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Redhook 8-4-1 Expedition - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: henrysunset on 02-09-2010

An American-Style Strong Brown Ale developed by eight Redhook brewers working in four teams of two to create one beer. The ale reflects a compilation of each team’s individual receipes that were then carefully blended into one distinct beer. 8-4-1 Expedition Ale offers complexy flavor notes, delivering malty sweetness, medium bitterness with hints of smoked flavors and oak chips balanced by the addition of honey, brown sugar and candi sugar.

55 IBU
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Should have had this a couple years ago, as the honey is probably long gone, but we'll see. From spring 2010.

pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, semi clear but darker chestnut brown color.

Nose is huge, tons of brown malt aromas, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, candied pecans and other hearty nuts, sugary sweet almost syrup, hint of minerals, and faintest hint of cherry wood smoke.

Taste starts with more toasty brown malts, even slightly creamy, sweet brown sugar galore, molasses, light toffee and caramel like, lots of fluffy soft brown malts and even light aged brown malts like an old ale taste. Toasty, with a light candy, candied pecans and again hearty nuts, with a light syrupy candy, and faint hint of toasty oak. Hints of grassy hops, and touch of minerals and salty like flavor from earthy hops and touch of smoke. Unfortunately the honey is gone aside from slight hint if honey sweetness in the middle. Finish is still fairly sweet with lots more brown sugar, soft toasty malts, and hint if smoke and chewy spicy hops lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy and fluffy, nice carb, pretty much no booze.

Overall pretty nice, just missing the honey. Great brown malts, nice sweet flavors, and even nice blend of hops. Booze is hidden well, and the aging really seemed to make it better I think.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a hazed but rich amber with a pale mocha cover. Not very thick but has good staying power, leaving some good legs of lace on the glass.

Aroma - sweet malt and pungent citrus, reminiscent of arrogant bastard. Notes of oak after setup, an interesting and inviting smelling beer.

Taste - base malts are not as sweet as I would have thought. Bitterness kicks in quickly, leaving some acrid flavors in the wake. Is that the wood or the beginning of off-flavors or infection? Is it the bitterness of the hops? So many possibilities, it's a bit hard to figure out but it's a little rough and may be a tedious glass to work with. Ends with the bitterness, dry and a little harsh, and some light abv warmth, well-hidden for 9.5%. Grows on me some as it warms and the palate adapts but there I am questioning the beer's integrity at this point, a bit of a distraction.

Mouthfeel - medium feel, crispness is lively but not off the charts, so an infection here is unlikely.

Drinkability - peculiar. Not all bad but took some getting used to. If the bitterness could be dialed down a bit I would like this more.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light fruit. Spice and fruits apparent on opening. Smells nice. Initial flavors of hops, fruit and light malt, middle spicy with fruits. Finish sharp, acrid, like quinine. The aftertaste is not good. An interesting beer with a major flaw in the finish.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rich red-brown brew. It glows bright ruby when held to the light. It holds a half finger tall tan colored head that recedes at a medium pace. The lacing left is sticky and thick. Carbonation appears average and a full, thick haze permeates the liquid. The aroma is full of caramel, sugars, and deep malts. These are the strongest components, and make the beer smell much like a traditional Scotch ale. There is an added sweetness of maraschino cherries and honey mixed with booze. These act more as highlights, rather than trying to overwhelm the malty core. On the far back there is a softness of cream, and a thick pine spice with warmth. As we sip, the flavoring opens up with sweet and sugary caramel malts. There is a flash of honey and mild wood, but the latter is more chalky and drying. To transition to the middle we have cherries and general fruit sugars, which bring us to mild candy esters at the peak. Here, too, the malts continue to sing, but they appear deeper and less sweet as in the front. The finish is distinctly of cotton candy and chalky candy corn. The booze finally comes in as black pepper, and mixes nicely with more charred malts, darkness, and sweeter wood. The aftertaste breathes of spicy booze continued from the finish, coffee metallics, and earthiness. The body is the upper limits of medium, and the carbonation is higher. There is a slight coating, but the tongue is ultimately dried. There is little slurp or snack, but the beer drinks smoothly. The abv is appropriate.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this brew was the finish of each sip. There was a beautiful balance of strange sweet flavors and dark, woody malts and char. From the aroma, however, we expected something a bit spicier and a little less sweet. Ultimately, this beer has great drinkability, and is a nice change for the style, with some darker components.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To paraphrase something overheard when this was recommended to me, ‘perhaps the best thing ever bottled by Redhook.’ Aww. And, quite possibly true. An imperial brown ale. Even I, who has written about my end of the affair with brown ales, found this one really enjoyable. Great malty aroma and a bold malt backbone that balances the hops on this. Deceptively easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it. Whatever the ABV was it was well hidden and I was able to enjoy this one thoroughly without issue and leaving that nice dry, lightly bitter finish capped it

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold 22oz bomber dated Mar 08 10. At 9.5% ABV time shouldn't have done it any harm, I hope (I should note that I only recently came into possession of this bottle from the store -- I didn't let it sit around for a year myself). Served in pint glass, beer is deep brown with a hint of red, appears very syrupy, with a thin but dense dark chestnut brown head which falls quickly. Super malty aroma.

First sip is powerfully subtle. Yes, this is wicked malty. Yes, there are the standard nutty and toasty notes you expect in a beer this color. Yes, there is or was brown sugar in there. Yes, it's a little heavy, final gravity wise. But the malt isn't cloying and the roasted barley doesn't become chalky. Hop flavors are secondary and not particular defined, just straight up alpha acid bitterness. This has about as close to zero aftertaste as you can possibly imagine. It's just that perfectly balanced.

Not only that, but there's nothing to betray the alcohol content, either.

The label makes a few additional claims which flavor-wise aren't the dominant parts of this beer:

1. Oak-aged. I'd say the 8 brewers were 100% successful using oak to mellow and enhance the flavors without adding new "smack you in the face with a plank" ones.

2. Brewed with honey. I wouldn't have guessed. My guess is the yeast fermented the adjunct entirely, drying the brew out a bit and pumping the ABV.

3. Cherry-wood smoked malts. I don't see it at all. Any smoked malt flavors are completely buried underneath roasted malt flavors for me.

In spite of all the good things I have to say about this beer, it'll never be a great beer. The high-wire balancing act is impressive, but the result is a not particularly interesting high ABV ale. Its subtleties are more bland than complex. I guess what I'm saying is, don't waste your time, because I'll finish this one for you. :)

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Redhook 8-4-1 Expedition from Redhook Ale Brewery
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