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Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 01-31-2007)
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Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper color with a small head and lace.

The aroma of malts,hops and some citrus hints.

The taste of malts and hops with sweetness and a caramel hint.

The feel was light but over carbonated with a dry finish.

Notes: The beer was o.k. it did not set my heart on fire,but it was not as bad as I thought it could be. I would not turn this beer down and I can not say I would never buy it again. I just won't look for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:24:57 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of BretSikkink


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a white head - orange highlighting. Pocking is good, but the retention and lacing are low for style. Nose is lightly spicy, with some toasted pale malt notes. Lacking in substance and style.

The flavor is similarly mellow, with a lot of malt character per, say, pound of hops. Enough caramel malt to leave a sweet taste in the mouth, with pale malts amounting to a light, nutty toast character. The hops are way deep in the ballgame, with a little prick of herbal flavor. Mouthfeel is weak and lightly over-carbonated - it's not horrible, but it doesn't allow the flavors much leeway.

I'm not into this beer, one way or the other. It just sort of exists - not a bad accompaniment to dinner, but nothing I'll seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:17:25 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

fourth and final day of NERAX 2009

pale straw amber. almost clear. bubbly head, almost creamy, into wisps and ring. lots of spotty "lace" left on the glass here and there.

interesting fruity aroma, like stale pineapple. plus a hint of vanilla? faint caramel.

flavor has that stale pineapple juice again. watery caramel. mild hops, resinous with notes of pine.

watery but smooth. mild carbonation is relatively neutral.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2009 06:38:50 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden. Barely any head, leaves some lacing though. Smells like caramel and maybe some earthy hops. Hop bitterness upfront, with a caramelly finish. As it warms it tastes more of earthy hops, almost metallic. Interesting to have a few on tap but I'm not dying to run out and buy a six pack or anything.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 13:05:46 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of zorandra


2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - not quite copper, more like an amber-straw colour; poured into an Imperial Pint glass with about an inch of off white head that dissipated shortly.

S - primarily hoppy; slightly tinny smell

T - while the nose is mostly hops the taste that comes through first is the malty/carmely-ness; well balanced; tinny smell not in the taste

M - almost too thin

D - could see these going down easily, and therefore quickly; however, I think the 'simple' flavour profile would make it boring after awhile

Could see this going well with a spicy food as I drank it while I munched on some trail mix that included a bunch of spicy things like spicy peas, spicy roasted chana, and wasabi peas and it was a nice cool off for my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:47:43 | More by zorandra
Photo of Mistofminn


3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as the spring seasonal in the Greatest Hits variety pack.

Pours a light clear color. For a beer supposed to be "copper" colored, I find this more brass like. Crystal clear, with a decent amount of carbonation. Resembles an American macro, but just a tiny bit darker.

The nose is slightly spicy with citric hops. There is a lot of malts present, very balanced. Actually, I take that back, the malts are actually more dominant than the hops, but thats ok. I wasn't expecting an IPA nose, and I'm actually pleasantly surprised with this one. More caramel than I anticipated, but it works well.

Taste is very strong on caramel malts. Very sweet. As it warms, the hops all but fade and the malts take over. Lots of caramel. Also, as it warms, a bit of alcohol comes through, which is sort of concerning, considering it is only 5.7% ABV. It's not necessarily a bad, just average. Not bold or adventurous, sort of boring really.

Light and creamy body, coupled with a nice carbonation make for a smooth mouthfeel. Nothing overly impressive here either. Decent drinkability, not something I would drink all night.

This one started out strong, and I had high hopes. But it fell short at the end. I was a bit disappointed. A painfully average brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:51:37 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of blackie


2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: white head on a golden-amber beer, light retention

s: clean pale malts and a dried herbal hop aroma, dried lemon, not much to it

m: carbonation just under medium, lighter body

t: bland pale malts and a bland, dried citrus hops, crisp bitterness, bland and watery, meh

d: light and therefore drinkable, but a very underwhelming pale

single taken from the communal fridge after some party

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:47:13 | More by blackie
Photo of scottbrew4u


2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light amber/copper color with good clarity and a thin white head that went away rather quickly.
S: Grains with a light toasted quality, dry earthiness and a sweet light caramel aroma all perceived first. A light touch of spicy hops is mixed in there and a small copper penny smell.
T: Lightly roasted malt and a dry husky graininess with an faint peat flavor in the aftertaste. Semi-sweet toffee with a slight copper penny flavor from the malts as well. Hops bitter this a bit and ad a herbal touch.
M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.
D: Easy going beer with not a whole lot of flavor. Finish is too dry and leaves the mouth almost dried out. Not bad for a few but it would be enough and a change would be better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 19:58:57 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a small short lived head.

S- A sugary sweetness with a hint of hops.

T- Are these guys adding sugar to the brew??? This brew, like other Redhook brews has a very sugary, not malty sweetness. there's a bit of an earthy dirty hoppiness in the mix also.

M- watery, no body. A bit overcarbonated.

D- OK, if you're drinking to get drunk. Other than that I'd pass on another. Compared to other APA's this brew is awful. Bodyless and oddly sugary sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:45:47 | More by JayNH
Photo of jtorzala


2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall, felt this beer lacks in quality compared to other beer in Red Hook's portfolio. This seems like a beer made for the masses. Very little flavor and not much aroma. I wouldn't buy this beer again. I would however give it the benefit of the doubt and try it fresh at the tasting room in Seattle whenever I get back out there.

This could be a good beer to give to your friends who are trying out craft beer for the first time. It probably wouldn't offend them too much and start to open up their eyes to other flavor in beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 20:49:27 | More by jtorzala
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger fizzy head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a clear golden straw, not looking like a pale ale.

Aroma is very sweet. Honey with floral hops.

Taste is also quite sweet. Same honey and floral hopts. Also a little citrus.

Mouthfeel is a little bitter, but mainly smooth. Ends with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, easy drinking pale ale. It is quite basic and I think there are better versions of the style, but it is worth a try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 21:53:24 | More by mothman
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - cellar temp, german 0.5L glass.
A - Clean, very slight carmel malt.
A - half inch of head disappears almost immediately. Clear, medium amber.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Some malty or toffee sweetness, some citrus from hops. Avoids being cloyingly sweet though.
D - Decent beer, might pair well with a desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:06:38 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of RedDiamond


4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copperhook delivers everything you've come to expect from the big-barrel boys - impeccable clarity, clean lines, and no offensive flavors! Of course, there's not much of any flavor to speak of here, but that's precisely the point. Given its minimalist intent, Copperhook is perhaps the ultimate expression of a beer so deliberately flavorless anyone can appreciate it. Even me.

Seriously, some beers aren't meant to do much but spill across the palate between bites of burgers or ball game spectation. Usually these beers are lagers. But Copperhead's lack of distracting hops or exotic malt enhancement is perfect for this purpose. The color is as promised - not just copper, but the most refined, polished expression of crystalline copper purity you've ever seen in an ale. The head is feathery and shows graceful retention and lace. The near-absent smell suggests bread dough. And the taste is a balance of benign timidity offering no conflict and a prompt exit. It's what every big-kettle beer should be - inoffensive and indistinct, but still clean and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 03:24:24 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Beejay


3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice straw color with a bit of white head.. It looks like beer in commercials.

S: Has the smell of barley, and a slight kick of hops.. It is was I would imagine Bud to smell like, if Bud was Good.

T: Matly, and crisp, a little bit of tang in there and a touch of hops..

M: Good. Clean crisp, goes down easy, and is quite pleasant.

D: I think this is an easy drinker, something that would be easy to knock quite a few down... It lacks a little in the flavor department. But this is a readily accessible beer that is much better than 90% of the other beer in a typical grocery store beer shelf..

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 02:52:31 | More by Beejay
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden-orange with a bright glow and active carbonation. The head is tall and foamy, with average retention and some irregular lacing.

S: Some moderate toasted malt up front, along with some respectably zesty citric hops that provide an orange-esque character. A slightly mineral, metallic tang as well.

T: Toasty, grainy malt up front. Again, citric/orange hop flavor is present, witinh mild bitterness. A slight nuttiness as well. Also, there is a metallic and yeasty bite into the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied, with a grainy crispness. Somewhat dry and rough into the finish.

D: Not bad, not bad. I'd prefer this to be either maltier or hoppier - right now it's just a touch weak, but it does have potential. Not bad, and definitely a solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:14:10 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2008.

Large white head quickly dissipates. Clear bright pale copper color (huh, imagine that). faint sweet malty earthy aroma. Lightly sweet and bready throughout. Finishes with a slight bitter tartness. Light in flavor all the way around, easy to drink. Medium light body.

Did not realize this was an APA, seemed more like an amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:04:01 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Faintly toasty, lightly grainy malts with an herbaceous note of tea garnished with lemon.

Taste: Pale malts, a minor hint of toasted grains, and a light overall sweetness. Herbal hops and a minor hint of citrus give you a splash of sun-brewed Lipton tea. A bit more sweetish orange character upon warming. Light, lingering citrus on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Harmless and easily drinkable for a very apathetic, perfunctory, bland beer. It's a half-step up from a macro brew, but that's not saying too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:05:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of colts9016


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: A light copper color with some amber hues. There is a one finger head that is foamy and slightly creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. There is some lacing on the glass, a bit surprised.

Nose: A sweet maltiness with some citrus and floral esters.

Taste: A sweet malty flavor with a hint of citrus and floral esters.
I taste a cooked rice in the background of this beer it is subtle.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and a lightly medium body. The finish is light and slightly bitter, not lingering on the palate. This beer is simple just an okay APA. To me it is too light for a good APA. The hops are muted and hidden in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 20:24:45 | More by colts9016
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled on Jan. 11th 09

Crystal clear copper, imagine that, with minimal head and lacing.

Smell is almost non-existant, I guess it is better than a bad smell, but my nose is very bored. This surprised me because of the freshness, I've cracked cans of coors with more aroma.

Slight hop bitterness on the finish, but seemingly no hop flavor, and a wee little malt backbone, this beer is not strong enough to stand up to a stiff breeze...at least it is well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel, more body than the smell and taste would lead me to expect.

Very easy to drink, not a bad example of the style in this case.

Really not an impressive beer in my opinion...I would probably drink about five more times...but once this sixer is done, I will be too.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 07:15:41 | More by grayburn
Photo of climax


3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a mostly clear bright yellowy copper, minimal head after maybe an overly judicous pour... looks like an ashtray full of new pennies when all you want is a quarter

smell wasnt too strong but fairly interesting. tinny and floral at first, bready and caramel malt and slightly hoppy

taste wasnt throwin any punches either, but it wasn't bad. sweet and more malty and wheaty than anything, hops pretty much sat shotgun except for a brief citrusy moment before the finish.... which was clean and bright

mouthfeel was watery and light bodied with a greasy finish, never bitter but slightly citrusy

this beer, maybe not a true pale ale, even while lacking any substantial hoppiness or spunk.... was refreshing and as the seasons shift from cold to warm (especially here in SD) it got a good mark for being drinkable and on-time to make me feel like maybe the groundhog will give us a break this year

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:57:47 | More by climax
Photo of Frosthazard


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Appears slightly amber, light and clear. Small white head rises and dissipates quickly, little lacing.

S - Citrusy, light and a little leafy/dank, biscuitty and sweet.

T - This is about as light as I can go before I no longer consider the beer an ale. Needs more hops and piney flavors. A little bland.

M - Good carbonation, light, tingly toungue feeling after sipping. Watery/thin.

D - I could drink this at the lake, or camping. Would be good for warmer weather, a little light for an ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 22:59:17 | More by Frosthazard
Photo of thespaceman


4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: A nice "copper" in color, rocky, dense head forms, decent lacing and retention on this one as well:

Smell: A bit of some biscuity malt in the forefront, a sweet honey like aroma is shown here as well, minimal hop presence through the aroma, a bit of red apple and some fruit elements are lurking in here.

Taste: A nice malt sweetness is the first thing that hits me, again, a small amount of some biscuit like bready flavor is prevalent, followed by an excellent array of fruit. The honey can be spotted here as well, and a nice dose of esters upon quaffing this. The malt seems to really take charge of the hops on this one, but it is basically balanced perfectly due to the amazing fruit florals that emerge from this.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, the bubbles can be seen in the glass shooting to the top of the pint nicely. A nice medium bodied brew after the decent dose of malt. This one is a tad wet compared to other copper's I've tried but it holds it's ground fairly well on the tongue.

Drinkability: A very good example of a balanced APA that is sure to please this Spring. I can definetley see sessioning a couple of these on the first days of Spring, it's got a good dose of sweet malt to keep the cool months close by, yet a nice dose of hop character to ring in the warmer months. A very good offering from a well respected brewery in my book!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 00:52:08 | More by thespaceman
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly agitated head of bone white foam, no lack of sticky lacing as well. Zinc orange color, the liquid is clear enough to both easily see through it as well as fade to a burnt yellow near the rims. Fairly simple, if highly perfumed, nose of floral mist, orange blossom, raw pie crust, anise seed and pine cone, dries out your nostrils over time, minimal hoppy "snap" to it. Light-bodied, smooth but, in truth, watery. Upfront there's a honeyed concentration with orange citrus and pine notes but it falls off precipitously from there. As with other beers of this light weight and lack of flavor intensity, this makes the carbonation appear unnaturally aggressive. By default, turns hoppy and bitter as it finishes. Devoid of any remarkable characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:04:29 | More by farrago
Photo of tbeck


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright orange with a tinge of amber. Develops a white one finger head with decent retention. Maintains a good collar and some laciness. Aroma is fresh and citruis with a hint of barley. Taste starts off whity citruis and pine, but not much bitterness. Finishes with a mix of wheat and malt. Overall seemed more like a hezeweizen than an ale. Good body and texture. Not a bad beer. The flavor was okay but the finish did not fit the beginning.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 04:16:31 | More by tbeck
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a somewhat lackluster light straw copper. Clear with copious bubbles. A one finger head has minimal retention before fading to a thin haze leaving only a spot of lacing here and there.

aroma is subdued. pale malt, a bit of caramel, a bit of biscuit, and a touch of both sweetness and spice. vanilla and pepper. almost pancake like. maybe a bit of hops, but the malt aroma wins out.

Taste follows aroma closely, even in its relative mellow character. sweet. a light malting, light caramel sugars. a very light touch of citrus hops, a bit herbal, a bit green. Everything seems subdued - almost repressed. I want to believe there are strong flavors in there, but for an APA, it's just not happening.

mouth is a bit thin and slick. carbonation is evident, but doesn't do much to help bulk up the mouthfeel at all. Kind of lackluster.

Not one I'd seek out again. Nothing really going on... it seems like an anemic version of a solid copper ale... not bad, nothing off, but just weak and unimpressive. Sure, I could drink a few, but I could drink a few cans of just about anything else as well... and I think the level of enjoyment wouldn't be significantly different.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:46:22 | More by djeucalyptus
Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.