Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook CopperhookRedhook Copperhook

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-03-2006

Who needs precious metals, when you’ve got Copper?! This copper colored ale is a real crowd-pleaser. Copperhook strikes the perfect balance of smooth, rich, malty flavor you’d expect from a craft brew with a lighter body and hop profile that makes it a perfect “session” beer when you’ve got a long day ahead of knocking back a few with your buddies.

21 IBU
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Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg,poured from the tap a lighter clear copper looked quite fizzy with a thinner soapy-like white head atop.Mild toasty aromas a hint of leafy hop but its faint,thin fizzy mouthfeel felt like I was drinking a soft drink more than beer.Pretty standard flavors mildly toasty and grainy with a hint of sweetness a bit of caramel.Really sub par in my mind thats to bad it could be decent but it just seems thrown together.

Photo of RoyalT
2.39/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – True to its name, this ale is a bright copper in color with a decent head that pitted as it sat.

Smell – This is very balanced between cheap grain and cheap hops.

Taste – The crappy malts take over at the taste. It tastes like throw-up with leaves.

Mouthfeel – This is big, I’d say medium-bodied, with little carbonation and an overly heavy mouthfeel.

Sinkability – Good thing I have some penicillin left over from that bought I had with syphilis a few months bag, ‘cause I’m gonna need it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light coppery color with an orange hue. Very light head that dissipates quickly to a light ring of bubbles. Very little lacing.

S: Relatively malty in aroma, light to moderate in toast. There is a little bit of a bread-like or yeasty smell. Really not much in the way of hops at all.

T: Malty in flavor though a touch dry overall. Rather interesting in that sweetness is implied a bit but there is such a good balance with the bittering hops that it balances out very well. The linger is relatively long with a light malt finish.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively full for a lighter bodied brew but still rather satisfying. The carbonation is mostly light and stays pretty consistent throughout the glass. The smoothness and nice complexity make this generally enjoyable with good drinkability.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The springtime release from Redhook, it promises to be clear and citrusy. It is a nice-looking beer. A clear copper color with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma was all butter. It did have a muted citrus taste, with a little tang. A tiny bit of hops. An OK session beer.

Photo of muffguy4beer
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color...label doesn't lie. Thin white head.

Smell: Not much in the old nose here. Kind of disappointed. At least it didn't smell like metal.

Taste: Pretty balanced for an American Pale Ale. The hops are kind of weird but not overpowering. Pretty pleasant again nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: A pretty nondescript ale that I could probably drink a few of but nothing amazing or something which warrants a must try.

Photo of generallee
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz into a pint glass. The bottle had a born on date of 01-12-09. It was sampled on 5-31-09.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden almost coppery color with good clarity. On top an aggressive pour produced a tall foamy white head. It has good retention and makes some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a sweet candy like malts with notes of brown sugar and some herbal hops of in the distance.

Taste/Mouth: It has a candy like character with hints of caramel, brown sugar and white bread. Hop bitterness is mild and adds some spicy/herbal notes to the mix. The hops come out a little more towards the finish and give some more balance to the sweet malt up front. It has a medium body, soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

Notes: This was a nice interesting and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Duster72
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey copper color with a one finger head. No real aroma to speak of with some very slight sweet grains detectable. Taste is very bland with very light malts and hops. Slightly bitter. Just a really generic APA. Mouthfeel is fine but bland. Drinkability was fine. Very generic beer, pretty disappointing.

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown long neck with a bottled date of 031307. Minimalist label art work, nothing too crazy which I like.

A- Copper like a shiny penny, clarity is perfect. Good head ... two fingers thick. Good retention as well.

S- Faint toasted and caramel malt with an even more faint herbal hop, clean none the less.

T&M- Smoothness is great with just enough crispness to carry the moderate body along. Decent handful of maltiness shows a toasted grain and kernel of caramel. Clean hop bitterness does its job with a light herbal note middle to end. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not half bad but, easy to drink and flavorful. Alcohol is a tad high to be a true session beer but I am not complaining being it is 35*F in the first week of April here in Boston.

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

12 ouncer with a "bottled on" date of 011608 on the front label. Dull, fairly clear light almond amber amber. Minor lace and scattered decent looking lacing. Just a smidgen of malty aroma. middle of the road, fairly flavorless ale. Certainly nothing exciting going on here. Better then B/M/C type offerings but not by much.

Photo of zook74
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer. Just unremarkable.

Pours beatifully. Nice fluffy head. Gorgeous golden red.

Nice nose to it. Lightly citrus with light hops.

Flavor is pretty average, though as is mouthfeel. Just doesn't have anything that makes me want to drink more of it.

Granted, I'm drinking this "Spring Ale" in February in Southern Freaking Wisconsin. Maybe spring or early summer would better suit this brew...

Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New bottle, no fish. I enjoyed this beer. Pours clear copper with a smallish white head. Aroma is sweet with citrus hops, oranges, and grass. Taste is very light, peach flavors, but mostly lighter orange and citrus hops and sweet malt. Kind of like a full-bodied APA-lite. Smooth drinking beer.

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off I hate the new bottles. Sorry. Pours a pale yellow with a low white head despite a vigorous pour. The head settles out quickly and just about disappears. Low aroma of honey and lemon. Light flavor of doughey malt, some biscuit and honey sweetness. Notes of corn, some floral hops and a peppery spice finish. Mild bitterness. Even mouthfeel, a bit thin. Lacking in complexity.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a red color, small head on it, 1/3" in depth. Aroma was pretty muted. Not much to speak of.

Taste, pretty bland, a little nutty. Not much in the way of hops, really just like an oxidized, more bland esb from redhook. Relatively light body, didn't really realize I was buying a red ale, it has that bland malt feel like most red ales have.

I think I've used the word bland a few times already, let's talk positives. There are no off flavors. There's maybe 30 ibu of bitterness, not much in discernable hopping, a mild consistency.

Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with a medium small head that slowly dies. A light sour citrus aroma that lessens when drinking. A nice smelling ale that doesn't quite carry over into the taste.
The taste of this beer is a light sourish citrus with hints of even lighter earthy grains and summer hops that transfer lightly into a very light dry citrus aftertaste. Not a bad beer, actually quite drinkable, but no really outstanding qualities unlike some of the other beers that Redhook Ales make.

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another anonymous sample single from the great 2010 brief cross-border Independence Day beer pilgrimage...

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of sudsy off-white head, which leaves a drooping ring of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of mild grainy malt and diluted citrus. The taste is biscuity, bready malt, and some floral, somewhat grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, and even, the body medium weight and crispy, and it finishes off-dry, as balanced as you could imagine, the biscuity malt playing house with floral, earthy hops.

An adequate amber ale - nothing to make you say "hey", or "wtf" or whatever the kids these days are saying, but drinkable enough in its own right.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, a bit of haze with wild carbonation that creates a rather thick, pure white head, dissipates pretty slow with some decent lace left over after a while.

The aroma is mostly light caramel/honey-sweet malt, slightly bready notes, green garden veggies underneath that.

flavor is also dominated by a lightly sweet caramel-esque malt, pretty crispy feel, light with only a slight bit of malty slickness at the end. The malt is actually pretty hefty but clean enough to keep some balance with the mostly green veggie and white pepper hop effect. There is also a lager-like sourness in the yeast that makes it unique and kinda strange. I would like to see the malt a bit cleaner with some earthier, drier hop effect.

An odd balance of flavor's with a bit too much sweet malty heft, but really not a bad brew.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright copper with a finger width head, quick dissipation, and the resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Picking up the faintest of sweet caramel. A very trace amount. Outside that, almost nothing.

Taste - Light metallic flavor along with some faint caramel notes. Hops kick in to give a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Decent bite.

Overall - An average amber, to say the least. Weak in nearly every conceivable way. It's drinkable, and that's about all it has going in it's favor.

Photo of Dave128
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz funky looking bottle into a duvel tulip. I've been on beer hiatus for a while so this won't be in depth.

A - A moderate pour yields a 2 finger brown head that sticks around for a quite a while. The bubbles seem to be just floating in this one which to me indicates a decent body. not much lacing

S - Average on the nose. I get the scent of grain and a light bit of caramel malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Nothing special but there is definitely a hop presence that was undetectable in the nose. The hops don't add much flavor but they give it a refreshing bitterness.

M - light to medium bodied. well carbonated.

O - A good drinkable copper/amber ale. Few faults but doesn't excel in anything either.

Photo of Magpie14
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: surprisingly light and soft copper color fused with golden and pale yellow. A very thin foamy bright white head with stings and blobs of lacing in harmony. A few bubbles moving around and things look decent

S: roasted pale malts and faint dry and spicy hops. This beer has faint caramel whiffs and metallic notes

T: light biscuity malts, maybe some toasted nutty notes, caramel notes are kind of lame and palate is left with a watery sweetness (artificial) with nutty grains on the back of the tongue. Watery hops are a tad bit spiced and floral like

M: a lightly mild body is a good description. Looks light and mildly carbonated and yet retains a bit of chunk. Lingering watery flavors remain

D: another red hook that I have mixed feelings about. The best Redhook brew I have had is the Double Black Stout otherwise it has been sub-par stuff all around

Photo of pmcadamis
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear copper brew is topped by a one and a half finger white bubbly head that leaves a good deal of lace on the glass. The head show good retention, and lacing is webby and abundant.

S - Light caramel malt notes with some juicy hops behind. Almost has a crisp pilsener saltine cracker and sea breeze freshness.

T - Tight caramel malt flavors are sweet caramel-y, but firm and biscuity too. Reminds me very much of the malt profile of a pils, but with the juicy orange hops of a pale ale in place of saaz spice. Finishes oily and hoppy. The only problem here is that this seriously lacks balance or any trace of cohesiveness. All of the parts are ok, but they don't play nice together.

M - Tight and firm on the palate with a watery body, some clinging oil in the mouth, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry hoppy finish. All of these things seem so out of whack when taken as a whole.

D - Great. Nothing is extra special about this brew, but it is somewhat unique in that it is very biscuity and loaded with saltine cracker flavors. A bit too off-kilter to session. I won't be coming back.

Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber; fizzy, white, foamy, loose head; little retention

S - caramel, faint nutty quality, faintly fruity

T - caramel, ripe apples, bitter hop finish

M - a bit crisp, smooth, medium bodied

This is a rather disappointing beer. It's one dimensional and simplistic. It doesn't have many of the pronounced characteristics that make Ambers such a great style. It's drinkable, and it would be easy to put a few of these away, but this just isn't what I'm looking for in this style.

Photo of mempath
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice bright orangey yellow....nice fluff, textured head and lacing.

very little to the nose....a little sourness, but it's not hops. or malts.

taste is better. there is flavor. but this is an APA? where are the hops? again, a bitterness is present, but not of the hop variety. grassy, pasture-y, barn-y...the crisp carbonation helps this brighten up....and brings a good body to this beer that would taste better if the hops were beefed up/present....i like the flavor, but it's two-dimensional. i want more of it in a more articulated, crafted way. it's drinkable, but two with some chowder would be fine. and enough.

this COULD be better.

Photo of secondtooth
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pretty reliable (but never flashy) Red Hook brewery is actually one of the classic craft brewers out there. This one is a pale, transparent amber with a solid head of white bubbles. Nice lace on the glass.

Scent is sweet, with notes of biscuit and honey.

Taste is yeasty and malty. Not very complex of unique, but more than drinkable. Overall, I give Copper Hook average marks.

Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours surprisingly pale blonde with a big white head. Aroma is lagery and hoppy.

This beer has a really pleasing malt backbone with a slightly thick / syrupy mouthfeel. Not unbalanced. Just really drinkable. A surprisingly successful brew from Redhook.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Redhook's Copper Ale pours, not surprisingly, an orange-copper body with gleeming golden highlights beneath a short head of frothy off-white foam that steadily settles into an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some very nice walls of spotty and splashy laceare present though, give it more character.

The nose is fairly straightforward, offering only a mineral-accented, cereal-like and biscuity maltiness and some minor background hops. (Interestingly, it smells like Ringwood yeast was used).

The body is medium with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and the median carbonation foams up to become cottony and smooth across the palate as it warms.

Spicy and floral hops show themselves in the flavor, starting right up at the front, wrapped in a soft blanket of softly caramelish and gently biscuity malt, and then carrying through to the lingering finish. They're not bold, however, just noticeable. The bitterness is held back, and there's just enough to balance the malt (in conjunction with the mild spice of the hops) and bring it to a mainly dry finish.

A soft and delicate beer that somehow seems perfect for spring with its floral hop notes and pillowy malt base.

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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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