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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 25 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

broadway848, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely leaving a thick foam ring around the surface. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: Light and bready. Orange, tea leaf, and honey.

T: Sourdough, toasty malt, roasted nuts, and peat.

M: Hearty and roasty. Lightly bittersweet finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head and some persistent lacing. Nose is bready with fruit, organic, and sweet tones. Sourdough bread, toasted grains, prominent character of nuts, and a bit of a peaty character. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

mychalg9, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Jame515, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

yanosh, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

skubas86, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Modernrickk, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jrpapajcik, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Stidge77, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Sazz9, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Ladyfortuna, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Beermazter310, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of brewbattles
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:


brewbattles, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

jjd315, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to a dark brown color with tinges of red, Winterhook is nice in appearance. It has a good level of foam and lacing and it offers a nose of citrus, pine, and malty toffee.

Moving to the taste, Winterhook impresses even more. This winter warmer has a flavor similar to what the nose leads you to expect, but with greater intensity. It does have flavors of citrus, pine, and toffee, but I can also detect other flavors like bread, earthy hops, and even a touch of chocolate, tea, and herbs. The complexity is greater than expected and the beer remains reasonably smooth.

Winterhook reinvented itself this year as Winterhook #29 and this seasonal brew is among the better ones I have tasted in the series. You don’t get the nutmeg/cinnamon and other spices like you commonly taste in the typical winter seasonal. This is a more straight- forward beer without the holiday additives. I like it more and more with each passing sip and I think it is safe to say that most guests at your next holiday party will feel the same. Give it sampling and enjoy the taste of the season, courtesy of Redhook.

BryanCarey, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

RichIron883, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

sgregory, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Didier, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Falcone, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 2013 edition. Part of a haul of Christmas themed ales I picked up for the season. Unique bottle design, to say the least.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut ruby in colour, with a quarter inch of light foam that recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is still fairly malt-forward, but there is a nice earthy grassy hop presence coming through as well.

Solid winter warmer that is malty enough to fall within that heavier brewing category, but has enough pale ale elements to be quite drinkable. Malty, bit of chocolate, earthy hops, light taste of pine, bit of fruit and spice, grassiness. Mild booziness to it.

Tasty enough brew - it isn't the big winter warmer I was expecting, but it is certainly a tasty ale with a good hop presence.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 04, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 (Sept) release served from fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Pours burnt amber color, clear for a bock look. tan thick head settles to a ring, and laces well on the way down.

S - The aroma starts off non existent, disappointing, so you must let it warm for the grassy, spicy hops to arise. A grain back bone, like an English or A P A.

T - Pale Ale flavor, very well balanced between hops and malt. Great finish. Great food beer. Hops start the parade, with flowers, grass, fruit, bright flavors, followed by a nice long malty core, not sweet, and a tingly long finish. I really liked the flavor. If you pale ale, you'll like.

M - Very crisp, good weight. Refreshing, but hearty .

D - I could enjoy more than one! Good beer, must try, there are better winter warmers: Widmer, Sierra. As one reviewer wrote - let it come to cellar temp to appreciate its spicy complexity and tease out more aroma. True of all these winter focused beers!

One of Red Hook's best?

Act25, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

kgammell1, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Lukass, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BWH999, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 01, 2013
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.