Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 499
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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 cyclonece09
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rich grain with a very dark roast. Tastes of dark roasted malt, but a little bland. Light/medium bodied beer has good carbonation and goes down real easy. Overall, an above average beer. (319 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz : pint

Clear orange with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Pretty mild/basic in the nose and palate, bready malts, hint of toffee, faint hop bitterness.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation, crisp finish.

Really the basic, one dimensional flavors. Not unpleasant, but certainly unexciting and just a bit boring. (324 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors a light amber with not much head and poor retention. medium roast caramel, fruity. Taste follows with medium caramel and fruit. Slightly thin with a non-distinct bitterness. Overall a uneventful beer, but not entirely bad. Seems to be bridging the gap between big brews and true craft beer. (296 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight fruits, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around but easy enough to drink. (448 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: copper colored body had a one finger white head that lasted for fifteen seconds. Minimal lacing was left. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: based around apples with some malts and a bit of caramel and nuts coming in slightly.

T: malts with a bit of caramel coming out. A weird metallic taste entered my mouth (unsure where that came from?).

M: medium, smooth, sessionable, carbonation is felt

O: decent for the style, but wasn't as good as I had hoped for. (484 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Besides mentioning that I dig the old-school look with the bottle and label, I have nothing else to say. On to the beer:

On the pour, I thought that the bottle was mislabled, as the beer pours out a golden straw color. In the glass, its color is darker, but not what I'd call copper. It's more of an orange tinted golden color. THe head on top forms small, and the lacing it gives is decent. Its nose show a decent maltiness, kind of doughy and bready, also a little husky. There's even a kiss of gum.

Copperhook takes on more of a marzen character than the stereotypical hoppy American red. Doughy, orange, some vague hop bitterness. The body is medium, with a gentle kiss of alcohol. Ho hum, says I.

Redhook dishes out a decent effort in Copperhook. It's nothing crazy, though that's not to say it won't put me in a good mood before bedtime. (848 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same varietry 12 pack as the ESB, IPA and Pilsner

A-good bronze-ish, copper (duh) with a pretty decent head that holds on and hangs out for a while

S-good roast, malt and caramel

T-very good, follows the nose, I really thought this was a very solid amber

M-like the other Redhooks picked up as part of this sampler pack, it's beenvery smooth

O-will totally hit this agian (376 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Copperhook has a thick, cream-colored head and a clear, copper-colored appearance, with some streaming bubbles and not much lacing. There is a faint aroma, but one can pick up roastiness and some brown bread. Taste is similar with brown (Roman Meal) bread, syrup, pretty strong hop bitterness (across the sip), and some cloying alcohol sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and more lager-like than of expected ale fluffiness. Redhook Copperhook finishes fairly wet and easy drinking. Overall, this is an interesting, somewhat odd, and mild beer. I think you should try it.

RJT (584 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of martino_cappachino
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured about a 1/2 inch head of creamy, frothy head. Fully diminishing.

Aromas of lager yeast, and spring seasonal flower.

Clear Honey-yellow amber in body appearance more than copper or metallic as advertised.

Tastes of honey, brown sugar, and sweetened butter leading into notes grainy malt and sharp dough with you could say a 'metallic-ly' cool and dry finish. Sessionably sweet without too much sharp carbonation.

Although a little higher in alcohol content (5.7-8 % abv) than your average sessionable beer, this an easy drinking brew. Not complex or overwhelming in an category, but I'd prefer something more tasty... Not a bad brew to end a night on though. (715 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Transparent copper color, receding white foam collar for a head, very little retention time or lacing. Smells and tastes of generic lightly toasted and caramel malts, has a small amount of metallic off-taste to the finish, which is otherwise crisp and clean but for that one flawed aspect. I did not detect any diacetyl in my bottle. Medium body, lighter levels of carbonation.

A rather standard amber. (433 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 8/30/11

Appearance: Dull orange/burnt copper, small head, average lacing

Smell: Very mild - some caramel malts, some bread crust, a touch of toffee, not much else going on

Taste: Similarly simple - kind of tastes like crust on a white bread - a touch of syrupy, malt extract-like sweetness - some bitterness and herbal hops

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing, decent carbonation

Overall: Pretty boring, very average

I don't really have much negative to say about this beer, but I don't have much praise, either. It's a very minimalistic take on the American Amber/Red Ale style. This is lacking hops and a good malt profile. (667 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's coppery and clear. There's a whitish head that leaves little and lots of visible carbonation.

It's got a caramelly flavor, there's also some roasted nuttiness.

It's got the same nutty flavor with a bit of toasted malts. There is a nice bittering hop bite.

Crisp but smooth mouthfeel. a little light on body.

A good beer for drinking, but not much for thinking about. I'd drink another but won't go out of my way to get one. (460 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Hershdawg
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light amber color, a white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge. It leaves absolutely no lacing.

S: Caramel, citrus, a hint of pine. The aroma isn't really strong in anything but the caramel.

T: The citrus dominates more on the palate then it did in the nose. Caramel, toast, no finish. Admittedly this could be affected by the food I had before.

M: The body is kind of thin. It needs a little more body.

O: Overall this is an average craft amber ale. Its a decent everyday drinking beer but not a beer I'd go specifically out of my way for. (573 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a honey gold color, small chunks of something or other floating in there. A thin but resilient white cap, hangs on with at least a partial cover for a bit, leaving some notable legs of lacing behind. Is that a cool bottle or what? Very distinctive, like the old apothecary bottles.

Aroma - powdery grain, a touch of caramel and/or diacetyl, going in the direction of butterscotch as it sets up.

Taste - more to the 'copper ale' side of the style, as the name would suggest. The grains have a slight tang, I am in fact reminded of pennies. Some light breadiness and caramel hit mid-palate, the swallow bringing in some well-balanced bitterness. Malts hold their ground into the aftertaste, showing good support throughout. I like my ambers maltier, but this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - crisp, a bit gassy even. A hint of slickness, moderate body.

Drinkability - this one grew on me as I drank it. Props to Mike, my 'cousin-in-law' who gave me this at the annual Christmas party. I took down the tree today and put away the seasonal stuff, I figured it was a good moment to sit and enjoy this beer. Thanks Mike! (1,126 characters)

Photo of jar2574
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bronze colored beer under average white head. Good lacing.

Smell is bready malts, but is very, very faint.

Taste is not very good. Underwhelming and watery, but what taste there is, is corn flakes, metallic, and boring.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Drinkability is low because you could have a couple, but why would you want to? (323 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Lives up to name, a bright copper amber, very clear, very minimal head immedietly dies. No lacing.

S: Some english/caramel/nutty malts, very faint, no real hops.

T: Victory or English maltiness of the bat. Some slightly grassy/earthy floral hops (Willamette perhaps?. A little bready yeastyness in finish, has an English nack to it. Rather clean tasting, pretty straight forward.

M: medium to low carbonation for style, a bit watery thin. Definitely sessionable.

O: Nothing wrong with this brew per se, other than the non existent head. Its just hard to get excited for this style. Would be a decent tailgaiting beer or something. A good entry level beer. (663 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured in a tumbler 11/23.

A- Half finger off-white head. Little to no retention. Orange-coppery color, very little carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S- Some sweet malts, hops. No strong aromas.

T- Lightly bitter hops, some dark fruits. Very light flavor.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O- Not great but much better than the other two Redhooks I've reviewed. Smell and taste way too light for me, but not bad by any means. (449 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of creamy off-white head rest atop a clearer-than-crystal copper body loaded with carbonation bubbles.

S - malt sweetness and slightly piney hops

T - toasted malts lightly sweetened with caramel; hops add a pleasant bitterness--almost a piney flavor with a touch of lemon/pepper; dry finish; well-balanced

M - medium body; high carbonation; slightly chewy; refreshing

O - Copperhook is pretty plain for the most part. It would go well with a juicy burger. (524 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 7/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy pale orange body under a finger of fine white head. Ok retention, very light lace. Extremely light for an amber ale, and generally unremarkable.

S: Quite sweet, malty, and fruity; somewhat reminiscent of sugary breakfast cereal. Perhaps a touch of floral hops, but really this is pretty much all malt. Not bad at all.

T: Much like the nose, but more intense. Bready, biscuity, slightly nutty malt dominates, with a definite touch of apricot and some faintly floral hops bitterness on the tail end. Clean finish. Very balanced, approachable, and tasty.

M: Smooth, soft medium body; low carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Wow, I wasn't expecting much at all from this beer, and it was actually quite good. Much like a lighter version of Redhook's flagship ESB, this one is decidedly English in character, and manages to provide an eminently drinkable beer with solid flavor to boot. Great surprise from the closeout bin.

Cheers! (986 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a light copper color. good amount of carbonation.

malt taste not overwhelming , but a dry after taste is what I did not like.

I am not really into the taste of what they call a "copper ale" havent had many of these.

good carbonation, average mouthfeel in general.

Very average beer. (300 characters)

Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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