Redhook Winterhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU

Added by Todd on 10-08-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
943
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
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Photo of avylover
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out deep clear mahogany color with a bumpy white head. Aroma is filled with cascade like hops, along with a slight caramel maltiness. Taste is a bit bland for a winter ale. Starts off with some decent floral hoppy notes. There is some malt in there somewhere too, but it never really pokes out too much - more in the mouthfeel than the taste. Finishes with some spicyness that turns into a slightly bitter yet bland cardboardy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good & full, it's too bad the taste does not really match it. Pretty drinkable stuff. Decent beer. Just decent.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty auburn with a cream colored small head, strong lacing. Aroma is a large lump of leafy late hops, big caramel malt and cherries. Taste is a little pine-solish with some metallic notes that I get from many mass-produced beers(saaz?tettnang?) Rather dry. Boring yeast. Fine carbonation level, but what is there seems kinda harsh. Finish isn't very good, just graininess, pinesol, and cheezy hops. I am guessing that there was dry-hopping that didn't mesh well.

Starts off great. Change the yeast and get rid of the harsh finish and it would be a really good beer. As it is, it is unpolished. My guess is that they were going after a more marketable SNCA and just missed the mark by a bit.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

---WARNING: I am not a hophead.---

Looks good but smells wretched. The taste and smell are too hoppy and in the wrong way. Other beers taste and smell even hoppier but are much more tolerable. Something went wrong with this one. The taste was not as bad as the smell and seemed kind of average at first. As I kept drinking, however, the taste became worse. This beer needs more balance or different hops. I'm sure many people love it, but I certainly do not. I mustered up some courage and finished the glass, never to return again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RedHook WinterHook Ale- Mugsys bar Rte 70 ( Toms River/ Bricktown)

Appearance- A nice dark red with a thick white head
Smell- bitter hops with a citrus and floral
Taste- bitter. Citrus and floral hops. good!
Mouthfeel- sharp bitterness. Nice little aftertaste. No bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a good Ale that I enjoyed but Sierra Nevada would be a sufficiant replacement and slighty more enjoyable!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Metallic red-brown body, similar to dried blood, and though I realize that might not seem appetizing, it is attractive in this case. A tight foamy tan head rises, then falls back, leaving thick lacing and rings. Strong biscuit aromas vie with some earthy herbal hops. Taste begins with a caramely malt base, which gives way to a rising roof-of-the-mouth hop tingle. Clean finish. A tad thin in mouthfeel. A smooth, easy-to-drink beer. This is not a "fireplace sipper", not one of the big "top off the night" beers of the season. It is greatly suitable for the earlier parts of the winter day, from lunch thru dinner with stops in between. A pleasant find after the disappointment of this summer's Redhook Rye.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost copper in color with a frothy head and a nice lace effect. The smell is frity, kind of citrusy, Very aromatic hops were used in the making of this beer. I also get a fruity taste. Very hoppy and malted nicely. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of John1985
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale has a brown appearance with a good hoppy aroma. Body is pretty thin and hops dominate the flavor with flashes of toasted malt. Overall impression is that this is a pretty good effort and is certainly not boring but this is nothing I lay awake at night thinking about.

Several years ago this ale was much richer and full bodied.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weak thin, undermalted and overhopped come to mind with this beer. Besides that it's pretty good.

Seriously, this is the worst winter ale I've had this year for all the reasons I've stated above. I usually give a more detailed review but this beer is just not worthy.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts out quite promising, pouring a dark copper, with a substantial foamy head. Smells pretty nice, also. Unfortunately, rather thin and mild (particularly for the style). Some hop bitterness, and nothing negative about the flavor. Just too "small" for a seasonal. Would be a decent IPA.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue with a thin ring of a head, some fresh winter spices and roasted malts on the nose make for an inviting beverage. A bit thin up front, but quite tasty, roasted malts, winter spices, some orange peel and lemon notes. As she warms, some of the hop flavorings become more noticeable. Delicate and smooth, a strong old-ale, probably not, but one of the under-rated and widely available winter beverages, a great offering and a superb winter session brew.

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Photo of proc
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a brownish, amber in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of malt and bread dough. Taste is that of light caramel, slight fruit and a nice dose of hops. Is this a winter beer or a Pale Ale? Even IPA-ish.

A good offering from Redhook. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz.amber bottle. Born on date of 9/25/03.

Poured a deep amber in color. Shafts of ruby-red light can be seen when held up to the light. Excellent lacing of the glass with a tannish-colored head. Aromas are a mixture of grassy hops and some sweet malt. Flavors are hoppy up front and finishes with a caramel sweetness combined with a bit of a metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy smooth and medium-bodied. Drinkability is average, with the metallic flavor costing points in this category.

Notes: Not too much in this one to make me think of this as a winter brew. It's probably the best Redhook beer I've had, but it's more of a regular amber beer than a winter brew. Not one that I'd rush out to buy each year to see how it's changed.

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Photo of scottum
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red amber with a big llasting acey off-white head. Sweet on the malts and light on the hops. The balance is spot on. Mouthfeel is very smooth. The strength barely shows through. Certainly amoung the better beers by Redhook. Not over the top in flavor, but very eaasy to drink.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in probably 4 years or so and I am looking forward to it. Reddish brown in color with a small creamy white head. The smell is wonderful. Hops, berries and malt, I love it. I must say the flavor is well balanced. Hops and berries go back and forth. Carbonation is low, just how I like this style. Aftertaste is a bit dry with more hops coming through.

Very different from what I remember but very good.

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Photo of mschofield
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a 2 finger rocky tan head. Laces well in complete rings.
Piney hop and herb-like aroma.
Pine and citrus (grapefruit) nearly dominate the taste, but they are almost balanced by the caramel from the malt. A little fruitiness buried deep in there.
Pleasant and easy to drink, medium bodied.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ales winter seasonal had a dark maroon color and a bubbly one-finger off-white head that was quite durable and left behind some thick sheet lace on the glass walls. The smell was pretty subdued; some caramel and mild herbal aromas over some modest malt notes. The taste was rather bland up front - just a moderately sweet, fruity flavor and some caramel. As the beer got to the back of the palate, a more substantial hops spiciness came out and there was an overriding long bitter finish. The bitter taste had a medicinal quality to it. The feel was medium- to full-bodied and smooth.
Winterhook is a decent beer that seemed to be a bit too off-balance to be truly enjoyable.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a bubbly, foamy white head. The smell is malty. The taste is fairly hoppy on top of the slight amber malt. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Surprised to see this is an old ale...tastes more like an amber. Still, on its own, it's a good if uneventful beer, and one I might consider having in the future.

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Photo of Shaw
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint of Winterhook at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. My homebrew partner had one the last time we were in and raved about it. Too bad I didn't feel the same.

The best part of this beer is the smell. It has a great aroma of dry-hopping that is nice and herbal. But this hoppiness in the aroma is not matched in the taste. It is rather dull, and not very robust for a winter seasonal. I couldn't tell you what makes this beer special for winter.

Winterhook is just an average beer with a good smell.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear crimson in color. Medium sized creamy and dense boned white head. Retention is good and lacing is nice. This beer has got a bit of that dry hopped West Coast hop aroma that I love. Piney, citrusy and grapefruity. There is also some slight maltiness noted on the nose. While there is a caramel malt presence noted, this year's edition has more of a West Coast hop presence....the flavor and bitterness. Grapefruity and piney. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Body about medium full. Yeah, this is an improvement over the last few years, but it's still not one I'm gonna run out and buy a 12 pack of every year.

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark shade of brown with a nice head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with caramel and some spice. The flavor reminded me a lot of Anchor Steam, with just a little more strength in the flavor. Malty and hoppy, with caramel and spices. Good winter beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the new winterhook pours out a deep and dark ruby and amber colour. a thin fine head reduces to wisps of lace. gotta love the souped up hop aroma! very pine and resin like...very appealing. the taste of this new worked over winterhook is hop heavy, with a syrupy caramel malt base. this is such a huge improvement over the previous "robust" version that it's hard not to get a little excited. i really disliked old winterhook, but i really like this stuff. the hop taste comes off as piney, maybe dry hopped. more evergreen than citrus. more flavourful than bitter. the malt base is a bit sweet and syrupy, such as years past, but with addition of the new hop profile it's not so offending and the mouthfeel doesn't seem so slick. there seems to be a hint of spiciness, too. i applaud the major tweaks to the winterhook profile. not too bad!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tawny amber body lying under a cloud of ivory foam. The head lasted and laced decenlty. The nose was mostly malty with pulpy fruit notes and a bit of spicy hop notes. Flavors are mostly of a fruity malt variety with a decent medium body and a creamy sense. Good drinkability from this nice, light old ale.

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Photo of bditty187
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn-bronze hue, clear and brilliant, the color is very appealing. Unfortunately the head developed poorly, there was little more than dishwater bubbles that covered half of the bare beer. A very small amount of disorganized specks of lace dotted the glass as I drank it. Immediately the nose tells me two things, this is hoppy and this is not the Winterhook of last year(s). I’m rather pleased with the pine aromas, undercurrents of floral, and distant hints of maltiness at the back. The bouquet has a couple layers of depth and a distinct invitation to quaff. The palate is bitter upfront, from the piney hops, a smidge of floral follows. The maltiness is a little lacking and ordinary, traces of caramel but not a lot of sweetness. A little ale fruitiness is interwoven. The finish is mildly hoppy with a pleasant piney aftertaste, some direct bitterness. Unexpectedly “more-ish” and surprisingly tasty… especially considering Redhook does not ‘wow’ me. I even got hop burps! Medium in body, a touch thin, more malt would help. The carbonation is a little low but tolerable, very drinkable and pleasant to quaff as well. The abv is “low” enough to have a few at a time. If Redhook sticks with this recipe then the new and improved Winterhook will be a staple in my refrigerator when winter rolls around. Six-packs are too damn cheap for you not to try; I got mine for $5.50 in Omaha.

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Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-leaning bronze under disintegrating beige clouds.
Mostly hop-dominated nose. Spruce and pine bark with underlings of toasty caramel.
Begins modestly malty. Black cherries on burnt toast. Throw in a little bit of caramel, a little bit of toffee, a little bit of vanilla bean, and a little bit of dry cocoa. Accents on the "little". Hops enter rather loudly. Resinous pine drippings. Damn this is hoppy for Budhook (sorry). Traces of metal too. Burps sear the nostrils a bit, but don't induce tears.
Shy of medium bodied.
Nice enough (cheap) winter sessional. Like a poor-man's SN Celebration Ale, which is probably exactly what it was meant to be.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly an improvement over years past but I don't remember if I ever had the old version. This one is certainly good and the best Redhook I've had, bar the late lamented Rye beer - not to be confused with that yellow, swillish Sunrye. Dark ruby with medium head and adequate lacing. Malts are sweet and fruity, some light elements of berries and lots of caramel. Buttery. Hops are faint and mostly in the piney, spicy aroma. I had a six-pack that was just days off the bottling line and it was remarkable. This is a couple weeks older and not quite as good. A fine winter warmer, maybe could do with a touch more hop bitterness.

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