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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
928
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
18.77%
 
 
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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 Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein. Copper, transparent with a finger of head.
Roasted malt smell, almost smoky.
Good malt all the way through, big bitter at the end. Balanced.
Bubbly (not too much), medium body.
Perfect winter drinker and quite easy to throw back a few with no problems.

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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 mellowmark
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Bottled on 11-17-10. $7.99 a 6-pack.

Appearance: Huge foamy beige head. Great retention. Patchy clumpy lacing. Color is burnt orange almost copper and completely transparent. Head sticks around all the way to the end.

Smell: Citrus and earthy hops. Lemon rind. Very malty.

Taste: Sweet upfront with semi bitter hops in the finish. Roasted malt aftertaste. Cinnamon and ginger. Lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth due to a low carbonation.

Drinkability: High

Why does nobody seem to talk about this beer? $7.99 a 6-pack, are you kidding me? I will definitely get this again. A highly drinkable and tasty winter ale.

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Photo of pandashaver
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown body, translucent. White very foamy head that left excellent lacing down the glass and kept some head throughout.

S - Very citrusy/lime smell initially, with also some grassy notes. Can smell the malt sweetness but also the hops. Spices were hard to decipher and not overwhelming at all.

T - The hop presence was a nice surprise. Some spices, though subdued. Sweetness to balance, and a good bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, though a bit watered down as expected from this brewing company. Sticky from the sweet malts.

D - A liked it, but did not love it. Usually would have only one, unless I stayed at the same bar and didn't have any other options. I don't drink winter brews regularly this time of year, so I'm not the best judge of this.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3+ fingers of light tan head fill the glass above a crystal-clear copper/brown body with a few carbonation bubbles rising; light for a winter warmer, but beautiful nonetheless; nice lace

S - caramel sweetness with a grassy hop bite

T - grains and caramel up front with a hint of smoke, sharp hop bite kicks in, some smoke in the dry finish

M - medium body, well-carbonated, smooth, slick and oily

O - This is the best Redhook I have tried. It's not quite what I would expect from a winter warmer, but what it is is good. Very approachable.

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

Very dark red, clear blood body, with a off brown head. Excellent lacing. Lightly malty, lightly piney aroma.
Light body, very nice light spiceyness. Very light piney hoppiness. Not very bitter. Firm malt comes in at the end.
Nice creamy body. This is definately too passive to a really good beer, but it is very enjoyable.

Brewed on 20 Oct 04
Consumed on 20 Feb 04

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

Dark copper brown body with a sticky, light-tan head.
Smells of rich sugary toffee malt. Big spicy, sprucey hops are there too. Not bad, although there are also some faint metallic notes.
Toffee cookie dough malt flavors start it off. Hops come in midway to balance the light sweetness. The hops are bitter, piney, and kind of citrusy. Chewy, medium-big body. Some residual sweetness trespasses in an otherwise resiny, bitter finish. A surprisingly decent strong ale-ish beer. I was prepared to find this thing mediocre (like other Redhook beers I’ve had in the past).

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

Light amber in color, not much head building and disappearing fast with good enough lacing.
Smell promises a light and thirst quenching beer, with mild sweetness in the air.
You will taste refreshing fruit in the front which is immediately balanced with mild bittersweet hops. very smooth finish and fresh mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. I wish I could drink that one on tab, or from a fresh keg.Nice beer!

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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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Photo of Globetrotter
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown 12 oz. bottle with a blue and white label featuring old man winter blowing up a gust of cold wind. No label information whatsoever. - no, wait, there's a bottled on date: 9/29/04.

Pours a clear pale brown under a one finger off white head that settles slowly, leaving some very good lace. The nose is strong with spice - cinnamon and nutmeg to my mind. The mouth is very prickly and light. Edgy spice taste here, without much malt. A strong bitter hops finish follows, with the spice returning in the aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable, albeit a tad watery. An off beat brew, but I like it.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I started drinking this at my local watering hole since the other options aren't much better (bud, miller, Mich., and other various macros), however I was really impressed with this season's Winter brew ... especially the nose.
It pours a nice rich amber with a very thin white head. Depending on the cleanliness of the glassware (which is usually 50/50 at my local dive) it usually leaves a nice Belgian lace down the side of the glass.
The nose is a wonderfully sharp citrus that really gets one's senses going. It's a bit of a tease though since the taste and mouthfeel are much less satisfying than the nose would leave one to believe.
It has a smooth taste with little or no spice, which makes me wonder how this is truly considered a winter warmer other than the fact that it comes out at ... you guessed it, wintertime. I would say the best description of its taste is a more full bodied lager.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery (though this could be due to the bar's tap system) and the carbonation is not shooting up the glass as I've seen with other brews.
Though not as complex as other winter styles, this is an "old faithful". If your bar doesn't offer anything too interesting this is always a good call. I like to pair this one up with a nice side of Rye to get me through the cold weather ... it matches nicely.

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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 Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice pint at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte. Must have been on special on Wednesdays because the bill was less than I expected. Typical to the other winter warmers I've tried so far this season. Much more than a hint of cinnamon and spices that sparkled in the mouth (though not anything "extra" for the style). Thin lacing around the glass. Hard to fully judge this one, since I was trying to pay attention at my first Carolina Brewmasters meeting. Not as good as the home brewed Imperial Stout I tried later in the evening.

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

12 oz short bottle. Bottled-on date clearly printed on bottom of front label.

Pours a nice, deep copper-brown. An off-white head rings and stays. Smell is chiefly brown sugar. Taste is a bitter affair, in a good way - pleasant mild hops, and the underpinning acrid nuttiness of a brown ale. Feel is tight and tart, with ginger coming into presence. Finishes with a metallic and grapefruit aftertaste. Overall, a decent winter warmer, that I'm thankful isn't slamming me over the face with spices.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and a slight spice note. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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

Winterhook Winter Ale pours midnight red from a 12oz dark brown bottle with a pry off cap. Light tan head went to over two fingers with a firm pour into my 16oz beer tumbler. Some foam was left over after the settling out and consisted of a full ring with islands of foam here and there about the surface of the beer. The walls of my glass were garnished with ample lace as well.

Nose is spice central, with clove, coriander, and herbal pine. Palate is a major Winter Ale Spice treat. Clove, coriander, herbal pine, and orange peel are well represented.

Tasty and complex, Winterhook “Winter Ale” of 2005, is sure to put most anyone in the holiday spirit with it’s 6.0 alcohol by volume,
printed on the label.

Date on bottle 100305, no best by or born on info that I could find, either on the label or the paper six pack.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.

Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.

Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.

Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.

Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish/light copper color. A tint above a typical pale lager. Heading was practically not there and not much lacing.

S - Sweet malt is a dominant smell with a nutty like characteristic. No hop aromas...and there's a holiday spice in the mix.

T - Bitter upfront to start. Almost getting a citrusy kick towards the middle. Perhaps a grapefruit type citrus. And towards the end, you're left with a strong bready cracker taste.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Not a bad brew in the bunch that i've tried for Christmas.

D - It's a bit on the bitter side, but it's definitely one to sip on and enjoy while watching the snow outside.

It's not an above average beer, but after sampling all the watery beers i've had today, it tastes like a champion.

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

Great bottle design pours a darker amber shade with a beige or light brown head that didn't last long but had nice cling on the glass.

The aroma is primarily hoppy to me but there are also faint traces of herbs/spices like mint and juniper and a detectable pine element. The taste is sharp, with a persistent spice component down the hatch (may be alcohol-based).

Overall, the balance isn't impressive but the taste is rather unique and its easy to see how appropriate this beer serves as a seasonal offering.

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Photo of shapudding
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No head, just a slight ring of khaki on the edge. Dark and clear amber color. Very smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of bitterness that breaks through to you. Lightly carbinated. Not too heavy at all. -Could not get any scent on this one at all (was drinking at my hangout which had become a bit smokey, when I shoved it at beerbud in frustration to see if he could catcha whiff, he said he could smell generic cola). Decent drinking brew.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aside from the weirdly hideous "printed the night before at Kinkos" labeling, I’m impressed. The beer pours a deep, rich, clear ruby/mahogany. The head is a quarter-inch of rocky amber that lasts for a decent stretch before leaving a thick rim along the glass wall. Nice lacing as well. A seriously good-looking brew.

Smell: Malt right off the bat, with a certain underlying spiciness. Whether it’s hops or some adjunct, I’m not entirely sure. Still, not that assertive. Not bad, but not what I’d expect from a “special” brew.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the heavy malt and mild carbonation give it a nice smoothness. The taste is terrific—for a pale ale. It starts off rich and malty, more sweet than smoky. The hops bite hard at the end, with an astringent finish. Again, a great pale ale, but not quite the weight or intensity of flavor you might want in a holiday beer.

Drinkability: Very. This is a very tasty brew, nice flavor without a ton of body or a huge ABV. I could drink more than a few of these.

If you frequent this site, you know that Redhook is pretty much synonymous with mediocrity. This brew, however, is solid. I liked it a lot. Not the best seasonal, per se, but a really tasty ale.

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Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear clean amber color with a light sticky tan head, light lacing and nice retention.

The smell is lightly spicy, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malts are all apparent.

The flavor is mellow, lightly malty with a touch of bready sweetness and a hint of earthy hops make it fairly balanced. There is just a hint of wintery spices.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture along with a nice dry finish.

A pretty decent winter warmer.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
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