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Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002) - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002)Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002)

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BA SCORE
79
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.58% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-1998)
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Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of beerguy101
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark red copper color, large head. Medium malts, medium hops. Roasted malts, robust/full flavor. Somewhat spicy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, very slight bitterness. Tastes better when slightly warmer, flavor has a smoother feel. Taste is a little thin? Need to re taste. Giving it the benefit of a doubt, but its not a very good beer.

Photo of John
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A malty sweet concoction indeed. A very forgetable brew amongst an abundance of seasonal specialties. Choose something else.

Photo of budgood1
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a very sweet malty backbone but seems out of balance. some hops assert themselves, but only fleetingly. the nose is almost non-existant. in fact after i had a second one i decided that this stuff is not that good and lowered my scores even more. WAY too sweet. i won't bother going any further.

2002 re-review:
upon further review....there wasn't undisputable visual or flavorful evidence to overturn the ruling on the field. the ruling on the field stands, and winterhook will be charged with a timeout.

Photo of ADR
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So, for the 2002 running...

Dark copper color, transparent. Attractive. Thin, yellow head of even fine bubbles that shows some retention...spare aroma, a little spicy, a little sweet. Slight sense of cinnamon "Red Hot" candy flavor and a lot of sweet malt. Hops are understated and just slightly prickly. Some mouthfeel, but after seeking and sampling some of the world's better big beers in the last number of months, each edition of this beer seems more sweet and lacks more character. This may be the last year I pick up a sixer.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2002 bottle: I wasn't expecting too much from this one and I was not let down. It definitely needs to warm a little for any flavor to come through. Pours a dark amber color with minimal head and lace. Aroma is lightly matly and spicy. Flavor is slightly nutty with a little butterscotch or caramel but overall it is thin. Not as robust as I like my winter ales.

Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Minimal aroma...chewy, worty fruity sweet body...more bitterness than I expected but not a true hop bitterness...more of a tangy malt aftertaste...A different sweetness to this one. Not one of my favorites.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 1995

Pours light mahogany, clear, with an off-white humble head.
Lively carbonation settles to edging and center whisps of foam, revealing some minor lacework.
Aromatics are subdued and weak.
Dried malt, staleish caramel, toasted grains and wet cardboard.
The nose finishes with some leathery notes and dried cherrys.
Thin to medium body, watery with some residual slick malt.
Pallet is weak and limpy, some slight bitterness with hints of caramel and Munich malts.
Finishes thin, a bit sticky, and with some mild fruit underneath.
All in all, hasn't held up too bad, as this was never a particularly big beer, and oxidation is pretty minimal.

Photo of Todd
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz twist-off brown bottle. 10-09-01 Bottle date. 2001 Limited Bottling.

Appearance: Rich, deep copper with brown hues. Pours a tan-ish creamy head that quickly settles to a thin lace with little retention and stick.

Smell: Clean smelling, malty, notes of grain and some spice.

Taste: Full-bodied, rich, hearty and robust. Smooth, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. A very malty brew, and very sweet with raw wort flavours. Toasted, caramel, dark fruits, sweet grape, chocolate, and roasted flavours dominate the character of this beer. A quick, twangy hop bitterness emerges from the malt, then mixes with a spicy hop character and alcohol flavours -- has a moderate warming feel to it. Finish leans towards the dry end with raw grain and residual dark malts lingering the the aftertaste.

Notes: A decent beer, but not very balanced and the aroma is a bit lacking for the size of this beer. Lovers of malt sweetness will probably enjoy this brew, others might find the malt usage a bit too much. Personally I didn't mind it all that much, however I'd probably not buy it for my own consumption on a regular basis.

Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Robust? Not very. On the thin side and pretty reserved. On the positive side, it was very smooth and easy to drink. Sort of the "lawnmower beer" of the winter varietal pack. A "snowthrower beer?"

Photo of Murph
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber/orange color with a thick creamy off white head that retains pretty well. The smell is full of rich malty goodness. The taste is pretty much the same as the nose, some nice malty sweetness but a little thin. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but a little thin again which takes away from the drinkablility some. This isn't a great winter beer but it isn't a bad one either. A little thin as the style goes but not a bad beer to try.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice amber color. The white head quickly fades to nothing leaving very little lace. A good malt taste with a small splash of spiceand a hint of caramel, overall the flavor was a bit week. I was expecting something a bit more flavorful. An average beer

Photo of John1985
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottling date was 12-19-01. Clean malty aroma. Medium brown appearance with a nice white head. Very good rich malt flavor but no hops to balance the malt. Aftertaste was malty. Not bad but it could have been a contender with some hops.

Photo of aracauna
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany brown with an eohemeral head. Cherry and lemon on the nose. The flavor is wood, caramel, fruitiness and brown sugar but a bit thin and watery. They were going for warm and malty I think, but fall short in the delivery.

Photo of inebrius
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose of raw nuts, grain husks, and metallic hops. Decently balanced between a malty caramel backside and lingering bitterness, but a bit too much alcohol perceived for a brew of only 5.6% ABV. Slick and thin. If you want a Strong Ale to sit and look at, this will do, but if you want one that tastes really good than...

Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty easy drinking for a strong ale. Nothing really stands out or begs attention in the taste. There are a lot of better winter beers than this one. However, this is not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown tea color with a 1 finger off-white head that shrinks down to a thin layer. The aroma reveals roasted malts, burnt toast, and alcohol. The taste reiterates the aroma along with a light twang and slightly dry hop on the tail. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied that finishes light and thin. Not exactly the best well balanced beer and I did not expect that either with “Robust” as part of the name. The problem is that it is not robust either. It is a decent beer that knocks on good’s door but good doesn’t know if it should let it in. Thanks to Pegasus for the opportunity to review this beer! Cheers!

Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured kind of a amber color with frothy head that left a little lace around the glass.Real malty cakey smell,with am malted background in the taste pretty weak I guess though compared to alot of winter style beers.The body was not thick enough for me either.

Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook pours coppery-brown, see-through, with an off-white head, small, with some retention. The nose is thin, kind of like faint prunes, maybe some hot spice, and light sweetness. The palate was fair, drinkable, but not overly impressive. The maltiness is the focal point; the hops only seem to annoy the malt. There also seems to be some faint spice, sweetness, and alcohol in the taste. The 5.58% abv hides well. Overall this is a satisfactory beer.

Is it great? No. Would I drink it again? Probably. I will enjoy the rest of my 6-pack and I will go from there…

"2002 Limited Bottling"

Photo of StevieW
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper to reddish amber in color. Nice fluffy white head. Some spotty lacing. Smell was sublte sweet malt, not much else to note. Taste was mostly maltly. Toasted toffe and some nutty flavors. I guess I expected more spices. Some hop bitterness initially. Flavors seem to fall apart as it sat in the glass. A little thin and watery finish for such a good looking dark beer. I kept waiting for something spectacular to happen, but never did. Not a bad tasting beer, but there are so many great flavorful winter seasonals, I think this one gets lost in the shuffle.

Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep scarlet brown. Thin, yet persistent bone-colored head.
Lightly fruity on the nose with evident citric hops.
Taste begins with ghosts of caramel sweetness, which switches quickly to some sugary fruit tones. No specific fruits particularly stand out. From here it turns lightly toasted and grainy before riding out with a subtle flourish of sweetened citric hops.
Doesn't seemed fully developed. There are several interesting things happening, but it never pulls anything together and ends up seeming half-assed.
Thinnish in the mouth, especially for a winter seasonal.
Nonetheless, this is decent in a pinch. I like it quite a bit better than last year's version (for whatever reason).

Photo of vitesse
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
appearance is nice reddish amber color. not quite dark enough for a "Robust winter ale," but decent fluffy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. smell is malty. taste is good, but not strong enough for a winter ale. maltiness is very smooth and the flavor leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste.
the mouthfeel is just too thin. this beer needs to more body.
drinkability is high. there's no overpowering alcohol presence in it.
overall, this is a pretty good brown ale. the flavor is nice and balanced, just needs to be "bigger."

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a bottled on date on the side of the label. 2002 Limited Bottling is stated on the neck.

Appearance: Thin yet sticky off white lace, brilliant filtered clarity with a deep orangey amber hue.

Smell: Clean fruity and ester aroma with mild malt notes and a faint hop in the mix.

Taste: Somewhat smooth with a placid crispness. Weak medium body shows a good amount of malt but lacks in complexity as a stays in a monotone toasted sweetness throughout most of the glass. Touch of mild fruitiness, esters and hop round the brew out a bit. Some earthy hop adds a level of flavour middle to end. Finishes a tad sweet.

Notes: A decent winter warmer / strong ale, beef the malt up a bit more to add some depth and character and this would be more than just decent. Worth a try and still a good stable brew to have around the holidays to mix things up.

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

Fruity, caramel sweetness with hints of roasted malts in the back. Not much hop character,but that's not what this beer is about. All in all, a decent winter brew that I was happy to see being served at a Christmas cocktail party last night. I might even go out and get some of my own.

Photo of johnrobe
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I guess the picture on the label is that of fearsome "Old Man Winter". Too bad. Somehow it seems inappropriate marketing for a "Robust Winter Ale" that lacks punch both in flavor and ABV. Not that it is altogether bad, just somewhat of a "winter session brew" (something I consider to be an oxymoron). Caramel malt dominates what little aroma there is. A light candy-like malt flavor is most evident on the palate, with some tea-like hops making a brief appearance for balance only. Some graininess and bit of metallic taste on the finish. Mouthfeel is too thin for a winter brew.

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Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002) from Redhook Ale Brewery
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