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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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870 Ratings
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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | 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 Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly an improvement over years past but I don't remember if I ever had the old version. This one is certainly good and the best Redhook I've had, bar the late lamented Rye beer - not to be confused with that yellow, swillish Sunrye. Dark ruby with medium head and adequate lacing. Malts are sweet and fruity, some light elements of berries and lots of caramel. Buttery. Hops are faint and mostly in the piney, spicy aroma. I had a six-pack that was just days off the bottling line and it was remarkable. This is a couple weeks older and not quite as good. A fine winter warmer, maybe could do with a touch more hop bitterness.

Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served into tall pilsner glass,from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle crimped-on cap.

Medium copper,reddish hue,off white head dissapated quickly to layer of foam.

Nice pleasing aroma,very spicey,citrusy,yeasty aromas Belgium-like spiceyness to the nose.

Spicey taste not as spicey as the aromas would suggest. A kind of bland taste midway through. A dry,tart finish a bit citrusy. Kind of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium mouthfeel,slightly chewey,a bit harsh going down. Average beer not exciting,couldn't drink too many of these.

Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jadler16
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DaveRinn
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Chaz
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant, golden amber in color into a Libby pint. Billowy off white head subsides after a minute or so, leaving a touch of lace. A consistency of aromatic usage seems to be key here, as the same elements interact through both the aroma and taste profile: roasted malt, biscuity malt, lime-citrusy hops, and yeast. Hop use is very well-done, dynamic even, and I could smell this from a couple of yards off! I half expected a hop-harvest/fresh hop ale (Hoptoberfest with the wrong tap handle?) but sure enough it has the right name afffixed to the keg and tap handle. To be honest I wasn't expecting a yeast character from this after years of go-rounds with the brand, but sure enough there's an ale-yeast character at play here and it seems fitting. Carbonation is spot-on in a bar that must've just had its lines cleaned as well (the rest of the place -which shall remain nameless- needs a lick of paint : ) Body seems thin for the style but mouthfeel is good overall, and allows the hops to all-but dominate this brew. A little bit of tanginess here and a little bit nutty, but this is not as 'warming' as some winter warmers, which makes it quite drinkable.

Before I typed this I found several listings for a Redhook brew by this name, and sure enough there have been changes: the darker and more robust offering I remember enjoying for a handful of years (more akin to their Blackhook porter in heft and mouthfeel) seems to have been retired along with the old stubby bottles, but I enjoy this new recipe just the same. For my money Winterhook is still the best offering from Redhook: too bad it isn't a year round offering!

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in probably 4 years or so and I am looking forward to it. Reddish brown in color with a small creamy white head. The smell is wonderful. Hops, berries and malt, I love it. I must say the flavor is well balanced. Hops and berries go back and forth. Carbonation is low, just how I like this style. Aftertaste is a bit dry with more hops coming through.

Very different from what I remember but very good.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue with a thin ring of a head, some fresh winter spices and roasted malts on the nose make for an inviting beverage. A bit thin up front, but quite tasty, roasted malts, winter spices, some orange peel and lemon notes. As she warms, some of the hop flavorings become more noticeable. Delicate and smooth, a strong old-ale, probably not, but one of the under-rated and widely available winter beverages, a great offering and a superb winter session brew.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a clear gold/amber with a sparse white head. Some malt in the aroma with a little of the trademark Redhook diacetyl. Pretty thin in the body. Crisp hop bitterness. A little butteryness and bready malt. Decent hop finish. Not that exciting, more of a bland amber than a true hearty winter beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, not much head building and disappearing fast with good enough lacing.
Smell promises a light and thirst quenching beer, with mild sweetness in the air.
You will taste refreshing fruit in the front which is immediately balanced with mild bittersweet hops. very smooth finish and fresh mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. I wish I could drink that one on tab, or from a fresh keg.Nice beer!

Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid but not outstanding beer. Pours a medium dark brown carmely color with not a lot of head to speak of. Smell is more hoppy than I'd expect, due to the darker color. Nice pine scent. Also a bit of sweet malts hidden in there. Pretty tasty floral hops and a nice presence of fruity malts makes this beer pretty well balanced. Unfortunately it's a tad watery which takes away from the flavor. Very drinkable though. If the brewers stepped this one up just a few notches it could be a very good beer.

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

The nice foamy head crept up on me. The clarity was admirable through the deep amber color. The head retention rocked, and so did the lacy notches as I proceeded. Good start.

The nose had excellent balance. The hop bitterness was up front while the malt rushed in with toasty sweet tones. Toffee, caramel, cinnamon and spice added a festive nature to the pine hop aromas.

I'm starting to think that I have found Redhook's best brew by far. The flavor doesn't knock me out, but it does not disappoint. As for winter warmers go, this one isn't bursting with cozy warmth of alcohol, but it does offer good balance and ample intensity.

The body is medium at most, and has plenty of smooth feel and carbonation to keep it alive. It is by no means a sipper by the fire, but the lingering bitter finish offers excellent drinkability, and enough flavor to satisfy.

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.06/5  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 Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing, the smell. Caramel and hops, malty goodness, I thought this smelled pretty appetizing. Also, it was darker. A dark brown with minimal carbonation and a minimal pour made this pretty decent. Mouth was also very good , typical ale bitterness but not too profound, with a little creamy feel, but a watery finish.

Taste? Well, being winter warmers are not my favorite, this was a little less of a winter warmer and that's prehaps why I liked this more than some of the better winter warmers. It was thin, a tad on the watery side, but having just finished 4 Rolling Rocks, this is like beer from heaven. It was mildly spiced, not so malty, just a touch of bitterness that was more in mouthfeel than in taste.

I actually appreciated the lighter flavor as opposed to how heavy on the malt that winter warmers can be, and this was $6 for a six, so I can see buying this again as a change up six.

Photo of supercolter
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, i think that Redhook has kind of gotten into a rut however, and that is that alot of their beers have very similar characteristics.
This beer had a very similar smell of banana and sweet malt that their Blonde has, and furthermore the mouthfeel is very similar. Obviously they are different colors with the winter warmer being much darker, but kinda wierd.

Photo of waughbrew
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty auburn with a cream colored small head, strong lacing. Aroma is a large lump of leafy late hops, big caramel malt and cherries. Taste is a little pine-solish with some metallic notes that I get from many mass-produced beers(saaz?tettnang?) Rather dry. Boring yeast. Fine carbonation level, but what is there seems kinda harsh. Finish isn't very good, just graininess, pinesol, and cheezy hops. I am guessing that there was dry-hopping that didn't mesh well.

Starts off great. Change the yeast and get rid of the harsh finish and it would be a really good beer. As it is, it is unpolished. My guess is that they were going after a more marketable SNCA and just missed the mark by a bit.

Photo of phisig137
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 GreenWBush
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown-twinged ruby. Not much of a head to speak of, but decent specks of lace.

The label says "toasty" and that's about the best way to describe many aspects of this beer. The nose is almost akin to soured milk in its malt consistency. Funkily abrasive metallic nuttiness. Mildest citric twinges above the burnt toast trainwreck.

The intense toasted nuttiness of this beer continues on the palate, but isn't as off-putting as in the nose. Reminds me a little of rye-malt too. Off-kilter hop-profile seems to clash with the bone-dry chalky soured milk malt tones. Fruity candied cherry hop flavor kicks in just at the last moment almost salvages everything, but the rough lack of sweetness and almost putrid bitterness make for a not particularly enjoyable beverage.

Very bland and thin on the palate. Leaves a funky dried walnut afterimage. I really had to work to get through this six-pack.

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.