Redhook Winterhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

But can I use of these during the summer fishing outings? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber-topaz topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, very light menthol, and sweet, nutty toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine needles and something that sort of approaches a shadow of ginger. Gotta say, this sits very poorly on my tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a muddled, unpleasant winter warmer. 'Nuff said.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook Ale Brewery

LOOK: Dark amber colored brew bordering on brown. Off white head forms and leaves a considerable amount of lace.

SMELL: Herbal, tea like aromas with a sweet toffee like maltyness.

TASTE: Toffee/caramel flavors from the malts and a strong hop bitterness. Hop character here is very coarse, leafy, resinous and full of pine. Caramel malt sweetness paired with a herbal bitterness that makes for a well balanced brew.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Drinks effortlessly.

OVERALL: Though the vintage changes every year , this winter warmer drinks almost like a dark pale ale. Surprising amount of hop character for a winter warmer, and is a refreshing option in the holiday rotation.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $13.99 as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 15, 2012). Dark caramel amber with one finger of khaki white head. Average to below average retention of lacing on the top, above average on the sides.

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nutty malts, slight dark chocolate and slight coffee beans. A tad bit of rye hops as well.

Tasted not so much like the smell. Got toffee, caramel, roasty malts, candy cane, mint hops, rye hops and iced tea. Started out so bad, but ended so well with the mint.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Smooth finish.

This beer grew on me a lot. Wasn’t anywhere close to as good as the Widmer Brr I just had, but it hit the spot. I’d have it again.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 946 ratings