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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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461 Reviews

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 892
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 25
Gots: 62 | 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 cbl2
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Crystal clear brown with quarter inch white head.


Predominantly hoppy with a hint of pine keeping with the season.


Not sure what distinguishes this beverage from Red Hook's IPA. Overly hoppy thogh some malts appear midbrew to be quickly quashed by the strong hop presence. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No information anywhere on the bottle as to what I am about to imbibe. Winter ale. Mahogany body with a sticky lace atop. Sweet, malty caramel apple aroma. Smells very much like some barleywines I've had. Kind of thin on flavor. Subtle fruitiness to back the substantial toasted malt character. Tingly on the tongue. Not huge on flavor, so I don't know that I'd want to drink a lot of these, but it goes down fairly smooth and I certainly could drink a few. I think I'd just go after a winter seasonal that's got some more character.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterhook Winter Ale was served from a 12 oz. twistoff bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a rich dark reddish copper hue, and was topped by a small but fine tan head. The nose was of moderately roasted malts accented with a subtle citrusy hop bouquet. The taste was fairly light in the roasty malt department for the style. There were some tasty flavors however, in the form of grapefruit and lemony citrus accents, and an aggressively hopped finish. I did pick up some alcohol in the aftertaste, which tainted any potential lingering pleasantries. I still would have liked more of that sharp or roasty maltiness up front. The body was decent for the style, and since this was not a huge beer, it was pretty drinkable. Overall, not a bad winter brew, but needs tweaking.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aside from the weirdly hideous "printed the night before at Kinkos" labeling, I’m impressed. The beer pours a deep, rich, clear ruby/mahogany. The head is a quarter-inch of rocky amber that lasts for a decent stretch before leaving a thick rim along the glass wall. Nice lacing as well. A seriously good-looking brew.

Smell: Malt right off the bat, with a certain underlying spiciness. Whether it’s hops or some adjunct, I’m not entirely sure. Still, not that assertive. Not bad, but not what I’d expect from a “special” brew.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the heavy malt and mild carbonation give it a nice smoothness. The taste is terrific—for a pale ale. It starts off rich and malty, more sweet than smoky. The hops bite hard at the end, with an astringent finish. Again, a great pale ale, but not quite the weight or intensity of flavor you might want in a holiday beer.

Drinkability: Very. This is a very tasty brew, nice flavor without a ton of body or a huge ABV. I could drink more than a few of these.

If you frequent this site, you know that Redhook is pretty much synonymous with mediocrity. This brew, however, is solid. I liked it a lot. Not the best seasonal, per se, but a really tasty ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and foamy, left alot of foamy lace. Crisp and refreshing, nice qualities for this syle beer. Very smooth and long malty center, Mild/mellow hop finish. nice balance and drinkability. Good session brew. A pleasant quaffer. Tried this one on tap. Didnt have the time to let it warm up abit in the glass.

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Photo of zacharius
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light brown with copper tint. Nice tight head sits on top, lasts through the glass. Smell is of hops and a bit of malt in there as well. Taste is decent esters predominate with hints of roasted malts, hops are in balance. The aftertaste of this brew is where it shines with an endless floral taste of willamette hops. Mouthfeel is average and it has decent carbonation, some alcohol but nothing to write home about, could be thicker. Drinkability is very good, you could drink many of these beers. Not quite what I would expect from a winter ale but a good beer nonetheless. Nothing here to offend anyone but nothing to make you crap your pants with enjoyment either.

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Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper color and formed a nice, off white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subside. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and some caramel. A flavor of malt, caramel with some hops present. The body is fairly thin for this style and the finish is a touch on the bitter side. Just not terribly impressed with this one, which is about par for this brewery.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Tall thin 12 ounce bottle. Labeled like the picture in the BA Database. The Bottled On Date finishes in ….08 03 the previous numerals are worn and not that discernable. Twist off cap was destroyed by my Samuel Smiths Bottle Opener.

Appearance: A clear but dark looking copper color body underneath a light tan colored head that is creamy looking, smooth and has a good longevity. Thick lacing eventually thins as the beer is downed, but the lacing looks good. Backlit it has a deep ruby hints. Solid conditioning. It looks great in my McEwan’s Scotch Ale Glass Goblet.

Nose: Biscuit and oatmeal with some sweet malts. Has a nice hop nose that rises at the back end with some feint pine oils. A baked bread nose builds as the temperature rises.

Taste: Malts start the beer, with some bitterness in the middle. The finish has an oatmeal cereal feel with a light sourness to it. As you drink through this it has a simple feel that is good but can be a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first with a spiky carbonation aided by a porridge like feel in the back end. Bitterness cuts the oatmeal porridge in the latter third. Finishes dry and acidic.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched and a nice drinking beer but a little too one-dimensional and a tad thin at times.

Overall: Thanks to BigHuge for the chance to finish off this Winter Ale before the Spring breaks through. Cheers!

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

Not a bad brew, but not ghreat either. Appearance was nice with decent head and lacing. Nice dark cramel color. Smell was mainly grape-like, but nor unpleasant. Taste was unspectacular, grape flavor came through. No major sweetness or bitterness. Light hop presence on the finish. Easy enough on the mouth and palate, but nothing special.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was a very nice reddish brown color; clear, with a moderate head.

I did not notice much of an aroma, maybe a little hops.

There is a definite hop bitterness to this beer but not as bitter as an IPA. The flavor is a spicy earthy taste that is interesting. I'm not sure about it, but I went back for another one.

The mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated. My overall impression is that it is a decent representation of a winter ale, something you could drink while watching football.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear, deep red/brown beer has a small, grayish-tan, fine, doughy head. Spots and arcs on the glass. Big pine hops in the nose, and almost a menthol note. Sweetish. The beer starts hoppy with some pepper. It turns a little watery, but there's some decent dark caramel (especially at temperature). Major pepper in the finish with lots of hops and some nice grains. This is a nice, hoppy brown.

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Photo of aaronh
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear deep red-copper with a cream colored head that quickly fades to a thin film of foam. Aroma exhibits a touch of caramel and little else. Just a bit on the boring side of good beer. Taste has a decent amount of roastiness and a touch of coffee, both pretty unexpected. Funky lingering spicy bitterness on the finish pervades the aftertaste. Strong earthiness comes out after a few sips. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well. Drinkability is OK, but one is more than enough for me. I don't much care for this beer. I think the blackhook may have been a better choice, as I was debating between the two. I believe I chose poorly in this instance. Damn impulse purchases! Well, at least I only bought one.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Winterhook pint glass. It pours a deep brownish-red with one finger of head. There is a large amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty, a little sweet, with just a note of hops. The smell is a little weak on this one. The taste is fairly malty at first, with bits of pepper and nutmeg present. The finish is very hoppy. Almost no aftertaste is left behind. The mouthfeel is just a little light, but the drinkability is fairly nice. I could down a few of these on this cold winters night.

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Photo of avylover
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out deep clear mahogany color with a bumpy white head. Aroma is filled with cascade like hops, along with a slight caramel maltiness. Taste is a bit bland for a winter ale. Starts off with some decent floral hoppy notes. There is some malt in there somewhere too, but it never really pokes out too much - more in the mouthfeel than the taste. Finishes with some spicyness that turns into a slightly bitter yet bland cardboardy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good & full, it's too bad the taste does not really match it. Pretty drinkable stuff. Decent beer. Just decent.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty auburn with a cream colored small head, strong lacing. Aroma is a large lump of leafy late hops, big caramel malt and cherries. Taste is a little pine-solish with some metallic notes that I get from many mass-produced beers(saaz?tettnang?) Rather dry. Boring yeast. Fine carbonation level, but what is there seems kinda harsh. Finish isn't very good, just graininess, pinesol, and cheezy hops. I am guessing that there was dry-hopping that didn't mesh well.

Starts off great. Change the yeast and get rid of the harsh finish and it would be a really good beer. As it is, it is unpolished. My guess is that they were going after a more marketable SNCA and just missed the mark by a bit.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

---WARNING: I am not a hophead.---

Looks good but smells wretched. The taste and smell are too hoppy and in the wrong way. Other beers taste and smell even hoppier but are much more tolerable. Something went wrong with this one. The taste was not as bad as the smell and seemed kind of average at first. As I kept drinking, however, the taste became worse. This beer needs more balance or different hops. I'm sure many people love it, but I certainly do not. I mustered up some courage and finished the glass, never to return again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RedHook WinterHook Ale- Mugsys bar Rte 70 ( Toms River/ Bricktown)

Appearance- A nice dark red with a thick white head
Smell- bitter hops with a citrus and floral
Taste- bitter. Citrus and floral hops. good!
Mouthfeel- sharp bitterness. Nice little aftertaste. No bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a good Ale that I enjoyed but Sierra Nevada would be a sufficiant replacement and slighty more enjoyable!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Metallic red-brown body, similar to dried blood, and though I realize that might not seem appetizing, it is attractive in this case. A tight foamy tan head rises, then falls back, leaving thick lacing and rings. Strong biscuit aromas vie with some earthy herbal hops. Taste begins with a caramely malt base, which gives way to a rising roof-of-the-mouth hop tingle. Clean finish. A tad thin in mouthfeel. A smooth, easy-to-drink beer. This is not a "fireplace sipper", not one of the big "top off the night" beers of the season. It is greatly suitable for the earlier parts of the winter day, from lunch thru dinner with stops in between. A pleasant find after the disappointment of this summer's Redhook Rye.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost copper in color with a frothy head and a nice lace effect. The smell is frity, kind of citrusy, Very aromatic hops were used in the making of this beer. I also get a fruity taste. Very hoppy and malted nicely. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of John1985
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale has a brown appearance with a good hoppy aroma. Body is pretty thin and hops dominate the flavor with flashes of toasted malt. Overall impression is that this is a pretty good effort and is certainly not boring but this is nothing I lay awake at night thinking about.

Several years ago this ale was much richer and full bodied.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weak thin, undermalted and overhopped come to mind with this beer. Besides that it's pretty good.

Seriously, this is the worst winter ale I've had this year for all the reasons I've stated above. I usually give a more detailed review but this beer is just not worthy.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue with a thin ring of a head, some fresh winter spices and roasted malts on the nose make for an inviting beverage. A bit thin up front, but quite tasty, roasted malts, winter spices, some orange peel and lemon notes. As she warms, some of the hop flavorings become more noticeable. Delicate and smooth, a strong old-ale, probably not, but one of the under-rated and widely available winter beverages, a great offering and a superb winter session brew.

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Photo of proc
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a brownish, amber in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of malt and bread dough. Taste is that of light caramel, slight fruit and a nice dose of hops. Is this a winter beer or a Pale Ale? Even IPA-ish.

A good offering from Redhook. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz.amber bottle. Born on date of 9/25/03.

Poured a deep amber in color. Shafts of ruby-red light can be seen when held up to the light. Excellent lacing of the glass with a tannish-colored head. Aromas are a mixture of grassy hops and some sweet malt. Flavors are hoppy up front and finishes with a caramel sweetness combined with a bit of a metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is average, with the metallic flavor costing points in this category.

Notes: Not too much in this one to make me think of this as a winter brew. It's probably the best Redhook beer I've had, but it's more of a regular amber beer than a winter brew. Not one that I'd rush out to buy each year to see how it's changed.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.