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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 Magpie14


2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 23:55:34 | More by Magpie14
Photo of Tone


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt with a hint of hops and spice. In a broad since, it fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel was smooth and crisp with average carbonation levels. Tastes of a slight hop bitterness, strong malt throughout, and a little yeast flavoring. Overall, really easy to drink, but blande (not near enough hops). Not enough body, though not watery, just too weak of a palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 17:58:19 | More by Tone
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle I found in my fridge while watching Rose Bowl- no idea where the hell I got it from, must have been a mix six at some point?

Poured into Ommegang glass.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Copper as advertised. Heavy pour produced little head but what there was kept resilient.

S: Basic honey sweetness. Some metallic is offputting and worried me in preparation of the taste.

T: Sweet and sugary up front with hardly any bitterness. Plain tastes, not bland but plain. The prevailing flavor is honey with little else there to round it out. The taste has some flavors that aren't ripe in the nose and makes it crisp and easy to drinkn.

M: Smooth and crisp. Not enough bitterness from what I am accustomed to in APAs but still enjoyable.

D: Drinkable on a summer's or spring day. Not too appropriate for today. Pretty basic but enjoyable. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 23:01:50 | More by marcpal
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a looker, the off white head didnt amount to much and didnt stick around. Quite mildly carbonated. Copper hued amber coloured body, and since there isnt even a collar some lace would be a surprise.

Im liking the aroma much more than the apppearance. Some biscuit and toasted whole grain bread from the malts, as well as an interesting floral hop aroma with hints of citrus and a whisp of lemongrass.

Big on honeyed biscuit, and a pronounced pear flavour from the yeast derived esters. Light on the hops for an APA, but it does have a niice floral quality with notes of orange blossom as well as the aforementioned hint of lemongrass.

This is a light bodied brew that is slightly sweet, yet mildly astringent and it could be slightly more assertive in the bitterness department. Overall somewhat run of the mill.

Pretty drinkable although not particularly exciting. Worth a try if this sounds like something you would like. Glad i got to try this, but not something i would search for.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:53:06 | More by demcorhip
Photo of magictrokini


3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 22:13:30 | More by magictrokini
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me a lot of Otter Creek's Copper Ale. This isn't as good as that but almost is which makes it a pretty good beer. Has a sort of metally taste to it, in a good way though, and is well balanced and crisp. There's better pale ale's out there but there were 3 of these in the mixed pack so it was good to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:42:55 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of ckeegan04


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden brown with a one finger off-white head. Head fades to thin layer and beer leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet darker malts, priamarily caramel. Hints of citrusy hoppiness as well. Also a touch of alcohol which is surprising given the lower ABV.

T - Rather sweet up front. Primarily caramel but also a fruity sweetness, apples come to mind. Light citrusy hop bite, much weaker than anticipated from the aroma. A little too sweet for my liking.

M/D - Medium bodied with a slightly chewy feel. Very easy drinking but nothing I would seek out. Also not something I would turn down.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 23:58:04 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a small white head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The aroma is floral, with some honey tones, biscuity. The flavor is of a bready, almost doughy malt, light honey, buttery grain, not much hops, barely detected. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, has a malty sweetness, a bit chewy. Nothing really stands out in this brew. Definitely not a hoppy APA, more of a doughy toasted malt. The brew is ok, never would have guessed it was an APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:23:58 | More by Gmann
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a lucid, dark-amber, copper-hue with a minimal head that left hardly any lacing...
Malty, grainy, bread and butter aroma...
Taste was replete with strong essences of caramel, a hint of vanilla, candied sugars, malts balanced by a touch of hops, slight grapes, and honey...
Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability to match...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:45:13 | More by dsa7783
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one recently as part of a mixed sixer and had never had it before so decided to take the plunge. Poured a very dark amber, almost a copper color (hence the name I guess). Lots of carbonation on this one with tons of bubble chains coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, Decent sized head of maybe an inch faded away to a broken crown after a few moments with virtually no side glass profile.

The aroma was full of bready grains. Touches of grass and a light hop touch to it, neither but nor much at all. The flavor was a fair continuation of this as well, with a big bread like malt bill, biscuit like flavor in the end and a touch of wet hay in the finish. Decent body on this one, easily leading towards the middle of the road, with a good carbonation profile. Smooth finish, with not much of an aftertaste that is worth noting and a bit of a slick feels to it. Still an easy session ale that would be hard not to put down a few of if you had a six pack.

Overall though not terrible by any means. Decently sweet and a bit different for a spring seasonal. Decently filling with a nice, albeit somewhat muted profile. I do not think I will be buying it again, but if I were somewhere and it was there, I would not be terribly opposed to having another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 03:31:55 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of RobH


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at the 4 month age point from bottle date.

A: Nice golden color that was appealing on a warm summer evening at sunset.

S: Hmm. I had just finished a North Coast Red Seal Ale and must admit I dove right into this one without really smelling it.

T&M: Wow, first sips taste really sweet after the bitterness of that Red Seal I just finished. I've had the Copper Hook before so I know it doesn't taste that sweet drinking it on a fresh palate. I should have started with this one, but it served to be a good one for taking my palate down a notch to more malt and less hops bitterness.

The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable on a warm to hot day. The over 5% ABV will catch up with you so it's perhaps not quite a session ale, but it's close enough and a good one for everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:34:12 | More by RobH
Photo of yemenmocha


2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow with thin white head.

Nose has plain cereal malt grain aromas. Some lemon is there too.

Palate is grain malty, but light in flavor, with a faint herbal hop bite at the end.

Finish is short with a light bite.

Suggest that you avoid this ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 04:00:54 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Clockwork420


4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded a friend for this one. Said he really didnt dig it all that much so he gladly traded me.

Bottle poured into a glass.

A- Looks likea darker amber, light head. Hardly any at all. Very pretty. :)

S- For some strange reason grass and this beer seem to go together? Is it the name thats making me think this? I think so. Mowing the lawn? Somthing like that. Sweet. Nothing else really. But its making me think good thoughts.

T- Lightly carbonated. NOOOO hiccups. Sweet. And easy to get used to. No bad tastes. Tastes a bit of alcohol in the end. But not an overwhelming amount. This is damn near perfect for today.

M- Medium body. Kinda sticky. Good overall.

D- This has surprized me. Its good. Especially since my friend and fellow beer lover didnt like it that much. I would drink this on any hot day. Or when cutting a buddys lawn.

Great over all


Worth a try if your into the springtime and summer brew ales. I loved this one. Worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 04:39:17 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of Spikester


3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very handsome copper color with a modest off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is herbal, some cider notes.

Taste is modest for sure, sweet rich malts rule this brew. The hops are there but lower level than many of this style. The overall taste was very satisfying for such a light weight beer. Some bitterness in the finish. Lightly acidic.

M-Fine but un-remarkable.

D-This is where this excelled for me. The abv of 5.7 was not evident in the taste and was just a very satifying drink. Would be a good choice for an introduction to the world of craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 07:48:40 | More by Spikester
Photo of biggred1


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

A-Light "copper" color with almost no head retention,some lacing though.

S-Faint citrus hops and cereal grain.

T-Very mild but good toffee malt flavor with a faint salty dry, hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Pretty watery for the style.Decent seltzery carbonation

D-Nothing out of place here, just a little too meek for my tastes. Good session beer but there are better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:15:52 | More by biggred1
Photo of animal69


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

pours a clear copper-gold color with an almost non existent white head leaving little lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, some steely cereal grain and a hint of caramel, some floral hops and an almost sulphurish note present as well ; taste was a bit thin, a dry yeasty, almost astringent flavor with a bit of bready malt and hops up front, a bit of mineral and metal as well ; a light bodied, well carbonated brew, feels a bit creamy on the tounge ; drinkable, not a bad beer, just not a good one either...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 01:01:28 | More by animal69
Photo of Pencible


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

This poured a clear gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like earthy yeast, copper hops, and a basic unsweetened malt. It tasted reminiscent to a Mexican beer, with lime hops, light earthy malts, and sour yeast. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was an unimpressive beer. It wasn't as refreshing as most spring ales, and it had a dirty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 18:45:32 | More by Pencible
Photo of Onslow


2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i am an idiot .... Pours a dark orange colour ... hearty lacing ... nice smell, wheat and some citrus ... average no frills taste, some nice sweetness, but doesn't really have a defining high point ... will do the job and it is quite drinkable but probably not again ....

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 21:20:27 | More by Onslow
Photo of KBomb


3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fine amber color, small head. Has a fantastic hoppy aroma with some spice to it as well, but the aroma is deceptive as the taste is much more boring--a middle of the road APA with very mild hops and a slight "metalic" taste on the finish. Mild flavor wouldn't be a turn off if there weren't some kind of misexecution in this beer. Its a decent APA, but not something to write home about.

Grabbed a sixer of this on sale for $3.99-- Coors cost more than that! So with that in mind, it gets a "B" I guess.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 19:35:15 | More by KBomb
Photo of Floydster


2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for seven dollars, poured into my Humboldt Brewing pint glass

A-Golden orange with yellow highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for about two minutes, some retention, minimal lacing

S-Citric hops, fresh barley, oddly cloves and other spices, grassy accents, small amount of malt, and orange peel

T-Started off tasting like a standard APA with hops up front and a small malt backbone in the middle, but instead of having predominantly citrus in the finish, there was cloves like I had smelled previously, did not seem like they should be there, this threw me off and began to take over the flavor but this might have been because I was looking for them, some lemon and orange in the aftertaste towards the end, weirdly sweet pale ale that I have never really experienced before, not balanced mainly because the spices tasted so strong

M-Dry, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste did not linger for long, pretty weak sensation overall

D-Could not drink much more than a bottle of this, heavy on the stomach surprisingly, ABV is low though, can be smooth at times, could not get used to the flavor

Never been a big fan of Red Hook beers and this was no real exception, not much going on and boring in my opinion, would not drink again, could not really recommend this either way

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 20:45:37 | More by Floydster
Photo of Hojaminbag


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden/yellow body with some white head.

Floral hop Aroma.

The taste is slightly metallic up front. Follows with very light hops and some lemon zest. A decent brew, nothing great.

Average mouthfeel, light and very carbonated.

Easy to drink due to its lightness and mild flavor, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2008 21:51:07 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of cjgator3


3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. The sweet floral aroma features some malt and citrus. The taste is sweet malt with a crisp citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a decent spring seasonal that is worth a shot, but not something I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 03:21:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of zeff80


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/28/08

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a good deal of carbonation but almost no head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of some grass and light caramel malt. A few citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of some citrus and light caramel malt. No hops or bitterness was present.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is not a great APA, by any means. It just doesn't have much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 02:55:42 | More by zeff80
Photo of redjellydonut


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

I have little to add to the well thought-out and informative reviews that precede mine. However, I'd like to make an observation I didn't see (or missed) in the other reviews. Copperhook had no aftertaste...at all. As soon as I swallowed a sip, there was absolutely no finish left behind. It was as if I'd never taken a drink at all. I've never experienced anything like that before. I hadn't eaten anything, or drank anything else, and I don't smoke, so nothing could've been present to mask a finish. It was the strangest beer drinking experience I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:24:47 | More by redjellydonut
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:10:52 | More by Billolick
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