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

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943
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
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Photo of jkdrummer
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version:

Pours a nice brownish color. Thin lace around the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of hops and malt of course. Taste is a bit bitter but nice. Not a roasted malt flavor a bit more sweet and the hops stand right out. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Recommended.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy brown with an off white head. Head and lacing present. The smell is toasted nutty.

The taste is pretty nice nutty with some malt up front. Where this goes wrong is the mid to aftertaste. Any nutty malt is overpowered by a very bitter smoky burnt taste on the back of my tongue. The off putting bitterness lingers and lingers. There are not enough malts to help balance this very bitter ale.

Burnt and bitter are not two qualities I look for in a winter ale. Not recommended.

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Photo of masikon
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was offered to me by a friend, I usually don't drink much redhook these days but I gave her a try during a heated table-tennis match. lighter than expected with a minimal head and mildly active carbonation. Taste is of malts, perhaps some toast and a bit of peppery alcohol. Taste is very malty despite the somewhat thin mouthfeel, sort of threw me off a bit. I can see what Redhook is going for here with the roast malt flavor but I can't say I thought it was well done, the mouthfeel is too thin and undercarbonated to support the malt profile....comes off as too grainy for me. Overall try it if it's offered but don't pay for it.

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Photo of zacharius
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light brown with copper tint. Nice tight head sits on top, lasts through the glass. Smell is of hops and a bit of malt in there as well. Taste is decent esters predominate with hints of roasted malts, hops are in balance. The aftertaste of this brew is where it shines with an endless floral taste of willamette hops. Mouthfeel is average and it has decent carbonation, some alcohol but nothing to write home about, could be thicker. Drinkability is very good, you could drink many of these beers. Not quite what I would expect from a winter ale but a good beer nonetheless. Nothing here to offend anyone but nothing to make you crap your pants with enjoyment either.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 2 finger head that dies pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma starts off pretty hoppy which yields to a malty sweetness. There is also a weird fruity smell, but I can't think of anything to describe it.

Taste is malty with a clear hop flavor present. There is some nice toasted/roasted malt flavors as well. There is light to moderate bitterness on the finish. Has a slight sweetness that comes out as it warms. The weird fruit flavor is in the taste as well, but still can't think of how to describe it. Mouthfeel is very good and very good drinkability too.

Overall a very good winter ale. Will definitely have this again.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.

Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.

Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.

Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.

Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.

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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 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 Contagion
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass, it has a nice chestnut brown with garnet highlights. There is no cloudiness to it that can be detected. Light passes through the beer, but it is dark enough that you can't make out what is seen on the other side. When poured a thin tan head formed that turned into a film that lasted until I was finished with the beer. There was some lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent is mainly of dried dark fruits like prunes and raisins. A touch of citrus and the spicy bitterness of hops rounds off the smell. The first sip mainly consists of the taste combination of caramel malts and hops. There is a citrus hint and a touch of cloves to the finish. The flavor is kind of thin and watery.

This is a medium bodied beer that has a nice carbonation level to it.

It's pretty easy to drink. I wouldn't recommend it as a compliment to a meal. This is definitely a beer that one drinks by itself, preferably while sitting next to a warm fire in the accompaniment of friends. It's definitely one I would drink again, most likely on a special occasion.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 11/13 at the brewery in New Hampshire.

Poured into a pint glass and watched a good finger-and-a-half of textured khaki head mount itself on top of a clear and copper body. It's cool to see pretty lacing and nice head retention on this style of beer.

Smells like clove, wood, warming alcohol. Nice bitterness in the taste that doesn't come through so much on the smell. I like how this beer isn't too spiced up - it's a warmer for sure, but it finishes clean (maybe even dry) and it's not overly sweet. Leaves a nice taste.

This is the best beer I've tried from Redhook and a great one in the style. I liked it more than Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

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Photo of rlshep
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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 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 GoalieRon33
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall, a nice beer to have throught the winter months (as the name would suggest) Bready, spicy aroma with somewhat of a fruited undertone. Appears a ruddy brown color, seems to glow under bar room lighting. Hints of spices are laced throughout the breadiness of this beer. Overall, for a winter "heavier" beer, its incredibly easy to drink. Could session it. Great beer to try, would be a hit even with not craft brew afficianados.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is a good winter warmer especially on these dreary winter rainy and sometimes snowy days here in the willamette valley, not one of my favorite winter beers, not as smooth as some of the others that I have tasted.

the color is a deep nutty color, not quite as dark as some of the other winter ales I have sampled this year.

hints of mocha and maybe caramel, but it is sometimes hard for me to distinguish.

There is malt I think. and the hops are not overbearing.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I started drinking this at my local watering hole since the other options aren't much better (bud, miller, Mich., and other various macros), however I was really impressed with this season's Winter brew ... especially the nose.
It pours a nice rich amber with a very thin white head. Depending on the cleanliness of the glassware (which is usually 50/50 at my local dive) it usually leaves a nice Belgian lace down the side of the glass.
The nose is a wonderfully sharp citrus that really gets one's senses going. It's a bit of a tease though since the taste and mouthfeel are much less satisfying than the nose would leave one to believe.
It has a smooth taste with little or no spice, which makes me wonder how this is truly considered a winter warmer other than the fact that it comes out at ... you guessed it, wintertime. I would say the best description of its taste is a more full bodied lager.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery (though this could be due to the bar's tap system) and the carbonation is not shooting up the glass as I've seen with other brews.
Though not as complex as other winter styles, this is an "old faithful". If your bar doesn't offer anything too interesting this is always a good call. I like to pair this one up with a nice side of Rye to get me through the cold weather ... it matches nicely.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Spicey, piney hops, as well as some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet caramel noticed first, then toasted grains. Hops flavor with slight bitternes in the finish. Nice balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, well balanced beer. No harshness present. Easy to drink.

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Photo of patobandito
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely dark copper color with a small head that leaves little lace. Smells malty with spice, like a winter warmer should Tastes the same. Strong malt flavor followed by the spices. But not too spiced like the Widmer Brrr....Winterhook is balanced perfectly. Very good beer, albeit a bit on the thin side. An easy drinking beer. Very good stuff.

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Photo of trancefishy
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark ruby beer with only a few little bubbles on the edges, wanting to be at least a small head. aroma is of sharp malts. taste is flat, a rush of bitterness with a similar finish, and a mildly sweet aftertaste. rather one dimensional. mouthfeel is a bit flat and thin. there is just a bit of that "english ale" taste wanting to get out, but it's far in the background, along with a smidge of dark cherry.
i'd recommend grabbing something better.

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

A decent ale but slightly below average for a winter brew. Very drinkable but otherwise uneventful. Nothing really stands out in the way of winter additives of typical spices. Slightly hoppy and bright on the top end, finishes with a bit of zing. Decent head and lacing. A very brash pour caused a huge 2 inch head but it held its own and brought itself down quick. This is a very drinkable beer but definitely not best in class. Go with CBC winter Warmer or Great Lakes Christmas Ale (best in class).

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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 trekbiker3000
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was a very nice reddish brown color; clear, with a moderate head.

I did not notice much of an aroma, maybe a little hops.

There is a definite hop bitterness to this beer but not as bitter as an IPA. The flavor is a spicy earthy taste that is interesting. I'm not sure about it, but I went back for another one.

The mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated. My overall impression is that it is a decent representation of a winter ale, something you could drink while watching football.

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Photo of bigman147
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Good carbonation with a solid head and slight lacing.

Aroma: Slight caramel, slight malt. Almost picked up a slight oxidized note. I assume that it is due to the age of this beer so I will not take this into account in rating. Not much aroma, however.

Taste: Tastes of slight malt with good green hop notes. Sharp bitterness notes with a little linger.

Mouthfeel: Very light crisp without much body. Carbonation is clean and crisp. I excepted alot more body in a winter warmer. I also expected alot more winter spice (cinnamon, allspice, etc)

Drinkablity: Not very close to the style guidlines but it is good and drinkable.

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Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 dpend
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Cock n' Bull 11/26/03 - Cool snowglobe tap handle .

Appearance is deep copper that's clear and clean.Well displayed head that settled slowly.A nice hop aroma with a presence of fruits,malt,nuts and a bit of spruce.I was expecting more of theses same flavors in the taste, but it turned out to be a little underpowered.Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side as well.All in all, a nice, tame seasonal that's worth a try.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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