Redhook Winterhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook
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3.58/5
944 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#38,203
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
944
pDev:
13.41%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery Chataqua Public House on 11/1/08.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Solid covering of retention leaves a soft cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh, floral hops with a bit of spice to it and some underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is a slightly tangy mix of citrus and caramel malts with a nice floral tasting hop bitterness that wraps everything up nicely. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that spreads out into a more creamier feel.

This is probably one of my favorites from Redhook with some nice chewy sweetness but it's the freshness of the hops here that really did it for me with this pint. Tasty and pretty easy drinking for the size.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark, dark amber; clear. Very nice lace, although the head died quickly.

The aroma features an overheated electrical engine smell--not appealing. Plasticky. Sorry, this one is a miss.

Good mouthfeel, high carbonation, rich. Flavorwise, I really can't get over the smell that seems to be present in the taste. This is a malty beer, even though it is masked. I can give this one some points for decent balance.

Overall, I would describe this as a miss. Certainly, this is a beer I won't be seeking out again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's see what 07's offering yields:

Pours coppery/orange with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention

S: Breadyness & slight citric hops

T: Breadyness with orangey hops up front. Some piney hops as this warms along with a bit of brown sugar, dryness & grapefruitty hops. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks good, makes me think APA vice winter warmer, but is still pretty tasty. I'd take this over their IPA or ESB any day!

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal.

Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens.

Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate.

Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many, far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Take note of the verbiage from the "Notes / Commercial Description" portion of this entry which reads: "The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year." This means that you should be reviewing each and every iteration on an annual basis. As of today (W, 07 Dec 2016), #'s 1 - 31 are retired. This year's is their 32nd batch. I will enter my review for that one and every other one that I can find or live to procure here, but this is a master entry, with every year being unique, ala Anchor Christmas.

2016 (#32): Another Pop! of the cap to begin this review. I would like to think that every Pop! is one-of-a-kind, but it is hard to tell. I do know that every pour and its result is different each time. An initially heavy-handed pour started a pseudo-cascade which turned into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The nose, while malty, had a very noticeable earthiness, kind of like drying/dried hay. Mouthfeel was medium. I allowed it to lazily roll around on my tongue to bring out a base, earthy bitterness. I was put on mind of a wet-hopped AIPA in terms of its earthy bitterness. I keep mentioning bitterness, but it was not overpowering or off-putting. I was just kind of surprised by it, especially in the style. I found it to be eminently drinkable, developing a toasty breadiness as it warmed. I have to admit to expecting an overly spiced ale with a relatively high ABV, but I was not at all disappointed not to get it. I also got a light nuttiness with it as it warmed. The takeaway may be to let it live up to its style and let it warm before settling in for a drink. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I really liked the earthiness of the hops & malts & now I anticipate the next iteration with bated breath.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucid, erythematous bronze with orange accents. The ecru colored head is dense and sits atop the beer with a resolute purposefulness. A slow descent brings about tattered rings and sheets of lace that cover the majority of the inside surface of the glass.

Wow, the nose is a surprise in the best way possible with loads of tropical fruity, sweet citrus zest dipped in melted caramel. I sure didn't expect a winter warmer to be this fantastically hoppy. It smells more like Amarillo than Cascade, but I'll take the brewer's word for it.

The flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, but it's a near thing. Plenty o' hops, with bitter grapefruit peel and pine sap in the forefront, anchored by a toasted caramel malt base that binds it all together in convincing fashion. I really don't appreciate much in the way of spices, just the four basic ingredients that combine to produce very good beer.

The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium and, as a consequence, the finish isn't as long and as lingering as it might be. When judged as a winter warmer, which I feel should be more full, it probably deserves the next lowest score.

Winterhook Winter Ale is a different sort of winter warmer, but a good one. It drinks like a relatively well-balanced IPA that's slanted toward 'made in the U.S.A.' tropical hoppiness. In other words, there's a lot to like in this 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One winter seasonal that I have probably seen the most improvement over the years is Winterhook. Its been around since 1985 in one form or another but seems to be on the stable path for several years now. Bright clarity off of the deep copper color brew, awesome looking lacing as it leaves a web like trail down the glass. Malty aroma of toasted grain and caramel, hint of floral and grassy hops as well. The smoothness is certainly there with a small crispness that drops off quick in the medium body. Spicy, herbal and bit time floral hop flavor don a balanced bitterness that lingers far into the drying finish.

High in drinkability, flavorful and a bit complex yet approachable enough to bring to a holiday party. By far its one of my favorites each year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice burnt amber color, good bit more orange in here then I thought there would be honestly. Very clear, almost crystal like clarity to it allowing you to really notice the ample amount of carbonation that was present in this one. Chains of bubbles streaming up toward the surface to reinforce the already nice amount of head and lace that were on the top. Upon first pour there was a good two finger high head of white across the top that only gradually faded while leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace throughout the session. Nice dripping web like creations were strewn all over the side of the glass and really left quite a nice impression overall.

S - The aroma on this one overall was quite light to be honest, at first it was hard to pick up much of anything, however after I waited a few minutes I was able to detect some subtle hoppy notes, very nice and floral actually coming up from it and giving it a little bit of a kick. Nice light grain like back was predominant here as well, with nice rich tones of cereal and earthy grains that really let it shine a bit and honestly was starting to take on the aroma more of a nice pale ale, or perhaps even a light IPA, though I am really not sure what style this fits in.

T - The flavor overall was very nice and extremely well balanced with no one thing really dominating over anything else. The first flavor to really pop out at you was a nice amount of hops which were quite light and floral, with some semi sweet notes of orange and fresh grass coming through quite nicely, while being layered upon a good deal amber like malts and a nice touch of cereal and oats in the background. Some light notes of perhaps banana or something similar as well coming though now giving it a little more complexity and a little bit more balance. Then the finish hits with its nice bitter profile and good long drawn out dry feeling, making you come back and get another sip. Again this was more of a light IPA or very nice Pale Ale.

M - Very nice light bodied ale, with a little more to it to be honest then just a light bodied pale ale, this one had a little bit of a body to it. Very nice carbonation profile here as well, with lots of carbonation that lasted until the very end of the session. Good strong finish really rounded it out well, and gave it that quick, clean, crisp feeling that really added a lot to it.

D - An absolutely great session ale. The feel was great, the flavor profile was just light enough to be really quite down able, but at the same time had enough of a flavor to keep me interested for a while. I could have easily thrown down a few more of these with no real issue at all.

Overall I thought this was a rather nice offering from Red Hook. I have had better, sure, but this was definitely not bad at all. Would I go out and buy it, probably not, but I certainly would not turn my nose up at it either. Could have had a little more spice to it to make it have that little bit of an extra pop, but overall it was still good and would say if it was there, you could do much worse.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruby tinted with a nice sized tan head, leaving lacing around my glass fine but hey it's there. Aromatics: The cascades weigh in nicely here upfront floral and piney not bad not a lot of malt sweetness but definitely not bad the hops are nice. Flavor: Is definitely tame, low pur of caramel malt tones slightly spiced not bad at all, with what I was expecting to be a roaring hop profile was nothing at all just a mild finish of hops, disappointing but I was expecting much. Mouthfeel: Thin not much texture lacks body, smooth carbonation for a winter seasonal this is a light beer. Drinkability: Is mediocre cant' picture myself buying this ever again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy and has great retention. The nose has a rather big hop aroma that is piny, earthy, and spicy. The flavor has a caramel sweetness to it as well as a slight spice character with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is pretty hoppy with some citrusy, piny, earthy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

I like that there is a winter warmer that is a little hoppier and not so over spiced, this is though a little simple and I'm indifferent about it overall. Nothing really stands out for me.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and foamy, left alot of foamy lace. Crisp and refreshing, nice qualities for this syle beer. Very smooth and long malty center, Mild/mellow hop finish. nice balance and drinkability. Good session brew. A pleasant quaffer. Tried this one on tap. Didnt have the time to let it warm up abit in the glass.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 944 ratings
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