Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 886
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | 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 rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled, lame is a word that springs to mind. Very dissapointing for a supposed winter ale. Light choc, caramel, little hops noticable, grainy and thin, no bitterness, cola like texture. NOt really a fan of redhook at all, very bland for a winter beer, where is all the flavour???? (281 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head. Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal. Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens. Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate. Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many far better winter beers. This one's a total washout. (626 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2011/2012 version was sampled on tap (this is important because I’ve heard they change the recipe from year-to-year). The color was clear copper with a big khaki head that retained decently and left sliding spots of lacing. The aroma was not as spicy as it had been in the past, showcasing caramel malt and piney hops instead with only hints of clove. The flavors were a bit heavy on the herbal/piney hops at first with a caramel malt backbone and hints of toasted nuts and toffee behind that. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation mid-level. Not as spiced as many winter warmers which I found welcome though nothing amazing as a stand-alone brew either. (686 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled Oct 6, 2011) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany and amber combination color with a low and somewhat fizzy head that falls quickly to the surface leaving behind on ly a thick collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is on the low side in intensity...what I pick up most is some bready and biscuity malt, Ritz crackers, touches of lightly caramalized sugar, some light floral/perfumey hop aroma.

T - Malty base, bready with some spices on top..cinnamon, sugar, lightly biscuity. Hop presence is low, not much bitterness or flavor...more or less serves the purpose of balance against the malt mostly.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied...well carbonated and quite prickly/tingly on the tongue. Malty, a bit sweet, somewhat candy like.

O - Just ok with me...well brewed, but tending towards the sweeter and sugary side of the balance line. Hops are not a big player here unfortunately. Perhaps just not really what I was looking for in a beer at this moment. (1,035 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 16, 2013 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Redhook. Expectations are about averaged based on the brewery and the style.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a ruddy mahogany-ruby colored body with about a finger and half of dense frothy off-white head. A bit of lacing when swirled, but none sticks to the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is pretty faint. Some amber / chocolate malt presence, a hint of oily pine hops, and virtually nothing else.

T - Taste follows the nose: amber / chocolate malt up front, some earthy tea leaf sweetness, a bit of piney hop bitterness in the middle, and some dark malt roast / coffee grounds on the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, bitter, and slightly dry. Light and refreshing for being a 6.00% abv beer.

Overall, a fairly forgettable outing from Redhook, but it was about what I was expecting. Definitely not a very interesting beer, but drinkable and "safe" for those looking to expand their beer horizons. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want this again.

Redhook Winter Hook ---3/5. (1,129 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola brown, slightly hazy, and 1" of tan head that fades fast. Smells of spicy grapefruit and raisins. Taste is very hop dominated, but there are some dark roasted malts and raisins. Mouthfeel is grainy and has relatively low levels of carbonation. Pretty robust winter beer, much better than most beers in the Redhook lineup. (339 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice copper look, although with little head and lacing. Has a very neutral scent, just a bit of an ale/hoppy aroma, but nothing strong at all. A nice crisp flavor, very clean that starts with a slight hoppy feel and ends with a hit of caramel and what tastes like a bit of spice. Goes down fine, not rough, not overly smooth. A nice ale, but not the best winter warmer. (375 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,732 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark shade of brown with a nice head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with caramel and some spice. The flavor reminded me a lot of Anchor Steam, with just a little more strength in the flavor. Malty and hoppy, with caramel and spices. Good winter beer. (294 characters)

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head

S - Is of sweet malt with a hint of caramel and spice

T - Is of sweet malt upfront followed by a touch of spice and hops

M - Feels a little thin compared to other winter ales

D - Overall I enjoyed this brew it is a little lighter than other winter ales but that doesn't really hurt this beer its worth a try (364 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice toasted caramel color. Average sized, fluffy, rocky, fairly thick, off-white head. Pretty good retention fading into a nice delicate lace.

S - Lots of toasted, nutty aroma. Hints of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and touches of clove and coriander). Some toffee and caramel sweetness. Good example of the style without being overspiced.

T - Starts with a strong toasted, nutty flavor. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Hints of spice, but nothing that strong. Towards the finish there is a slightly bitter, earthy hop kick but this gives way to a lingering semi-sweet nuttiness.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp and zesty finish and just a bit drying.

D - The fact that this isn't overspiced or too sweet helps this be a fairly easy drinking Winter Warmer. Not something I would necessarily want a couple of in a night, but I could but a couple down.

Notes: Solid Winter Warmer. It did have a bit of an English feel to it as well. Not heavy on the spices, but a strong roasted nut and caramel/toffee winter beer. I wasn't amazed by it but would drink it again if I were in the mood for the style. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (480 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well for a winter warmer this one isn't bad, but isn't fantastic either.

Golden copper with nice lacing but not much head. Small rising bubbles and perfect clarity.

Honestly, it smells like a lager with just a touch of spices. If this were a lager I'd rate the smell a bit higher, but for a winter warmer, average is the correct rating here.

The taste is actually pretty darn good. Smooth, sweet caramel malts with a very good but understated blend of spices, floral and tangerine hops flavors.

A complex aftertaste follows the medium bodied, slightly slick and coating feel of this brew. Very nice. Aftertaste is bittersweet and lingering, leaving floral spices behind for a good long while.

Drinks slightly above average for the style. I'd buy again, but not all the time. Would make a nice addition to a holiday dinner. (832 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber to copper with a small beige head. Looks thin in the glass. Smell is light, but malty and faintly spiced. Decent nose. Taste mild, lightly spiced, but not much so, malty with maybe the faintest twinge of tartness and/or alcohol and spice. Actually isn't too bad for the style. (296 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear mahogany liquid, with a thick creamy off-white head. Good head retention, and lace. Citrusy hops present in the nose, along with some toasted malt. Carmel flavored slight toasted malt, followed by a pretty good amount of hop bitterness. Citrusy, and slightly floral hop flavors. Medium body, with moderate carbonation. I do not remember this being so hoppy. This really is a pretty decent beer. One of the few from Redhook that is still worth searching out. Pretty drinkable, good beer for this time of year. (536 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Headless dark tea like colored pint pour with a thin ring lace with no carbonation notes showing.

At best, cola notes.

Woody bland dry straw flavors. Standard beer like malts are present.

Last swigs: On tap at the Drafting Room so I decided to celebrate the start of July with a Winter. This is a confused beer looking to distinguish what it is. Mostly it is a watered down porter. Less than average. Pass.

Beer is good. Happy weak beering.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (484 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook hits my glass with a deep amber and active carbonation. A small and fizzy cream head quickly falls to a patchy film. The beer leaves bits of lace.

Toasted grain and citrus hops do most of the work. A little pine is present as well. The medium body is semi-dry and has the right fizz.

This is a nice; if rather nondescript, beer. There are more interesting Winter Warmers out there, but this is still a decent beer. (427 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with 2 fingers of white head.

S: Nice smell with a lot of malt and spiciness.

T: Malt was up front followed by some hops. Nice balance to it.

M: Thin for the style. Felt good though.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Got this because everything else on tap was bleh. If in the same situation recommended. (327 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear clean amber color with a light sticky tan head, light lacing and nice retention.

The smell is lightly spicy, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malts are all apparent.

The flavor is mellow, lightly malty with a touch of bready sweetness and a hint of earthy hops make it fairly balanced. There is just a hint of wintery spices.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture along with a nice dry finish.

A pretty decent winter warmer. (457 characters)

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color with a brown receding head. Low aroma of sweet malt belies the full flavor jumping out of this beer. Sweet malt flavor, yes, but surprisingly hoppy. Smooth floral hops, not biting, with definite hints of citrus and pine. The finish is adorned with spicey flavors including cinnamon and brown sugar. Very enjoyable beer. (334 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Playwright in Hamden, Conn.

A: Poured a very clean-looking amber-brown with a fluffy head of dense off-white foam. Not too dark for what's supposed to be a winter warmer.

S: Smells of faint, musty pine needle hops and sweet caramel malts. A little spicy zest on the nose.

T: Tastes remarkably hoppy for a winter warmer; yum! The finish is nice, cinnamon spice and sweet caramel malt, with a little toasted corn husk flavor. Strange balance for a winter warmer, but I liked it.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the rich, spicy finish will satisfy.

D: I had a couple of these, and probably could have had more. The ABV over 6% and the sweet malt/bitter hop balance with spices added is a great drinking combo.

I really hope to find a 6-pack off the Winterhook soon, or at least get three in a mixed twelve. It's a good winter warmer, though those who don't want something so hoppy may be turned off. A nice winter warmer for hopheads, though. (968 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a flared pint glass, showing a golden amber coloring, with a one finger head of creamy eggshell bubbles. This retained decently, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. A chill haze was noticed, with no sediment, and active-appearing carbonation. The aroma was fusel with booze and phenolic plastics off the bat, with nutmeg and cooked ginger spice to cut, along with dried grassy hops, biting metallic yeast zing, pale and caramel malts, lemon peel bitterness, and more of a soapy hop with warmth. Our first impression was that the hop character was surprising, with the spice coming robustly at the end. The flavoring opened with caramel and pale malts, toffee sweetness, fresh hop grassiness, and aromatic cherry fruitiness. Bittering phenolic plastics sitting against a sweeter caramel malt backbone peaked through the center of the swallow, with big lemon flesh bitterness, piney hops, breakfast tea tannins, and a wash of pale muddy malts coming through the finish. The aftertaste breathed of raw grassy and piney hops, roasted caramel malts, dryer pale malty toast, mineral, black pepper, and light fusel booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. The slurp was initially cooling, but the finish was eventually very, very dry, with the tongue sticking to the back of the teeth with astringency. Otherwise, the sip was cooling, with refreshing cream and frothiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, our favorite thing about this beer was its complexity for the style. Here, they seemed less focused on the malt profile, allowing for a generous aromatic hop bite to permeated the sip. The aroma showed more of this as well, with bright green freshness of hops, and paler grain. This paleness does give a cheapness to the end of the swallow, and while this one isn’t as “warming” as others for the style, it will certainly keep you away on a cold winter’s afternoon. (2,017 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown 12 oz. bottle with a blue and white label featuring old man winter blowing up a gust of cold wind. No label information whatsoever. - no, wait, there's a bottled on date: 9/29/04.

Pours a clear pale brown under a one finger off white head that settles slowly, leaving some very good lace. The nose is strong with spice - cinnamon and nutmeg to my mind. The mouth is very prickly and light. Edgy spice taste here, without much malt. A strong bitter hops finish follows, with the spice returning in the aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable, albeit a tad watery. An off beat brew, but I like it. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely leaving a thick foam ring around the surface. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: Light and bready. Orange, tea leaf, and honey.

T: Sourdough, toasty malt, roasted nuts, and peat.

M: Hearty and roasty. Lightly bittersweet finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head and some persistent lacing. Nose is bready with fruit, organic, and sweet tones. Sourdough bread, toasted grains, prominent character of nuts, and a bit of a peaty character. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (674 characters)

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