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Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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76
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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
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 mothman
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.

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.

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.

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..

Photo of Clydesdale
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of grayburn
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.

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

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.

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!

Photo of farrago
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of marcpal
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.

Photo of demcorhip
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gmann
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.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.