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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Ratings: 945 |  Reviews: 473
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of thisladyluck
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mattsdenney
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, a dark copper/amber color with a two finger head. Leaves a sticky, bubbly film as it settles. Looking very good so far.

S: Malt and toasted grain, light hop scent. Caramel sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, herbal grain, and toasted caramel up front with a nice hoppy backbone. Flavorful, and very well balanced. Some spiciness but not as much as other Winter Warmers.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish.

O: Overall I really enjoy this beer. The Winter Warmer designation always throws me b/c you never know what you'll get. This beer is warming, well balanced and perfect for a cold night. Very drinkable, will buy again.

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Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a golden light brown color with a small head retention mostly around the edge of the glass.

S: A very clean flower and hop smell with just a hint of malt.

T: The very sweet flower flavor comes on at first and then the full hop body takes over with a minuscule malty background flavor. The overall taste is aromatic and sweet with a slight bitterness but it has a well balanced hops profile.

M: It has a full body that is slightly creamy, yet dry from the hoppy flower flavor.

O: This beer is a definite must try. It is has an exclusive floral taste that is well complimented with its strong hop profile. The value of this beer is also great, the flavor of this beer is very worth a price.

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Photo of Trailmix242
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev +11.7%

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 industrialswill
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown shade of dark brown.
This beer has almost NO smell, odor, aroma, I practically dunked my nose into it and tried to snort some of it...[just kidding]
I love the flavor. I would call this one a bitter if asked to classify it. It has an underlying bitterness that borders on being dank and musty, with just enough malt sweeetness to make this a very enjoyable beer.
There is very little carbonation or head, but there is enough to make this brew feel that it's alive.
This is a style that I can appreciate...even though it falls short in my book of even the most basic of IPAs.
At any rate, this stuff is good beer and it deserves a good review.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with an off-wide head—very nice looking. It has a malty aroma that reminds me of a pilsner lager. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts with a very subtle hop presence. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Winterhook is a nice beer that I think most would enjoy. However, it's not memorable. Given the light hop flavor, I never would have guessed that Redhook used 4 hop varieties. Lastly, I don't understand what makes it a winter seasonal. It's a very middle-of-the-road beer that doesn't offer anything unique or different.

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Photo of rlshep
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Date on bottle: 10/19/2010

Aroma: Malty. Caramel, pear

Appearance: Pours finger and half off-white head. Nice lacing. Dissipates slowly. Amber golden color. A few floaties.

Flavor: Yeasty. Caramel, Apple, Pear and a touch of Vanilla. Medium high bitterness. Light harshness possibly from bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Alcohol present.

Overall: At almost 6% this did not age well. Would like to try a fresher version.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Board info called this a English-style strong ale.

Poured a clear chestnut color with a frothy beige head that retains well. Toasty malts in the aroma, nutty with a bit of sweetness. Nutty taste, malty, toasty, a bit bland. Some light hops come through near the end for a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat drinkable, but not that great. Reminded me more of an amber ale than a winter warmer or strong ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a reddish brown color. The head was alright, kinda thin not much lacing here. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and a little roasted. The taste has a slight sweetness to it, mostly some dark mark in the flavor. There seems to be just a hint of pine or spruce in within deep the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is definitely drinkable but I just didn't feel that this Winter Warmer was really up to par.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, this is one of the better winter ales available in 6 packs in grocery - and often on sale (6.99 in Portland). Despite the low price, it packs a hefty punch, as most redhook brews do.

This is a lovely cold weather beer that is medium to light bodied so it won't beat your palate like a stout. Very well done.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 11/17/10

A: Pours a medium copper color, no cloudiness, minimal carbonation. Less than one finger head with little retention. Not much lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas, a bit of pear. The pear disappears about half way through the glass.

T: Dry biscuit, a little hop bite on the finish. Not bad, but somewhat one-dimensional.

M: Medium body, pleasant, but unremarkable. Develops some creaminess as the beer warms and the carbonation fades.

O: Good beer, above average, but not by a lot.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#106. And the 400th review of this beer, good timing. This is very likely the last "winter beer" I have left in my chiller, although I go out of my way to get the things that are going out for the season before the freshest things arrive. This will be my first review of a Redhook beer, and since I have tried a few Winter Warmers in the past, I have some general expectations and criterion when reviewing this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Hmm, perhaps this may have been better consumed at an earlier date. Quarter finger depth head is the most I can get from this pour. What little left there is to retain holds back for the most part, but this has a very weak premiere. The color is a copper deep gold, a pretty light shade for a winter warmer but not very original by coloration standards. Despite dismal head size, there's an enormous amount of very small, busy carbonation bubbles littering this beer. I'm determined to investigate this at an earlier date next season to affirm the head quality, but regardless, the appearance is pretty bland. 2

(Smell) Malts out on top, some caramel and dark fruit tones are easiest to pick out of this brew. It has a airy sweet aroma with a bit of (presumably holiday) spice that tingles the nose hairs. Earthy hops are hidden to nonexistent in the aroma, which I'm indifferent to in regards to the style which could go either way. The aroma sends a wariness that this beer may be too sweet; even if my fears are incorrect, the aroma needs slightly better balance or some more complimentary flavors to round it out more. Burnt sugars, toasty caramel, heavier spice emphasis would all do well here. Potency is also lacking, needs more volume. There's improvements to be made, but if the flaws have anything to do with the aging of this 4 month old brew, then my suggestions are to consume it as soon as possible. 2.5

(Taste) More robust malty flavor with a bit of a grains and some definite nutty tones. Alcohol ties with some caramel flavors and hides well for a warmer. It's almost the dominant flavor in the beer and some people aren't going to like it, but as a Winter Warmer, it belongs. Spice isn't quite as easy to find as it may have been in the nose, but a very slight alcoholic peppermint finish is just barely there- like a nod farewell to the passing season. There's some decent character to this brew, fortunately the quality of the taste has survived the new year better than the rest of the qualities. A fairly easy Winter Warmer to drink in moderate amounts and there's a better balance in here than in the nose. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The alcohol hints tingle the mouth some, and paired with a heavily carbonated airy first wash creates some boldness in the brew. I think it's well done; it matches what the taste was going for and compliments the peak moments from the alcohol and spices (or peppermint tingle, which I may be hallucinating up for the most part). Fortunately not a prickly drag through and through; there's some middle ground for settling the smooth characteristics, which match the medium maltiness that the beer has to offer. There's a medium body here and alcohol is tucked away well (for a Winter Warmer). Does it's job here exceptionally well. 4.5

(Drinkability) This is where I'm going to have to admit my flaw in getting this beer as late as I had. I think that obtaining a six pack early in the season is a much better choice. It isn't super filling but is very enjoyable and can manage alcohol tastes and amount well. In addition, there were no astringent or out-of-character tastes, but there was a great deal of flavor variety. It has me warm, like it intended. This is a three-bottle-a-day beer for me if I act wisely next year. In case you were wondering, that's a real good thing. 4

Verdict: I came down hard on this beer's appearance and aroma but I would like to think that the excessive aging may have had some sort of a negative impact on that. However, the taste and mouthfeel didn't fade nearly as much; in fact they may have flourished. This was a good introductory beer into Redhook's lineup for me. I will recommend, but also insist that the drinker gets the beer as soon as it comes out, so keep your eyes peeled and don't expect to be disappointed. B- (3.43)

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear amber body with a nice one finger white head. Decent lacing along the glass. Looks good.

Unfortunately, looks are the best feature of this beer. Faint lager-type aroma of malt. The flavor is also lacking. Bready malt taste with maybe a hint of the expected winter spices in the background.

Perhaps freshness of the keg is in play here. But, it was recommended by the bartender as a "hoppy" beer. Wrong. Average offering at best.

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Photo of maleman
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle had a born-on date. Poured dark amber with one finger head that had a short retention before receding into a tight cap. Clingy lacing.

S - hops and pine evident on first note.

T - a smooth nutty flavor with a bit of hops and some pepper. Some bread in the aftertaste.

M - maybe a little less than what I'd call medium-bodied. tasted in the back of the mouth. average carbonation.

D - not a bad quaff. i'd hit up a six to share with friends with no reservation at all.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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