves bits of lace.

Toasted grain and citrus hops do most of the work. A little pine is present as well. The medium body is semi-dry and has the right fizz.

This is a nice; if rather nondescript, beer. There are more interesting Winter Warmers out there, but this is still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:20:59 | More by Rayek
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short bottle. Bottled-on date clearly printed on bottom of front label.

Pours a nice, deep copper-brown. An off-white head rings and stays. Smell is chiefly brown sugar. Taste is a bitter affair, in a good way - pleasant mild hops, and the underpinning acrid nuttiness of a brown ale. Feel is tight and tart, with ginger coming into presence. Finishes with a metallic and grapefruit aftertaste. Overall, a decent winter warmer, that I'm thankful isn't slamming me over the face with spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:15:54 | More by sixerofelixir
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-19-2011 20:47:56 | More by ElGallo
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thisladyluck

Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-19-2011 11:19:47 | More by thisladyluck
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-19-2011 04:39:33 | More by CoryR
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, a dark copper/amber color with a two finger head. Leaves a sticky, bubbly film as it settles. Looking very good so far.

S: Malt and toasted grain, light hop scent. Caramel sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, herbal grain, and toasted caramel up front with a nice hoppy backbone. Flavorful, and very well balanced. Some spiciness but not as much as other Winter Warmers.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish.

O: Overall I really enjoy this beer. The Winter Warmer designation always throws me b/c you never know what you'll get. This beer is warming, well balanced and perfect for a cold night. Very drinkable, will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:37:39 | More by mattsdenney
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a golden light brown color with a small head retention mostly around the edge of the glass.

S: A very clean flower and hop smell with just a hint of malt.

T: The very sweet flower flavor comes on at first and then the full hop body takes over with a minuscule malty background flavor. The overall taste is aromatic and sweet with a slight bitterness but it has a well balanced hops profile.

M: It has a full body that is slightly creamy, yet dry from the hoppy flower flavor.

O: This beer is a definite must try. It is has an exclusive floral taste that is well complimented with its strong hop profile. The value of this beer is also great, the flavor of this beer is very worth a price.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:07:17 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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Trailmix242

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 23:51:22 | More by Trailmix242
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 03:02:19 | More by oline73
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-15-2011 17:59:47 | More by bpfrush
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-15-2011 16:41:16 | More by NCbeerpirate
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +39.7%

11-15-2011 01:51:07 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Moose34

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 19:47:40 | More by Moose34
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-14-2011 17:42:42 | More by TEAMHOLT
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 15:09:20 | More by Lawnboy33
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein. Copper, transparent with a finger of head.
Roasted malt smell, almost smoky.
Good malt all the way through, big bitter at the end. Balanced.
Bubbly (not too much), medium body.
Perfect winter drinker and quite easy to throw back a few with no problems.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:30:18 | More by Fatehunter
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industrialswill

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown shade of dark brown.
This beer has almost NO smell, odor, aroma, I practically dunked my nose into it and tried to snort some of it...[just kidding]
I love the flavor. I would call this one a bitter if asked to classify it. It has an underlying bitterness that borders on being dank and musty, with just enough malt sweeetness to make this a very enjoyable beer.
There is very little carbonation or head, but there is enough to make this brew feel that it's alive.
This is a style that I can appreciate...even though it falls short in my book of even the most basic of IPAs.
At any rate, this stuff is good beer and it deserves a good review.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:24:55 | More by industrialswill
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with an off-wide head—very nice looking. It has a malty aroma that reminds me of a pilsner lager. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts with a very subtle hop presence. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Winterhook is a nice beer that I think most would enjoy. However, it's not memorable. Given the light hop flavor, I never would have guessed that Redhook used 4 hop varieties. Lastly, I don't understand what makes it a winter seasonal. It's a very middle-of-the-road beer that doesn't offer anything unique or different.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 06:14:39 | More by notsoprobeer
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rlshep

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Date on bottle: 10/19/2010

Aroma: Malty. Caramel, pear

Appearance: Pours finger and half off-white head. Nice lacing. Dissipates slowly. Amber golden color. A few floaties.

Flavor: Yeasty. Caramel, Apple, Pear and a touch of Vanilla. Medium high bitterness. Light harshness possibly from bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Alcohol present.

Overall: At almost 6% this did not age well. Would like to try a fresher version.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:17:24 | More by rlshep
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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