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
Ratings:
943
Reviews:
473
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
86
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0
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Photo of Gregaroo
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of riversider76
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. Good head and lots of lace. Not much of a smell at all. Mouthfeel is medium,not much carbination. Taste is sweet and spicy, with a slight hop kick. Finish is smooth,and refreshing. Give this beer a try, I think you will find it worthy!!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby amber red with not much foam or carbonation.

Smell: Mostly some faint smoke.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, smoky tobacco. Very pleasant and unique flavor, and the mouthfeel has some lemon crispness and flavor.

Overall Drinkability: A unique beer that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Stimack
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try last evening, actually had a few back earlier in December. This brew poured to a nice deep copper color with a good sized (what I would call) light tan head that had ample retention leaving a nice amount of lace chunks down the side of the glass. The aroma had a nice malt smell to it, which really seemed to have a toasted property. I would also say that caramel shines through with a nice slight spice to it. The taste, while not being stupendous has a very good quality to it, it is very easy drinking as the malt properties lead to a nice flavor. Caramel comes to mind quickly with a slight nut flavor. Seems to be a bit dry. I will say that I am surprised that this is considered a winter warmer, to me it seems like a simple pale ale that is well balanced. This would be a fine session brew although at 6.1% could get you in trouble, but to me that is the feel of this one. Not a bad brew, just not a winter warmer, but what the hell do I know.

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

Bottled 10-03-06. Into a pint glass, pours a nice clear coppery amber, with a good inch head, bubbly on top, full of whitish lacing all over the glass, almost too much. Aroma is hoppy, leafy and oils, biscut malt. Eh. Taste is also a bit hoppy, I'm bored already, malts hops yay. Mouth is decent in body and carbonation, pretty drinkable beer, but was hoping for much more in a winter 'warmer.'

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pry off, date stamped 12/02/08

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper-colored brew with lazy carbonation and a thick sticky dark ivory head with good retention and some nice patchy lacing

Smell: Very nice balance between earthy, pungent hops and sweet toasted biscuit and caramel notes. Simple, upfront, and well-defined aromas are quite pleasing.

Taste: Very much in keeping with the aromas. The first thing that really hits you is the hops (even after at least four months in the bottle this is still quite fresh)...there are nice strong hop flavors and a light/medium bitterness, offset by significant sweet caramel. I first had this a few winters ago (and this is only my second sampling); it reminded me then of my time in Yorkshire, it does the same thing now.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth

Drinkability: High, easy to knock back several of these comfortably on a winter night

Conclusion: Good, solid winter warmer, brewed in the English tradition; nice balance of malt and hops; this is unique enough to stand on its own, yet approachable for those just getting into craft beer. I'm going to make it a point to get this into my winter rotation much more regularly!

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Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -16%

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

No information anywhere on the bottle as to what I am about to imbibe. Winter ale. Mahogany body with a sticky lace atop. Sweet, malty caramel apple aroma. Smells very much like some barleywines I've had. Kind of thin on flavor. Subtle fruitiness to back the substantial toasted malt character. Tingly on the tongue. Not huge on flavor, so I don't know that I'd want to drink a lot of these, but it goes down fairly smooth and I certainly could drink a few. I think I'd just go after a winter seasonal that's got some more character.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear, deep red/brown beer has a small, grayish-tan, fine, doughy head. Spots and arcs on the glass. Big pine hops in the nose, and almost a menthol note. Sweetish. The beer starts hoppy with some pepper. It turns a little watery, but there's some decent dark caramel (especially at temperature). Major pepper in the finish with lots of hops and some nice grains. This is a nice, hoppy brown.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is brightly hoppy with some spice and malt. Smells good.

Pours a deep nut brown, mild clarity, pretty good head. Looks good.

Creamy and smooth, refreshing and deep. Good bit of malt, some citric zest, grassy freshness, some coffee/toffee thick sweetness. Slight nuttiness. Finishes slightly sour/bittersweet. Tastes pretty good.

One of the better Redhooks I've had. Not bad.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Crystal clear brown with quarter inch white head.

Smell:

Predominantly hoppy with a hint of pine keeping with the season.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Not sure what distinguishes this beverage from Red Hook's IPA. Overly hoppy thogh some malts appear midbrew to be quickly quashed by the strong hop presence. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of clager
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FanofHefe
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear amber body with a nice one finger white head. Decent lacing along the glass. Looks good.

Unfortunately, looks are the best feature of this beer. Faint lager-type aroma of malt. The flavor is also lacking. Bready malt taste with maybe a hint of the expected winter spices in the background.

Perhaps freshness of the keg is in play here. But, it was recommended by the bartender as a "hoppy" beer. Wrong. Average offering at best.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden brown color, with a very light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells very festive. Some nutmeg, some ginger. It also has a nice caramel sweet aroma. Not much hop aroma, but some citrus hops are present if you look.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. It also has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It tastes good, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of Redhook stuff. That being said, this beer is good. I was surprized when I had it for the first time. I might even buy it 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 cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Winterhook comes in an old man winter blowing our way with a freshness date of September 17th. It pours a clear amber color with some nice foam lacing and a head that hangs around for a while. The smell alright with mostly a hoppy aroma dominating. It tastes nice more on the floral side with less of a maltiness which seems to be a norm for this style. It has a nice caramel flavor to it and it is light and soft in the mouth. Respect the old dog on the block.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, maybe some spices and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of spicy roasted malts, some grassy notes as well.

Overall: Not a bad winter brew, I have had this one quite a bit over the years, can't really go wrong with it.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zraly
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a nice one inch head. Nice citrus smells and herbal notes slowly dance out of the glass. Lacing is good and carbonation helps move the flavor forward upon the first sip.

More so than anything, I identify this ale as an American IPA. I understand the philosophy behind labeling it a winter warmer, and in a basic sense it constitutes such a notion. But I'm really reminded of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada's "Celebration Ale" when I drink this...which is only offered seasonally, but is an IPA in its true form and label.

Medium bodied, a bit raw in the malt department, and warmly on the money with flavorful hops in the finish. Starts of semi-sweet with a bit of caramel flavor. Hints of alcohol. The finish is of orange peel and pine. Dry finish on the tongue. Smooth enough to drink more than one.

This is a great transition brew for newbie drinkers, to introduce them to hops and a minor alcohol kick.

Enjoy with some spicy nachos.

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Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

Appearance is a dark brown with slight red tint with fair head and lace. Smell of citrus, caramel and light roasted malt. Taste has a sweet roasty caramel bitterness. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium with just enough carbonation to make it so. Overall a very nice balance, making a very good winter ale.

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

Pours with an off-white head over clear and dark reddish liquid. Piney and herbal, citric notes abound. Taste is lightly sprucy, piney and malty. Dryness pops up right about now. Finishes syrupy yet dry with a nice stickiness to it...an interesting brew.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 12/06/06 into a pint glass.

Clear reddish-copper in color with a tan 1 finger head that settled to just a film and left minimal lacing. Smells of toasted caramel malts, some faint spices (possibly cinnamon and nutmeg), and a bit of piney hops. Tastes of the toasted caramel malts, some of the aforementioned spices, and piney hops at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is good but the body is a tad on the thin side. Drinkability is good, a decent session brew.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 943 ratings.
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