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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 890
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003

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
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a flared pint glass, showing a golden amber coloring, with a one finger head of creamy eggshell bubbles. This retained decently, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. A chill haze was noticed, with no sediment, and active-appearing carbonation. The aroma was fusel with booze and phenolic plastics off the bat, with nutmeg and cooked ginger spice to cut, along with dried grassy hops, biting metallic yeast zing, pale and caramel malts, lemon peel bitterness, and more of a soapy hop with warmth. Our first impression was that the hop character was surprising, with the spice coming robustly at the end. The flavoring opened with caramel and pale malts, toffee sweetness, fresh hop grassiness, and aromatic cherry fruitiness. Bittering phenolic plastics sitting against a sweeter caramel malt backbone peaked through the center of the swallow, with big lemon flesh bitterness, piney hops, breakfast tea tannins, and a wash of pale muddy malts coming through the finish. The aftertaste breathed of raw grassy and piney hops, roasted caramel malts, dryer pale malty toast, mineral, black pepper, and light fusel booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. The slurp was initially cooling, but the finish was eventually very, very dry, with the tongue sticking to the back of the teeth with astringency. Otherwise, the sip was cooling, with refreshing cream and frothiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, our favorite thing about this beer was its complexity for the style. Here, they seemed less focused on the malt profile, allowing for a generous aromatic hop bite to permeated the sip. The aroma showed more of this as well, with bright green freshness of hops, and paler grain. This paleness does give a cheapness to the end of the swallow, and while this one isn’t as “warming” as others for the style, it will certainly keep you away on a cold winter’s afternoon.

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Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear clean amber color with a light sticky tan head, light lacing and nice retention.

The smell is lightly spicy, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malts are all apparent.

The flavor is mellow, lightly malty with a touch of bready sweetness and a hint of earthy hops make it fairly balanced. There is just a hint of wintery spices.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture along with a nice dry finish.

A pretty decent winter warmer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely cherry-toned coppery amber in color. Nice foam in the Brewery Vivant tulip with some champagne bubbles and a pleasant spritz on the tongue. Flattens out after a while to a dull fruity ache.

Moderate body makes for a rich but thirst-quenching gulp. Slight fragrance of caramel with a little mustiness. Timid sweetness subsides into dark graininess. A touch of wintergreen and kale. Settles into a long, long hoppy taste that is rather bitter and radiates that herbal note. Just a little dry woodiness as if there was a splash of Belgian yeast and a glug out of the barrel.

This used to be one of the several winter beers I'd look forward to, and it does have some fruity charms. Increasing bitterness in the aftertaste wins back no old friends, however. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark goldish brown. You see little bubbles on the body with a slightly off-white head maybe half a finger's length at first. Settles even with almost no lacing.

Smell: Not a bad scent but nothing that will make me go crazy inhaling it.

Taste: This beer reminds of something that you had before. If I were to take a guess and no bs, it feels like a vienna lager. This brew is just a notch more bitter than some of the rest that I have had. It's like is was run through a course of extra wet hops.

Mouth: Smooth finish comes off a little dry.

Overall: Definitely did not disapoint. Honestly pouring this into the glass I didn't know what to expect. Winter warmer?, maybe if you want to call it that. Grab a glass and drink up. Salud!

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges.

S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice.

T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel.

O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that I'm eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass.

A- Dark amber-red color, clean and clear. A few bubbles rising. Barely a one-finger head, tan, that fades quickly to a thin film leaving vey little lace.

S- Last of the bunch, so I let it warm a little to bring out a holiday bready smell. Cinnamon raisin toast, or babka, fresh, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Some faint hops.

T- Caramel malts dominate, some sugar and spice. Hops are well hidden.

M- A little thin and fizzy. Lingering hop bitterness to finish.

O- Winterhook comes in a cool bottle, it's a cool warmer, so to speak. The 45 ibus don't come on too strong, making it easy drinking. Nice.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper beer perhaps leaning towards chestnut. Gentile carbonation and a small wispy head that really doesn't get started.

Aroma is pleasent enough, with a piney hop bouquet and asweet malt follow up.

Taste is good but nothing outstanding to grab and pull you in which istypical of redhook and I don't mean that in a bad way. There is a sutle piney note with a bready malt follow up.Finish is faily clean and a tad bitter, nothing that I can't handle.
A good well made, but plain volksbier.

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free bottle at a holiday party, the best kind of beer...
Odd bottle shape, like a mini-growler cylinder with a cap that had an oval country code sticker printed on it. Reddish darker amber color with a lightly off white skim of foam on top. Random spotty lacing, the skim parts on the surface after a couple of sips.

Lagery yeast aroma, some malty breadiness, and nondescript unidentifiable spice.

Flavors are similarly ill defined, some bread malt and vague dry spiciness, but utterly indistinct and nebulous. Tea and herbal notes, kind of like an old pale ale with faded hops. Sharp and highly carbonated, seems like a lager with odd adjuncts in it. Not a seasonal beer to seek out really, glad it was free.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Red with a moderate haze and a 1 finger width head. Few carbonated bubbles floating up the the surface.

Smell - Caramel, Malts, Butterscotch, Hops, and Toffee. Quite a malty character and potent enough to where I can have the glass sitting 2 feet away from me and yet I get a whiff of the aroma.

Taste - Toffee, Caramel, Grapefruit Hops, Yeasts, and Malts. Quite sweet tasting and a pretty good flavors which all blend together really nicely.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and moderately carbonated. It's got a crispness to it, but not quite refreshing. Though I do get a warming sensation from drinking this; Strange because there is no spice or booziness to the flavor.

Overall - Excellent tasting beer that makes one forget about winter, or at least momentarily forget about winter. Check it out if you get a chance.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of a sixer. I wanted to get familiar with the beer first. The color is a clear chestnut. A small off-white head recedes quickly with islands of lacing, The aroma holds bread and sugar with a touch of apricot. The flavor is malty and earthy. No real noticeable alcohol. Body is medium. Texture is very soft. Low carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink and makes a nice nightcap. I truly enjoy this beer. It is a little on the light side for a winter warmer. And this can be good in the right circumstances. But it misses the center band of the style just a bit.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –The beer pours a mahogany-amber color with a big two finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and sweet of toffee. These aromas are mixed with some nutty and pine aromas, balancing out the sweet and malty.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and toffee taste. A light citrus and dark fruit flavors are also upfront with a spiced flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg quickly after coming to the tongue. Nutty and some bitter pine flavors then come to the tongue. The mix of these flavors takes the taste to its end where a bready and lightly bittered, but still overall caramel and toffee sweet, flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average Overall the body was very nice for accentuating the frit and spice flavors of the brew, while the carbonation maintained an exciting and very drinkable feel for the brew.

Overall – A nice tasty, slightly sweeter, yet still roasty and spiced holiday brew. It has a nice feel and price, which when mixed with the good taste make for a brew to try and one to possibly go back to again and again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and a slight spice note. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby amber red with not much foam or carbonation.

Smell: Mostly some faint smoke.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, smoky tobacco. Very pleasant and unique flavor, and the mouthfeel has some lemon crispness and flavor.

Overall Drinkability: A unique beer that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

But can I use of these during the summer fishing outings? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber-topaz topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, very light menthol, and sweet, nutty toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine needles and something that sort of approaches a shadow of ginger. Gotta say, this sits very poorly on my tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a muddled, unpleasant winter warmer. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook Ale Brewery

LOOK: Dark amber colored brew bordering on brown. Off white head forms and leaves a considerable amount of lace.

SMELL: Herbal, tea like aromas with a sweet toffee like maltyness.

TASTE: Toffee/caramel flavors from the malts and a strong hop bitterness. Hop character here is very coarse, leafy, resinous and full of pine. Caramel malt sweetness paired with a herbal bitterness that makes for a well balanced brew.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Drinks effortlessly.

OVERALL: Though the vintage changes every year , this winter warmer drinks almost like a dark pale ale. Surprising amount of hop character for a winter warmer, and is a refreshing option in the holiday rotation.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $13.99 as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 15, 2012). Dark caramel amber with one finger of khaki white head. Average to below average retention of lacing on the top, above average on the sides.

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nutty malts, slight dark chocolate and slight coffee beans. A tad bit of rye hops as well.

Tasted not so much like the smell. Got toffee, caramel, roasty malts, candy cane, mint hops, rye hops and iced tea. Started out so bad, but ended so well with the mint.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Smooth finish.

This beer grew on me a lot. Wasn’t anywhere close to as good as the Widmer Brr I just had, but it hit the spot. I’d have it again.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Medium amber/orange pour. Just a very thin layer of white.

Aroma, big citrus, milder toffee. A little piney.

Taste, Again, citrus and herbal notes up front. Some muddling fruitcake that doesn't really integrate very well. Some roasted malt, hazelnut saves it a bit. A very lift chocolate is in there as well before the herbal finish.

Light mid and drinks well. Alcohol is non existent. The flavors were just a bit of a miss for me, did improve a bit as it warmed.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint.

A: average sidepour got an inch of foamy delicious looking kahki head that is leaving thick lacing. Clear copper colored brew.

S: a bit of hops and the malt comes through on the back of the nose. A little astringent but not bad at all.

T: a bit hoppy in a good way. The malt backbone is quite good. has that dopplebock/red flavor that is pretty freakin' delicious. A bit of alcohol flavor creeps in the back after the hop bitter makes its appearence.

M: medium bodied and smooth. Very drinkable.

O: good beer, has all the deliciousness of a good winter warmer and only costs $1.90 for a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is malty, bready, some nutmeg and cinnamon, good flavor but not great for this style. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled Oct 6, 2011) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany and amber combination color with a low and somewhat fizzy head that falls quickly to the surface leaving behind on ly a thick collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is on the low side in intensity...what I pick up most is some bready and biscuity malt, Ritz crackers, touches of lightly caramalized sugar, some light floral/perfumey hop aroma.

T - Malty base, bready with some spices on top..cinnamon, sugar, lightly biscuity. Hop presence is low, not much bitterness or flavor...more or less serves the purpose of balance against the malt mostly.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied...well carbonated and quite prickly/tingly on the tongue. Malty, a bit sweet, somewhat candy like.

O - Just ok with me...well brewed, but tending towards the sweeter and sugary side of the balance line. Hops are not a big player here unfortunately. Perhaps just not really what I was looking for in a beer at this moment.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, maybe some spices and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of spicy roasted malts, some grassy notes as well.

Overall: Not a bad winter brew, I have had this one quite a bit over the years, can't really go wrong with it.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a clear copper brown with a huge (3-4 finger) off white rocky head that had great retention, finally reducing to a large foamy cap and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of toasted caramel malts, spruce hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (orange), toffee and dark fruit (plums and raisins).

The taste was moderately sweet and had a nice malty feel with hints of toffee and citrus at first and then became mildly hoppy with a note of dark fruit and a slight bitter finish. The flavor lasted only a short while with the fruity hoppy taste fading relatively quick.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall a decent Winter Warmer that was very drinkable, although it is nothing over the top...

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice toasted caramel color. Average sized, fluffy, rocky, fairly thick, off-white head. Pretty good retention fading into a nice delicate lace.

S - Lots of toasted, nutty aroma. Hints of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and touches of clove and coriander). Some toffee and caramel sweetness. Good example of the style without being overspiced.

T - Starts with a strong toasted, nutty flavor. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Hints of spice, but nothing that strong. Towards the finish there is a slightly bitter, earthy hop kick but this gives way to a lingering semi-sweet nuttiness.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp and zesty finish and just a bit drying.

D - The fact that this isn't overspiced or too sweet helps this be a fairly easy drinking Winter Warmer. Not something I would necessarily want a couple of in a night, but I could but a couple down.

Notes: Solid Winter Warmer. It did have a bit of an English feel to it as well. Not heavy on the spices, but a strong roasted nut and caramel/toffee winter beer. I wasn't amazed by it but would drink it again if I were in the mood for the style.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Brownish-red in color with a two finger tan head that dissipates in about two minutes, leaving behind moderate amounts of lacing.

S. Some light cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice aroma on top of light orange peel and toffee malt scent.

T. Sweet toffee malt, medium nuttiness and the spicing flavors I found from the nose, grapefruit peel bittering in the finish.

M. Lighter side of medium thick, adequately carbonated, semi-smooth texture.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brownish-copper with little head that dissipates quickly. The nose is quite subtle - nothing bad, but nothing good either. There is a solid malt profile upfront with very tasty roasted bitterness on the finish. A solid offering from a solid brewery.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.