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Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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 Boppar
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Tawny and clear. Bright coppery sunlight in a glass. 1.5 fingers of foamy offwhite head. It's a nice looking beer.

S: Not too much going on here. A few malts, earthy hops.

T: This tastes an awful lot like Redhook's ESB, only slightly watered-down. Each sip I take seems to confirm this. It opens with sweet malts and honey, and closes with a faint hop bitterness and perhaps the faintest hint of grapefruit. It's just so.. bland, and watery.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated.

D: It goes down easy enough although I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again.

Boppar, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of alysmith4
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It seems Redhook is pretty good at the American Pale Ales and IPAs. This beer was better than expected, so I was happy to find it in the sampler pack. Appearance and mouthfeel were average. The smell was.. hard to detect. There were some earthy tones, and a very "beer-y" smell, but no flavor and particular that stood out. The taste was that of a typical APA, but with a little more straw/hay notes. I'd have this beer again.

alysmith4, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of mempath
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

mempath, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a small head. Aromas are faint and very subdued. I detect a distant, lightly toasted maltiness on the nose, similar to Cheerios. The flavors are predominately malty, with orange citrus hop notes faintly noticeable. Neither the smell, taste, nor feel have any assertive qualities to make me take notice.

droomyster, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of travduke
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper body (didn't see that coming), no head, even with an aggressive pour ande minimal lacing.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A little sweet caramel. That's a about it.

Taste: Same as the smell, not a lot. A little sweet, not really any hop presence. Bready.

Side Notes: This is an awful example of an APA in my opinion. its beers like this that really make me think twice about a brewery.

travduke, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, a clear amber and orange color, little head with minimal lacing spots. Smelling alittle caramel, hops, and thats about it, sweet and clean. Its got a light to medium mouthfeel thats very easy drinking, tastes sweet, some floral hops and a bit of toasty malt flavor. It really is a decently crisp, lighter and cleaner but tasty spring ale, lighter and simpler than i had thought it might be, but overall it feels right for a spring beer IMO. I'm liking it and ill probably grab another pack of this before the seasons up.

BeerMasterD, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber in color with almost no head. Very clear.

Smells of biscuity malt and a slight floral aroma, not much else.

Tastes bready and sweet. Maybe some hops in the end. Heavy on the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is medium and easy to drink.

KOPBeerDrinker, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color that is a little cloudy with a slight head that doesn't fade too quickly. There is not a lot of aroma, only a bit of spice in the nose. The taste is a little bit spicy, very little bit. It has a lime-like sour note which isn't bad, is fairly smooth and not overly carbonated.

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Amber/orange with some moderate haze. About a half inch of white head rises with fairly short retention; some lacing.

S - Big biscuit aromas hit me immediately and mingle with slightly toasted grain to become a sort of graham cracker smell. Small amounts of caramel and butterscotch are noticable as well with a tiny bit of herbal hops hiding in the background.

T - Very sweet for an APA; biscuits and graham crackers hit immediately rounded out by butterscotch and sweet bread. Sweetness reminiscent of honey persists before a minimally earthy and herbal note late palate. Vague grassy/hoppy flavors floated around in the finish but the brew was dominated by biscuity sweetness.

M - Great light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Though the beer is a bit sweet for my tastes there's a nice balance of carbonation to keep things from getting out of hand.

D - An easy drinking brew, but the sweetness can detract over time. With all the bread and biscuit flavors, and the lack of any definitive hoppiness, Copperhook feels like it should be a blonde ale. A well done and tasty beer, even if a bit simple.

PatrickJR, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

generallee, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - bottled 1/19/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange/yellow color with a 1" off-white head. Carbonation does flow to the surface at a medium pace. Decent retention without much lace at all.

Smell: Minimal aroma of pale malts, cane sugar, fresh dandelion and not much else.

Taste: Pinchy vegetal crispness and light malt flavor. A tiny hop flavor is also crisp and fresh. Mineral, earth, vegetal. Not a whole lot of flavors that are describable. It tastes like beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and medium bodied. Plenty of pinchy carbonation. A mineral finish that also sits with noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. There isn't a real discernable flavor that could be pointed to. It's pretty much just a regular tasting beer. The hop profile needs work.

Risser09, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of bill93063
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very good spring ale with above average taste and drinkability. It definately wears well. The smell has a nice moderate hoppy predominance and the maltiness is well balanced with citrus and vanilla notes. There is a pronounced lemony flavor which seems perfect for the springtime. This brew can easily be drunk in the summer months as well and is not too heavy for the steamy July and August months. I drank my most recent one immediataly after a Chimay reserve and it still tasted very good which is saying a lot as the Chimay reserve is on a short list of the finest ales(or any malted beverage for that matter stout to pilsner) on the planet. My sense is that Redhook overall is underatted by most reviewers on this site. Redhook seems to rate no better than B for most of their brew and I feel they should be ranked higher.

bill93063, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Durge
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy apple juice golden color with a skimpy and fast fading white head and a little spotty lacing. The aroma brings sour malt, sort of a herbal hops, but not particularly aluring. The flavor brings a bit more pleasant apple and light malt with some grassy hop bitterness. It has spritzy carbonation but feels a bit thin though there is a bit of depth to it. Somewhat drinkable but it has too much grassy tang that blocks the refreshment for me and leaves me feeling like I need to drink something better to wash this out of my mouth and my souring stomach. In fairness, I've had this one in the fridge for a while, probably a year! But I don't think that's the problem. Drinkable but not happy one overall.

Durge, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of alfistheman
1.98/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden yellow with red tint to it. Smells of faint sweet malt, not much else, kind reminds me of a macro. No lacing or even signs of anything close.. Taste is VERY flat... not sure if the hop profile is past its prime... this has the weakest hop profile of any APA i've tasted, its there... but completely covered by the malt and flat. The malt taste is the only up side to this brew, but during the 2nd beer it is almost non-existant as well.

I find myself chugging these to get paste the bad finish and overall thin nothingness! Guess it has a high abv and the sales clerk accidently rang it up $2 under... maybe it was for a reason. Got me buzzed at least... pshh..

alfistheman, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a true copper clear color, about a one finger white head, some lacing on the glass.

S. Malt,earthy,brown sugar, oats.

T. Not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. Grain, citrus, butter, carmel finished bitter.

M. Medium bodied lightly carbonated.

D. A decent ale, light enough to drink a few, taste enough to quench your pallet.

smibroncos, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

Lexluthor33, May 30, 2009
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.

BretSikkink, May 19, 2009
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.

tai4ji2x, May 05, 2009
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.

drunkboxer1, May 01, 2009
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.

zorandra, May 01, 2009
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.

Mistofminn, Apr 26, 2009
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

blackie, Apr 25, 2009
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.

scottbrew4u, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of JayNH
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.

JayNH, Apr 17, 2009
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.

jtorzala, Apr 17, 2009
Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.