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:
473
Ratings:
943
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
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26
Gots:
86
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, caramel color beer. Not as heavy as imagined. Small, thin head, but it did stay a bit in spots.
Smelled like caramel, roasted malt and almonds. Not very powerful.
Taste had about the same. Nut, roasted malt, caramel. Thinner than a winter ale ought to be, lower alcohol content. Can drink it fairly well.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Winterhook for Super Bowl XL, and to review. I poured this beer into a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich dark brown color, translucent and clear. There are a few streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, but the beer does not appear particularly effervescent. One finger of head on an aggressive pour, is light tan in color and dissipates rapidly to a thin film across the surface of the beer. The foam laces the side of the glass fairly well for being so thin.

The aroma is pungent and smells a little like bitter yeast. The scent of hops is also present.

The taste is also slightly bitter, more than what one would expect from a winter warmer. There is not much sweetness to the taste, but the smoky taste of dark roasted grain is present. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, and short-lived.

Mouth feel is light and crisp for a dark ale. Overall the beer lacks body, but the flavors are well balanced, and mouth feel is brisk and not think or syrupy.

This is a very drinkable beer, but in terms of a winter seasonal it’s a bit disappointing. I think it tastes more like a dark lager than an ale, and I also think this beer would be good year round. It’s a lot like a dark version of the Redhook ESB, but not quite as bitter. Personally I’d take the seasonal label off of this one. It’s not just for winter.

NOTE: The 2005 bottle and label are different from the picture on the BA website.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown-twinged ruby. Not much of a head to speak of, but decent specks of lace.

The label says "toasty" and that's about the best way to describe many aspects of this beer. The nose is almost akin to soured milk in its malt consistency. Funkily abrasive metallic nuttiness. Mildest citric twinges above the burnt toast trainwreck.

The intense toasted nuttiness of this beer continues on the palate, but isn't as off-putting as in the nose. Reminds me a little of rye-malt too. Off-kilter hop-profile seems to clash with the bone-dry chalky soured milk malt tones. Fruity candied cherry hop flavor kicks in just at the last moment almost salvages everything, but the rough lack of sweetness and almost putrid bitterness make for a not particularly enjoyable beverage.

Very bland and thin on the palate. Leaves a funky dried walnut afterimage. I really had to work to get through this six-pack.

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

Local Macro watering hole had this on-tap, since it was the only thing that wasn't macro-lager, i figured i would give it a go (ESB was also on tap, had that too)

A darkish amber hue with red around the edges, virtually no head, and minimal lacing.

The smell seemed weak to me, but i did pick up caramel malts, with a note of citrus, and something approaching toast that's just a little overdone (not charred)

Good malts in the first tast, but nothing to write home about. The hops come on later, and actually leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. The citrus notes are there, but the caramel stands out.

This was thin for a winter warmer... mine felt a bit over carbonated as well, though that may own to the bar where i was at.

all in all, if you're drinking warmers, there are better out there. but if you're stuck in macro-land, and this is your craft/micro option, go for it.

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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 PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter of '05 realse. Pours a clear, dark amber. Off-white creamy head one finger tall, with excellent retention. Beautiful patterns of lace cling stubbornly to the glass. The nose is not strong, but shows some dark malt and holdiay spice aromas. An odd, but not foul smell hides behind the malt, could be from wood chips or stale hops used in dry hopping...I don't know. Toasted barley and cinnamon flavor, followed by a well balanced dose of english hop bitterness. Aftertaste is hebal and tea-like, but fades gracefully. Medium body and nearly flat carbonation with scarce and tiny bubbles slowly rising north. Extra-smooth mouthfeel, easy on the eyes, and a pleasent hoppy finish; a nice winter seasonal.

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

I'm surprised this beer hasn't been reviewed. Redhook East is a good brewery, and the pub serves great food. Anyway, this winter seasonal is a nice dark amber color with a fairly thick creamy head. Good lacing. It has a sweet molasses smell to it, and a fruity, cinnamon taste. Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing, the smell. Caramel and hops, malty goodness, I thought this smelled pretty appetizing. Also, it was darker. A dark brown with minimal carbonation and a minimal pour made this pretty decent. Mouth was also very good , typical ale bitterness but not too profound, with a little creamy feel, but a watery finish.

Taste? Well, being winter warmers are not my favorite, this was a little less of a winter warmer and that's prehaps why I liked this more than some of the better winter warmers. It was thin, a tad on the watery side, but having just finished 4 Rolling Rocks, this is like beer from heaven. It was mildly spiced, not so malty, just a touch of bitterness that was more in mouthfeel than in taste.

I actually appreciated the lighter flavor as opposed to how heavy on the malt that winter warmers can be, and this was $6 for a six, so I can see buying this again as a change up six.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I lived in Seattle, I drank a heck of a lot of Redhook. At the time, they were operating a brewery down in Fremont, so I always considered them local to a degree. Winterhook was a pretty standard beer for me during the colder months and I remember liking it quite a bit.

That said, now that I'm living in Mass. and trying the 2006 Winterhook, I have to say that the shine seems to have come off the apple, so to speak.

Appearance is distinctly ice tea-esque. Clearer than a winter should be if you want to ask my opinion. I know they filter this stuff, but this is overly clear. Almost no head to speak of either, even though I made a point of pouring it vigorously.

Smell is ok. Hops are predominant, but there's a slightly carmel sweetness underlying.

Hops are larger in the mouth than I remember them being in this 2006 version of Winterhook. I remember a much more spicy, malty brew than what I have here. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Relatively well balanced considering the large hop nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with some degree of wateryness considering the style.

While it's not my favorite beer, I could drink a few of these in a sitting with no problem. In fact, I've been known to do just that. In fact, I may very well do that right now...

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Photo of Vancer
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Welp, this one doesn’t warm the cockles of my tummy. Oh yeah, good start with nice looking DATED label (bottled 11/27/05, 6% abv). Sharp dark mahogany pour, topped by a frothy tan head, which unfortunately died rather quickly.

Pronounced leather and spices in the aroma, this should be good…. but wait! Darn! A moderately harsh leather and floral bite on the quaff. Just not enough malt to balance it out properly.

Crisp and tart, the 6% fries the little hairs off your tongue. If offered freebies, this is drinkable – if I have to buy, I’d go with several others before this one.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" off-white head. Retains for about one minute. Light brown / amber color. Very nice lace.

S - Tangy hops. Citrus peel quality. Not quite grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Some malty chocolate as the beer warms.

T - Malty with a nice hop twang thrown in the mix. Caramel. Butter. Earthy. Tangy hop finish. Nice balance.

M - Thin to medium in mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. I like it. My only complaint is a little too much sweetness that builds up in the back of the mouth. Good beer by Redhook.

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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 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 EStreet20
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, part of a Winter mix 6 pack from Marketplace. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hard pour yields a very dark brown, beer with a very large white head. A nice lattice work of lacing. A nice look overall.

S - A grasssy aroma with a little bit of malt. Nothing else really to speak of.

T - Some sweetness on top of a grassy hop profile. A tiny bit of spice in the finish.

M - A little bit off. Some more carbonation would do thbis well since it's not as spicy as many winter warmerns out there. Still pretty good.

D - Pretty good but nothing to chase after with all the other great winter warmers out there.

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Photo of mbunje
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a December 2005 12 oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Reviewed as a "winter" brew.

Appearance: Walnut Brown with 1/2" of head, dissapating in a couple minutes. few carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Mildly sweet, nothing overpowering. Lacks Identity, especially for a "winter" brew.

Taste: A little bitter up front with a dry finish. very mild spice, but nothing distinctive. Again, weak identity.

Mouthfeel: Light for a winter brew or even for an everyday amber. Smooth.

Drinkability: I could drink lots of this because it is smooth and it doesn't kill your palate, but I have no desire too drink much of this.

Overall: This "winter" brew is all label. Color is about right, but it lacks identity in the smell and taste and the experience is ordinary.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 version (bottled on 100305), my bottle is a little different than the one pictured, stated ABV on bottle is 6.0%.

Appearance: When poured into my pint glass this beer is a clear, dark amber. My pour produces an off white head that rises to a good half inch before settling down to a solid cover and ring around the glass. Good lacing, while not sheeting down the glass there are clinging patches that stick to the glass to the end.

Smell: A bit weak here. While I am used to robust malt and/or hops, this beer has a hint of sweet caramel malt, perhaps a touch of roasted malts (or is that what I want to smell?). Hop aromas are very weak as well, a little piney. I detect no spices. Even as it warms the aromas are weak.

Taste: Not quite as weak as the smell, but very much subdued when compared to other winter seasonals that I have had thus far. Flavor starts malty (a little toasted, yet sweet). Finish is a little bitter. I do get a few hop burps from this, so I think they are there.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, good carbonation somewhat dry. This is almost like an amber ale to me.

Drinkability: Sure, it's highly drinkable, but not very memorable. A decent enough beer, and if I see this on sale for cheap (less than $12 for a twelve pack) I may purchase more just to have on hand a let others try.

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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 ski271
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with a very small, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a tenacious film. Good lacing. The smell is strong of piney hops with some light citrus and smoke. The taste is more hops but with more of a malt presence giving it some balance. It finishes clean, has a medium body, watery texture, and very low carbonation. I think the mouthfeel is the biggest downfall of this beer, but I still found it rather enjoyable… which was a pleasant surprise coming from a brewery I haven’t been too impressed with in the recent past. This would be a good beer to take on a long ski lift.

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

Pours up a dull brown/amber color, large creamy head of off-white foam, tons of thick lace on the glass, head leaves rather quickly but a thin layer remains atop the beer.
Not much in the smell category. A hint of coffee/caramel malt aroma is about it.
Taste of grainy malt, almost nutty flavor. Seems similar to a brown ale so far. Minimal hop flavor shows up mid sip. Not bad, not outstanding.
Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, pretty good.
Could be a session beer, easy enough to drink, and has some flavor, but I probably wouldn't seek it out compared to rogue or anchor winter beers.

cheers...

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and some light chocolate malts. It's breadlike with a mild hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor that is a bit grainy and breadlike in the finish. It is slightly bitter and dry; not much of a warmer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good seasonal. It has good flavor and aroma; a fine sessions ale.

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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 Dewey0603
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real dark reddish color with a smallish head with good lacing.The smell is earthy,floral,and hoppy.The taste is a spice,malt and hop filled pleasure.The m/f is well balanced between malt and hops.This is a ggod seasonal beer and I was pleasently surprised.

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper color with a short-lived head and thin, sporadic lace. A piney hop aroma with some roasted notes. Tastes of grain, caramel, hops, and mellow toasted flavors. Unfortunately, there is also this slightly fishy, metallic taste (and aroma) and it doesn’t lend itself to the beer’s drinkability. The mouthfeel is kinda creamy, though a bit thin, with sub-par, “fizzy” carbonation.

A bit of disappointment; normally, I can always depend on Redhook to produce a beer that is, if nothing else, easygoing and drinkable. But this one, while not awful, doesn’t really make you want another. Not recommended.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a red brew with a one finger off white head. Smells pretty malty with a tiny bit of hop presence.Taste is just mediocre,,pretty dry with no hardly any sweetness.Slight hop bitterness shows through lack of malt.Mouthfeel basically average. A good session drinker, nothing over the top but nothing bad either.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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