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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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BA SCORE
81
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper color with little head to it.

S: A bit of caramel malt and some piney hops, but not much to the nose with this one.

T: The taste is similar to the nose. A nice balance to the malt and hops, but neither really come to the forefront. Blends nicely, but I would like a bit more of both in this.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. It was okay, but could be better.

D: This is a decent winter ale. There are much better ones out there though. I had it on cask at the brewery, so that was cool, but I wouldn't otherwise go out of my way for it.

Serving type: cask

11-26-2007 13:59:34 | More by YonderWanderer
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KI9A

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:05:26 | More by KI9A
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Hawthorne

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a mild amber with a festive white head. The smell had a distictive pine scent which foreshadowed the hops to come. I'd concur with the previous reviewer who suggested this was one of the hopiest seasonal ales. Indeed, they made this beer as crisp as the season it celebrates. Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 21:36:32 | More by Hawthorne
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on Sep 03 13.

Red-mahogany with light passing through. Head is a sliver of an inch.

Roasted chocolate malt with a bright earthy hop aroma. Malts seem almost biscuity. A charm of sweetness. Hints of pine and spice.

Fairly bitter with hints of earthy hops, cocoa, and bitter herb. Nuances of clove-y spice. Hardly warming. Hop presence doesn't come off very fresh. Has an astringency in the way that it's bitter. Sweetness barely surfaces with toasted sugar notes.

Drinks light-medium with a burly carbonation that doesn't want to quit. A little harsh, which follows the flavor.

So many other better warmers out there to even consider wasting your time with this one. Will not seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 15:49:28 | More by thecheapies
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clipdat

California

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review after visiting this site regularly for over a year..!!

Part of a 6 pack purchased at Beverages & More in Orinda for $5.99 on special. Bottled on 10/11/05. Gently decanted into my red hook pint glass. Color is a nice roasted brown. Very thin head due to the type of pour. Slow-moving, even carbonation throughout. Immediate aromas when pouring were of toffee and and subtle malts. This beer has a very minimal and unique smell to me. It reminds me of samuel smith's nut brown ale, except less hop presence.

After letting the beer warm for 5-7 minutes I took the first sip. The beer has a very calm mouth feel and a pretty clean aftertaste which doesn't seem linger for very long. I noticed some small flavors of bitter chocolate, toffee and subtle hops.

This is one of the easier drinking winter ales I've had, and it's taste somewhat surprised me for a winter ale. A 6.11% ABV is somewhat low for this style, in my opinion. Overall, It has a very unique, easy to enjoy flavor. I'd buy this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 02:41:32 | More by clipdat
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wedge

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clean amber color under a frothy, loose white head. The smell comes across as being somewhat earthy...mellow spices, ginger, and grain. Faint peanut skins and a tad buttery. The flavor is almost Belgian Wit-like, having flower and pepper notes. It has a fine, powdery spicy/herbal quality along with a blanketing citrus rind presence. Slick, easy going mouthfeel.

Not too memorable overall. Supposedly, they use nine different malts in this brew, which is great, but they need a lot more of it. I'm not getting the complex malt profile, chocolate, and caramel as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:23:22 | More by wedge
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium to dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, light brown head disappeared quickly. Malty smell, not much else coming through. Taste is okay, malt, caramel with some burnt toast finish that lingers. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. About average drinkability.

Got a 12 pack for 7.99, so thought I'd give it a try. Good beer at that price. Overall, not much going on for this beer. I was expecting much better based on past reviews.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:26:32 | More by jera1350
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Good enough with a dark brown color and a full inch of slightly opaque head. A bit of stickiness to the head as well.

S - Smells has only a slight bit of wood but mostly sweet malts of caramel or toffee.

T - A bit of herbal taste that is somewhere between medicine and tea with bittering hops and a sweet finish. I want to say it's balanced but that herbal tea flavor is giving me a dry taste in my mouth.

M - Light to medium but very dry and herbal.

Overall not something I would reach for again and pretty light for a winter warmer. Drink is balanced for what it is but it just taste like their ESB only double which means too much herbal tea flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:29:01 | More by DrDemento456
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on September 23, 2011:

In a pint glass:

A: chestnut brown colored body with a fair amount of visible carbonation seen rising, there wasn't any head and it left ring-like yet spotty lacing around the glass

S: abundance of nutty malts and a bit of alcohol

T: basically the same as the smell with just some sweetness and hints of spice

M: medium, sessionable, some harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, slight bitter finish

O: good beer for the style, and good for me

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:41:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium copper color with sparse head. Smell is mainly of malt with some dark fruitiness mixed in. Taste is of caramel, malt, and dark fruit with little hops present.. Finish if fruity with some alcohol notes. An OK beer, reminds me winter will be coming soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 00:59:22 | More by tgbljb
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with a small head.

Smell: Slight Citrus and Pine from hops. Also can pick out caramel malt. Some other smells I just can't pinpoint. Very interesting aroma.

Taste: I do not get a lot of flavor out of this beer. It starts of with a sweet malt character and then moves to bitterness from the hops and that is about it. As the beer warm there is also a slight nutty taste that is present.

Mouthfeel: Medium Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but I wish it had more flavor.

This is my first beer from Red Hook and I am disappointed. This is not the best winter warmer that I have had. I look forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:22:56 | More by bahumutx
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deciding39

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz tumbler.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color. Good off-white, one-finger head. Decent lace as well.

S: Smells of mild, grassy hops, with smooth toasted malt in the background.

T: Roasted caramel malts and grassy, bland hops. Some fruity esters, maybe even a little diacetyl in the very back. Overall, pretty well-balanced.

M & D: Very smooth, excellent mouthfeel. Perhaps a little under-carbonated. Drinkable...but it really lacks any distinguishable qualities that would make it worth buying more than a six-pack.

Overall, nothing to write home about. I really think some more flavorful hops would make a better brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 02:09:39 | More by deciding39
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red amber color with a very thin head that dissipates to a thin crown. There is ample lacing, however, as the head sticks around. There is a good deal of carbonation in this beer, with lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

The aroma is week and hard to pinpoint. I detect a nutty prescence with some sweet caramel and citrus in the smell. The taste is dry and surprisingly hoppy. I detect a hint of cinnamon in the aftertaste mixed in with the malts. Not a bad winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 00:57:06 | More by abcsofbeer
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 12/06/06 into a pint glass.

Clear reddish-copper in color with a tan 1 finger head that settled to just a film and left minimal lacing. Smells of toasted caramel malts, some faint spices (possibly cinnamon and nutmeg), and a bit of piney hops. Tastes of the toasted caramel malts, some of the aforementioned spices, and piney hops at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is good but the body is a tad on the thin side. Drinkability is good, a decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 00:43:36 | More by mnj21655
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mlm5641

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just to note, this year (winter of 2013/2014) is actually the 29th brew so some flavors noted before may sound different from what you're drinking. They tweak the recipe each year just a bit to keep things interesting. Great head with a nice dark copper/amber color below. Good balance of hops to the sweet malt so it has a bitter bite at the front followed by a smooth caramel like finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:12:16 | More by mlm5641
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to enjoy this now and then, once a year...it was good, ..once...years ago...
Appearance: a clear, light crimson color, with a small, flimsy head.
Aroma: Hmmm,...nutty, creamy, soft, but rather shy, hints of spice...
Taste: huh...HUH..HUUUH!...didn't used to be so, shall we say, SHALLOW. Very thinly bodied, and I can't shake it, can't get around it, over it, or through it. It's just flimsy. There's some fruity, nutty flavor, but very small, and there is tremendously little texture...I'll go so far as to say "none." Forgettable. Boring. A bit too sweet. The soul has been sucked out of it. Damn, I thought this was supposed to be an ALE, maybe even a hearty, WINTER ale...goodness me, what was I thinking...
I remember a day...sigh...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 04:29:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a 2 finger rocky tan head. Laces well in complete rings.
Piney hop and herb-like aroma.
Pine and citrus (grapefruit) nearly dominate the taste, but they are almost balanced by the caramel from the malt. A little fruitiness buried deep in there.
Pleasant and easy to drink, medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2003 17:18:55 | More by mschofield
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a dull brown/amber color, large creamy head of off-white foam, tons of thick lace on the glass, head leaves rather quickly but a thin layer remains atop the beer.
Not much in the smell category. A hint of coffee/caramel malt aroma is about it.
Taste of grainy malt, almost nutty flavor. Seems similar to a brown ale so far. Minimal hop flavor shows up mid sip. Not bad, not outstanding.
Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, pretty good.
Could be a session beer, easy enough to drink, and has some flavor, but I probably wouldn't seek it out compared to rogue or anchor winter beers.

cheers...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 02:04:01 | More by NClifestyle
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 101007.

A = Clear amber color, small head made up of smallish bubbles, light lacing.

S = Light notes of roasted malt, hay, very slight spice aromas. I like the smell but it does not seem like that of a winter ale but really more like a normal American pale ale. At that it is perhaps a little too subdued, but pleasant, I give it above average because I consider average to be pretty much unremarkable, not bad, not good. This is good, just not much of a punch.

T = Taste is pretty average. I could not really detect much reason that this would be classified a Winter Ale. I detect VERY slight hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, at least I think I do, there is some sort of spice but it is so light, I even question exactly what it is I am tasting. As a straightforward ale, it is definitely drinkable but not exceptional in any way.

M = Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body and the carbonation seemed like it was building up but when I swallowed I had a smooth even liquid not an explosive gas explosion.

D = I wasn't sure where to score this in terms of drinkability. If your measure is whether it is exceptional enough that you would look forward to having it again, I would give it at best an average rating. If you want to know is it good enough that you could drink it all night without complaints, it is perfectly fine and I would give it at least a good rating. In the end I came out in between. I will probably have this again and would pick it over many other beers available, but in the end it just isn't special enough for me rate it too much above average.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 01:48:23 | More by Traquairlover
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Hollenbeck2

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is a good winter warmer especially on these dreary winter rainy and sometimes snowy days here in the willamette valley, not one of my favorite winter beers, not as smooth as some of the others that I have tasted.

the color is a deep nutty color, not quite as dark as some of the other winter ales I have sampled this year.

hints of mocha and maybe caramel, but it is sometimes hard for me to distinguish.

There is malt I think. and the hops are not overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 19:58:11 | More by Hollenbeck2
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Nov 2008. Bottled 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint glass. Small creamy head, well carbonated. Deep reddish brown color. Aroma is light, malt, vanilla and hay. Roasty malt progresses to slight resiny hoppiness that endures to the finish. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Medium body.

Decent but not really a standout in the 'winter' category.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:11:29 | More by htomsirveaux
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts out quite promising, pouring a dark copper, with a substantial foamy head. Smells pretty nice, also. Unfortunately, rather thin and mild (particularly for the style). Some hop bitterness, and nothing negative about the flavor. Just too "small" for a seasonal. Would be a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 04:06:51 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut in color with very little head and sparce lace. Hoppy on the nose with some sweet chocolate malt in the background. In the mouth the sweet, toasty malt attack is followed quickly by hop bitter. the texture is creamy. The beer finishes with some fruity notes, pronounced alcohol, and another blast of chocolate malt. a decent winter quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 00:14:51 | More by moulefrite
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CultureJamMN

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Local Macro watering hole had this on-tap, since it was the only thing that wasn't macro-lager, i figured i would give it a go (ESB was also on tap, had that too)

A darkish amber hue with red around the edges, virtually no head, and minimal lacing.

The smell seemed weak to me, but i did pick up caramel malts, with a note of citrus, and something approaching toast that's just a little overdone (not charred)

Good malts in the first tast, but nothing to write home about. The hops come on later, and actually leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. The citrus notes are there, but the caramel stands out.

This was thin for a winter warmer... mine felt a bit over carbonated as well, though that may own to the bar where i was at.

all in all, if you're drinking warmers, there are better out there. but if you're stuck in macro-land, and this is your craft/micro option, go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2006 17:39:07 | More by CultureJamMN
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.