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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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43 Ratings
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 06:19:47 | More by inebrius
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bditty187

Nebraska

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"

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 09:34:38 | More by RBorsato
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color with off white slightly tan head. Thick and chewey mouthfeel with sweet maltiness with firm hop bitterness and slight huskiness. Average brew, nontheless. Still tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2002 11:26:13 | More by psugrad98
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Though usually I am not the biggest fan off special winter brews this is a very good one. Very good deep color and nice head. No aroma there to speak off but goes well with heavy soups and heavier foods. I recommend trying this beer and with a heavy hearty meal.............CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 13:54:11 | More by tigerpaws
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Murph

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 11:22:46 | More by Murph
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JahNoth

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, but nothing special. Not malty enough for my taste, decent dose of hops though. Nice bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:50:36 | More by JahNoth
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Pegasus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2002 10:57:34 | More by John
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John1985

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2002 07:06:38 | More by John1985
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ZAP

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

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?"

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Redhook Winterhook Robust Winter Ale (1985-2002) from Redhook Ale Brewery
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