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Redhook Treblehook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-21-2007

Treblehook is vigorously hopped and patiently aged with aromatic malt and spicy hop notes. Smooth and complex, this beer is carefully brewed by hand with sublte caramel, toffee and chocolate notes.

52 IBU
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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$7.99 / ea.

Brewed: SEP 08 2009
Tasted: OCT 25 2009

S: Orange, citrus hops. A little heavy on the ops but pretty good overall.

A: Dark amber to red body. Clear. Pours with a thick tight 1 1/2 finger head creating nice cover and lacing.

T: Malt, with lingering hops on the back end. Not particularily sweet. More like an IPA.

M: Light carbonation and medium body. Smooth. Could use a thicker body.

D: Very drinkable beer. The -OH will creap up on you but I could drink this all night.

O: Good beer, but not really a barley wine in my mind.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is very perfumy and floral with some pine resin and citric fruit. Some dark sweetness lends candy aromas making Treblehook smell like a decadent hop candy. Smells wonderful.

Pours clear dark caramel with small head. Looks good.

Impressive body - thick with nice alcoholic edge. Flavor reflects the hop stylings of the nose with some malt grounding. Bit of tartness up front. Some of that candy-like sweetness shines through. Malt flavor is restrained. Softly fruity with notes of apple and like-fruit. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with lots of hop and slight alcohol. Tastes good. Feels quite good. Good drinkability.

A hop-driven BW, it could easily pass for an IIPA.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 8, 2009.
ABV: 10.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a decent rate and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell right off the bat is rather hoppy, kinda surprising and quite welcoming for a barleywine, soon it melds with a malty fruity aroma with hints of citrus.

Taste is a mash of flavors ranging from hoppy to malty to sweet to bitter with everything in between, while it may have an identity crisis at the moment (once it has aged a bit, the hops will probably fade and it'll be more typical) I think it actually helps this beer.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pine and tropical fruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. The hops stay strong even as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors segue into large hop flavors almost immediately. The malt flavors aren't quite as clean as I would like but I'm just nitpicking. The hops stay on the palate well after the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth and almost syrupy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say that I'm very impressed with this offering from Redhook. I went into it based on recommendations and wasn't disappointed. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 22oz bottle into a pint glass. It has nice brown hue and is very clear. There is a small tan head that dissipated quickly in my glass (the other half of the bottle was poured into my wife's glass, and that pour had much better head retention). The aroma has a floral hoppy scent. There are also traces of sweetness and something akin to bourbon. The flavor is the beer is dominated by a strong hoppy character. It is both floral and slightly bitter, with the bitterness getting stronger as the beer sits in your mouth. It lingers on after you swallow. I can also taste some of the alcohol; with this beer, you know you're drinking a barleywine. The body is a bit fuller than average with low carbonation. The bitterness of the hop oils really coats my mouth and leaves it tingling. I don't like this sensation all that much. This isn't a beer would drink all night. In fact, I'm glad I split the bottle with my wife. Still, I do enjoy this beer and will cellar a bottle for a year to see how it ages.

Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange-y red, big off-white foam head that died quickly.

Smells like pine, some grass and floral notes, and a surprisingly sweet citrus aroma. Almost like tangerines/oranges gone overripe. Interesting. If I can smell "sweet" in an aroma this hopped, I expect I'm going to get a sugar bomb.

And a sugar bomb is what this is. Sweet, brown sugar-y caramel dappled with mandarin oranges, tangerines, white grapefruit, and a weird, definitely too sweet ... melon? ... flavor. There's some balancing pine and bitterness to it, but it's sweet, and that weird overripe aftertaste gets a bit distracting after a while.

Pretty good brew. For a barleywine of this heft, pretty decent price also. I'm kind of torn. On the one hand, it's a very solid effort that has a lot of big time flavors/aromas going on. Plus, a very nice sticky mouthfeel. On the other, there are some distracting nuances to it.

Interesting. I think I'll age one and see what happens to it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I'm glad that Redhook released this again, as I missed it before, and I think it's one of the best beers in their Limited Release series so far.

The paper label is laser dated "SEP 08 09" so it's fresh, but I also think this would lay down for at least a year. It will probably not improve with age as it's already very soft and round, and it would lose some of its bright hoppiness, but it would at least hold up. If you want to age it though, the sweet spot is probably around 4 months.

For those of you that don't fish, a treble hook is one that has three points on it. Thus the name... it's bigger and stronger, and it will get you and hold you if you go after it! Onward...

Clear body. As you pour it it looks almost brass in color, but once in the glass it's a deep orange-red copper. Nice head of creamy off-white. Very good head retention. Very good lacing.

The aroma is bright and lively with resinous, gently piney and grassy hop notes and yeasty fruit.

In the mouth it's medium-full and dextrinous. A soft carbonation leaves it pillowy soft.

The flavor combines gently sweet, golden-caramel-accented and lightly bready and honeyish malts with softly piney, grassy, and gently citrusy and fruity hops. A solid bitterness balances it from beneath, and it finishes spicy and lively, but also gently sugary smooth. It lingers nicely, suggesting ginger, clove, tangerine, pine, grass, and apple. The alcohol is clearly present but it's not too hot, and it melds well with the overall character.

Overall, it's almost more of a double IPA than a barleywine in my opinion, but it does have just enough maltiness to pull it into the latter category. And the strength is there! Regardless, it's bright and fresh and interesting. It's unique, and certainly worth trying.

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the most current release.

Pours a deep clear copper with a big creamy off-white head that settles in as a cap and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with lots of citrus in the nose, especially grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The caramel malts are there, but definitely not coming through too much.

The taste has the citrus hops up front but there is a bigger toasted bready and caramel malt backbone than the aroma indicated. There is a grassy, and slightly herbal, hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. The taste is very good but seems a little watered down.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a solid carbonation and sticky with hops. The body is a little thin but not enough to take away from things too much.

This is a very good beer from Redhook and probably the best thing I've had from them. It's a drinkable barleywine with a prominant hop profile that will probably be better a year from now.

Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Limited Release bottled: Sep 08 09. Pours into a snifter a deep coppery-red with a finger of beige foam that settles pretty quickly, leaving a ring and decent lace behind.

The first thing that greets the nose is piney hops and plenty of them. As it warms the hops turn more citric and fruity with some notes of caramel and a bit of alcohol.

The taste initially is hop driven with pine and citus that is very floral as well. About half way through the malts start shining and the hops back off a bit and the whole brew balances out nicely. Not too much sweet, nor too much bitter, but an evenly balanced brew with the alcohol well hidden for a ten percenter. The taste actually reminds me of fresh Old Guardian with a tad less hoppiness. This stuff should age well.

Fairly full bodied and thirst quenching clean, this is a solid drinking B-wine that's very enjoyable now and will probably improve with some age.

Photo of BeerSox
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Cloudy, nearly opaque, deep red-tinted mahogany hue with a dense light tan head that slowly settles to a thick, rounded cap, leaving behind absolutely solid lacing. As the beer moves down the glass the solid lacing continues.

Extremely sharp hops, giving off citrusy grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. The malts add a slightly toasty aroma, along with a little bit of sugary plum.

Lots of pineapple in the flavor, along with a little bit of lemon citrus. The malts are a little more tame in the flavor, giving a touch of dark fruit. Full bodied.

A rather enjoyable barleywine, love the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Recommended.

Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their Limited Release series bomber, poured into a chalice. Bottled Sept 8, 09, just a month before. It pours a nice copper color with a very white, though thin, head. The nose is sweet, fruity, with a lot of resinous hops wafting off of it. The initial sweet malt gives way quickly to a very bitter, citrus and pine resin hop flavor. As it develops, it's not as drying as I expected. The back-end allows a pleasant flowery fruitiness to develop, with a warming finish.

The strength is given as 10.1%, but there's no hint of alcohol in the flavor. The body is not exactly light, but given the strength, it is not nearly as heavy as one would expect, resembling some Belgians, though the hops shows it's definitely an American beer.

Very well-crafted!

Photo of mudbug
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is the same beer, bottle is labeled as Treblehook Limited Release dated 09 08 09.
Wonderful crystal ruby/black pour with a small head that dissipates pretty quick, Lots of piney hops and caramel sweetness in the smell.
Taste is hops bitterness with malty sugar, syrupy smooth and warm with the alcohol. Verrry nice B.W.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance is dark brown with a one finger dark beige head. Very little retention. The nose is big piney hops, licorice notes from the malt, and some noticeable booze. The taste is just as big. Pine notes hit upfront. They are followed by licorice and caramel notes from the malt. Some dark fuirt sweetness also appears. The finish is spicy and piney from the hops. Good balance overall. Mouthfeel is oily and dry. Medium to full bodied. Drinkability is low for this beer because of the high ABV and noticeable booze. One bottle of this is enough for me.

Overall, a nice barleywine with with big flavors and good balance. I was impressed with this offering from Redhook.

Photo of Norica
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to get at this sucker since I stumbled upon it a while back in Portsmouth and actually went back and bought a few more 4-packs which my impatient ass couldn't hold on to and cellar, one of the best bw I've had and one of the most surprising beers I've drank in the last few years. This year's version is a 22oz bomber which I bought for 7.99. It pours dark amber with a head that doesn't stick around too long. This beer's balance of hops and malts is its strength and very little alcohol burn is picked up on the tongue. Aroma to me is of dried fruits, figs? and it is drinkability is off the charts for 10%. Looking for a beer to have next to the fire in New England this winter...look no further. There's a reason this beer is a medal winner and in IMO very underrated on this site. Here's hoping I can cellar a few this time around.

Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-red with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, some caramel, a touch of spice, and a little pine in the back.

taste is smooth, nuts, some caramel, malt, and a little spice, ends dry and a touch of bitterness.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Peekskill Brewery Birthday Celebration. Surprised to see it here!

Color: Dark amber brown, nice thick, earthy head as well. Nice looking!

Aroma: Sweet malts, and seems to be dominated by hop aroma. I doubt this barelywine was very old, so this is not surprising. Sugary dark fruits as well, grape plum and prunes come through. Smells good.

Taste: Smooth and malt sweetness upfront. Some brown sugars, with the aformentioned fruits making a nice entrance. Hops to finish, bursting with pine flavor. Not too bitter and finish is of sweet malt. I bet this would age very nicely. Nice warming feeling, especially after a few sips, but the high ABV is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth, high leaning carbonation and long finish make it great. A tad oily and on the ligher side of medium however.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Perhaps a little too much alcohol upfront, should mellow out with time. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Would have again for sure.

Photo of MisterSH
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend owed me a bomber to complete a trade. I picked this out, as I was curious to try it but never having been overly impressed with redhook, I probably wouldn't have gone out and bought it on my own.

My bottle is vintage fall 09, so it's quite fresh (young) indeed, although the text on the bottle makes sure to specify that the beer has been "patiently aged". Bottling date stamped as 9/08/09, followed by 10:24 WA . I am assuming this means the beer came from the Washington brewery, which is rather interesting considering it came from a store in Portsmouth.

Pours a deep reddish amber, with a half-finger or so head. Head dissapates fairly quickly but leaves an intriguing, unbroken ring of lace around the glass. The brew is nice and clear, no chill haze evident although I poured it on the cold side, I can see a slow march of bubbles rising up in my tulip through the red liquid.

Aroma is grapefruity hop up front, with distinct notes of cherry, vanilla, and alcohol.

This is a creamy beer. As it hits my palate for the first time I am aware of a subtly bready, fruity, , slightly roasty malt note, with a distinct hop bitterness and a noticeable, spirit-like alcohol presence. More drinking brings the hops center stage, with a strong, lingering hop bitterness that becomes more prominent as I go. Contained within are bits of dark fruit, berries, vanilla, and certainly warming alcohol. The maltiness in this beer is quite full bodied and sweet, complimented by the alcohol but rapidly overwhelmed by strongly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel, like I said, is quite creamy, with fairly low carbonation, quite viscous.

I am enjoying this beer quite a bit as I work my way through this bottle. I am drinking it faster than I had planned, at 10.1% the alcohol is not particularly well hidden, but not very harsh or difficult to handle at all, making this brew surprisingly drinkable even at this young age. The hops are unabashedly prominent, regardless this is interesting and enjoyable drink that I did not expect from redhook. I'll most definitely cellar a few of these for a while and see how they fare, I could imagine this being quite excellent after mellowing out a little bit.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours hazy copper to gold with off white head. The aroma has a mild mix of pine hops and dark fruitiness to go along with milder notes of malts and alcohol chemical heat. The taste is bold and nearly harsh with pine hop resiny bitterness moving into modest levels of dark fruity esters. By midway it maintains mostly pine hop bitterness only tempered by mild malt sweetness. Nice American style barleywine.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to joepais for sending me this as an extra in Growling at the Moon. A 12 ounce bottle; 2007 vintage. Poured into my Imperial pint glass and allowed to warm for about 15 minutes. Appears full of suspended particulates, hazy, and rich apricot in color with about a finger of lingering cream colored foam. The head leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of candy apples, highly floral hops, pine, brown sugar, molasses, nectarines, apricots, honey coated pears, and a touch of bitter citrus such as white grapefruit towards the end. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Cheers to the guys up in NH, well done! I enjoyed this along with a few wheels of red waxed Babybel's semi-soft cheese. The cheese worked well and really helped to keep the sweetness of the Treblehook in check.

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is aged about a year. Orangey copper with a low head of beige foam that leaves sticky fingers reaching up the sides of the glass as it recedes. Some sediment is suspended.

Aroma of ripe pear, honey, cinnamon and spruce.

Rich flavor of honey, apricot, brown sugar, some toffee and grapefruit pith. Good balance of malt sweetness and juicy hops. Finishes a bit piney, ABV is noticeable but doesn't detract.

Mouthfeel is just a little slick, but full, finishes creamy with a slight warming of the cheeks. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, this one's a treat.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received as an incredibly cool extra from DIM... Treblehook has been on my wants since I first heard about it.. Very cool.. Thanks Dan... Tonight it's poured into my Chimay goblet.

An aggressive pour revealed only a slight and short lasting 1/4" head.. only touches of lace as the brew leaves the glass.. the beer itself is a perfectly clear deep orange red..

The nose is sorta muted hoppiness with quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts.. hops are there, but lite with a piney/citric element..

Flavor is much more abundant then the aroma.. bracing bitterness balanced by a great malty quality that is chock full of caramel and bready malts .. not alot of yeasty esters, fairly clean in this mode.. a little bit of golden raisin.. grapefruit zest hops are present for sure.. sorta oily... reminds me of Old Boardhead with a year or two on it.. that makes sense, because the OB is a hop monster out of the gate.

The body is nice and firm with a little too much burpy carbonation for my liking.. still it tastes great.. I bet this was a hoppy beast when it first came out.. now.. the hops are still very present and make it a pretty well balanced BW... I think a little bit more age may help .. but I wanted to try this one as soon as I opened Dan's box and sample it as fresh as possible.. Drinkability is sorta high for me just because I want another sip and try and analyze it.. I like it for sure.

Huge thanks Dan... I hope you like your box. :-)

Edit: Looking at other reviews, I honestly expected more love on this one... It really is pretty fine.


Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trade with New Hampshire, one of the non-breakingbottles sent to NYC. 2007 edition. Pours medium amber with a bit of foam and minimal head. Good malty barley aroma, though sweet. Medium mouthfeel, nice barleywine not at peak and not young either. Quite drinkable. Bit sugary sweet aftertaste.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a moderate head that drops to a big bubbled film and litters a few dots of lace around

Smell: Rich caramel malt with undertones of pine

Taste: Opens with a caramel base upon which the piney hops start to make an appearance; by mid-palate, the citrus joins the fray to provide a nicely balanced profile; after the swallow, the bitter flavors linger but once again are dominated by the brown sugary malt

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A solid, if not somewhat above average, barleywine

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I expected nothing and was greeted with...

Deep copper tea color with a half finger head of off white foam that melted quickly to just a surface bubbling. However, a bit of nice lace is left in it's wake.

Aroma is very, very 'barleywine'...a bit of sweet amber malts get over-run by some sweet, citrus hops...very fresh smelling.

Taste is a rewarding balance reminiscent of BigFoot....sweet amber malts and lots and lots of wonderful citrus peel hops...both orange peel and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and smooth. Nice light alcohol burn as you swallow and between sips. Lingering balance of the sweetness of malts and bitterness of the hops.


Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra from YonderWanderer (I think) so thanks go out to you..

2007 Vintage poured into a Duvel tulip.

Very lively clear whiskey-like appearance. A vigorous pour produces a fairly small off white head...

Aroma is a nice combination of pungent citrusy hops and a sweet toffee like maltiness... I can smell just a tinge of booze as well.. There's a brown sugar quality to this as well..

At first, this was very malt dominated and I thought it might have even been a little oxidized. Soon enough, after it warmed a little, those citrusy hops became quite pungent and this almost reminded me of a DIPA. The beer then changed again as it finally got closer to room temperature and the brown sugar and sweetness of the malts came through again...

I was actually a little surprised at how good this was. This was a damn good little barleywine.

Redhook Treblehook from Redhook Ale Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.