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Redhook Copperhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 Contra

New York

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 00:37:23 | More by Contra
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 23:56:29 | More by khiasmus
Photo of geexploitation


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 00:45:28 | More by geexploitation
Photo of shadow1961


3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 07:52:47 | More by shadow1961
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 12:36:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of edskirk3


3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled 01/24/07.

Copperhook pours copper with a white head. This wears away to thin whisps in a minute or two. Smells biscuity and very slightly hoppy. There's caramel in there too.

Great balance between sweetness of caramel malts and bitterness of hops. Very clean and drinkable. I could go through a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 20:44:49 | More by edskirk3
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bron bottle with a bottled on date of 2/21/07. Pours a medium copper with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Very light in aroma. A bit of caramel and honey with a hint of citrus but not much else. Not a ton of flavor here either. Very light and quickly fading caramel malts followed by a hop bitterness that also fades quickly. This beer is very light and refreshing. A great summertime beer but a poor APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 00:05:16 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Duster72


2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey copper color with a one finger head. No real aroma to speak of with some very slight sweet grains detectable. Taste is very bland with very light malts and hops. Slightly bitter. Just a really generic APA. Mouthfeel is fine but bland. Drinkability was fine. Very generic beer, pretty disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 22:36:43 | More by Duster72
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap at Al's in Syracuse.

The draft version was a little tamer than the bottled version, but that's not saying much. Where once there was a little hop, now there was not. It just comes off as a smooth amber ale to me. Call it a gateway beer maybe. It's inoffensive and and probably all-malt so it's not all bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2007 17:17:13 | More by tempest
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Clear, copper/amber color, capped with copious cream-toned foam, swift to settle.

Floral/herbal aroma, lightly fruity, nice and mellow hops...pleasing enough. Toasty.

smooth on the tongue, easy-going, nice toasted caramel malt feel, fairly clean otherwise...almost to the point of forgettable.
What's so spring about this ale? Not so sure...and what makes it different from an ESB or a regular pale ale? ...more questions, and I have no answers...sweet malt in the end dominates over hops...perhaps it's transitional nature, away form darkness and slowly into the light, makes it a spring seasonal? maybe?

Worth the $7 for the 6-pack? Maybe...but the same plus a buck could have bought me something I'd have liked a lot better...and so it goes.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:39:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of happygnome


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

a: brilliant copper color with about an inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a little lacing
s: toasted sweet malt aroma, hints of herbal hops
t: the toasted malt flavor is deffinatly more present than herbal hop flavor
m: medium bodied beer with amply carbonation

overall this is a fairly good brew, i could see this being mighty enjoyable on a hot summer day, enjoyed on tap at the Iron Range Bar and Grill in the Xcel Energy Center before a Wild game

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2007 02:14:11 | More by happygnome
Photo of HochFliegen


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

Pours a bright orange/copper color with a thin white head and little head retention. Smell is very sweet with hints of honey dew melons. Taste was sweet with malt ending ina nice hop bitterness and slightly dry. Mouthfeel was average. It wasnt watery had some body to it. A nice mellow. refreshing and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 01:46:41 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of HardTarget


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

Bottle Inspection: Bottled on date of 010207 in raised dots, and “Spring Ale”.
Minimalist, but effective.

Aroma: Full cotton candy nose, some toasted malt, and a mild floral edge.

Appearance: Bright clarity in a slightly orange amber glass. Bright white head died back quickly to a thin cover that gave up some lacing.

Flavor: Malt dominated flavor, slight edge of earthy hops. There’s a slight spice note, almost nutmeg, in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy texture.

Overall Impression: A pleasant beer. Fairly middle of the road in may respects, no obvious flaws but no exciting elements either. A solid craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 02:59:35 | More by HardTarget
Photo of darkcarrington


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

Appearance: An orangish copper color

Smell: A little bit sweet with some hops

Taste: An interesting combination of hops and sweetness, but pretty smooth.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, nice and refreshing for spring time. The combination of the hops and the sweetness was not my favorite but it was not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 18:52:43 | More by darkcarrington
Photo of Jason


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown long neck with a bottled date of 031307. Minimalist label art work, nothing too crazy which I like.

A- Copper like a shiny penny, clarity is perfect. Good head ... two fingers thick. Good retention as well.

S- Faint toasted and caramel malt with an even more faint herbal hop, clean none the less.

T&M- Smoothness is great with just enough crispness to carry the moderate body along. Decent handful of maltiness shows a toasted grain and kernel of caramel. Clean hop bitterness does its job with a light herbal note middle to end. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not half bad but, easy to drink and flavorful. Alcohol is a tad high to be a true session beer but I am not complaining being it is 35*F in the first week of April here in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 02:56:37 | More by Jason
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first new beer to appear in either of the three grocery stores in my town (the only places that sell beer) since I arrived eight months ago so it gets the benefit of the doubt by virtue of that fact alone. Color is indeed a shiny copper with thin, wet white head but excellent, kudzuesque lace that covers everything quite thoroughly. The nose is mediocre, with grainy, ineffectual malt notes and grassy, boring hops far in the backround.

Hops are a bit more assertive in the taste, although metal taints the taste on the way down and the malts are stiill nothing special. Mouthfeel is round and allows the bitterness to at least be a factor. Drinkable but not worth going far out of your way for unless you live where I do. I certainly don't love this beer but I'm glad its available without driving the 15 miles to Fuquay or the 27 to Fayetteville.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 02:23:13 | More by daliandragon
Photo of moklett

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange/copper in color (imagine that!) with not much head. Smells malty and slightly sweet. Nothing really stands out on the taste, but it is nicely balanced. No off-flavors, just malty and smooth with just enough hops. This beer is nice and refreshing, which is what spring is all about. It goes down surprisingly easy. I could easily see having 2 or 3 of these out on the porch on a nice spring evening - but alas, I only have one, and its already past dark.

I paired this with some leftover sausage and goat cheese lasagna. I'm not thrilled with the pairing, but I didn't have much of a selection this evening. However, I am taken by the notion that lasagna is always better on the second day. Fancy Italian restaurants really should offer "yesterday's lasagna" - its excellent ;)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 01:02:12 | More by moklett
Photo of argock


2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: Pleasant with nice head but nothing special
Smell: A little bit of fruit, a little bit of malt, but not much else
Taste: Lacks distinctiveness. Mostly malty with slight hop finish which is pretty dry.
Mouthfeel: Way too fizzy, but body is medium.
Drinkability: Its lack of distinctiveness makes it pretty easy to take down, and quickly. But this beer is a typical Redhook offering -- taste that doesn't have anything especially redeeming or unique about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:20:27 | More by argock
Photo of becktone


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Done on a dirty napkin in Mac's Pizza Pub.

Eye: Not very appealing. The color is good but other than that it sucks and is a big let down. I guess you can't expect to much from something that A-B has put their hands on a fucked up. Small to non-existent head that leaves no lacing and fades into nothingness. Not even a ring around the glass. This could be due to the glass but I believe its more than that. Color is good, dark gold.

Nose: Again nothing much here. If this beer was intended to be brewed as an APA then Redhook really dropped the ball. However, I believe that their intention was a red/amber ale. Looking at the hop bill for this brew it is pretty clear that that was the intention. There is no hop aroma. Instead I get a fleeting sweet malt aroma with fruity esters. Not very potent. When I could smell it it was alright but the aroma was so weak that it was hard to grab hold of.

Tongue: Again very little hop character. Flavor profile mostly comes from the fruity esters and the caramel malts. The brew is in balance but barely. There is just enough hop character to give this brew a backwards sense of balance. Malts dominate the profile, with hops only coming in to balance out the sweetness. Again tastes more like a red/amber ale. I believe that it was wrongly categorized. All in all it tastes alright.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very fizzy on the palate. In fact the highly carbonated beverage only hurts itself. It detracts from the flavor. The tongue concentrates more on the carbonation than on the flavor. The body, however, is fuller than I expected. It is somewhere between light and medium. It is easy to drink, and one could in fact drink this all night...but why? I can assure you there are much better brews out there. I wouldn't buy this brew again unless I was left with no better alternatives.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 21:13:34 | More by becktone
Photo of muffguy4beer


2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color...label doesn't lie. Thin white head.

Smell: Not much in the old nose here. Kind of disappointed. At least it didn't smell like metal.

Taste: Pretty balanced for an American Pale Ale. The hops are kind of weird but not overpowering. Pretty pleasant again nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: A pretty nondescript ale that I could probably drink a few of but nothing amazing or something which warrants a must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 12:57:45 | More by muffguy4beer
Photo of Braudog


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

Rerated 3/25/07 from a bottle ... Poured a deep golden color, maybe an orange tinge. Orange-tinged (yes I repeated myself) yeasty aroma. The yeastiness carries ... bit of orange, almost a corriander tinge, interestingly flavorful. Not bad. I could guzzle a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:14:47 | More by Braudog
Photo of clickpush


3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle pint glass. Half in white head over a copper body. Some bubbles in the body of the beer, head recedes quickly to smattering of lacings and nice halo.

Nose: Grainy, bready, spicy. Nice and fruity too. No hop presence in the aroma.

Mouth: Much like it smells, with a pleasant sweet dough flavor up front (rye?). Dry finish with touch of alcohol warmth in the exhale. Slight hop presence. Solid mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 07:14:00 | More by clickpush
Photo of budgood1


2.08/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out a slightly hazy copper colour. very thin fine head and very little lace. barely there aroma of toffee laden malts. lacking in the taste department for sure...some sweet malts that have a caramel and brown sugar flavour...sort of. lightly hopped, some ghostly bitterness abounds. no alcohol detected for a 5.7% ABV. after a few more sips, not much of ANYTHING to detect in this spring ale. mouthfeel is thin and the body of this brew is lacking...but i suppose about right for what this ale is aiming for. drinkability suffers because this is a boring, bland and overall uninspired concoction. i hope i at least catch a buzz as i work through this six pack and fire up my weber grill for the first time this spring.

skip this one if you're curious. not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 21:28:25 | More by budgood1
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp light orange with a great frothy head that was lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was of some caramel malts and earthy hops. The taste was dominated by earthy rustic hops with a great caramel malt backbone right behind. There was low carbonation and the beer was medium bodied with a slight alcohol bite. This would make a decent session beer for spring.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 14:12:08 | More by atsprings
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear with a thin head that quickly fizzes down to a thin cap.

Very light toasty malts with only a hint of hops.

Grainy malts with a cracker like flavor lead off to a little bit of a caramel flavor. Not much hop flavor at all. Light bodied with good carbonation. The finish has some light grain.

This one is labeled as an American Pale Ale, but it seems more similar to an American Amber/Red Ale. Under either category, the amount of flavor is pretty low. A bland overall beer, skip it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 06:44:19 | More by BeerSox
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