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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 52 | 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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Ratings: 877 | Reviews: 464
Photo of PintOHops
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear dark brown with a touch of ruby as you look through it. Medium-high carbonation with a very thin head that reduces to a ring quickly & leaves little lacing. Smells of floral hops with hints of pine, citrus, and raisins. Sweet maltyness with warm pepper like spices and a hint of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt with notes of citrus and alcohol. Finishes with lots of warm spices and lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a little creamy, and has a medium body. Lively carbonation as it goes down as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could definitely enjoy about 2 of these. I think this is a good example of a winter warmer. Loaded with flavor, loaded with warm spices, yep, I really enjoyed this beer. I recommend you give it a try.

Cheers, and Hoppy Holidays!

Photo of daledeee
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a glass with not much of a head but the lace stayed around for the entire beer. Color is clear brown.

Nose just has a hint of spice.

Taste is a little dry with spice, caramel, hops and malt. This is not a bad beer. I would say this beer falls into the bock catagory.

Photo of gabe23
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color. Crystal clear with a nice off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Plenty of nice lacing.

S - Piney hops aroma abounds and overpowers most everything else. After a few swirls I can detect a bit of brown sugar and raisins, and a slight bit of grain.

T - Slight caramel sweetness along with some sourdough bread to start. A slight metallic tinge follows, then the piney hops come into play. The finish is bitter and dry with earthy hops lingering for a long while.

M - This is a smooth drinking beer, but with a bit more carbonation than I'd like.

D - I could drink a few of these, although the carbonation tends to make it a bit filling. This is an interesting ale, but I'm not sure what it's trying to be. The malt profile is far too muted to be a winter warmer IMHO. It's closer to an English bitter or an IPA as far as I'm concerned. Definitely worth a try, though - as long as you're not expecting a malty, spicy winter ale.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper colored, with a finger of beige/tan head. Retention is somewhat short, some lacing is left behind.

S - Moderate caramel aroma. Nutty and roasted aromas come through also. Surprisingly there is a noticable piney hop presence.

T - Sweet malt tasting of dark bread and mild fruit and nuts provides the backbone. Mid palate the sweetness begins to subside a bit and a mild bitterness enters. Earthy and piney hop flavors make themselves known with a touch of alcohol and fruitiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation. Just a smidge too prickly.

D - A great sessioner for the season. I'm not sure if "winter warmer" is the best style for this beer to be listed under, but either way it's a great, solid beer. Nothing huge or bold, but simple and harmonious.

Photo of Buggies
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a quickly disappearing head.

S: Sweet malty aroma with just the faintest hop aroma.

T: Nice sweet malt that finishes with a little hop bitterness which balances nicely I think.

One of the better winter warmers I have tried lately. No harsh flavors with this one. It is a nice smooth drinker.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep, dark amber beer, very clear, topped with a dark tan head. Head reduced quickly to a sparse bubble layer.

S-Spicy hop aromas with a nutty, somewhat caramelly maltiness.

T-Spicy and earthy hops coupled with a prominent bitterness. A nutty, dry maltiness remains in the picture up to the finish, which is dry with nut and bitterness.

M-Medium-high carbonation compliments a pleasant medium bodied beer.

D-It's pretty decent. Not a spectacular brew, and I probably won't chase after this one in the future. Overall, though, still a nice beer, and with a wider availability on-tap at restaurants, a good choice when dining out.

Photo of Fatduck
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper, mahogany color with a small but fluffy white head. It smells and tastes like a extra strength English bitter. A good thing on a cold day I guess. Creamy smooth mouth, a little carbonation, but light, very drinkable, dangerously so.

From the "extra" seasonal offering from the Redhook sampler pack I am very pleased. Its a great beer.

Photo of DukeofAle
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll skip the usual, boring and repetative "review" ("xxx pours a deep mahogany brown with red highlights blah, blah, blah") and say simply that this is one of the better brews I've sampled in some time - if you like your ale on the hoppy side. Not a "big" beer, just a nice, fairly low gravity ale with a bite. And and $6.99/6 pack, it's ranking increases in light of the exceptional value. It' getting tough to find a real soild brew under $10.00 - this was a very pleasant discovery and I will be buying more!

Photo of cdkrenz
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was actually part of a Christmas gift from my mom. Thanks Mom!

A - Deep amber colored body with an inch of medium tan head. It also has a nice lacing as it's sipped away.

S - Slightly hoppy with a nice sweet and spicy bouquet.

T - Bready flavor with a slightly spiced middle. The finish is of simple hops.

M - Smooth texture with the finish being a bit coarse which allows the hop flavor to come through.

~ This a tasty, smooth and likable winter warmer. Give it a try.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a six pack of this at the grocery store. bottle indicates this was made at their east coast facility. pours brown with a reddish hue. clear with a one finger tan head. some lace.

bread on the nose. get some hoppy spiciness in there also. no off odors. smells malty.

has that warm taste i cannot describe. it is a good thing. a little fruity but based in sweet malts. caramel.

mid body. adequate carbonation. i could drink another sixer this season.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a dark rust, clear and with an average head.

Smell is of roasted grain, caramel and bready goodness.

Flavor is roasted grain, caramel and light chocolate malts. Hops are very well represented here. Bright and and bitter there is a nice earthy flavor between the hops and dusty grain, nice.

Very well done ale, I would look for it again.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a "Redhook Greatest Hits" box at a Christmas party.

Bronze color with red-orange highlights. Great color. Head retains somewhat. I normally don't like the smell (or taste) of hops, but the hop smell in this was very appealing to me. There is also a citrusy smell here, slightly fruity. Tastes of malts and spices, with some fruity tones present. Its a great blend and a great tasting beer. Average mouthfeel, not to thin, not to watery.

For being a hoppy beer, I really enjoyed this, and I can't say that of other hoppy beers (that aren't IPA's). I was very impressed with my first exposure to Redhook brewery.

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. The head is tan and creamy, nice head retention, and leaves excellent lacing throughout the beer. Initial scent is of some roasted malts, piney hops with a hint of sweetness...perhaps spices? Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. This is the first beer that I have tried from Red Hook - I found it to be a nice winter beer!

Photo of patobandito
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely dark copper color with a small head that leaves little lace. Smells malty with spice, like a winter warmer should Tastes the same. Strong malt flavor followed by the spices. But not too spiced like the Widmer Brrr....Winterhook is balanced perfectly. Very good beer, albeit a bit on the thin side. An easy drinking beer. Very good stuff.

Photo of TLove
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great copper/amber color, though a bit light for a winter warmer. The beer has a very nice, ESB-esque bitterness and sourness and has a similar taste to the ESB. The bitterness rolls off the tongue to back of the throat quite nicely, where the fruits mellow out the taste a bit. But the mouthfeel is ultimately watery for a winter warmer, rather unfortunately so. The finish is similar and has a negative effect on the drinkability of the beer.

This isnt a great winter warmer, but swings the better-balanced RedHook ESB in a darker, hoppier direction.

Photo of Bagman007
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very nice copper coloring with a decent, not very long lasting, head.

S- Very hoppy scent when you first smell it. Can't really smell any malts at all. Can also smell some spices as well.

T- The spices really stick out in the taste, perhaps more than in any other Winter Warmer I've had. Surprisingly does not taste as hoppy as it smells.

M- Since it was not as hoppy or bitter as I expected, it went down surprisingly smoothly.

D- Extremely drinkable session beer. Definitely something you have have a lot of.

Overall I was extremely impressed with this beer. Very smooth compared to most Winter Warmer's. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of Hawthorne
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Photo of madtappers
4.76/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has got to be one of the best winter seasonals on the market, that no one cares about.

This beer pours an amber color not to light and not to dark.

Great taste not to hoppy not to malty, which adds to the drinkablity of this beer.

Unlike many other winter beers this does not have that heavy alchol after taste.

This ale is great for the novice or the snob, and makes a great beer to take to grandma's house for Christmas dinner for all to enjoy.

Photo of albern
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a surprise. The beer is about the hoppiest winter ale I've had in a long while. The beer pours a mahogany amber color with a tannish head, with some retention, and lots of lacing. This is a creamy headed beer, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. The nose on this beer is just sweet piney hops. I'm getting a huge whiff of oily, estery ripe hops, something more akin to an IPA nose than a winter warmer. There is a touch of breadiness in the background, but the pine aroma is front and center.

The taste is not nearly as hopped up as the nose would indicate. There is a nice hop presence, but it is well balanced with the bready and biscuity grains. There maybe some winter type spices in the beer, such as nutmeg, almond extract, allspice, and the like. There is a slight hop drying feel in the mouth towards the finish. The beer is quite creamy with a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. This is a reasonably complex beer with a good interplay between the hops, spices, grains, and malts. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, the hop bite does extend a bit into the aftertaste. This is a nice beer and glad I pulled it off the shelf. L'Chaim.

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a clear amber with a medium white head. Nutty aroma with some herbs and tea. Flavor is smoother than one would expect, malty and earthy. The taste is almost like a low-alcohol barleywine. Its okay, but not really what I was expecting from a winter brew.

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. 2008 Style.

Color is a light carmel brown. Pours a decent head that leaves a medium level of lace.

Aroma is of piney hopes. Some spices are also noted. Taste is of similiar piney hops. A slight hint of carmel is also tasted.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but bitter (due to the hops). Leaves a dry taste in mouth.

Overall, a solid beer. I would recommend this winter style ot anybody.

Photo of SerieDNo3
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 version, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber; light can travel through, but it definitely is not clear. Thin head that quickly became a film and left minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Mild alcohol on the nose, as well as some fruit and a slight metallic twinge.

T: Some spices and toasted malt, but it has a metallic presence that lasts throughout the beer. Not necessarily unpleasant, but also not something I would seek out.

M: For a beer with so little carbonation, it feels surprisingly thin.

D: It goes down pretty easily, given the generally thin mouthfeel. If I enjoyed the flavor more, I could put down a few of these with no trouble.

Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. Dark amber with a half inch of light tan head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops and some caramel.
Taste is bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, leather, some grapefruit, hint of lemon and a medium-dry bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinker for a winter warmer. Abv of 5.9%.
Update: Bottled on Oct 17 2013. abv listed as 6.0%
Number 29- 2013 version. Not too different than original review but this is a classic winter warmer and a smooth drinking slightly hop forward beer with plenty of malts to give it an almost Imperial Amber Ale character. One of the better beers of this style.
This update was on Jan. 29, 2014.

Photo of Contagion
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass, it has a nice chestnut brown with garnet highlights. There is no cloudiness to it that can be detected. Light passes through the beer, but it is dark enough that you can't make out what is seen on the other side. When poured a thin tan head formed that turned into a film that lasted until I was finished with the beer. There was some lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent is mainly of dried dark fruits like prunes and raisins. A touch of citrus and the spicy bitterness of hops rounds off the smell. The first sip mainly consists of the taste combination of caramel malts and hops. There is a citrus hint and a touch of cloves to the finish. The flavor is kind of thin and watery.

This is a medium bodied beer that has a nice carbonation level to it.

It's pretty easy to drink. I wouldn't recommend it as a compliment to a meal. This is definitely a beer that one drinks by itself, preferably while sitting next to a warm fire in the accompaniment of friends. It's definitely one I would drink again, most likely on a special occasion.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a snifter. ABV noted on the label is 5.9%, as opposed to the stated 6.11% here.

Pours a clear ruby-chestnut hue with a rich, creamy off-white cap that leaves behind thick patches of stick on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is, surprisingly, mostly of bright, citrussy, floral and resinous hops.

Flavors are of slight caramel malts up front and, surprisingly again, piney hop notes. As it warms, a bit of toasted biscuit begins to appear around the edges, and oddly a bit of a watered-down nature falls in near the finish, which is characterized by a lingering light hop bitterness.

Body and mouthfeel are medium and lighter than expected, and the watered-down flavor that appears with warming detracts from the mouthfeel as well, lending itself in feel as well as flavor.

Overall a very drinkable winter brew, perhaps taking its cues more from Sierra Nevada's Celebration than the prototypical Winter Warmer, and should perhaps therefore be labeled accordingly. Not as outstanding as Sierra Nevada's example, but a solid offering nevertheless.

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