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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 812
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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-30-2011 04:13:50 | More by FlandersNed
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance is a deep, rich amber - poured from a 12oz bottle with a half inch head, lacing was solid throughout the sipping process.

Hop-heavy on the aroma; piney, slightly spicy hop aroma. Toasty, roasty aromas from the malt.

The taste is quite enjoyable; a bit stark, hops taste like Chinook and other things piney - this one reminds me like a tamed down "Big Foot" from Sierra Nevada. Nice caramel undertones to carry the heavy hopping on this one.

Mouthfeel is done well; a lot of malt and hop punch without weighing the tongue down too much in syrupy weightiness - the weight is just about right.

Overall - worth a try - at least worth getting a 6er - if you like hoppy, big flavored beers.

11-30-2011 03:09:14 | More by demuzik
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-29-2011 06:52:10 | More by twelveinches
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-29-2011 04:59:47 | More by barnzy78
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-28-2011 22:40:45 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-26-2011 14:32:01 | More by Another6Pack
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

11-26-2011 08:10:25 | More by hustlesworth
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

11-26-2011 03:53:05 | More by StaveHooks
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-26-2011 00:19:30 | More by scootercrabb
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-25-2011 04:33:10 | More by SolipsismalCat
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

11-23-2011 23:45:15 | More by PrivateEquity
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-22-2011 03:20:59 | More by Rayek
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-19-2011 20:47:56 | More by ElGallo
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-19-2011 11:19:47 | More by thisladyluck
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-19-2011 04:39:33 | More by CoryR
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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

11-19-2011 04:37:39 | More by mattsdenney
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

11-17-2011 02:07:17 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 23:51:22 | More by Trailmix242
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 03:02:19 | More by oline73
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-15-2011 16:41:16 | More by NCbeerpirate
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

11-15-2011 01:51:07 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 19:47:40 | More by Moose34

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-14-2011 17:42:42 | More by TEAMHOLT
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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