Redhook Winterhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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 redwolf1
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-12oz. long neck bottle with a bottled date of 10/04/05. Also, the label on the bottle has changed in comparison to the one shown. Poured a nice dark auburn with about 1/4 inch head. In fact, a very nice head is still present halfway through drinking and about 10 minutes later. Good retention.
S-The smell is a little hard to pinpoint because I can't quite figure out if there is a smell at all. Not much there to speak of.
T&M-The sweetness that most winter seasonals have is not present, although it does go down smooth, probably because of the malt. Very subtle alcohol bite at the back of the throat reminiscent of good English ales (but like I said, reminiscent, not equal to).
D-Is the beer drinkable? Of course it is. Like many of us have stated before, we'd probably drink several if given the choice, but it's also not an awe-inspiring beer for the style, rather average in my opinion.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of head. Smell is nothing exceptional malty with a bit of hops. The tastes is a bit unique. At first its somewhat bland with a bit of sourness, after a few sips you can pin down the malts with a little bit of hops to balance, but not much. Not a strong or overpowering brew. Overall it's a good beer, it's nothing great or exceptional at all, but I will probably try it again before the season is over.

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Photo of Graebner
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing you notice on this beer is the gorgeous pour. A rich, dark-medium brown with many bubbles which move more slowly than usual, probably because of the relatively high gravity. Develops a finger of head or so which dissapates quickly leaving only a thin sheen. Sadly the appearance is the high point, but the beer is pretty good overall.

Initial smell is something like grass clippings, burnt popcorn and gasoline, but I mean that in the best possible way. Maybe a tinge of cigar smoke as well. Is doesn't smell much, but it doesn't smell bad either.

Taste is difficult to pin down. Initially a bit sour, quickly sweetening up with the malt and then finishing with the carbonation and a small kick of hops. The hops lingers, as does the feeling of having just taken a sip of ale.

The mouthfeel is thick and a little heavy, really pretty nice depending on what you're after. Lingers a bit longer than I'd like, but that's just preference.

Overall I'm sorry to say that the beer is good but not great. Would I drink it? Oh yeah. Two? Sure. As many as you've got? Probly. All I'm saying is that there are better ales out there for the money. Either pony up the extra $1 for Sierra Nevada or grab some Redhook IPA. Ok, maybe buy this one once and see if it does it for you.

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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 rowew
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: New packaging for 2005. Bottle is a bit homely, with very square shoulder and a split label. ABV and bottled date (September 14, 05) are clearly visible.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Head fades to leave a nice lacing, very light bubbling keeps it from going away completely.

Smell: I am recovering from a cold (and thought a winter beer would be the perfect medicine), so my sense of smell is less than perfect. However the malt sweetness comes through, as well as a hint of fruit. Just a little bit of spice in there too.

Taste: Starts off sweet and malty, and then a bit of hops come in to keep it balanced. Spice is very light, but still present. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Just a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall impression: Nice winter seasonal - I'm always happy to see this come on tap at the local bars. Certainly not the best out there, but it is widely available and tasty.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown syrup color. Almost opaque with red highlights.
thick foamy, tan head that holds well.
Light carbonation.
Rich, aroma, smells of roasted malts.
Smooth, roasted malt flavor, light hop finish with hints of citrus and spice.
Smooth on the palate, drinkable.
Fans of Sam Adam's Boston Lager will enjoy this one.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pop top 12oz longneck. Dark amber color with a foamy tan head and nice looking lacings. Smell is toasted malt and light hops. This beer has a med to heavy body a bit of noticable alchohol and goes down with a bready finish. Flavor is toasty malt with a good amount of hops, piney and a bit of citrus.

This is a good beer overall, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to find it but I wouldn't avoid it either.

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Photo of karst
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9 29 04. Pours a deep ruby brown (28.9 SRM) with tan head that drops to a halo that unsuccessfully attempts to lace the Rastal sniffer. Aroma of nutty roasted malts with some fruity esters and Northern Brewer and Cascade hops is very inviting. Taste from combination of two different malts: Carmel 50/60 from England and a Munich malt provide a satisfying but some what surprizing balance for the hops (listed as 29.2 IBUs). Nice bitterness in aftertaste.

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

poured a medium copper color with sparse head. Smell is mainly of malt with some dark fruitiness mixed in. Taste is of caramel, malt, and dark fruit with little hops present.. Finish if fruity with some alcohol notes. An OK beer, reminds me winter will be coming soon.

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber-red, with a one-finger light brown foamy head that dissipated almost immediately. Just a skiff of foam was left on top.

The aroma is full of pine hops and a sweet malt underbelly. Nicely balanced and enticing. I really like the smell on this one. Not too aggressive, but very appealing.

A touch of malt sweetness hits first, but is quickly overcome by hop bitterness. The taste is not as appealing as the aroma, but it's still very nice. The hops here retain the pine character, and are a bit woody in the finish. Nice bitter aftertaste, and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

It's pleasant on the palate - not light, certainly, but not a big full-bodied beer, either.

This is really, really nice. I'll be coming back to this one, and not just for winter.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - reddish brown amber, light tan head, thin cover with no breaks. Thin stringy lacing.

Aroma - an initial burst of citrus gives way to a slightly metallic nose. That settles down and lets a slightly sweet and toasty malt aroma through. That fades too, but is still slightly noticeable.

Taste - hops hit first, well to the bitter side with a shallow sweetness to them. There is a malt taste in there as well, once you get accustomed to the hops. Lightly toasted in nature, while they don't completely stand up to the hoppage, they do okay. The finish is mostly a solo reprise of the hop flavor profile, just to a diminished degree.

Mouthfeel - good body, smooth, solid and filling as a winter warmer should be. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - this could be a great session beer for hopheads in winter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola brown, slightly hazy, and 1" of tan head that fades fast. Smells of spicy grapefruit and raisins. Taste is very hop dominated, but there are some dark roasted malts and raisins. Mouthfeel is grainy and has relatively low levels of carbonation. Pretty robust winter beer, much better than most beers in the Redhook lineup.

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

I really think this is a way above average beer. There's nothing on the market quite like it. This brew has a wonderful winter spicyness that I havn't found in any other beer. Truely a perfect compliment for a cold winter night. Like all Redhooks, this beer pours almost too clean, with a good head. But, who really cares how about a beer looks? The important thing is how this tastes. Flavors present are nutmeg and cinammon. It's too bad I can only find it during the winter.

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

12 oz, longneck, brown bottle, twist-off cap. Best by date on label. Based on the date, I guess this bottle was about one year old.

This ale poured a cloudy/hazy brown color with sudsy, tan foam that settled but clung somewhat. The smell was caramel and cocoa with hints of dried fruit and hops. There was a trace of sweetness in the aroma. Overall a nice, mellow smell. The taste was richly malty with a touch of sweetness and hints of spices and with a good hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Not as full-bodied as I had hoped. This was a very respectable winter warmer, with the aroma probably its strongest aspect.

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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 oelergud
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour and cascading head that settles after a while. Great lace and retention. Body is a clear amber/red topped with a tan head.
Grass and hops up front in the nose with undertones of slightly spiced molasses, well balanced. Warming malt sensation.
Burnt hay and bitter citrus on the palate. Malts do not really come forth until the aftertaste hits, which is a pleasant lingering burnt hoppiness mellowing out to molasses and spiced slight brown sugar.
Good mouthfeel and coating. Pretty good drinkability, ABV will get to you which is proper for a winter warmer.

-Oelergud

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep ruby beer with a bright white head that stands a long time in contrast to the liquid below.

The cascade hops jumps into your nose as the glass approaches. A very nice touch that I was not expecting.

The hops are most definately in the taste but they wrestle with the malt sweetness. As I write this I am about to say the it is balanced toward the hops but then in the finish the sweetness comes out ahead but here again comes those hops. A complexness in balance that is really great.

The mouthfeel is medium light, The hops to tingle the roof of my mouth but this is maybe the weakest aspect of this beer.

This is a nice Winter Ale. I particularly like the hops/malt contrast. A nice hoppy middle of the road beer that I look forward trying again soon.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The look of this beer is exceptional. It is a burnt brown color with a huge pillowy head. There is tons of sticky lacing that makes this beer look geourgious.

Smell: The smell is of burnt caramel lightly hopped with a few spices. Not bad.

Taste: A little harsh. The flavors do not blend well. The malt is the backbone of this brew but the hops seem very harsh. Maybe not the right hop for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A good mouthfeel, nice and rich and thick.

A decent brew but I would not want to have it again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

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Photo of Zraly
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a nice one inch head. Nice citrus smells and herbal notes slowly dance out of the glass. Lacing is good and carbonation helps move the flavor forward upon the first sip.

More so than anything, I identify this ale as an American IPA. I understand the philosophy behind labeling it a winter warmer, and in a basic sense it constitutes such a notion. But I'm really reminded of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada's "Celebration Ale" when I drink this...which is only offered seasonally, but is an IPA in its true form and label.

Medium bodied, a bit raw in the malt department, and warmly on the money with flavorful hops in the finish. Starts of semi-sweet with a bit of caramel flavor. Hints of alcohol. The finish is of orange peel and pine. Dry finish on the tongue. Smooth enough to drink more than one.

This is a great transition brew for newbie drinkers, to introduce them to hops and a minor alcohol kick.

Enjoy with some spicy nachos.

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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 Kookiekwan
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber/brown has a one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is very pine like with hints of spices and dark malt in the background. The taste is very hoppy at first sip but ends up being well balanced with the caramel-like malt. This beer is medium bodied and dry.

Reflection: This is the first beer I've had from Red Hook that I would buy again. Great hoppy flavor, a good change up from usual winter warmers.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very slightly hazy ruby brown with a decent light tan head.
Hoppy nose, with grapefruit and pine.
Tasted like an American IPA. Not bad, but since it really didn't meet the usual with flavor, and didn't really warm, I kept the score low. Nice hop profile, with a sturdy caramel undertone.

Finished dry and acidic. Turned out to be quite drinkable and worth a few.

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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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