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Redhook Treblehook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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196 Ratings

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 150
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what looks like a Bottled On Date of 8310. Regardless, it says 2010 on the label. Lots of lacing. Pours a somewhat murky brown color with very little head. Aroma is boozey with some malts and some sweet brown sugar. Taste is booze, brown sugar and malts. A bit thin for a barleywine. Sweet, boozey finish. Malty. I had this fresh on tap at the brewery and time has mellowed the alchool burn a bit. Still, pretty solid barleywine. Overall, worth having again.

Photo of mikechance
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: My beer is a bottle of 2009 that has been stored in a wine cooler for the past few years.

A - cloudy, hazy --- ugly mud color

S - Malty, yeasty and prunes

T - whiskey, malty, dark fruits

M - light bodied and light carbonation

O - This is one of the poorer tasting barley wines I have ever had. The aging seemed to weaking it and leave it tasting off --- almost spoiled.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear orange with a decent cream head that leaves a little sticky lace.

Pine, malt, some sour/tart stone fruit, like a bruised peach or apple skin in the nose.

Nice depth of flavor here. Malt is complex, and turns from sweet to sour to bitter. Toasted flavors akin to over-brown bread crust, then apple skin, some cider-like tendencies, leading to bitterness and warming alcohol. Nice drinkable version of the style. Bitterness is long and clean, but a bit non-descript (meaning, I smell pine, I just get aspirin in the bitter). Bitching about the little things aside, I dug this.

Full bodied. A slight tingle on the tongue.

I don't drink too many barleywines, mostly because the bombers destroy me. This 12 oz-er is just right. Flavor is complex but balanced, and the alcohol is well hidden, but rears its head just enough. I must admit that I am surprised -- and very very pleased that this came from Red Hook. Nice job.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured for me at the ACBF 2010. They had just tapped a keg of a 2007 Vintage of this brew. So I got my sample and looked it over. The look of the beer was a deep brownish color. with a pretty good head on it. The lacing was sticky and left some foam on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little earthy with some boozy malt and what I think is some rather impressive hops. The taste of the beer has a good hoppiness to ti for being a few years old. The other spices were of malts and some alcohol heat in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, medium to heavy body with some good carbonation. Overall not a bad barely wine. Glad I got to try this one.

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

Not much of a head. What's there doesn't remain very long. The liquid is cloudy with an orange-dark amber color. Light spotty lace.

Sweet, molasses-like aroma. I note a smell I find similar to oranges. Reminds me of a dessert beer.

The taste mimics the smell. Rich bodied with a distinctive strong alcohol kick. There's also a good contribution of hop bitterness, although this beeris far more sweet than any other taste. The aftertaste is well-balanced--strong alcohol, mild hop and a nearly maple syrup flavor. The best indirect taste is an orange citrus flavor.

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

A- a nice light brown color.
S- very fruity smell. Actually smells like wine to me.
T- Fruit taste- wine/apple blend that settles very well after a few seconds. Excellent
M- Very hoppy and tingly. Makes my mouth dance.
O- If I had to go with a session barleywine ale...this would be it. I envisioned a 10.1% beer would taste ghastly, but this is far from the case with this brew.

Photo of HaysAmerica
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 650ml bottle in to a typical pint glass. The bottling date reads Sep 08 09. Pours a muddy brown/amber color. More of a light muddy brown w/ off white head and not so much lacing.

The nose is more of caramel & some booze but that is barely even perceived. Very faded hops in the background of this one. The taste is, well, bad. I do not like this take on the style at all. It tastes like a Sugar Daddy mixed w/ a Tootsie Roll & mixed w/ some dried fruit. The label says it was patiently aged (who knows if it was), w/ aromatic malt & spicy hop notes. I get the complex malt. But the spicy hops?? No. The mouthfeel is sticky. Not dry sticky but more like syrup. I've had several barley wines but not one w/ two years on it. That said, I much preferred them to this. This one is just off the mark for me. I'd like to have tasted more of the spicy hops but this was just a very sweet malt bomb. 'Nuff said.

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


2010 bomber share by Paul, thanks. Snifter.

A: Color appears reddish orange with a small off white head.

S: Light cardboard oxidation with notes of caramel and faint alcohol. Earthy and slightly piney hops.

T: Boozy caramel with an upper moderate bitterness and a good bit of cardboard oxidation though not offensive. Pretty boozy overall. Finishes bitter and alcoholic with lingering caramel.

M: Medium body upper-low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with some late warming.

Overall: A respectable American Barleywine.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treblehook pours a hazy copper color into the glass with a small, off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass. I poured the entire contents of the bottle into the glass which resulted in particles suspended in the glass.

The aroma is malty and nutty with some pine notes mixed in.

Each sip of this full boded beer is chewy on the palate, lightly carbonated with a mild alcohol burn at the end. The flavor is sweet caramel malt to start, followed by nuts, and tropical fruit notes. It finishes piney and moderately bitter. Once gone the tropical fruit flavors and piney hops linger on the palate.

For 10% abv this is a rater drinkable barleywine. Fairly well balanced and full of flavor. Some time in a cellar should mellow out the heat from the alcohol.

Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2010 release, bottled 083 10 on the bottle...so about 1 yr old) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazed, dirty river water brown with touches of amber. A thin finger of creamy tan head lasts for maybe a minute and falls to a foamy collar and intermittent surface layer. A feeble try at lacing is made with marginal results.

S - Buttery, toffee, caramel, a touch of booze (very minor), raw cookie dough, vanilla light grassy hops, brown sugar and some molasses.

T - Smell was quite nice...flavor lags just a bit - sugary sweet, brown sugar, a bit of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Really get a strong raw cookie dough impression. I'm thinking the tubes of Pillsbury dough - for some reason that is just what pops into my mind. Marginal alcohol flavor and a hint of a tingly warmth.

M - Medium full bodied with a stronger than typical, but still mid-level carbonation. Sweet overall with rich, candy-like sweetness in combination - Kraft caramels and Pillsbury cookie dough - like being a kid again.

O - Definitely a very good dessert beer. This would go well with a creme brulee or flan, or just by itself. This is a pretty tasty malt forward barleywine. I picked this up off the shelf as a flyer and a vague recollection of hearing good things about it. I'm not at all disappointed that I grabbed this - thinking I'll go back for more and be looking for this again next time its in season.

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. 033-10. Sampled on April 27, 2011. I did like the cloudy copper-amber pour. There are plenty of malts in the aroma along with a vibrant floral hoppy character. But there is also something very berry-like in the scent. The body comes up full. The taste has a floral hoppy richness with a nice dose of caramel malts on the back end. It did not come across as boozy as most of the Barleywines I have had.

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

I had the first sip of draft Treblehook on the West Coast...

A: Poured red/orange color with a small head.
S: Nose is malty with dried fruits and faded hops
T: Taste dried fruit, mildly spicy aroma, with some sweet malt also. ABV was well hidden. Faded hops and caramel, toffee, sticky sweet.
M: Medium to bog body, sweet, sticky and so delicous
O: Good barleywine indeed and surprise by Red Hook. Wow. What a surprise by RedHook. Great Bwine indeed.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not a Barley Wine fan, so do not expect to read a good review from me...that doesn't mean that this beer is not good....it is just not good to me. The color was cloudy amber with thin head. The smell was of alcohol and apples. The apples helps to mask the booze but for only so long until the booze kicks in. The mouthfeel was not great for me and I would not choose to drink this beer.

Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept 2009. Color was a dark orange, akin to fall leaves. Head was thin, half a finger of a light brown head that clung well, but lasted maybe a minute until only a thin rim was left. Very thin streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma started as slightly sweet, hints of dried/candied fruits, but had notes of oatmeal, and a tad of alcohol. Flavor was a bit complex. Initially was just like a good barleywine, slightly sweet, but not overly so. But it then took a sudden about face and became a tad astringent. Definitely mellowed over time, and became much more balanced. Needs some time to breath. Once it mellowed out there were almost hints of chocolate with some bread underneath the sweetness. Felt ok in the mouth, a tad to sticky for what I would expect. Overall a decent offering, just make sure to let it rest some.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 2009

A: copper color with great rocky, creamy head, incredible lacing
S: traditional BW, good malt with hops, not OTT with hops which makes it more a English style
T: traditional, nothing out of the ordinary but well-made, good balance and tasty, probably not one for extended aging <5 years but not a drawback
M: creamy, malty, well-balanced with more of a malt backbone for body and creaminess
O: good beer

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

My bottle is a little different. The bottle states this is a limited release in the fall? Anyway, this is an older bottle brewed way back in September of '09.

Pours a copper brown with a thin fizzy head. The nose is dominated by malt. There is also a bunch of citrus there too. Also a slightly fruity aroma as well. Just a hint of floral hops there too.

Taste is pretty much as the aroma. All those are there. It's sticky sweet on the lips and tongue. However, it has a nice bitter bite to take away some of that. Alcohol is definitely noticeable... very warming as it goes down.

Overall not a bad beer. This bottle did have some age on it, so my scores are a little average. But worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classy bottle design (different than the one currently shown). Bottled September 8, 2009, so it's got a bit of age on it, although considering the style, it should hold up. And for less than 5 bucks a bomber, I found it difficult to not buy 4 or 5 bottles.

The pour seems to indicate this beer is still vibrant, having a foamy, thick off-white head, creamy and tight, leaving tiny spots and slashes of lace. Color is a burnt sunset red/orange thing, clarity is jeweled like a piece of hard candy. Very nice.

Upon first pouring, the aroma is impressive, with vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and alcohol all mingled together. After it sits just a few minutes, the alcohol comes on too strong, paired with a sweet character that veers into the area of musty/damp/old. Interesting, to say the least.

Tastes pretty much like the aroma says it will. Dark fruit (grape, raisin, black cherry) comes in even further, accenting that musty/damp vibe I get in the smell. Toasty in its maltiness, the alcohol is present and somewhat spiky but never too out of whack, while it seems the hops have lessened considerably over time, being just a flash of pithy citrus in the mix. There's a sharp spiciness in the finish, which mingles with the alcohol. Strong vanilla notes, some burnt flavor in the finish, with some maple syrup behind all that.

Feels round and slick and soft, carbonated is very much on the lower side but manages to provide a mild tingle. A bit of stickiness too.

This is good, but I sure would like to have tasted it a bit fresher. It's not totally coming together for me, but is far from the kind of mess a bad barleywine can be. I guess it's just about what I'd expect from a brewery like Redhook brewing a beer like this. Glad I got a few bottles so damn cheap!

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy brownish amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that low retention but decent lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, sweet and malty with a noticeable alcohol scent. On the tongue the beer was also sticky and sweet, with an alcohol burn and a tickle of hops on the finish.

The body was average for the style, full, sticky and sweet. Drinkability was decent for a 10+% brew. Overall, worth trying but nothing special.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 28 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle, bottle dated 3 March 2010

Warmed to about 55-60ºF, poured softly, 1-finger head reduces to about nothing, lacing is good, color is clear amber-copper. Aroma is light, but of rich malts. Not noticing too many spices in play. I would have expected this to be much more rich in flavor and aroma at this temperature. Taste is very simple. I only taste malts (no hops), and only a bit of alcohol. The malts can be described sweet like cookies or biscuits.

Although there are not nearly as many flavors in this beer that I would expect from a barleywine, this is a very smooth drinking barleywine. Although new, the alcohol is quite silent. Good job, Redhook.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 series 12oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Pours dark golden-red, ruby dark red when held to the light. Half inch head that dissipates quickly. Decent rings of lacing.

S: Sweet candy apple, bright citrus hop, cherries, toasted biscuits and sweet breads.

T: Very sweet caramel malt, tastes like a candied apple. I get a lot of cherries, toasted biscuits and breads, a decent amount of citrus hops, and a lot of heat. Finishes very dry and hot, sweet with a little hop bitterness. I would have liked a little less cherry and more complexity.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. Chewy, very dry and hot.

D: Not the biggest fan of the cherry dominated flavor and the high heat, but did drink it pretty quickly without a problem, so it can't be bad. I'd say it drinks like you're average Barleywine, maybe a little harder due to the heat.

Photo of cbutova
2.04/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2010 version.

A- Dark red with a white cap that has decent retention. A creamy pillow and ring leaves a nice coat of lace, probably the best thing about this beer.

S- Dark alcoholic fruit and deep caramel malt up front. I get a note that reminds me of salt and vinegar chips. Some bread notes.

T- Not sure what went wrong here. This somehow tastes to me like a mixture of salt and vinegar chips and dark fruit as well as grapes/apples. Alcohol comes through and does not help. Kind of has a flavored vodka feel mixed with bread or something. It starts out actually decent but the finish drains any positive quality out of this. Soapy notes later on.

MF- Light end creamy body silky carbonation. I swear there is an acidic thing going on here. A bit of warmth. Way too thin.

DB- Each sip brings a hard grimmace on my face. I hate wasting beer but this thing might have to go down the drain. I love salt and vinegar chips but not mixed with bread, apples and grape vodka. I hate to be harsh but this was hard to drink.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sept 08 2009. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle from my cellar. I was surprised to see that I never reviewed this beer.

Pours a crystal clear brown amber with thin quickly receding head. Nose is truly of a wine made from barley! Caramel, some leafy hops are still there and some dried fruits. Palate is still lively and has some prickle from the alcohol (10%). Lots of caramelized sugar - almost burnt sugar really - some darkly tanned leather, bitter herbal hop notes. There's quite a bit of sugar in here, but the hops are still active rounding things out.

My plan is to let these go for about 5 years and hope that it all falls together in harmony. It's a little chaotic still.

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