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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

819 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall, a nice beer to have throught the winter months (as the name would suggest) Bready, spicy aroma with somewhat of a fruited undertone. Appears a ruddy brown color, seems to glow under bar room lighting. Hints of spices are laced throughout the breadiness of this beer. Overall, for a winter "heavier" beer, its incredibly easy to drink. Could session it. Great beer to try, would be a hit even with not craft brew afficianados.

GoalieRon33, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head. Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal. Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens. Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate. Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold-amber with a mountain of small-bubbled foam into my ale glass.
Nose is caramel-biscuity, with hints of spice (clove?).
Taste is strong, very bread-like with a little hint of fruit and a slightly bitter, alcohol finish.
Definitely a solid beer.
Not terribly unique or memorable, but certainly drinkable, and well-worthy of the bargain price (got it for $4.69/6-pack at a local liquor shop).

secondtooth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into .3l tulip bottled on 11-22-10

Excellent overall aroma, appearance combination. It has a dark amber body, perhaps a bit of ruby coloring in the right light, nice head that leaves solid lacing across the glass and through the entire pour.

Malty, grainy flavor. It is gentle and robust, full of a subtle sweetness that plays on the palate.

Mild mouthfeel, middling body. Seems a touch undercarbonated, but really it's certainly fine just not exceptional.

Very enjoyable overall, I think this will ultimately be viewed as a less than the sum of it's parts, but an easy to enjoy winter warmer.

(90th)

CooperEllis, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mellowmark
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Bottled on 11-17-10. $7.99 a 6-pack.

Appearance: Huge foamy beige head. Great retention. Patchy clumpy lacing. Color is burnt orange almost copper and completely transparent. Head sticks around all the way to the end.

Smell: Citrus and earthy hops. Lemon rind. Very malty.

Taste: Sweet upfront with semi bitter hops in the finish. Roasted malt aftertaste. Cinnamon and ginger. Lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth due to a low carbonation.

Drinkability: High

Why does nobody seem to talk about this beer? $7.99 a 6-pack, are you kidding me? I will definitely get this again. A highly drinkable and tasty winter ale.

mellowmark, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear copper color just looking at all the carb bubbling up inside...Good frothy tan cap that thins out but stays for the ride just dragging down the sides of giass.

S: Instantly the lemony zest of citrus hits the nose, very nice hop aroma and a touch of malty sweetness.

T: Poured into a pint glass and sadly the taste did not match the power of the aroma of hops, was a bit thin in the flavor dept.Not a bad thing but not as much hops as hoped from smell. Good balance of malts and hops.

M: Medium to light body slight metallic taste, Still loving the laceing on the glass, good retention indeed.

D: Very drinkable and the folks at Redhook dont often dissapoint with any beers I have tried, Great way to relax after work on a snowy winters day.

nukem5, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the sign on a junkyard I sometimes pass: "striving to be above average." Nice brown-copper color. Lots of nutty roasted malt notes, leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Winter warmer? More of a robust brown ale. Pleasant but not memorable.

Brent, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear mahogany color with a solid, white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts mostly. Malts are characterized by toasted notes with caramel. Slight amount of hops make their way through and add a grassy, leafy taste, but it still is relatively sweet. Overall, the flavors are a little weak and I just want more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - Red color, clear, with about a finger's worth of light beige-colored foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - light malty smell, but with the hint of hops. Maybe a hint of nuts.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Malty/Nutty taste at the beginning, sweetness in the middle, and bitterness from the hops at the finish. Texture is a little on the creamier side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew. A little bitter, but not too much, just right for my taste buds. It seems a little light actually for a Winter Warmer, but the nutty flavor does bring out a bit more fuller quality.

Nerudamann, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of isualum12
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today I grabbed Redhook's Winterhook. This beer is available October through December. There is a clear red clean crisp looking beer. There is a small lacy head that flows across the top of the beer like a small sheet of ice.

The first taste I could pull out a strong flavor of pilsner along with some low flavor of toffee, caramel and spice. The spice at first came across as coffee flavor but I didn't get it in any taste again after the first. Refreshing is what came to my mind during the aftertaste.

Drinkabliy is great.

give it a chance...

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isualum12, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of climax
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nice foamy head crept up on me. The clarity was admirable through the deep amber color. The head retention rocked, and so did the lacy notches as I proceeded. Good start.

The nose had excellent balance. The hop bitterness was up front while the malt rushed in with toasty sweet tones. Toffee, caramel, cinnamon and spice added a festive nature to the pine hop aromas.

I'm starting to think that I have found Redhook's best brew by far. The flavor doesn't knock me out, but it does not disappoint. As for winter warmers go, this one isn't bursting with cozy warmth of alcohol, but it does offer good balance and ample intensity.

The body is medium at most, and has plenty of smooth feel and carbonation to keep it alive. It is by no means a sipper by the fire, but the lingering bitter finish offers excellent drinkability, and enough flavor to satisfy.

climax, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the winter sampler pack
A=Pours a great looking dark copper color, the head is about a 1 finger that fades away fairly rapidly but the lacing is out of this world, the glass is nearly completely covered in it.
S=Not very strong smelling, some sweet malt, and a bit of hop.
T=A bit of spiced hop combines with the backbone of malt to make a well balanced yet simple taste. The hops rear their heads more in the aftertaste than anywhere else.
M=Medium bodied, good aftertaste
D=surprisingly filling, I'd stick to one or two of these in a night

Another offering from Redhook thats worth a look but not worth any sort of extra effort to obtain

ramseye4, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of tbern007
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.0 across the board.
Copper clear. Thin to no head. Undercarbonated.
Light hop/earthy smell, maybe some grass.
Taste is mild all around. Every Redhook beer I've had tastes like a good beer that has been watered down. This one is no exception. Light hop, mal. If this is a winter beer, where are the spices? I detect NONE. Mild sweet aftertaste. This beer is decent and drinkable but I sure had higher expectations. Average all around.

tbern007, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of JK4Stout
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip...because I'm fancy.
Also I let Red Hook brew breath for about ten minutes. Just tend to enjoy it more that way.

A: Very nice crystal clear mahoghany. tiny amounts of head, but not anytihng alarming. Bubbling very jovially through the glass.

S: This is new! I get kind of a minty note here. Like when my bro makes Mint tea or something. I know that isn't in it, but that is the cool smell I'm getting...at least tonight.

T: The aftertaste is very refreshing. I know that isn't the prefered phrase you want to here, but it is. I suppose it is that light mint note. Anyway very well balanced malt flavor, and that trademark Red Hook bitterness.

M: Nothing wrong with it, nothing spectacular. I just don't get excited when a beer is appropriate...sorry

D: I am all for getting another 6er of this. That really is the best way to tell if you enjoy a beer. Will I be buying this again? You betcha!

JK4Stout, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish/light copper color. A tint above a typical pale lager. Heading was practically not there and not much lacing.

S - Sweet malt is a dominant smell with a nutty like characteristic. No hop aromas...and there's a holiday spice in the mix.

T - Bitter upfront to start. Almost getting a citrusy kick towards the middle. Perhaps a grapefruit type citrus. And towards the end, you're left with a strong bready cracker taste.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Not a bad brew in the bunch that i've tried for Christmas.

D - It's a bit on the bitter side, but it's definitely one to sip on and enjoy while watching the snow outside.

It's not an above average beer, but after sampling all the watery beers i've had today, it tastes like a champion.

Transatlantic, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint. 10 12 10 notched on the label.

pours out a slightly cloudy orange amber color. small white head that faded to a super thin creamy layer with tiny spotty lace.

not a huge aroma, but it displays a nice balance. theres some citrus hops balanced by a nice toasty biscuity malt.

crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced between citrus, spicy hops and biscuity, caramely, toasted malt. decent amount of hop bitterness. simple, but still quite a tasty offering.

bright assertive carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. light to medium in body.

definatly one of the more drinkable winter warmers. its cheap, widely available, offers a sessionable ABV, decent hops, i definatly would recommend this.

dogfishandi, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle - dated 10 19 10

Poured into beer glass - Red chestnut in color, one finger head that quickly dissipated into a clinging lace that left it's mark all the way down the glass, great carbonation.

Smell -light hint's of toasty malts slight spices ,mild coco.

Taste - Toasted malts with light spicing,light chocolates.

Drinkabilty - Winter HOOK Ale is a rich, full bodied beer. caramels, chocolate and toasty malts, w/a plethora of hops.

Beautifully balanced, very drinkable.

InebriatedJoker, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of DJW
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the last bottle on the shelf at Redmond Trader Joe's. And the brief:
Appearance: med-dark amber or deep copper - clear, w/ a decent head, and lacing still on my empty glass. I thought the beer would pour a darker color.

Smell: light malts and some Cascade hops... more on the citrus hop side of things to my schnoz, but I'm getting over a cold. Inviting (the beer, not the cold).

Taste: nice balance between caramel malts and the hops, with a little biscuity sweetness peeking in at times only to be brought back by the firm hop presence. Finish is lightly bitter and made me salivate ("watery"), which made me want to take another sip.

Overall Thoughts/Opinions: nice and pleasant but not freaking amazing. I think this little option would fit more in a NW IPA category rather than a Winter Warmer, but who am I to advise Redhook? I'll have to try a Jubelale, Snowcap, Celebration, and Sammy Smith Winter Welcome in the near future to see if the Winterhook is more like an IPA or if my preferences/familiarities have changed.

DJW, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of beerdown77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark amber with notable head that stuck around for a while. It smelled and tasted malty and toasty. It had a well balanced taste that wasn't too sweet or smoky. I would classify this as moderately crisp and medium bodied, making it easy to have a few of these in a row. However, after i finished, I started to get that sour, muck taste that sometimes follows beer. I still think Winterhook is pretty solid and will come back to it next winter.

beerdown77, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well for a winter warmer this one isn't bad, but isn't fantastic either.

Golden copper with nice lacing but not much head. Small rising bubbles and perfect clarity.

Honestly, it smells like a lager with just a touch of spices. If this were a lager I'd rate the smell a bit higher, but for a winter warmer, average is the correct rating here.

The taste is actually pretty darn good. Smooth, sweet caramel malts with a very good but understated blend of spices, floral and tangerine hops flavors.

A complex aftertaste follows the medium bodied, slightly slick and coating feel of this brew. Very nice. Aftertaste is bittersweet and lingering, leaving floral spices behind for a good long while.

Drinks slightly above average for the style. I'd buy again, but not all the time. Would make a nice addition to a holiday dinner.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of echoes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a very thick head with lots of carbonation. Head dissipates very slowly and leaves some lacing. Color of beer is dark amber with little carbonation.

S: Malt/hops, citrus, caramel smell. Smell is noticeable, not great, but not bad.

T: Hops, citrus, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor. Flavors blend well, well enough that the chocolate is barely detectable (to me). A little bitter (but not bad) for a supposed ale.

M: Slightly thick but smooth as well as slightly syrupy.

D: Nothing about it would put me off from another, but then again the flavor and everything else isn't necessarily enough to make want another, if that isn't contradictory.

Fits the winter warmer style nicely. It is certainly distinct though. I like it, but compared to the other winter warmer I've had (Alaskan Winter Ale/Warmer) I prefer the latter.
Overall decent for a winter warmer. Would drink it again but wouldn't necessarily buy it again.

echoes, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear (on the redder side of) amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention. Decanted lightly (did use an etched glass). Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Sweet crystal malt. Mild floral hop character and spice.

T: Appealing caramel character; sweet and bready. A little resiny. Even bitter for balance without any serious dose of spice.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich. Good flavor and good balance.

Haybeerman, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, not much head building and disappearing fast with good enough lacing.
Smell promises a light and thirst quenching beer, with mild sweetness in the air.
You will taste refreshing fruit in the front which is immediately balanced with mild bittersweet hops. very smooth finish and fresh mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. I wish I could drink that one on tab, or from a fresh keg.Nice beer!

Hopfenpeter, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mbrown26
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice amber, clear beer. Small head, but the lacing stays throughout the beer. A moderate amount of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Has a sweet smell of caramel.

T: The alcohol is a little bit forward to me. I tend to like the alcohol to be well hidden, but this beer is a little less balanced than I prefer. Some would really dig it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with sharp notes on the front on the tongue.

D: An okay winter warmer. Will probably not buy anymore.

mbrown26, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up in the singles section of Total Wine in Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with some ruby tint to it. Slight off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is sweetness with some caramel and molasses and light wintry spices. The taste brings down a bit more spice, and doesn't terribly overdo it. Light caramel and malt sweetness. Medium body with good carbonation. For what it is, not too shabby.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
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