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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

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467
Ratings:
928
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
18.77%
 
 
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Photo of KroMagnon
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is a little disappointing - there aren't any comments about how this is a special beer made with select hops for the holidays, etc, but thats no biggie. The color is nice, caramel reddish brown like a coke, and crystal clear, but the head disspates very rapidly. The aroma is very nice, with a full dose of a spicy, piney hop and a slight maltiness. The flavor is good but a bit thin - nice hop notes and a touch of malt in the middle, but the maltiness lacks depth and overtones (I hate to say it that way but that's the best I can do - it doesn't generate much feel for caramel, toffee, toastiness, etc. it just kind of sits there). Overall this is a good drinkable beer, probably a good choice on tap when nothing else "special" is available but not in the league with famous Christmas beers.

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Photo of danielocean03
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a murky mahogany color with some reddish tinge to it. Slightly vigorous pour leaves a thin finger of fizzy off-white head that quickly fades away to a light ring of white lacing. Aroma is hoppy and of sweet caramel malts, very light on the nose, slightly grainy as well. Taste starts out hoppy and slightly bitter, similar to an IPA, then transforms into a sweet and malty finish with a light bittering dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation levels, goes down smooth. Easy to drink, decent brew although a far cry from the style's normal characteristics. The hoppiness is far from overbearing or anything, the bottle reads "assertively hopped", and it is, although this brew doesn't taste much like a winter warmer. Not enough carmel sweetness and maltiness to warm with. All around a solid beer with an overall bland character but worth a shot, but not if you're in the mood for a winter warmer.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up at the store. Sounded interesting. This is my first Redhook.

The beer is a dark red brown. There is a decent finger, late' colored head. There is some lacing but nothing to write home about.

The smell makes you think that there is some alcohol there. It's malty with bread, caramel, coffee and molasses.

The taste is quite like the smell. It's like a cross between a red and a porter. I don't like that too much because the bitter porter gets in the way of the sweeter, breadier malt and it's too weak to feel too much like a porter. The finish is a nice bite of hop and bitterness from coffee and molasses.

It's a pleasant enough brew but it's a little to o thin and watery at times.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark amber with notable head that stuck around for a while. It smelled and tasted malty and toasty. It had a well balanced taste that wasn't too sweet or smoky. I would classify this as moderately crisp and medium bodied, making it easy to have a few of these in a row. However, after i finished, I started to get that sour, muck taste that sometimes follows beer. I still think Winterhook is pretty solid and will come back to it next winter.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown shade of dark brown.
This beer has almost NO smell, odor, aroma, I practically dunked my nose into it and tried to snort some of it...[just kidding]
I love the flavor. I would call this one a bitter if asked to classify it. It has an underlying bitterness that borders on being dank and musty, with just enough malt sweeetness to make this a very enjoyable beer.
There is very little carbonation or head, but there is enough to make this brew feel that it's alive.
This is a style that I can appreciate...even though it falls short in my book of even the most basic of IPAs.
At any rate, this stuff is good beer and it deserves a good review.

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Photo of tbern007
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.0 across the board.
Copper clear. Thin to no head. Undercarbonated.
Light hop/earthy smell, maybe some grass.
Taste is mild all around. Every Redhook beer I've had tastes like a good beer that has been watered down. This one is no exception. Light hop, mal. If this is a winter beer, where are the spices? I detect NONE. Mild sweet aftertaste. This beer is decent and drinkable but I sure had higher expectations. Average all around.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Version #30. Tried on 12/17/14, bottled on 9/30/14. 6.0% ABV. Pours a deep dark cranberry. Lightly and finely carbonated. Heavier body, slippery mouthfeel. Smells of malt and smoke. Light subtle smokiness on the ffront of the palate, lingering smokiness. All malt, no hops, mildly bitter though. Mild winter spicing. Nice. One and done.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with a small head.

Smell: Slight Citrus and Pine from hops. Also can pick out caramel malt. Some other smells I just can't pinpoint. Very interesting aroma.

Taste: I do not get a lot of flavor out of this beer. It starts of with a sweet malt character and then moves to bitterness from the hops and that is about it. As the beer warm there is also a slight nutty taste that is present.

Mouthfeel: Medium Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but I wish it had more flavor.

This is my first beer from Red Hook and I am disappointed. This is not the best winter warmer that I have had. I look forward to trying their other beers.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.99/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a light amber body. Considerably more bitter than I prefer, I couldn't get anything else out of it. There was a dusty aftertaste that didn't help at all. It was smooth, however, not too fizzy. Just not anything I'd go after.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Love the ESB and IPA from this brewery, and expected a full-bodied winter warmer from them as well.

Poured nicely enough, copper-amber in color, with a decent off white head. Smells of winter spice, malt, not much more.

Mouthfeel was thinner than what I’d expected or hoped for. And though the malt and spice was evident in the taste, it seemed like this recipe needed more time to blend and mature. There were a lot of flavors, but not really one predominant taste.

A little disappointing, but not entirely bad. Just not what I'd expect from Redhook or from a winter warmer.

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Photo of Boppar
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium red-brown with bright copper highlights and 1 finger of foamy head. Had retention is excellent. I poured this baby about 10 minutes ago and there's still about 1/3 finger of head.

S: Fruity esters, faint alcohol spice. Oh, and blackberries. There are definitely blackberries.

T: Hops. Bam! That is not at all what I had been expecting after smelling it. The hops hit right away, and sustain throughout. There is a moderately dry, lingering hop finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and vigorously carbonated.

O: Not bad but I don't know if I'd get it again.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, brown color with a fluffy head that fades to about half a finger thick.

S - Malt aroma, very prominent hops aroma, but it's not overpowering.

T - Hint of what may be "winter" spices, hop flavor, some maltiness.

M - A tad thin, but clean. Light carbonation.

D - Not too bad. I'd drink it again.

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

pours a deep copper, mahogany color with a small but fluffy white head. It smells and tastes like a extra strength English bitter. A good thing on a cold day I guess. Creamy smooth mouth, a little carbonation, but light, very drinkable, dangerously so.

From the "extra" seasonal offering from the Redhook sampler pack I am very pleased. Its a great beer.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterhook 31 2015

My take on this year's version...

Pours a brown not quite clear body with a beige head. Little specks of lacing. A little retention.

Smell is pine and a spicy malt

Taste is more hop forward then the smell. There is a slight bitterness. Malts and spice play catch up.

Medium thin feel

Overall : This beer sure has changed over the years. 20+ years ago this was a true winter warmer. Malt, sweetness, and hops in the background. These days it just the opposite . Hops up front with a little malt in the background. (I guess we are evolving into an IPA world) That said it is still enjoyable. If you liked last year's version 30 you will like this one. It's another step in that direction... (it's just not an old school winter warmer anymore)

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Photo of andrewm190
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper colored ale. You can definitely smell the malts. The beer has a nice malty flavor combined with some sweetness. It has a nice clean finish, nice balance, and nothing, including the alcohol, is overwhelming. I give it high marks, although there is nothing exceptional in the taste, it is decent, and the clean finish leaves you wanting another swig. Its a nice little sixer to pick up.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber color. Great sweet hoppy aroma. First impression is of a winter pale ale. Spicy pine and hop notes. It becomes more bitter as you drink, but the flavor holds throughout. Flavor holds through the finish. Nice winter beer but it could improve in sweetness and depth.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, clear appearance is inviting, good lacing

S - Malty, grainy, caramel nose.

T - Good taste with "maybe" a touch too much bitter on the back end. Not too complex, but solid.

M - Right amount of mouthfeel. Good amount of crispness

O - Very drinkable beer. Definitely let it warm up a bit, it is uninteresting when cold.

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Photo of gabe23
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color. Crystal clear with a nice off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Plenty of nice lacing.

S - Piney hops aroma abounds and overpowers most everything else. After a few swirls I can detect a bit of brown sugar and raisins, and a slight bit of grain.

T - Slight caramel sweetness along with some sourdough bread to start. A slight metallic tinge follows, then the piney hops come into play. The finish is bitter and dry with earthy hops lingering for a long while.

M - This is a smooth drinking beer, but with a bit more carbonation than I'd like.

D - I could drink a few of these, although the carbonation tends to make it a bit filling. This is an interesting ale, but I'm not sure what it's trying to be. The malt profile is far too muted to be a winter warmer IMHO. It's closer to an English bitter or an IPA as far as I'm concerned. Definitely worth a try, though - as long as you're not expecting a malty, spicy winter ale.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber/brown has a one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is very pine like with hints of spices and dark malt in the background. The taste is very hoppy at first sip but ends up being well balanced with the caramel-like malt. This beer is medium bodied and dry.

Reflection: This is the first beer I've had from Red Hook that I would buy again. Great hoppy flavor, a good change up from usual winter warmers.

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

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle had a born-on date. Poured dark amber with one finger head that had a short retention before receding into a tight cap. Clingy lacing.

S - hops and pine evident on first note.

T - a smooth nutty flavor with a bit of hops and some pepper. Some bread in the aftertaste.

M - maybe a little less than what I'd call medium-bodied. tasted in the back of the mouth. average carbonation.

D - not a bad quaff. i'd hit up a six to share with friends with no reservation at all.

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Photo of swid
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Winterhook pours a dark amber to light brown color. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", tan head that almost immediately settles into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, very little lacing. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of a generic American Pale Ale, except that there's a bit more maltiness here than in a typical APA. Small amounts of caramel are present, too.

Like the smell, the taste of this beer can be summed up as "a maltier version of a typical APA". There's really nothing else that distinguishes this beer. The mouthfeel is fairly light, slightly thin, and wet; finishes with a mix of sweetness and citric hop bitterness.

The beer's drinkable enough, but very average otherwise. There's nothing to distinguish Winterhook from the wider range of winter seasonals.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2005/06 release. This has long been one of my favorites from Red Hook, and this years' is probably their best ever. Pours dark brown with a lighter brown cascade flowing nicely. Smells of roated coffee and burnt toast (two things I love). The taste really put it over the top for me, though. The heavy, malty taste combined with the rich, but not too strong mouthfeel, makes this seasonal brew a winner, and certainly one to buy by the case, as putting down more than a few is really easy.

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Photo of jkdrummer
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version:

Pours a nice brownish color. Thin lace around the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of hops and malt of course. Taste is a bit bitter but nice. Not a roasted malt flavor a bit more sweet and the hops stand right out. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Recommended.

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Photo of masikon
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was offered to me by a friend, I usually don't drink much redhook these days but I gave her a try during a heated table-tennis match. lighter than expected with a minimal head and mildly active carbonation. Taste is of malts, perhaps some toast and a bit of peppery alcohol. Taste is very malty despite the somewhat thin mouthfeel, sort of threw me off a bit. I can see what Redhook is going for here with the roast malt flavor but I can't say I thought it was well done, the mouthfeel is too thin and undercarbonated to support the malt profile....comes off as too grainy for me. Overall try it if it's offered but don't pay for it.

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Photo of zacharius
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light brown with copper tint. Nice tight head sits on top, lasts through the glass. Smell is of hops and a bit of malt in there as well. Taste is decent esters predominate with hints of roasted malts, hops are in balance. The aftertaste of this brew is where it shines with an endless floral taste of willamette hops. Mouthfeel is average and it has decent carbonation, some alcohol but nothing to write home about, could be thicker. Drinkability is very good, you could drink many of these beers. Not quite what I would expect from a winter ale but a good beer nonetheless. Nothing here to offend anyone but nothing to make you crap your pants with enjoyment either.

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