Redhook Winterhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

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:
464
Ratings:
917
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
18.77%
 
 
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Photo of deciding39
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz tumbler.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color. Good off-white, one-finger head. Decent lace as well.

S: Smells of mild, grassy hops, with smooth toasted malt in the background.

T: Roasted caramel malts and grassy, bland hops. Some fruity esters, maybe even a little diacetyl in the very back. Overall, pretty well-balanced.

M & D: Very smooth, excellent mouthfeel. Perhaps a little under-carbonated. Drinkable...but it really lacks any distinguishable qualities that would make it worth buying more than a six-pack.

Overall, nothing to write home about. I really think some more flavorful hops would make a better brew.

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Photo of wedge
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clean amber color under a frothy, loose white head. The smell comes across as being somewhat earthy...mellow spices, ginger, and grain. Faint peanut skins and a tad buttery. The flavor is almost Belgian Wit-like, having flower and pepper notes. It has a fine, powdery spicy/herbal quality along with a blanketing citrus rind presence. Slick, easy going mouthfeel.

Not too memorable overall. Supposedly, they use nine different malts in this brew, which is great, but they need a lot more of it. I'm not getting the complex malt profile, chocolate, and caramel as advertised.

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

The pour was a mild amber with a festive white head. The smell had a distictive pine scent which foreshadowed the hops to come. I'd concur with the previous reviewer who suggested this was one of the hopiest seasonal ales. Indeed, they made this beer as crisp as the season it celebrates. Happy Holidays!

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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 BeerKangaroo
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on September 23, 2011:

In a pint glass:

A: chestnut brown colored body with a fair amount of visible carbonation seen rising, there wasn't any head and it left ring-like yet spotty lacing around the glass

S: abundance of nutty malts and a bit of alcohol

T: basically the same as the smell with just some sweetness and hints of spice

M: medium, sessionable, some harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, slight bitter finish

O: good beer for the style, and good for me

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark copper, semi cloudy with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger, tan and left little lace.

The smell is a spicy malt.

The taste follow, Malty goodness with a bit too much spice. Spice should be just that, an accent not the meal.

The mouth feel is good, a nice medium body, with good carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, as the spicy after taste lingers too long

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Photo of clipdat
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review after visiting this site regularly for over a year..!!

Part of a 6 pack purchased at Beverages & More in Orinda for $5.99 on special. Bottled on 10/11/05. Gently decanted into my red hook pint glass. Color is a nice roasted brown. Very thin head due to the type of pour. Slow-moving, even carbonation throughout. Immediate aromas when pouring were of toffee and and subtle malts. This beer has a very minimal and unique smell to me. It reminds me of samuel smith's nut brown ale, except less hop presence.

After letting the beer warm for 5-7 minutes I took the first sip. The beer has a very calm mouth feel and a pretty clean aftertaste which doesn't seem linger for very long. I noticed some small flavors of bitter chocolate, toffee and subtle hops.

This is one of the easier drinking winter ales I've had, and it's taste somewhat surprised me for a winter ale. A 6.11% ABV is somewhat low for this style, in my opinion. Overall, It has a very unique, easy to enjoy flavor. I'd buy this again in the future.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly strong piney hop aroma with a pinch of alcohol. Small khaki colored head that fades quickly to a foam coating. Pretty nice lace forms as the beer is drank. Transparent caramel brown colored beer with clouds of fine bubbles rising briskly to the surface. Hop tea flavor with a mild malt base. Maybe a pinch of biscuit malt in there. Mild bitterness picks up midway through. Light body, kind of soft and watery. Not a bad beer, goes down easy, won't be going out of my way for any.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red amber color with a very thin head that dissipates to a thin crown. There is ample lacing, however, as the head sticks around. There is a good deal of carbonation in this beer, with lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

The aroma is week and hard to pinpoint. I detect a nutty prescence with some sweet caramel and citrus in the smell. The taste is dry and surprisingly hoppy. I detect a hint of cinnamon in the aftertaste mixed in with the malts. Not a bad winter beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on Sep 03 13.

Red-mahogany with light passing through. Head is a sliver of an inch.

Roasted chocolate malt with a bright earthy hop aroma. Malts seem almost biscuity. A charm of sweetness. Hints of pine and spice.

Fairly bitter with hints of earthy hops, cocoa, and bitter herb. Nuances of clove-y spice. Hardly warming. Hop presence doesn't come off very fresh. Has an astringency in the way that it's bitter. Sweetness barely surfaces with toasted sugar notes.

Drinks light-medium with a burly carbonation that doesn't want to quit. A little harsh, which follows the flavor.

So many other better warmers out there to even consider wasting your time with this one. Will not seek out again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.

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Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium to dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, light brown head disappeared quickly. Malty smell, not much else coming through. Taste is okay, malt, caramel with some burnt toast finish that lingers. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. About average drinkability.

Got a 12 pack for 7.99, so thought I'd give it a try. Good beer at that price. Overall, not much going on for this beer. I was expecting much better based on past reviews.

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Photo of Foyle
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 2" cream colored head recedes rather slowly leaving significant lacing. Color is a deep copper and mostly clear with moderate carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: earthy, floral, and pine hops blended with a rich bread dough and caramel aroma Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nice variety of flavors. There is a peppery spice combined with the sweet caramel and toasted bread flavor. The finish has the bitterness of the hops with just a tiny bit of alcohol warming with the swallow.
Overall: another solid and very drinkable brew from Redhook

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear chestnut body with red highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head.

S - Yeasty, candied grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied orange.

T - Toasty grain, brown sugar, spicy pale malt, brown bread crust, a light dusting of cocoa powder, caramel malts, nutty yeast, cascade-like hop creating a citrus edge against the malt. Finishes crisp and semi-dry.

M - Light side of medium, medium carbonation, slick but drys out on the finish.

Light and mellow winter warmer. This is a good all around holiday beer. The hops and cocoa seem to give it a holiday spice without being forced. Good stuff for $7.99.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice amber, clear beer. Small head, but the lacing stays throughout the beer. A moderate amount of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Has a sweet smell of caramel.

T: The alcohol is a little bit forward to me. I tend to like the alcohol to be well hidden, but this beer is a little less balanced than I prefer. Some would really dig it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with sharp notes on the front on the tongue.

D: An okay winter warmer. Will probably not buy anymore.

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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 biergeniesser
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Redhook Winterhook poured clear, deep amber with a fluffy off –white head that collapsed slowly and laced itself nicely on the glass.

The aroma was primarily fruity with a significant element of floral hops.

The flavor was dominated by the hop character. Crisp, minty, herbal, tea-like and floral hop flavors were accented by moderate, lingering hop bitterness. Deep in the background, a slight undertone of caramel malt sweetness was detectable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/13/04...

Appearance: deep ruby-brown, thinnish layer of off-white suds, poor head retention, beautious color

Aroma: lush bready/crystally maltiness, woody hops with an edge of citrus, hint of marzipan

Flavor: toasty malt backbone with a pronounced roast edge, slight woodiness, piny/peppery hop flavor, finishes dry with an aftertaste of roast and hop greenery

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight warmth, a bit astringent

Other comments: A nice, hoppy dark ale. Full-flavored, but a touch too bitter for a winter warmer, IMO.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper color with little head to it.

S: A bit of caramel malt and some piney hops, but not much to the nose with this one.

T: The taste is similar to the nose. A nice balance to the malt and hops, but neither really come to the forefront. Blends nicely, but I would like a bit more of both in this.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. It was okay, but could be better.

D: This is a decent winter ale. There are much better ones out there though. I had it on cask at the brewery, so that was cool, but I wouldn't otherwise go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Winter Lager miniature-nonic type glass. Pours a semi-transparent golden/copper color with a massive rocky off-white head which sinks into about one finger before holding very nicely.

Aroma is a nice balance of caramel and toasted malts and a bit of a floral and herbal hoppiness. Nice balance and it smells fairly warm, but not terribly complex.

The aroma wasn't too bad, but when this thing hits my lips it is, in a word, bland. Mildly dry and a slightly bitter aftertaste, but there's just not a whole lot here.

Medium-bodied and fairly crisp, but when I think of a winter warmer I tend to think of something that will be...well, warm. This just doesn't do it. Not quite heavy enough to do the trick, but still thick enough and with a high enough ABV to make a poor session beer. Nothing terrible, but nothing too impressive either. This is definitely an average beer that I will probably not bother to revisit.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a clear gold/amber with a sparse white head. Some malt in the aroma with a little of the trademark Redhook diacetyl. Pretty thin in the body. Crisp hop bitterness. A little butteryness and bready malt. Decent hop finish. Not that exciting, more of a bland amber than a true hearty winter beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a newer label than the one pictured (as of 2/27/06) and an embossed "Bottled" date on the bottom-right of the label.

Appearance: Nice reddish-brown hue. 1/2 beige head with impressive retention and lace.

Smell: I detect a fate toasted caramel scent accompanied with some citrus.

Taste: The taste presents the caramel and a toasted malt flavor. The hops add the bitterness and aroma, but I would say to a mild to medium extent. The fruity and spice flavors add to the mix. The alcohol is detectable, but not immediately.

Mouthfeel: Thin-to-medium and smooth body. The carbonation is right on track.

Drinkability - A tasty winter treat that (at 6.0%) will warm you up nice. Also, the alcohol is balanced well with the malt and hops making it easy to drink several before noticing its "warmth".

Notes: It may not be exceptional (a little on the thinner side for a winter beer), but definitely worthy of a six-pack in the fridge for the winter months.

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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 GardnerAleBrewer
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has been going downhill every year I've tasted it. Three years ago it was wonderful: a nice, rich, dark IPA is the only way I could describe it. It had a very cascady nose, and a nice, rich, malty body. Every year since then, it has gotten thinner, less hoppy, and less complex. It is still a good beer, but what are they doing to the recipe? Or is it something else? Redhook produces some great beer for the mass market. This is one that they shouldn't be "watering down".

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Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a clear amber with a medium white head. Nutty aroma with some herbs and tea. Flavor is smoother than one would expect, malty and earthy. The taste is almost like a low-alcohol barleywine. Its okay, but not really what I was expecting from a winter brew.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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