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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943
Reviews:
473
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
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Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Dark copper hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of webby lacing.

Lots of citrusy hops that makes up most of the aroma. A little bit of caramel is in the background.

Once again, plenty of hops in the flavor with a little bit of green tea along with the standard grapefruit. The malts add only a slight caramel toastines to the flavor. Full bodied. The hops linger on for a while after each sip.

Pretty hoppy for a Winter Warmer, more of a dark Amber Ale in my opinion. Still, pretty tasty.

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

I talked to a representative from the brewery and they told me that Winterhook was Red Hook's "experimental" beer, and that they do something different every year. She told me that this year's concoction was a hoppier version of years past with some different flavors thrown in. So I did what any defenseless man conversing with an attractive young woman would do, I took her advice and bought a six-pack. After I tried one she was right about the hops....they were everywhere, smell and taste. Now I'm not complaining but the supposed "other flavors" I couldn't find. I seemed to me this beer was nothing more than a fine crafted micro-brew pale ale with some roasted malt thrown in for a nice dark color. Not a bad choice but there are better Red Hook beers out there.

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Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

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

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery Chataqua Public House on 11/1/08.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Solid covering of retention leaves a soft cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh, floral hops with a bit of spice to it and some underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is a slightly tangy mix of citrus and caramel malts with a nice floral tasting hop bitterness that wraps everything up nicely. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that spreads out into a more creamier feel.

This is probably one of my favorites from Redhook with some nice chewy sweetness but it's the freshness of the hops here that really did it for me with this pint. Tasty and pretty easy drinking for the size.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the local Shaw's. Pours a translucent dark copper color with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, spicy, hoppy, malty, caramel/toffee... Tastes fruity, with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, nut, toffee, caramel, just a tinge of butter... A wide plethora of flavors with the malt and hops both playing huge roles. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation combines with the pleasant flavors to make this one super-drinkable. A new favorite winter beer!

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Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured more towards opaque than clear, though I could just make out my fingers on the other side of the brown, red-hued concoction. Slight chill haze, maybe. Off white head, not much of it. Decent lacing.

Smells much different after pouring than it does in the bottle. Mostly hops in the bottle, they instead compliment (citrus and flowers) a sweet malt base when its in the glass.

Taste of caramel malt, and I think caught some raisins. Finishes with floral hops, only slight bittering, though there is only-slightly-malty IPA sensation that lingers on the palate.

Lots of carbonation to go with a somewhat doughy mouthfeel and light-medium body. Nice balanced taste. Quite drinkable.

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

Pours a nice reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, with some spices. The taste is malty, slight hop, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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Photo of phisig137
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear deep amber, light brown color, with a 1.5 finger head. More than decent retention, and abundant lacing... off to a good start.

S- Fairly muted, but with a nice hop presence. Resinous aroma of pine and perhaps citrus hops, with just a hint of honey and caramel malt. It is a very mild aroma, but smells nice overall.

T- A surprising amount of hop flavors coat your tongue from front to back...Again, quite piney, but also a bit more floral in the mouth than on the nose. Slight malt sweetness on the finish, without being cloying at all. Again, the flavor is fairly muted, but generally enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Nothing stoands out on either side here.

D- Easily quaffable, although you aren't left aching for another sip.

Overall, not bad at all. It is very mild, and could potentially be a great transitional beer. Definitely one of the better beers that I've had from Redhook. I'd buy it again, but I won't be rushing back. There are betters out there for ~$8.50 a sixer.

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

A- Nice red copper color. The head was only a finger width and the head loves to cling to the side of the glass in chunky white foam.

S- This smells sweet, and a bit more on the hoppy side of a winter warmer. Must be a West Coast classic for sure. Sweet caramel and honey with some great spice mixed in. Great smelling Winter Warmer.

T- There is a nice hop taste for sure, and it is always there to play nice. But there is a real nice caramel malt profile that is the star. This is a nice well rounded and balanced American West Coast take on a winter warmer. Nice well rounded beer.

M- This feels good in the mouth, very nice feel.

D- Yes this is very drinkable, I'm glad I got this fresh as well. Its a nice beer.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep copper color, minimal clarity, with a generous sized head and beautiful lacing, very sticky.

Smell: Nice earthy, grassy hops combined with sweet fruit florals, grapefruit twang is present, a decent smelling winter brew.

Taste: Great spices combined with those fruity hops make this a treat. Nutmeg, caramel, pumpkin spice, all pop out big here, as well as the grapefruit and citrus feel in the nose. This one would taste great with thanksgiving dinner!

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess although a bit thin for a winter beer, yet it's carbonation and good hop balance make up for it. Just right on the palette.

Drinkability: For my first winter brew of 2008, I was pretty impressed. This is one is tasty and rather easy to gulp down, definetley a sessionable beer for those holiday parties.

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Photo of wesl56
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) looks great, nice reddish color with a good sized head at first that leaves pretty heavy lacing all the way down

s) i didnt really notice much smell, slightly hoppy, floral hints

t) taste is rather weak, almost watered down... does leave a nice "ale-ish" aftertaste

m) medium-light, carbonation evident

d) very easy to drink, as i said tastes a little on the watery side

overall, not disappointed, but was expecting something different from a "winter beer" probably would not buy again

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Photo of Goregazm
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WILL KEEP YOU WARM ON THE COLDEST WINTER NIGHTS

Appearance: Pours a nice, reddish-copper color. Clean, but not transparent. Has a decent, light tan head which goes down somewhat rapidly and leaves a good amount of foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong on the nose, you can smell it as soon as you pop off the cap. Has a floral, hoppy smell, with some caramel and malt. Grains are in there as well. Wasn't bad, but not as good as the...

Taste: Nummy!!! This beer has a warm, toasty taste that you can literally feel going down. Tastes like buttered bread with a nice malt and some bitter hops. More sweet then bitter, with a slight detection of fruit. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly thick, with a litte carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Doesn't lose its creamy feel on the palate after being in your mouth for a few seconds. The aftertaste is not a far cry from the taste itself, just a bit more suttle.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, and one of the best that Redhook has to offer. This is ideal to sip on a cold, winter night. Whether sitting in front of the fireplace or under a blanket watching a movie, this is a brew that matches up perfectly. If you're not a big
fan of the winter season, this is a damn good reason to look forward to it.

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

a. poured a medium amber with some brown woody colors. A decent finger and a half head of fluffy white faded slowly leaving some really impressive chunky and gummy lacing that followed down the glass... beautiful on the whole.

s. nothing too exciting... average roasted malt and some hops of the neutral variety, neither citrusy nor piney nor floral... just relatively neutral. As the brew warmed, the aroma grew a bit stronger, but nothing more than average malt and neutral hop presented itself.

t. Pretty much on level with the aroma. Some roasted malt, a bit of candy and a touch of sweet dried fruit. A bitter hop presence, but one of the more neutral hoppings I've encountered, nothing very exciting. No traces of any spicing for a winter warmer.

m. thin and a bit heavy on carbonation, giving it a bit of light creaminess. Not bad, but nothing amazing. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there on the tongue, giving it a bit of character.

d. meh. Not horrible... decent for a middle of the road winter ale. I wouldn't really call it a warmer, more like an average hoppy amber. Might be a decent introduction for someone unfamiliar with the "winter" style, but really kind of middle of the road, and there are so many other good options out there, this one just falls off the radar.

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

Pours amber color with white head that recedes quickly.

Nose has some caramel and faint bourbon-like aromas.

Palate is caramelly malty sweet, thin bodied, highly carbonated, and finishes with an off-alcohol taste.

One of the least impressive winter beers I've ever sampled.

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

Short Version:
Unremarkable but tasty ale that is crisp, well balanced, and quite drinkable.

Details:
OK, I confess this beer is a bit past it's prime. It's April and I'm finishing off my winter stock to make room for spring ales.

Poured a deep amber-brown sorrel color with a 1-finger dingy head. On the nose I get forward malt, light spice, and a slightly sour (but not unpleasant) hop essence.

I see some micro particulate suspended within causing some cloudiness. Lace is there but weak. Head has dropped to a ring with a scalloped cirrus cloud pattern scraped across the top.

Taste is malt-forward with a metallic hop tang. Caramel. Crisp indeed. I get a little roastiness but not much. Not tasting the spice I got a hint of on the nose. I wish I could. When I think "winter warmer" I'm thinking tangible spice. Pepper, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, orange peel, etc. Not getting that here. Finish is crisp and more hop-dominant than on the palate.

I'm getting a tasty but unremarkable middle-of-the-road ale. I'd buy it again and drink it again (good drinkability) but I can't get past a B grade on this one. Nothing about it really stands out.

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

Pours a bockish colour with some retaining head. Mild malt and spice aroma.Significant hops in there. Middling mouthfeel, syruppy malt. Not too complex, symbollically tasty, with celery. A bit better than average beer though so-so as a winter warmer.

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

Pours a clear amber to copper with a small beige head. Looks thin in the glass. Smell is light, but malty and faintly spiced. Decent nose. Taste mild, lightly spiced, but not much so, malty with maybe the faintest twinge of tartness and/or alcohol and spice. Actually isn't too bad for the style.

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

This beer is amber to brown in color, transparent, with a nice head that laces to the bottom of the glass.

Smells malty with some hop notes.

Tastes clean. There is some nice bitterness that isn't overpowering. The higher alcohol content balances nicely, even though it isn't throughly hidden.

Medium or maybe just a smidge thinner.

This beer goes down well. And the next went down well, and so did the next one, etc.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch head that settles quickly. Some lacing left on the glass during consumption.

Smell is mostly malt with caramel hints. A bit of the hops is also detected in the nose.

The flavor is more on the hoppy side than what is expected in a winter warmer. Not that I mind. Malt is very mild and bland. I would like some more complexity in this style. Carbonation is a little harsh. The body is also on the lighter side.

It is a nice tasting beer and the ABV isn't very high. I think is slightly lower than 6% according to Redhook's website. I would drink this again.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange-amber color with a nice medium off-white head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of sweet malts layered with winter spice smell and finally a small amount of hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste is really good while following up the aroma. It has a very nice sweet roasted malt base with a nice amount of winter spices - cinnamon, some orange, and a hint of chocoalte from the roasted alts. The mouthfeel is good - very crisp and refreshing. The beer is quite drinkable and I could have a few of these.

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Photo of kwm13
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer at first appeared to have a nice caramel color to it with a nice head, but upon looking closer, the color appears quite cloudy and the head all but disappeared within a minute.

I get a odd smell out of it, almost smokey, almost flowery...a whole lot of confusion for my nose.

The taste was great, really smooth, good finish. The flavor was plesant but hard to describe. Maybe a little bit of spice to it? A friend tasted it and said it tasted like Bass, but this is much fruitier, not as dry and just not at all like Bass. I've concluded that he doesn't know what he's talking about.

As I drank it I enjoyed it, but searched too hard to describe it to really get the full appreciation for it. It seems like a good balance and just as the smell confused my nose, this is like a combination of personalities in my mouth.

Overall, I really liked the flavor, but to describe it was tough. It's a good winter ale.

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

2007 release served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice burnt amber color, good bit more orange in here then I thought there would be honestly. Very clear, almost crystal like clarity to it allowing you to really notice the ample amount of carbonation that was present in this one. Chains of bubbles streaming up toward the surface to reinforce the already nice amount of head and lace that were on the top. Upon first pour there was a good two finger high head of white across the top that only gradually faded while leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace throughout the session. Nice dripping web like creations were strewn all over the side of the glass and really left quite a nice impression overall.

S - The aroma on this one overall was quite light to be honest, at first it was hard to pick up much of anything, however after I waited a few minutes I was able to detect some subtle hoppy notes, very nice and floral actually coming up from it and giving it a little bit of a kick. Nice light grain like back was predominant here as well, with nice rich tones of cereal and earthy grains that really let it shine a bit and honestly was starting to take on the aroma more of a nice pale ale, or perhaps even a light IPA, though I am really not sure what style this fits in.

T - The flavor overall was very nice and extremely well balanced with no one thing really dominating over anything else. The first flavor to really pop out at you was a nice amount of hops which were quite light and floral, with some semi sweet notes of orange and fresh grass coming through quite nicely, while being layered upon a good deal amber like malts and a nice touch of cereal and oats in the background. Some light notes of perhaps banana or something similar as well coming though now giving it a little more complexity and a little bit more balance. Then the finish hits with its nice bitter profile and good long drawn out dry feeling, making you come back and get another sip. Again this was more of a light IPA or very nice Pale Ale.

M - Very nice light bodied ale, with a little more to it to be honest then just a light bodied pale ale, this one had a little bit of a body to it. Very nice carbonation profile here as well, with lots of carbonation that lasted until the very end of the session. Good strong finish really rounded it out well, and gave it that quick, clean, crisp feeling that really added a lot to it.

D - An absolutely great session ale. The feel was great, the flavor profile was just light enough to be really quite down able, but at the same time had enough of a flavor to keep me interested for a while. I could have easily thrown down a few more of these with no real issue at all.

Overall I thought this was a rather nice offering from Red Hook. I have had better, sure, but this was definitely not bad at all. Would I go out and buy it, probably not, but I certainly would not turn my nose up at it either. Could have had a little more spice to it to make it have that little bit of an extra pop, but overall it was still good and would say if it was there, you could do much worse.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is small, and recedes very quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, but is very faint. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely pour example of a winter warmer, and a bad beer all around. It isn't bad enough that I can't finish one bottle, but I won't drink this again.

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