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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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 JISurfer
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice little hop bite to it's initial taste, but then turns to malty. It's color was a dark amber with a tan head. The head was frothy, but then went down to a laceing of the same color. I was most inpressed with the cover up of the higher alcohol in this brew. i would have never guessed that it was almost 7%. It's a little rough around the edges on the first taste, but smooths out as you go.

JISurfer, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking and an eye pleasing beer with a clear and bright light garnet color with tinges of orange. Small fruitiness in the aroma with more of it coming out as the beer warmed up, along with sweet and grassy hops. Aromas included sweet cherries, apricots and birch. The beer is a dry one, light in malt body with a biting and bitter tang and a dry, fruity finish. Light, tasty and flavorful. The dryness is an asset to this beer. Very good.

pezoids, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy chestnut hue with a light mirk. Stiff, pitted, steadfast vanilla white head leaves lace. Juicy tangerine laced with mint sprigs upfront in aroma. Burnt, buttery, brown sugar sprinkled biscuit and dark toffee are secondary. Sweet cocoa undertone. Quite appetizing aromawise. Simple medium lovibond caramel initially in flavor, is superceded by assertive, pithy hop bitterness and sharp suggestion of grated cinnamon. Mellows quickly, with stately butterscotch and bittersweet marmalade notes contrasting the barbed hop character. Understated hints of tart plum surface late along with breezy, disparate dry cocoa, lending dessert like qualities. Soft on the palate, and perhaps a touch lean in body to complement the malt backbone. Finishes both buttery and burnt, with lingering diacetyl and singed biscuit tones. A flavorful, albeit raw brew with a surprising amount of character. Quite tasty, and overall a well above average winter seasonal. Has aging potential.

marc77, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep reddish brown color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Fruity and citrusy aroma, smells kind of like an IPA, hoppy citrusy flavors with some caramel. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a sharp bitterness, much better than I remember.

maxpower, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a khaki colored head. Thick lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops, grapefruit, malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a mildly creamy texture. Malt meets hops in this winter offering. Citrusy grapefruit upfront with some buried caramel flavor. Nuttiness emerges toward the back. Thick piney hoppy finish. It's a decent offering and an enjoyable brew. Not sure I'd necessarily seek it out on a regular basis to purchase, but I'd consider ordering it if it were on tap at the place I was at.

Winter, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of dpend
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Cock n' Bull 11/26/03 - Cool snowglobe tap handle .

Appearance is deep copper that's clear and clean.Well displayed head that settled slowly.A nice hop aroma with a presence of fruits,malt,nuts and a bit of spruce.I was expecting more of theses same flavors in the taste, but it turned out to be a little underpowered.Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side as well.All in all, a nice, tame seasonal that's worth a try.

dpend, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a deep amber hue that had dark crimson highlights. A one-finger, fizzy head rose up on the pour, but it became fluffy and dense as it settled back into the beer. A light coating of bubbles remained on the surface of the liquid and a sizeable quantitiy of lace was left clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: There was a definite fruity component to this brew. It was a combination of cherries and other berries. However, there was a good malt presence in the background that gave the aroma some depth. It had a roasted, bready smell to it and came across as slightly spicy at times. Towards the end of the drink, with almost an hour of warming-up time, the smell of smoke dominated this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth upfront. On the tip of the tongue, it seemed almost silky, but it picked up some roughness as it hit the back of the mouth.

Taste: Every drink was a battle between the malt and the hops. There seemed to be a constant struggle as to which one would be the dominant flavor. Upfront, there were some roasted and light caramel malt flavors that had a grainy quality to them. There might be some black patent in there as well, but I'm not good at picking things apart that well. There was a cherry tartness that complimented the sharp, somewhat spicy hops flavor that arose quickly. It all lingered into the aftertaste where the flavors continued to battle for dominance.

It had been years since I had a Winterhook and I don't recall at all what it tasted like and if I liked it or not. I enjoyed this one, though. A very solid beer that I will be picking up again this season.

Quaffer, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Checking for differences in the 2003 release...

Clear dark amber color, nice 1/2 inch biege head that laces in vertical drips. Hoppy nose, some bits of juice and fruit. Weaker malt taste profile than I like in a Winter brew, fairly standard brown sugar and cinnamon but not holiday spicy. Hops are assertive, balsamic and slightly dry and helping the finish markedly. Body seems more viscous than previous years, I'd give it full-on medium. Comparing notes, I'd say that hops and mouthfeel are improved but that an interesting sweetness could be bumped up.

ADR, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an off-white head over clear and dark reddish liquid. Piney and herbal, citric notes abound. Taste is lightly sprucy, piney and malty. Dryness pops up right about now. Finishes syrupy yet dry with a nice stickiness to it...an interesting brew.

beerluvr, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-15-03
Aroma 2: A musty hop smell heavy with pine and citric notes. I’m a little worried
Appearance 3.5: Dark red that is clear when backlit. Has a nice off white head that clings to the side and seems to last
Flavor 3.5: Very hoppy. The hops come through a little nicer than the smell lets on. While the hop flavor is in full force, the bitter is kept at bay. No malt sweetness here, but has to be backing the hops.
Mouthfeel 2.5: A bit thin, with a very slight hop pucker
Overall Impression 3.5: This is a pretty good beer all in all. Heavy-handed hops here hold, hindering holistic happiness (sorry, I hit a roll). Trying to say, a bit out of balance, but not so much to seriously detract from a tasty brew. I would like a bit more complexity, and a little more balance, but you can’t have everything.

Re-reviewed 12-13-05
Bottle Inspection: 6% abv. bottled on 101005 (sampled 121305). My label is blue with old man winter blowing up a hard wind.

Aroma 4: Malt with a nice spice level, maybe ginger, coriander, I guess it’s just the northern brewer and cascade hops blending so nicely; A very nice nose.

Appearance 3.5: Clear dark ruby brown with active carbonation levels feeding a skimpy head of grayish white that gave some good lace.

Flavor 4: Tastes like a light bodied heavily hopped stout. Very mild overall impression, but some nice sweet notes balanced by a gentle bitter and almost grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Firm carbonation, slightly oily texture slowly fades.

Overall Impression 4: Easy drinking winter ale. Good “pure” flavors, hops and malt doing their thing. It’s very clean and neat, but not a lot of punch for the winter season. Still, a very well crafted beer.

HardTarget, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruby tinted with a nice sized tan head, leaving lacing around my glass fine but hey it's there. Aromatics: The cascades weigh in nicely here upfront floral and piney not bad not a lot of malt sweetness but definitely not bad the hops are nice. Flavor: Is definitely tame, low pur of caramel malt tones slightly spiced not bad at all, with what I was expecting to be a roaring hop profile was nothing at all just a mild finish of hops, disappointing but I was expecting much. Mouthfeel: Thin not much texture lacks body, smooth carbonation for a winter seasonal this is a light beer. Drinkability: Is mediocre cant' picture myself buying this ever again.

WVbeergeek, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to enjoy this now and then, once a year...it was good, ..once...years ago...
Appearance: a clear, light crimson color, with a small, flimsy head.
Aroma: Hmmm,...nutty, creamy, soft, but rather shy, hints of spice...
Taste: huh...HUH..HUUUH!...didn't used to be so, shall we say, SHALLOW. Very thinly bodied, and I can't shake it, can't get around it, over it, or through it. It's just flimsy. There's some fruity, nutty flavor, but very small, and there is tremendously little texture...I'll go so far as to say "none." Forgettable. Boring. A bit too sweet. The soul has been sucked out of it. Damn, I thought this was supposed to be an ALE, maybe even a hearty, WINTER ale...goodness me, what was I thinking...
I remember a day...sigh...

feloniousmonk, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

merlin48, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rumrunner, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2003 release:
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of rkhaze
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

rkhaze, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!
Prosit!!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

645

Bierman9, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tavernjef, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gusler, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Reidrover, Oct 10, 2003
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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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