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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

804 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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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Act25

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 (Sept) release served from fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Pours burnt amber color, clear for a bock look. tan thick head settles to a ring, and laces well on the way down.

S - The aroma starts off non existent, disappointing, so you must let it warm for the grassy, spicy hops to arise. A grain back bone, like an English or A P A.

T - Pale Ale flavor, very well balanced between hops and malt. Great finish. Great food beer. Hops start the parade, with flowers, grass, fruit, bright flavors, followed by a nice long malty core, not sweet, and a tingly long finish. I really liked the flavor. If you pale ale, you'll like.

M - Very crisp, good weight. Refreshing, but hearty .

D - I could enjoy more than one! Good beer, must try, there are better winter warmers: Widmer, Sierra. As one reviewer wrote - let it come to cellar temp to appreciate its spicy complexity and tease out more aroma. True of all these winter focused beers!

One of Red Hook's best?

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:47:01 | More by Act25
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Quaffer

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:46:57 | More by Quaffer
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-23-2012 01:49:04 | More by Eastside151
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beertaster13

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty standard winter warmer. Pours a dark brown with red streaks. The smell is heavy on caramel malts and apple, hints of spice streak through. The taste is of a toffee malt and apple crust. Bread like taste with spices creep into the end, a full bodied beer than is great for those chilly nights.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 10:51:16 | More by beertaster13
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malty

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Front label perforated stamp of '100306'.

Pours a clear copper color with a loose 1/2" light beige head and somewhat scarce carbonation bubbles moving upwards. Very nice sheets of lace.

Fresh juicy hops aroma with a fruity undertone. I briskly swirl my glass a few times and bury my nose to uncover a faint carmel note as well.

The flavors are a tad metallic with the hops predominantly shining through, although much more attenuated from what I anticipated from the nose. An unsweetened Lipton tea flavor finishes up the round.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a wonderful airiness compliments of ultra fine carbonation at a moderate level.

Drinkability is good. Very unintrusive ('safe') flavors with not much else peeking out. Mouthfeel was the finest aspect IMHO. I'm sad this ale has digressed.

Overall a faint shell of what this ale used to be from 6-8 years ago. Not malty at all, just a nice dose of hops for it's saving grace.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:38:02 | More by malty
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

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

A - 1/2" off-white head. Retains for about one minute. Light brown / amber color. Very nice lace.

S - Tangy hops. Citrus peel quality. Not quite grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Some malty chocolate as the beer warms.

T - Malty with a nice hop twang thrown in the mix. Caramel. Butter. Earthy. Tangy hop finish. Nice balance.

M - Thin to medium in mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. I like it. My only complaint is a little too much sweetness that builds up in the back of the mouth. Good beer by Redhook.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 03:03:49 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-22-2013 14:29:35 | More by hockeypuck
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2012 04:09:54 | More by jagada
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-19-2013 13:05:03 | More by SonOfKyuss
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, maybe some spices and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of spicy roasted malts, some grassy notes as well.

Overall: Not a bad winter brew, I have had this one quite a bit over the years, can't really go wrong with it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 22:51:34 | More by Cavanaghty
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UDbeernut

New York

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

6 pack picked up at the local beer place. Pours a lovely tan color into the pint glass. Capped by a small off white head with good retention. Clear with good bubbling carbonation. Nose is sweet with malt, caramel, orange zest. Taste adds grassy and floral notes, toffee. Light tannin. Leans to the sweet side this one does, but not cloying. Medium bodied, alcohol is slightly warming. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:36:25 | More by UDbeernut
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MSchae1017

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours into a typical pint glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is golden-amber with a small off white head that leaves a small ring and laces only a bit. The smell is slightly hoppy displaying citrus notes and has a bit of a biscuity and breadyness to it. The taste is almost all pale malts with the same malt profile as the smell adn a touch of hops on teh finish. THe mouthfeel is full bodied with some lingering syrupyness. Overall seems more like an blonde or an APA, and not my favorite as it seams a bit amatuerish with the way it is all put together.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 22:05:53 | More by MSchae1017
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Naes

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is dark brown in color with a tan head.
The aroma is of malt and spice. There is also a funky smell that I would have to describe as overheated metal. Quite odd for a beer.
The flavor has a sweet toasty malt base and a mild blend of spice followed by a mild dose of hops. The metallic smell comes to life a little in the flavor as well, but is not as strong.
Mouth feel is light in body and generously carbonated.

Overall this one gets a meh.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:50:09 | More by Naes
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Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- golden amber color, lots of carbonation, decent head that settles to a ring after a few minutes.

S- Very peculiar. It smells like a regular light bodied ale except for a strange underlaying smell. It's a musty, malty, almost earthy smell.

T- A little bit thin but a lot going on. Starts out with an earthy, tone with a little bit of spice. Maybe pumpkin spice, cloves, cinnamon. Then comes in the little bit of piny hops that finish dry and completely different than the start. Not bad, but again: a little thin.

M- Great mouthfeel. Starts out creamy and smooth than thins down to a dry hoppy feel. Interesting.

D- Not too strong. Good for whenever I'd say. It isn't wonderful but I'd say it is one of the best winter beers I've had this season. Much, much better than that samual adams winter lager crap I had last week.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:16:29 | More by Rudgers73
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-04-2012 14:17:53 | More by IPAFrankieH
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color and a thick sticky off-white head. Head retention is very good. The aroma is very hoppy. Floral hops and roasted malts hit the nose. The taste is rich, medium to full bodied. Floral hoppiness hit the tounge at first. The hops are mellowed out with a toastel malt. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry. A hearty brew perfect for the colder weather. One of RedHook's best beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 08:00:47 | More by Luigi
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dowen44

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-21-2011 02:21:18 | More by dowen44
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TonyY

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-29-2013 21:46:27 | More by TonyY
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wilfonzo

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

02-24-2013 17:21:18 | More by wilfonzo
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-26-2011 14:32:01 | More by Another6Pack
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2013 02:35:57 | More by mikehillman
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-08-2013 06:53:59 | More by Hardcore
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rudy0908

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

12-15-2012 04:05:00 | More by rudy0908
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claytri

Maryland

2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured copper with an off white head. The aroma was sweet malt hops and a bit of spice. The taste was a lightly spiced malt with a hint of hops in the finish. The feel was basically dry. This was a pretty average beer, and not at all up to the basic expectations of a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 05:20:11 | More by claytri
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PintOHops

California

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear dark brown with a touch of ruby as you look through it. Medium-high carbonation with a very thin head that reduces to a ring quickly & leaves little lacing. Smells of floral hops with hints of pine, citrus, and raisins. Sweet maltyness with warm pepper like spices and a hint of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt with notes of citrus and alcohol. Finishes with lots of warm spices and lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a little creamy, and has a medium body. Lively carbonation as it goes down as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could definitely enjoy about 2 of these. I think this is a good example of a winter warmer. Loaded with flavor, loaded with warm spices, yep, I really enjoyed this beer. I recommend you give it a try.

Cheers, and Hoppy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 23:58:45 | More by PintOHops
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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