Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Has a pretty medium copper color after poured into a pint glass. Little head retention, but nice lacing that hangs around. Pleasant nose is a bit complex, but dominated by malt sweetness, hops, and a hint of woodsy spices. Medium bodied in the mouth, definitely crisp with hops. I swear that there are some kind of spices trying to reach out and bite your tongue. Dry aftertaste and definitely a belly warmer. Above average for a seasonal ale.
11-12-2003 22:51:47 | More by merlin48
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
12oz. bottle. Bottled on date: 10/15/2003.
I think this is my favorite ale from this particular brewery.
It pours a deep transparent ruby color. A good frothy tan head and some solid lacing down the glass. The scents are cold and crisp on the nose. Heavy hop and some deep fruit for a full bodied scent. There is a sweetness peeking about that is nice.
The tastes are very well put together. This is a pretty hoppy ale. A real nice bitterness. There is some dark fruits blending. Plumbs, figs and dark black cherries. A sweet candied bread follows up and there is a dark wood flavor for the finish. The flavors are very dense. I enjoyed the way the flavors are put together.
This ale is a bit beyond medium but not quite full bodied. There is also a certain density to the mouthfeel that is nice. A pretty easy drinker but not what I would call a session beer. It is more of a slow end of the evening ale.
11-08-2003 07:14:26 | More by Rumrunner
3.4/5 rDev -5%
This beer is a deep, deep ruby color, it is very clear and pours with a tan head. At first the aroma is of dark fruit, then the hops kick in a bit. The hops come to dominate the aroma, but they are not super strong either. The first taste is lightly fruity (hints of cherry). The finish is off dry, and is accompanied by a hoppiness that is complimentary to the fruit flavors. No real strong flavors that jump out at me. The hops are the dominant flavor here, but for some reason this beer tastes a tad on the weak side.
11-06-2003 18:33:22 | More by Gueuzedude
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured a clear brown with reddish hues and noticeable carbonation bubbles. Small, creamy tan head that stuck around a bit and left great lace. Sweet malt and resiny hop aroma. Taste starts out malty smooth and sweet with a little red fruit, followed by a citric hop spiciness.
A little thin bodied for the style but the nice carbonation makes for good drinkibility.
Not my favorite winter beer. Lacks the richness and complexity of most, but is still better than in previous years.
11-05-2003 01:36:03 | More by rkhaze
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
This Bier has a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. Head is tan and creamy, lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. Plenty of hops in the nose, with a touch of sweetness as well. Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. It is soon followed by plenty of hops, west-coast style, which stick nicely on the palate. Nice Bier!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
11-02-2003 21:08:14 | More by Bierman9
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
Color is a clearish coppery brown, medium sized head of light tan hue, fades slow to a thin puff and lace sticks in moth holed-sheets. Smell is roasted malts, somewhat hefty and heavy, sweet with solid caramel and toffee thats reminiscent of burnt cookies. Hop notes of deep pine. Mostly coming through as it warms. Taste has a good portion of sweet malts, caramel, lightly burnt, lightly earthy, hops come across late with a fairly nice bite and bitterness that lends some dried pineyness. Some spiced grab shows through in the finish along with a smidgon of alcohol thats a bit warming. Feel is medium bodied and has a light grainy texture with a hop kick in alot of the finish with a spicy note. Not bad for Redhook, I was expecting something lack luster, but the late kick this has kept me intrigued.
11-02-2003 17:49:05 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance - The body is a very dark brown but clear. The head was just gorgeous. It lept up instantly, held on for a while, pitted beautifully, and left tons of shaving cream lacing on the glass.
Smell - The sweet malt aroma is faint, yet very winteresque. There seems to be a mild hop balance as well.
Taste - The flavor is thinner than I had anticipated from the nose, but the malt sweetness is good. It's very one-dimensional though and pales in comparison to the taste that I had on-tap at the brewery. I didn't write a review for that one because I didn't take any notes, but I remember it being much fulller and substantial.
Mouthfeel - Very little carbonation to this light to medium-bodied ale. It's very light and smooth; thin in the mouth yet non-intrusive.
Drinkability - This has the ease and drinkability of a summar ale yet the yearning flavors of the strong, old style. I think it's lost in a time warp. It's too light for the acclaimed style yet too dark and malty for a summer refresher. The worse of both worlds? It's really not that bad, but I must consider it a miss on most counts.
Update - The 2004 bottle is better than the one I sampled in '03. It seems a bit bigger and the hops are definitely bigger, at least I'm picking them out that way. I still thought the Mouthfeel should be bigger for the flavors but am otherwise moving all the other ratings to 4.0.
Update - The 2005 vintage is right on par with the '05. The Mouthfeel is still lacking but overall it's a good brew.
Update - The 2009 vintage has now extended the pattern. This beer has nice flavors and actually looks pretty cool but lacks a strong body.
10-31-2003 04:27:46 | More by RoyalT
3.23/5 rDev -9.8%
The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.
10-27-2003 23:16:56 | More by Gusler
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Ok wife took me out to "The Outback" Steakhouse tonight for me birthday..they had not much of intrest on tap ( Newcastle Brown and Black Butte being the best)..so I tried this new keg of Winterhook..what the heck..might as well. Came in the 22 oz mug.
Served slightly too cold , despite me asking for a "slightly" chilled glass..so let it stand a while.
Actually afer the chill haze was gone, its quite a good looking beer ,light chocolaty brown with garnet accents..lovelly coffeen'creme coloured head.
Good malty aroma with wine like smell of alcohol.
Pretty nice taste , malty smooth, chocolate , liquorice then it gets bitter with noticable alcohol warming in the throat.
Nice and smooth on the palate.
A quite enjoyable brew with my Prime Rib..and New York Cheescake to finish!
Tastes though it was stronger than 5.58..but the waitress had no idea!
10-10-2003 04:22:06 | More by Reidrover
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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