Redhook Copperhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook CopperhookRedhook Copperhook

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Who needs precious metals, when you’ve got Copper?! This copper colored ale is a real crowd-pleaser. Copperhook strikes the perfect balance of smooth, rich, malty flavor you’d expect from a craft brew with a lighter body and hop profile that makes it a perfect “session” beer when you’ve got a long day ahead of knocking back a few with your buddies.

21 IBU

Added by Mebuzzard on 03-03-2006

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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 505
Photo of thespaceman
4.32/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: A nice "copper" in color, rocky, dense head forms, decent lacing and retention on this one as well:

Smell: A bit of some biscuity malt in the forefront, a sweet honey like aroma is shown here as well, minimal hop presence through the aroma, a bit of red apple and some fruit elements are lurking in here.

Taste: A nice malt sweetness is the first thing that hits me, again, a small amount of some biscuit like bready flavor is prevalent, followed by an excellent array of fruit. The honey can be spotted here as well, and a nice dose of esters upon quaffing this. The malt seems to really take charge of the hops on this one, but it is basically balanced perfectly due to the amazing fruit florals that emerge from this.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, the bubbles can be seen in the glass shooting to the top of the pint nicely. A nice medium bodied brew after the decent dose of malt. This one is a tad wet compared to other copper's I've tried but it holds it's ground fairly well on the tongue.

Drinkability: A very good example of a balanced APA that is sure to please this Spring. I can definetley see sessioning a couple of these on the first days of Spring, it's got a good dose of sweet malt to keep the cool months close by, yet a nice dose of hop character to ring in the warmer months. A very good offering from a well respected brewery in my book!

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.23/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded a friend for this one. Said he really didnt dig it all that much so he gladly traded me.

Bottle poured into a glass.

A- Looks likea darker amber, light head. Hardly any at all. Very pretty. :)

S- For some strange reason grass and this beer seem to go together? Is it the name thats making me think this? I think so. Mowing the lawn? Somthing like that. Sweet. Nothing else really. But its making me think good thoughts.

T- Lightly carbonated. NOOOO hiccups. Sweet. And easy to get used to. No bad tastes. Tastes a bit of alcohol in the end. But not an overwhelming amount. This is damn near perfect for today.

M- Medium body. Kinda sticky. Good overall.

D- This has surprized me. Its good. Especially since my friend and fellow beer lover didnt like it that much. I would drink this on any hot day. Or when cutting a buddys lawn.

Great over all


Worth a try if your into the springtime and summer brew ales. I loved this one. Worth it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Copperhook has a thick, cream-colored head and a clear, copper-colored appearance, with some streaming bubbles and not much lacing. There is a faint aroma, but one can pick up roastiness and some brown bread. Taste is similar with brown (Roman Meal) bread, syrup, pretty strong hop bitterness (across the sip), and some cloying alcohol sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and more lager-like than of expected ale fluffiness. Redhook Copperhook finishes fairly wet and easy drinking. Overall, this is an interesting, somewhat odd, and mild beer. I think you should try it.


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Photo of LuthersMug
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this one.

A - Same color as a piece of amber I picked up in the Dominican Republic (it is an amber ale after all). 1/4 inch of head, which took awhile to dissipate. Minimal lacing throughout.

S - Sweet, caramel malts wafted into my nose, nice!

T - Creamy, caramel and brown sugar malts tickled my palate.

M - Nice carbonation, creamy

D - I would certainly have another, although one was filling by itself.

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Photo of baos
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Slightly hazy orange-golden-sunshine with an ecru head about three fingers high on pour that dwindles down to a nice sheen. Lacing is the minimal round spec here und there. Bits of yeastiness suspended throughout.

S: Nice bright hops and nice fresh und grainy malts. Clover and honey.

T: Willamette and Saaz hops open up right with the sweet malt. This is a very refreshing beer. I wasn't exactly in the mood for a hoppy brew when I pulled this from the fridge, but this is a nicely balanced brew and the clover nectar Saaz hops are spot on in the finish.

M: Pretty light bodied, but good.

D: I don't see any reason why I couldn't drink this all night.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly colored dark orange into a pint glass, decent amount of head. Hop aroma comes to the forefront on the first sniff, very citrusy in general. Very well balanced, hides the alcohol while also not overblowing with hop character, good malt profile as well. Smooth and easy to quaff, in spite of it's slightly higher alcohol than most APAs this is a sessioner for sure. Overall nothing incredible but this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful clear reddish-amber, with a little bit of head that persists somewhat. Aroma is not strong, but it is invitingly malty and spicy. Flavor is mainly malty with strong overtones of spice, mostly cinnamon and cloves. Smooth and refreshing, lively and zingy, this is a beer for sipping and savoring.

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Photo of ebrauser
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thin head dissipated quickly. Hue was a pale orange with slight opaqueness

Aroma: thick malt nuttiness was three dimtensional, with significant richness.

Taste: light citrus notes and some cidery qualities (dry and semi-vinous) dominate, not reflecting the maltiness of the nose. These give way to the malt backbone and then a longer, lingering astringent bitterness.

MF: mouth-coating yet not entirely oily. Light enough to be sessionable, a perfect transition from winter darks to summer lagers

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copperhook delivers everything you've come to expect from the big-barrel boys - impeccable clarity, clean lines, and no offensive flavors! Of course, there's not much of any flavor to speak of here, but that's precisely the point. Given its minimalist intent, Copperhook is perhaps the ultimate expression of a beer so deliberately flavorless anyone can appreciate it. Even me.

Seriously, some beers aren't meant to do much but spill across the palate between bites of burgers or ball game spectation. Usually these beers are lagers. But Copperhead's lack of distracting hops or exotic malt enhancement is perfect for this purpose. The color is as promised - not just copper, but the most refined, polished expression of crystalline copper purity you've ever seen in an ale. The head is feathery and shows graceful retention and lace. The near-absent smell suggests bread dough. And the taste is a balance of benign timidity offering no conflict and a prompt exit. It's what every big-kettle beer should be - inoffensive and indistinct, but still clean and refreshing.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Large, bright off white head on a copper colored beer with lots of active carbonation. The head is four fingers and has lots of texture. The beer is pretty clear, though not perfectly so. Not much dexterity to the head, but a little lacing.

S: A soft blend of malt and citrus is my first thought. There's a slightly metallic aroma though. Overall, not a very aromatic beer at all.

T: Refreshing, a little sweet, but not very flavorful. No graininess, just sort of a muted version of the caramel/bread and citrus that I would expect from an American Amber. Good for a copper ale if it's trying to be lighter and refreshing, which I think it is.

M: Light and crisp, a combination I think of both a good structure, a well planned hop profile and good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a great lawnmower/summer beer.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color, just slightly darker than the usual American Lager. There are a few similarities between this beer and Sam Adam's lager. It isn't quite a smooth (probably since it is an ale), but has some similar hop flavor. I got this in the bottle at Wal Mart in Auburn, AL, and it is quite fresh. It has a refreshing smell and taste, and they balance the hops well with the malt, so you can taste them both and enjoy the beer. It is a decent session beer, but slightly bitter, which may slow some people down. It has a slight sourness, but overall nice flavor, and a very light ale. I would say it is just slightly heavier than what I expect of a lawnmower ale, but that is probably right since it is a Spring ale. Great job Red Hook--even if you are affiliated with A-B, I still think this is a fine craft brew.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-golden with an ecru head about three fingers high that reduces to a nice sheen. Lacing is the minimal round spec here und there. Bits of yeastiness suspended throughout.

S: Nice bright hops and nice fresh, grainy malts. Clover and honey.

T: Rolls over the tongue crisply and lightly, without feeling thin. Flavor follows the nose smell. A nice mild grassy hop and mild sweetness. A hint of a metallic tang bout mid glass. A balanced, semi-dry finish.

O: Not bad. I'm not bowled over but I'll drink it again.

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Photo of bill93063
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very good spring ale with above average taste and drinkability. It definately wears well. The smell has a nice moderate hoppy predominance and the maltiness is well balanced with citrus and vanilla notes. There is a pronounced lemony flavor which seems perfect for the springtime. This brew can easily be drunk in the summer months as well and is not too heavy for the steamy July and August months. I drank my most recent one immediataly after a Chimay reserve and it still tasted very good which is saying a lot as the Chimay reserve is on a short list of the finest ales(or any malted beverage for that matter stout to pilsner) on the planet. My sense is that Redhook overall is underatted by most reviewers on this site. Redhook seems to rate no better than B for most of their brew and I feel they should be ranked higher.

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Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same varietry 12 pack as the ESB, IPA and Pilsner

A-good bronze-ish, copper (duh) with a pretty decent head that holds on and hangs out for a while

S-good roast, malt and caramel

T-very good, follows the nose, I really thought this was a very solid amber

M-like the other Redhooks picked up as part of this sampler pack, it's beenvery smooth

O-will totally hit this agian

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rusty/copper color into the pint glass. Medium head, some lacing.
Citrus aroma, some grapefruit and caramel. Balanced, but a bit on the sweet side. Vendor said it's only available on the West coast, but Denver has it.
A good spring beer, easy drinking.

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Photo of nukem5
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color and a nice frothy head that sustains well with some lacing.

S: Slight hop and some sweet grassy notes.

T: Nice floral burst with peppery notes. Light malty taste also.

M: Medium bodied nice carbonation level tiny bubbles, not like some with large bubbles.

D: Very drinkable and very refeshing.

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a creamy malt aroma with a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes creamy with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking brew with loads of malt flavor.

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Photo of generallee
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz into a pint glass. The bottle had a born on date of 01-12-09. It was sampled on 5-31-09.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden almost coppery color with good clarity. On top an aggressive pour produced a tall foamy white head. It has good retention and makes some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a sweet candy like malts with notes of brown sugar and some herbal hops of in the distance.

Taste/Mouth: It has a candy like character with hints of caramel, brown sugar and white bread. Hop bitterness is mild and adds some spicy/herbal notes to the mix. The hops come out a little more towards the finish and give some more balance to the sweet malt up front. It has a medium body, soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

Notes: This was a nice interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of atsprings
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp light orange with a great frothy head that was lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was of some caramel malts and earthy hops. The taste was dominated by earthy rustic hops with a great caramel malt backbone right behind. There was low carbonation and the beer was medium bodied with a slight alcohol bite. This would make a decent session beer for spring.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with almost no head and leaves only the most minimal spotty lacing. Cloudy golden color that looks a lot like a wheat beer or a cloudy lager

S: Golden raisin, light cereal grains, pleasant floral hop, and I detect something like a little bit of cotton candy.

T: Heavy malt. Wish I knew a bit more so I could describe this one better. It's good, I know that. Bitter hop finishes really nicely bringing balance to the party.

M: Carbonation carries flavor across the palate (nice). Noticeable viscosity holds on long after a sip.

D: Good. Would be willing to purchase if other standouts not available.

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Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very handsome copper color with a modest off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is herbal, some cider notes.

Taste is modest for sure, sweet rich malts rule this brew. The hops are there but lower level than many of this style. The overall taste was very satisfying for such a light weight beer. Some bitterness in the finish. Lightly acidic.

M-Fine but un-remarkable.

D-This is where this excelled for me. The abv of 5.7 was not evident in the taste and was just a very satifying drink. Would be a good choice for an introduction to the world of craft beers.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a lucid, dark-amber, copper-hue with a minimal head that left hardly any lacing...
Malty, grainy, bread and butter aroma...
Taste was replete with strong essences of caramel, a hint of vanilla, candied sugars, malts balanced by a touch of hops, slight grapes, and honey...
Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability to match...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a copper color with a fair sized head that has some retention and left more lacing that I was expecting down the side of the glass. The aroma seem simple, but is nice that way. Nice biscuit aromas, grassy notes, slight caramel smells. The flavors seem to be dominated by a nice toasted malt flavor with some caramel tastes coming through. Slight hop and dry finish. Very easy drinking brew though it is a bit simple.

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Photo of jahood1
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.
Sampled 1-26-07 Date on bottle is 01-08-07.
Since this is an A-B product I assume thats a "born on" date
Not a lot of head but has nice carbonation.
Copper to orange color nice to look at.
Taste to me is malty with not much hop flavor.
Though the bottle says ale (not sure what a spring ale is supposed to be) it reminds me a little of a Maibock / Helles Bock type taste which is what I was looking for at the store. I rolled the dice based on the word "spring". The beer Nazi's in my town think 40 different IPA'S constitutes selection but that's another story.
Price point was good at under $7. Drank 2 and they went down easy. I would buy this again. Not a bad session beer. I see RH gets grief due to it's A-B connection but this beer is clearly not the enemy (especially when you only have about $7)

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frm Safeway in Eureka. This poured a very clear and light amber color that left a small white head with minimal lacing. Nose was malts and grassy hops. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and clean. Flavor was of a slight sweet malts with just a hint of hops. Finish slight bitter and dry. Nothing fancy here but nothing wrong either. Decent brew.

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