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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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854 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, 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 Contagion
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Aroma's a bit hoppy but none in the flavor. Flavor, however, is decent with a ttinge of dry-roastyness. Nice rich dark amber, reddish color. Light head that lasts somewhat. Almost no lace. Fairly balanced. ok mouthfeel. Decent finish. Could be a session beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had already reviewed this beer and thought it was bland, but I accidently put this in my shopping basket, but now I'm glad I did. Retry! On to the beer:

This beer is copper in color, hues of orange with a solid head on top and trickles of lacing. The aroma is hoppy....a clean and crisp fruity aroma. Bit of caramel too. The taste is a winner. Pleasantly hoppy and malty. Good mix of caramel and sweet dough to go with the grapefruit and piney hop flavors. There's also a hint of orange flavor. Finishes clean. A good drinkable beer overall, and one that paired well with my spicy pork tenderloin topped with BBQ sauce.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel-brown / apple-red transparent color with a decent off-white head

S- Spicy smell on top of caramel malt flavor

T- Taste is like the smell but hops become noticeable and really enhance the brew

M- Feel is good. Medium bodied and well-carbonated

D- Drinks fine for the style

Photo of sprucetip
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into Midnight Sun goblet

Deep amber/copper, clear, good head with retention and lacing.

Some dark fruit and a surprising citrusy hop aroma on a malty base. Smell is not strong or prominent, unfortunately. Had trouble getting a good whiff after the initial pour.

A mild sweetness up front with hop bitterness following closely. A little bit of dark grainy flavor, but overall not very complex.

Some tingling from the carbonation, a bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Dryish finish.

The dry, bitter finish nay slow some down, but this will be consumed as a session beer by many. For me, what detracts most from the drinkability is an overall, relative, lack of complexity.

This is a decent beer, but considering the many options, I won't be reaching for it often.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 2 finger head that dies pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma starts off pretty hoppy which yields to a malty sweetness. There is also a weird fruity smell, but I can't think of anything to describe it.

Taste is malty with a clear hop flavor present. There is some nice toasted/roasted malt flavors as well. There is light to moderate bitterness on the finish. Has a slight sweetness that comes out as it warms. The weird fruit flavor is in the taste as well, but still can't think of how to describe it. Mouthfeel is very good and very good drinkability too.

Overall a very good winter ale. Will definitely have this again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer... a lot. I was pleasantly surprised, as I've had 4 or 5 styles of Redhook before and while they were good, none really wowed me. This one certainly did though. This was just a delicious hoppy amber/red ale. Great look in the glass, awesome smell and taste, a nice creamy mouthfeel and finish. Man it went down way too quickly for dinner and I'm pissed I only got a single. I'll be getting a 6'er for thanksgiving!

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep bronze color with good clarity and a big, creamy white head with good retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: A big whiff of piney/floral hops, plus some subdued caramel and perhaps a bit of honey and spice.

T: Again, piney and floral hops dominate the palate with a nice flavor and a touch of bitterness. Some caramel malt to provide balance, along with a vague, sweet spiced nature. There's an almost dusty, yeasty or bready nature to it as well.

M: Fairly creamy and medium bodied, with a somewhat dry finish. There is a somewhat resiny feel on the tongue after each sip.

D: This is a very nice winter offering. An assertive hop profile balanced fairly well with some malts and spices. I'd drink this again, and it's a good option for the price ($6.99/six).

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a decent head and lace.
The aroma started with some hops,malts and some honey.
The taste of malts,caramel and sweetness.The hops surprised me,but were a welcomed surprise.
The feel was smooth,medium body,medium carbonation and an overall good balance.

Notes: What a fine brew of a surprise. Six pack next time as it was so easy to have.

Photo of ectomorph
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a 'Bottled' date of 10-13-08.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper/ruby with a small head that faded fast. Minimal lace.

S - Floral hops up front caught me by surprise. A mild sweetness is noticed at the end.

T - Wow, this is unlike any other winter warmer I've had. Very hoppy for the style, closer to a Pale Ale here. Floral/citrus hop bite is somewhat balanced by the bread backbone.

M - Medium body and carbonation, not as rich as other WW's either...

D - High. Nice session brew while making out that list for Santa.

Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Dark copper hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of webby lacing.

Lots of citrusy hops that makes up most of the aroma. A little bit of caramel is in the background.

Once again, plenty of hops in the flavor with a little bit of green tea along with the standard grapefruit. The malts add only a slight caramel toastines to the flavor. Full bodied. The hops linger on for a while after each sip.

Pretty hoppy for a Winter Warmer, more of a dark Amber Ale in my opinion. Still, pretty tasty.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I talked to a representative from the brewery and they told me that Winterhook was Red Hook's "experimental" beer, and that they do something different every year. She told me that this year's concoction was a hoppier version of years past with some different flavors thrown in. So I did what any defenseless man conversing with an attractive young woman would do, I took her advice and bought a six-pack. After I tried one she was right about the hops....they were everywhere, smell and taste. Now I'm not complaining but the supposed "other flavors" I couldn't find. I seemed to me this beer was nothing more than a fine crafted micro-brew pale ale with some roasted malt thrown in for a nice dark color. Not a bad choice but there are better Red Hook beers out there.

Photo of KI9A
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery Chataqua Public House on 11/1/08.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Solid covering of retention leaves a soft cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh, floral hops with a bit of spice to it and some underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is a slightly tangy mix of citrus and caramel malts with a nice floral tasting hop bitterness that wraps everything up nicely. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that spreads out into a more creamier feel.

This is probably one of my favorites from Redhook with some nice chewy sweetness but it's the freshness of the hops here that really did it for me with this pint. Tasty and pretty easy drinking for the size.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the local Shaw's. Pours a translucent dark copper color with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, spicy, hoppy, malty, caramel/toffee... Tastes fruity, with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, nut, toffee, caramel, just a tinge of butter... A wide plethora of flavors with the malt and hops both playing huge roles. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation combines with the pleasant flavors to make this one super-drinkable. A new favorite winter beer!

Photo of TheMistler
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured more towards opaque than clear, though I could just make out my fingers on the other side of the brown, red-hued concoction. Slight chill haze, maybe. Off white head, not much of it. Decent lacing.

Smells much different after pouring than it does in the bottle. Mostly hops in the bottle, they instead compliment (citrus and flowers) a sweet malt base when its in the glass.

Taste of caramel malt, and I think caught some raisins. Finishes with floral hops, only slight bittering, though there is only-slightly-malty IPA sensation that lingers on the palate.

Lots of carbonation to go with a somewhat doughy mouthfeel and light-medium body. Nice balanced taste. Quite drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, with some spices. The taste is malty, slight hop, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

Photo of phisig137
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear deep amber, light brown color, with a 1.5 finger head. More than decent retention, and abundant lacing... off to a good start.

S- Fairly muted, but with a nice hop presence. Resinous aroma of pine and perhaps citrus hops, with just a hint of honey and caramel malt. It is a very mild aroma, but smells nice overall.

T- A surprising amount of hop flavors coat your tongue from front to back...Again, quite piney, but also a bit more floral in the mouth than on the nose. Slight malt sweetness on the finish, without being cloying at all. Again, the flavor is fairly muted, but generally enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Nothing stoands out on either side here.

D- Easily quaffable, although you aren't left aching for another sip.

Overall, not bad at all. It is very mild, and could potentially be a great transitional beer. Definitely one of the better beers that I've had from Redhook. I'd buy it again, but I won't be rushing back. There are betters out there for ~$8.50 a sixer.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice red copper color. The head was only a finger width and the head loves to cling to the side of the glass in chunky white foam.

S- This smells sweet, and a bit more on the hoppy side of a winter warmer. Must be a West Coast classic for sure. Sweet caramel and honey with some great spice mixed in. Great smelling Winter Warmer.

T- There is a nice hop taste for sure, and it is always there to play nice. But there is a real nice caramel malt profile that is the star. This is a nice well rounded and balanced American West Coast take on a winter warmer. Nice well rounded beer.

M- This feels good in the mouth, very nice feel.

D- Yes this is very drinkable, I'm glad I got this fresh as well. Its a nice beer.

Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep copper color, minimal clarity, with a generous sized head and beautiful lacing, very sticky.

Smell: Nice earthy, grassy hops combined with sweet fruit florals, grapefruit twang is present, a decent smelling winter brew.

Taste: Great spices combined with those fruity hops make this a treat. Nutmeg, caramel, pumpkin spice, all pop out big here, as well as the grapefruit and citrus feel in the nose. This one would taste great with thanksgiving dinner!

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess although a bit thin for a winter beer, yet it's carbonation and good hop balance make up for it. Just right on the palette.

Drinkability: For my first winter brew of 2008, I was pretty impressed. This is one is tasty and rather easy to gulp down, definetley a sessionable beer for those holiday parties.

Photo of wesl56
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) looks great, nice reddish color with a good sized head at first that leaves pretty heavy lacing all the way down

s) i didnt really notice much smell, slightly hoppy, floral hints

t) taste is rather weak, almost watered down... does leave a nice "ale-ish" aftertaste

m) medium-light, carbonation evident

d) very easy to drink, as i said tastes a little on the watery side

overall, not disappointed, but was expecting something different from a "winter beer" probably would not buy again

Photo of Goregazm
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WILL KEEP YOU WARM ON THE COLDEST WINTER NIGHTS

Appearance: Pours a nice, reddish-copper color. Clean, but not transparent. Has a decent, light tan head which goes down somewhat rapidly and leaves a good amount of foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong on the nose, you can smell it as soon as you pop off the cap. Has a floral, hoppy smell, with some caramel and malt. Grains are in there as well. Wasn't bad, but not as good as the...

Taste: Nummy!!! This beer has a warm, toasty taste that you can literally feel going down. Tastes like buttered bread with a nice malt and some bitter hops. More sweet then bitter, with a slight detection of fruit. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly thick, with a litte carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Doesn't lose its creamy feel on the palate after being in your mouth for a few seconds. The aftertaste is not a far cry from the taste itself, just a bit more suttle.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, and one of the best that Redhook has to offer. This is ideal to sip on a cold, winter night. Whether sitting in front of the fireplace or under a blanket watching a movie, this is a brew that matches up perfectly. If you're not a big
fan of the winter season, this is a damn good reason to look forward to it.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. poured a medium amber with some brown woody colors. A decent finger and a half head of fluffy white faded slowly leaving some really impressive chunky and gummy lacing that followed down the glass... beautiful on the whole.

s. nothing too exciting... average roasted malt and some hops of the neutral variety, neither citrusy nor piney nor floral... just relatively neutral. As the brew warmed, the aroma grew a bit stronger, but nothing more than average malt and neutral hop presented itself.

t. Pretty much on level with the aroma. Some roasted malt, a bit of candy and a touch of sweet dried fruit. A bitter hop presence, but one of the more neutral hoppings I've encountered, nothing very exciting. No traces of any spicing for a winter warmer.

m. thin and a bit heavy on carbonation, giving it a bit of light creaminess. Not bad, but nothing amazing. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there on the tongue, giving it a bit of character.

d. meh. Not horrible... decent for a middle of the road winter ale. I wouldn't really call it a warmer, more like an average hoppy amber. Might be a decent introduction for someone unfamiliar with the "winter" style, but really kind of middle of the road, and there are so many other good options out there, this one just falls off the radar.

Photo of jkdrummer
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version:

Pours a nice brownish color. Thin lace around the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of hops and malt of course. Taste is a bit bitter but nice. Not a roasted malt flavor a bit more sweet and the hops stand right out. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Recommended.

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.