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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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78
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43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

03-01-2003 09:03:19 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%

Bottled 9/30/02 - less than 2 months old. Knowing that this is not a beer to cellar I promptly opened my bottle of Winterhook 2002. The neck label reads "Quality Endures", and it probably will hold for some time, but I have never found it to improve with age. Drink this one fresh. That said... It pours a clear reddish-copper with a foamy light tan head that drops quickly to a decent collar but leaves no surface covering. The aroma offers some very mild fruit and light spice over a thin caramel maltiness. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that's lower than might be expected (@ 2.0 volumes CO2) and gives it a lightly tingly and smoothly creamy mouthfeel - particularly as it warms. I find it adds to the character of the beer. The flavor starts with some spicy & toasty maltiness, followed by a light fruitiness, and finishes drying with some lingering softly piney & mineral-like hops. If spices are added I'm guessing that nutmeg is included. Although this beer isn't a stunner on its own, it does pair really well with a variety of foods. A good beer to enjoy during a holiday dinner. Best served at cellar temperature to bring out it's malty sweetness and full range of flavors.

11-18-2002 15:28:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

11-20-2002 15:28:29 | More by Jason
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-01-2002 15:47:53 | More by Bighuge
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

12-18-2002 09:18:35 | More by Dogbrick
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%

-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.

12-11-2001 22:30:19 | More by ZAP
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

Bottled 10/04/01 & 11/28/01 [2001 Limited Bottling] -- Tasted 10/02 & 11/17/02:

Bronze and amberish (auburn maybe) / very clear / light tan head (head disipated quickly in the 10/04/01 version but not the 11/28/01 version - strange). Light Hop aroma. Great balance with a spicy malt character and a nice hoppy finish (moderate bitterness)... I think I also detected a portion of light Chocolate malt (esp. in the 2000 version). Best after 6 mos and before 1 year.

NOTE: As I understand it, the Winterhook may be the original RH ESB before A-B changed the recipe a few years back ... that was around the time I quit drinking the ESB because it just didn't have the same great taste.

10-11-2002 09:34:38 | More by RBorsato
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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).

12-04-2002 21:13:37 | More by cokes
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BGsWo22

New York

1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

03-23-2013 18:45:49 | More by BGsWo22
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Brent

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

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?"

12-01-2001 10:24:22 | More by Brent
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beerguy101

California

2.1/5  rDev -37.9%

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.

09-17-2003 03:23:18 | More by beerguy101
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Presentation: 12oz fat brown twisty. Picture of Old Man Winter blowing with a clearly marked freshness date.

Appearance: Deep copper in colour with a full-bodied appearance and creamy, thin head.

Smell: Rich caramel, hints of fruit, mild dextrin sweetness and a touch of grain.

Taste: A very complex flavour begins with a somewhat sharp, chewy malt that goes tangy with a combination of hop bitterness and husk (grain). The brew ends with with notes of hop, dry grain and residual sweetness. Nice hop finish.

Notes: This is not a great Winter Ale, but, a more than decent one -- and well worth a try.

12-17-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

10-22-2002 08:09:16 | More by ADR
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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"

10-26-2002 12:38:27 | More by bditty187
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Todd

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

11-11-2001 14:48:05 | More by Todd
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Pegasus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

Beautiful dark copper color, pours with a moderate head that develops a bit slowly and then fades to a paper thin layer, lots of fine slow-rising carbonation, good lace. Roasted malt, and some winter spice notes dominate the aroma. The taste is rich, smooth, very malty and somewhat sweet, with hints of chocolate, citrus, and alcohol, quite warming. The hops assert themselves early, with the finish being dominated by the roasted malts, slight sweetness, and hints of fruit and spices. A very nice winter beer.

Winterhook is one of Redhook's trio of seasonal brews, along with Nut Brown Ale and Blonde Ale. It is generally available during the late fall and early winter season.

Update for 2002 bottling: Still simply excellent, a treat to be enjoyed on a cold winter's day.

04-06-2002 06:56:00 | More by Pegasus
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

04-18-2006 00:30:23 | More by brewandbbq
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

12-31-2002 14:25:30 | More by budgood1
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aracauna

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

12-03-2002 00:25:19 | More by aracauna
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Naerhu

Japan

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Made on 09Oct02
Drank on 01Mar03

Tan-yellow head, deep amber body and spotty lacing.

Rich malty aroma

This is a really complex beer. Starts out with predominately multigrain dark bread taste, which changes into a more floral middle palate and ends with malted mild bitter finish.

Nothing exciting about the mouthfeel.

Bottle states that this is a robust winter ale, and I think that this is not a very accurate description, in that it is delicious it is s not robust.

02-28-2003 21:06:38 | More by Naerhu
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Morris729

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a brownish amber color with a thin off-white colored head that fades into a bubbly lace. Nose is malty with notes of caramel and fruit. Medium in body with lots of toasted malt flavor. Other flavors are hard to detect over the malt, but there are faint notes of semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, and raisin. Some mildly spicy hops and some alcohol notes come through in the finish. I wouldn’t call this much of a winter warmer, but it’s a decent beer, especially if you like malty brews.

03-17-2003 23:01:52 | More by Morris729
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John

New York

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%

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

01-23-2002 10:57:34 | More by John
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StevieW

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

12-29-2002 14:57:23 | More by StevieW
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mzwolinski

California

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Dark amber, well-carbonated, with a thin prickly head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is somewhat weak, but is dominated by citric hop boquet and a decent malt sweetness. The flavor has a lot of sweet, slightly toasted malt, with a hint of caramel and some understated but pleasant spicy notes. Light fruity flavors as well, especially in the aftertaste, where it combines with a husky grain flavor. Dry finish. A fairly crisp beer, though perhaps a bit too light in the mouth for a 'robust' winter brew. Pleasant, but somehow unsatisfying.

12-17-2002 21:06:40 | More by mzwolinski
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Another beer that I haven't had in a couple of years. This beer pours dark amber in color with a small off white head. The smell is sweet with hints of raspberry or some other berry. The taste is similar but with a healthy dose of malt. Kind of one dimensional. The ending is a bit disappointing as a lot of the flavor doesn't seem to last. I have to say that I like this better than some Winter Seasonals but it doesn't top my list.

12-25-2002 12:54:23 | More by CharlesRiver
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Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002) from Redhook Ale Brewery
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