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Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 235
Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beer in Texas. Into a 12-oz mug, it pours an appropriate copper color, crystal clear, with only a slight head. Pleasant enough nose, with a mild hoppy spiciness and lightly grainy malt. Taste is bland though... where are the hops? Hardly any bitterness or hop flavor. A little maltiness and a tad bit of fruitiness round out an otherwise nondistinguished beer.

Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg,poured from the tap a lighter clear copper looked quite fizzy with a thinner soapy-like white head atop.Mild toasty aromas a hint of leafy hop but its faint,thin fizzy mouthfeel felt like I was drinking a soft drink more than beer.Pretty standard flavors mildly toasty and grainy with a hint of sweetness a bit of caramel.Really sub par in my mind thats to bad it could be decent but it just seems thrown together.

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly of citrus hops

T - Is very well balanced between caramel malt and hops

M - This one is a little thin with light carbonation

D - I think I have a new favorite beer from the people at Red Hook this is very easy to drink this cold be a session beer

Photo of dedrinker
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper color - very clear and clean looking, with a thin white head that shows some persistence down the sides of my glass. Aroma is very light biscuity malts and a hint of caramel and nuts - oh so faint, and also a slight hop aroma. Flavor is dead-set middle of the road amber ale territory - the kind you get at a chain brew-pub to wash down the fries, and you spend more time thinking about the fries. Medium body with a slightly malty, slightly soapy, slightly hoppy finish. Well crafted on the whole, but not anything to get excited about unless you are just breaking in to the U.S. craft segment.

Photo of burnstar
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Mild malty aroma. Taste is malty- toasted with caramel notes. Light sweetness. Muted herbal hops. Very little bitterness. Nothing particularly special but pleasant. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable. Definitely on the malty side for an APA. Nice beer overall.

Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a copper color with a fair sized head that has some retention and left more lacing that I was expecting down the side of the glass. The aroma seem simple, but is nice that way. Nice biscuit aromas, grassy notes, slight caramel smells. The flavors seem to be dominated by a nice toasted malt flavor with some caramel tastes coming through. Slight hop and dry finish. Very easy drinking brew though it is a bit simple.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber to gold colored beer with an average sized white head. This isn't copper colored it is simply not deeply colored enough.

The smell is sweet and malty with a mild herbal and grassy hop aroma, OK but not that outstanding.

The taste starts out VERY neutral in both sweetness and hop presence, mostly just dry and woody like a tongue depressor. A little malt and stronger bitterness appear after a while along with a biscuit malt flavored aftertaste. Slightly flowery after a bit and a trace of fruit.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well if there is an example of a completely average beer THIS is that example. Doesn't taste bad or anything, in fact this has very mild taste and appearance similar to good beer; in the same way a Porsche 914 resembles a real Porsche. Sure it is a Porsche but it is a lot closer to a Volkswagen. Nothing remarkable here, try it once and then buy the Sam Adams Boston Lager instead.

Photo of riboflavin88
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful goldish-brown, with about an inch head and nice lacing. It's nose wasn't very strong, a bit of malt and grain, very faint though. I wasn't impressed with the taste at all, although the beer was refreshing, I expected more depth based on its color. A very mild flavor with a majority of grain flavor, also a citrus note hidden in the background. It had mild carbonation, which made for a very smooth drink, highly drinkable. I prefer a more complex Spring Ale, but others will love this mild flavor.

Photo of JamesS
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/red color with a nice head, but little lacing. Good scent, not very hoppy or malty, but there is a nice hit of spices (I could not place any of them) in it. Good taste, nothing special, but the malt/hop mix is pretty good and there is a nice littls splash of spring spice in it. Goes down fine. This is far from my favorite Redhook beer, but it's worth a shot.

EDIT: I've had this a few more times, and while still far from my favorite Redhook, I have realized it's one of the smoothest and cleanest beers around.

Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a medium tan head that laces the glass pretty well all the way down. It has an aroma of sweet roasted malts and some hoppy bitterness in the end. It tasted pretty good. Nice balance of hops and malt together for a decent pale ale. It starts off sweet and malty but with a kick of citrusy hops that finish off the flavor for a decent beer. Has a nice mouthfeel - very crisp and is pretty drinkable.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought this beer at the local grocery. six 12 oz. bottles. brew date of 01-09-08. poured into a tulip pint glass. light copper color. very clear. thin off white head that does not stick around very long. thins out to a fine layer. looks like it could be a touch light for a "copper".

citrus hop aroma. good earthy boquet with a little caramel presence. no off odors. smells sweet.

crisp hop flavor with a good malt presence. some sweetness. very well balanced. dry caramel aftertaste.

low carbonation. light bodied mouth feel. felt a little thin. no lace.

good beer. follows style. i would do a session with this beer. i will drink again. good apa for anytime of the year.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly colored dark orange into a pint glass, decent amount of head. Hop aroma comes to the forefront on the first sniff, very citrusy in general. Very well balanced, hides the alcohol while also not overblowing with hop character, good malt profile as well. Smooth and easy to quaff, in spite of it's slightly higher alcohol than most APAs this is a sessioner for sure. Overall nothing incredible but this is a damn good beer.

Photo of zook74
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer. Just unremarkable.

Pours beatifully. Nice fluffy head. Gorgeous golden red.

Nice nose to it. Lightly citrus with light hops.

Flavor is pretty average, though as is mouthfeel. Just doesn't have anything that makes me want to drink more of it.

Granted, I'm drinking this "Spring Ale" in February in Southern Freaking Wisconsin. Maybe spring or early summer would better suit this brew...

Photo of Rayek
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange amber color. Thin head dissipates quickly and leaves small wisps of lace. Minimal carbonation.

S: Best part of the beer for me. Citrus aroma leaning toward grapefruit with bits of lemon. I also smelled oak and pine.

T: Malt and hops are well balanced. Not very complex. Mostly dry and tart. Mine had a plywood like taste to it that detracted from the overall experience.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz, but it felt too grainy to me.

D: I could drink more than one of these on a warm day. Certainly better than the average macro. The unpleasant plywood taste would keep me from buying more, however.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.25.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.. sorta suprised to see this one so early this year.

2" head that last quite a while for an APA.. drops leaving spotty lacing above a clear gold brew.

Aroma is pale malts and just a touch of spicy hops.. pretty husky as it warms.. the hops do come out to play a little more too.

Clean pale malts.. and light spicy hops with a fruity yeasty flavor. Body is pretty light given the carbonation... a crisp drinkable beer that I would appreciate alot more if there was still not snow on the ground... fairly creamy finish.

This brew could use a big shot in the arm of hops, malts, body, Etc... It would be pretty good for a macro drinker in the depths of winter, but for me... a lawnmower beer; albeit a pretty good one.

Photo of jdhilt
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is bland just weak hops. Slight metallic aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of jackorain
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-3/4 inch head fell to a heavy coat fairly quickly, leaving a modicum of lacing behind. Clear straw amber color.

S-floral hop, sweet candy like, almost like fruit punch.

T-Caramel mlats, southern comfort, floral and earthy hops. Nice mild bitter finish

M-tingly carbonation and a watery, thin body

D-not all that great, but hey at a party with nothin' but this and BMC in the cooler, you know where I'm reachin'

Photo of pmcadamis
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear copper brew is topped by a one and a half finger white bubbly head that leaves a good deal of lace on the glass. The head show good retention, and lacing is webby and abundant.

S - Light caramel malt notes with some juicy hops behind. Almost has a crisp pilsener saltine cracker and sea breeze freshness.

T - Tight caramel malt flavors are sweet caramel-y, but firm and biscuity too. Reminds me very much of the malt profile of a pils, but with the juicy orange hops of a pale ale in place of saaz spice. Finishes oily and hoppy. The only problem here is that this seriously lacks balance or any trace of cohesiveness. All of the parts are ok, but they don't play nice together.

M - Tight and firm on the palate with a watery body, some clinging oil in the mouth, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry hoppy finish. All of these things seem so out of whack when taken as a whole.

D - Great. Nothing is extra special about this brew, but it is somewhat unique in that it is very biscuity and loaded with saltine cracker flavors. A bit too off-kilter to session. I won't be coming back.

Photo of biggmike
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours and orange/amber color with little head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing on glass. No real distinguishing characteristic that would make me seek it out a second time, but still a refreshing enjoyable beer. Little bitterness and thin mouthfeel.

Photo of hero27
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Slightly cloudy gold, thin cap of foam.
Aroma of dusty pale malts and very subtle grassy hops.
Earthy malt flavor..some orange & lemon linger into the finish. Almost no hop flavor noticed at all.
Thinnish mouthfeel. Light and mildly refreshing.
Would not be my first choice to grab if I'm choosing a pale ale.

Photo of Contra
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperhook is a inoffensive, but bland beer. A faint aroma/taste of caramel, hops, and... well, that's about it. A light body, well carbonated, with a tan color.

Overall, there isn't a whole lot to say. There's nothing bad about the beer, but it's fairly lacking in flavor. Might be good on a hot day, I suppose.

Photo of khiasmus
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly golden color, a bit of haze, white head that settles quickly and laces a bit. Looks like urine when you're sick, but you can't guilt it by association.

S- Yeast, tons of it, a small amount of piney hops and a bit of malt, but both overridden by yeast. Also a hint of diacetyl, and a metallic note.

T- Initially, and continually, yeasty. Yeast, as in the nose, overrides everything else.

M- Watery, thin, and low carbonation.

D- Yuck. Nothing about this beer fits the style, or even tastes good. I'm going to pour the rest out.

Photo of geexploitation
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, almost peachy-orange amber hue with a light dusting of white head of the liquid. Mild aroma that's pretty lacking in hops; instead, there's a doughy malt quality in its place, along with some grains and light fruits and a distracting cleanser-like note that's minor but a touch off-putting. On the palate, mild pale grains hit first, along with a bit of juicy sweetness toward the mid-palate. Slightly sour toward the end, with a flash of hop bitterness and a finish that goes sweet again. Overall, this is certainly an OK beer, easy to drink and hard to dislike. There's little here that's special, and not much in the way of strong flavors or panache, which I would ideally look for in an APA.

Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Hook's Copper Hook Spring Ale pours a stiff rocky head
over a dark yellow brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose
is a hint of clove and wheat. The flavor is light malt with citrus
notes and a grassy finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and surprisingly
full. The hop character comes more to the fore as the brew warms a
bit. This almost feels stuck between a Pils and a Hefe- Weiss, wrong
somehow. I imagine this might be just the thing for somebody who
feels a regualar hefe or wit is a little too bland, but I don't think I'll be
drinking this one again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copperhook is more the typical APA orange than it is copper, but I won't hold that against it. The bleached bone cap picks up a hint of color from the beer beneath and has an appealing texture. Numerous small pits riddle the slowing sinking moonscape surface, as a better than average amount of lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose favors lightly spicy, mildly citric hops (Willamette, Saaz) over barely toasted malt (Capapils, Caramel). From a hophead's perspective, it's balanced for the style. More power and more personality would be great.

Copperhook Spring Ale isn't a bad little seasonal. Like the nose, the flavor profile pushes its malt almost as much as its hops. Of course neither one is blowin' the doors off the joint. I'm glad I'm drinking this at not quite four months old because I can appreciate its freshness. I have a feeling that age will be less than kind.

I would have used pale malt and less caramel malt in order to show off the hops, but then Redhook didn't ask me. Toasted grain is present throughout the mouthful, delivering a modest amount of nutty sweetness. Herbal, spicy, somewhat citric hops build like a wave and then crash onto the beach... at ankle level. Okay, maybe it's a little more bitter than that.

At first I thought the mouthfeel was too light, but it has managed to grab onto one of the lower rungs of the style ladder now that I'm into the lower half of the bottle. I'm enjoying the minor tongue tingle from the carbonation rather than being annoyed by it.

Copperhook Spring Ale is a pretty good pale ale. There are enough ingredients present, and they're arranged in a skilled enough manner, to make me glad that I took a chance on another Redhook beer. If I was the head suit at the brewery, I'd make this a year-round release rather than a seasonal.

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