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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

817 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | 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 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 Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear (on the redder side of) amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention. Decanted lightly (did use an etched glass). Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Sweet crystal malt. Mild floral hop character and spice.

T: Appealing caramel character; sweet and bready. A little resiny. Even bitter for balance without any serious dose of spice.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich. Good flavor and good balance.

Haybeerman, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.

Cyberkedi, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

ZAP, Jan 08, 2005
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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.2%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper/red color. It has a great head with lots of sticky lace.
S: Sweet malt with some dark fruit flavors (raisins and plumbs) and nice floral hops.
T: Similar to the nose with dark fruits and some peach, but much more hop bitterness than I was expecting. Very good overall.
M/D: I found this very watery and thin in the mouth. There is no coating of the mouth that is present in many other winter warmers. Though, it is very drinkable. The low ABV for the style helps in this department.

A nice winter warmer. Not as "big" as some other beers of this style. That is not a bad thing at all, actually that is what I like most about it. The people at Redhook did not try to over do this beer, and what you get is a very drinkable and tasty brew.

champ103, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11.15.06

Pours a dark brownish copper color with an off-white ring of lace that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by fresh hops with a faint sweet malt background and maybe even some winter spices. After the really nice aroma, I was a little let down by the lack of flavor. The taste, much like the aroma is dominated by the hops upfront with a sweet and toasted malt presence as well. Pretty good tasting brew, but it is just a little too watered down. Overall, this is an interesting enough seasonal to have again but really nothing to get exited over.

cjgator3, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for throwing this one in with a trade.

The color is a bright, clear orange-amber. An off-white head is somewhat thick and tight and remains steadily firm for some time. Some patchy lacing is left behind initially.
There's a firm malt aroma with a somewhat less but still substantial hops presence. There's a caramel from the malt as well as a leafy, flowery aroma from the hops and rather than the array of spices sometimes found in a brew such as this, just a gentle peppery spice and maybe a hint of something warmer.
The taste follows suit, with the malt and hops in harmony, hops gently giving way for the maltier base to come up a bit stronger. An herbal, flowery flavor from the hops compliments the sturdy caramel of the malt and the pepper lingers along with a warmer spice. It's a fairly simple, straightforward flavor, though well balanced and just complex enough to make it interesting.
The body is medium, a good balance of smooth and crisp. It's clean and just thick enough to have a little character.
This is a good one for winter if you're not into overly spiced brews, and a good median between that type and the Christmas ales that are, in fact, IPAs.

Brenden, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Tall thin 12 ounce bottle. Labeled like the picture in the BA Database. The Bottled On Date finishes in ….08 03 the previous numerals are worn and not that discernable. Twist off cap was destroyed by my Samuel Smiths Bottle Opener.

Appearance: A clear but dark looking copper color body underneath a light tan colored head that is creamy looking, smooth and has a good longevity. Thick lacing eventually thins as the beer is downed, but the lacing looks good. Backlit it has a deep ruby hints. Solid conditioning. It looks great in my McEwan’s Scotch Ale Glass Goblet.

Nose: Biscuit and oatmeal with some sweet malts. Has a nice hop nose that rises at the back end with some feint pine oils. A baked bread nose builds as the temperature rises.

Taste: Malts start the beer, with some bitterness in the middle. The finish has an oatmeal cereal feel with a light sourness to it. As you drink through this it has a simple feel that is good but can be a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first with a spiky carbonation aided by a porridge like feel in the back end. Bitterness cuts the oatmeal porridge in the latter third. Finishes dry and acidic.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched and a nice drinking beer but a little too one-dimensional and a tad thin at times.

Overall: Thanks to BigHuge for the chance to finish off this Winter Ale before the Spring breaks through. Cheers!

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Aroma's a bit hoppy but none in the flavor. Flavor, however, is decent with a ttinge of dry-roastyness. Nice rich dark amber, reddish color. Light head that lasts somewhat. Almost no lace. Fairly balanced. ok mouthfeel. Decent finish. Could be a session beer.

drpimento, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-leaning bronze under disintegrating beige clouds.
Mostly hop-dominated nose. Spruce and pine bark with underlings of toasty caramel.
Begins modestly malty. Black cherries on burnt toast. Throw in a little bit of caramel, a little bit of toffee, a little bit of vanilla bean, and a little bit of dry cocoa. Accents on the "little". Hops enter rather loudly. Resinous pine drippings. Damn this is hoppy for Budhook (sorry). Traces of metal too. Burps sear the nostrils a bit, but don't induce tears.
Shy of medium bodied.
Nice enough (cheap) winter sessional. Like a poor-man's SN Celebration Ale, which is probably exactly what it was meant to be.

cokes, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of blackie
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A somewhat reserved pour creates a thin, off white head. The beer is copper in color.

smell: Smells pretty nutty. A considerable aroma of grassy hops is present. Dark fruits, maybe some light raisins and dates. Smells average, nothing special, but unoffensive. Definate sharp alcohol aroma, which should have been easily covered up given the fact that this beer is only 6.1%. Tastes worse the more I drink, which is confusing.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a low medium and the body is medium.

taste: The same nuttiness from the aroma is present here. Hops are moderate, and provide only bitterness. Not much else to it, really. Kinda boring. Finish is slightly astringent with some roasted flavors lingering.

drinkability: easy to drink, but not very good

Bottled 10/18/05

blackie, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of light for the style, a wonderful shimmering red with a retentive white head and bubbles sparkling clear like champagne.

Smells of surprising hops against traditional chocolately warmer malt, no hint of alcohol. West coast hops, cascade, I think. Lightly floral and above average bitterness.

Starts out with the same mild hop kick of an average APA, but that moves quickly into the rounded, sweet malt of a warmer and ends on a sweet, bready note. No real sign of yeast or alcohol.

Definetely a warmer, but probably the hoppiest warmer I've ever had. This isn't to say that it's hoppy on a grand scale, just that warmers usually don't have any hop presence at all. This is nice change of pace, and that fact that it's free of the usually burny warmer aftertaste (which often contrasts poorly against sweet malts), is a good thing.

mynie, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is small, and recedes very quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, but is very faint. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely pour example of a winter warmer, and a bad beer all around. It isn't bad enough that I can't finish one bottle, but I won't drink this again.

KarlHungus, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown body with a sticky, light-tan head.
Smells of rich sugary toffee malt. Big spicy, sprucey hops are there too. Not bad, although there are also some faint metallic notes.
Toffee cookie dough malt flavors start it off. Hops come in midway to balance the light sweetness. The hops are bitter, piney, and kind of citrusy. Chewy, medium-big body. Some residual sweetness trespasses in an otherwise resiny, bitter finish. A surprisingly decent strong ale-ish beer. I was prepared to find this thing mediocre (like other Redhook beers I’ve had in the past).

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I'd previously described the color of this ale as like "moonrise over Venus" owing to its radiant scarlet glow. That original bottled beer review dates to 2003, back in my "Jimi Hendrix" phase of beer reviewing. Far out.

Returning to this ale at the source where it's brewed reveals a beer of far more hops than I remember. Both the aroma and taste impart a bright hoppy immediacy like a handful of Cascade pellets. Hop flavor posits an herb and spice flare against an alt-like nuttiness that delivers more character than I was expecting. And the freshness of the draught is notable. If I had to venture a deconstructionist guess I'd say Winterhook is IPA hops on ESB malts with an alt-like yeast.

Very effective as a winter warmer. Almost compelling.

RedDiamond, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer hasn't been reviewed. Redhook East is a good brewery, and the pub serves great food. Anyway, this winter seasonal is a nice dark amber color with a fairly thick creamy head. Good lacing. It has a sweet molasses smell to it, and a fruity, cinnamon taste. Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated. A very drinkable beer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the sign on a junkyard I sometimes pass: "striving to be above average." Nice brown-copper color. Lots of nutty roasted malt notes, leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Winter warmer? More of a robust brown ale. Pleasant but not memorable.

Brent, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –The beer pours a mahogany-amber color with a big two finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and sweet of toffee. These aromas are mixed with some nutty and pine aromas, balancing out the sweet and malty.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and toffee taste. A light citrus and dark fruit flavors are also upfront with a spiced flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg quickly after coming to the tongue. Nutty and some bitter pine flavors then come to the tongue. The mix of these flavors takes the taste to its end where a bready and lightly bittered, but still overall caramel and toffee sweet, flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average Overall the body was very nice for accentuating the frit and spice flavors of the brew, while the carbonation maintained an exciting and very drinkable feel for the brew.

Overall – A nice tasty, slightly sweeter, yet still roasty and spiced holiday brew. It has a nice feel and price, which when mixed with the good taste make for a brew to try and one to possibly go back to again and again.

Darkmagus82, Dec 04, 2012
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