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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Photo of mckenziac
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Redhook mixed twelve pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright copper color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Some kind of basic caramel aromas here. Even that is pretty faint.

Taste: Only mildly hoppy up front. Finishes with a slight caramel sweetness backed by a significant grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and almost flat.

Overall: Wow. This beer isn't good. I know Redhook isn't exactly known for outstanding beers but even by their standards, this isn't good. It tastes more like a poorly done amber lager than an amber ale.

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Photo of alfistheman
1.96/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden yellow with red tint to it. Smells of faint sweet malt, not much else, kind reminds me of a macro. No lacing or even signs of anything close.. Taste is VERY flat... not sure if the hop profile is past its prime... this has the weakest hop profile of any APA i've tasted, its there... but completely covered by the malt and flat. The malt taste is the only up side to this brew, but during the 2nd beer it is almost non-existant as well.

I find myself chugging these to get paste the bad finish and overall thin nothingness! Guess it has a high abv and the sales clerk accidently rang it up $2 under... maybe it was for a reason. Got me buzzed at least... pshh..

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Photo of budgood1
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out a slightly hazy copper colour. very thin fine head and very little lace. barely there aroma of toffee laden malts. lacking in the taste department for sure...some sweet malts that have a caramel and brown sugar flavour...sort of. lightly hopped, some ghostly bitterness abounds. no alcohol detected for a 5.7% ABV. after a few more sips, not much of ANYTHING to detect in this spring ale. mouthfeel is thin and the body of this brew is lacking...but i suppose about right for what this ale is aiming for. drinkability suffers because this is a boring, bland and overall uninspired concoction. i hope i at least catch a buzz as i work through this six pack and fire up my weber grill for the first time this spring.

skip this one if you're curious. not recommended.

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Photo of jtorzala
2.19/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall, felt this beer lacks in quality compared to other beer in Red Hook's portfolio. This seems like a beer made for the masses. Very little flavor and not much aroma. I wouldn't buy this beer again. I would however give it the benefit of the doubt and try it fresh at the tasting room in Seattle whenever I get back out there.

This could be a good beer to give to your friends who are trying out craft beer for the first time. It probably wouldn't offend them too much and start to open up their eyes to other flavor in beer.

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Photo of JayNH
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a small short lived head.

S- A sugary sweetness with a hint of hops.

T- Are these guys adding sugar to the brew??? This brew, like other Redhook brews has a very sugary, not malty sweetness. there's a bit of an earthy dirty hoppiness in the mix also.

M- watery, no body. A bit overcarbonated.

D- OK, if you're drinking to get drunk. Other than that I'd pass on another. Compared to other APA's this brew is awful. Bodyless and oddly sugary sweet.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Oranger/Ember Color with a slight haze. Soapy 2 finger head that takes a couple of minutes to disappear. Small amount of carbonation going on inside.

Smell - Yeasts, Barley, Malts and a Rusty/Metallic Scent (Hey it's the best way to describe it). I guess it's appropriate considering this beer is named after a metal which oxidizes after a certain period of time. I dunno about this...

Taste - Yeasts, Barley, Biscuits, Slight Floral Hops with a Marzen/Metallic aftertaste. Like the smell, the flavor seems appropriate considering the name but I'm not really digging it.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and mild carbonation. It at least feels alright on the palate.

Overall - This could've been an alright and simple beer had it not been for the metallic/rust flavors, which made it taste like old pennies. As it is right now, I wouldn't recommend drinking this unless you like your mouth tasting like old rusty copper pennies

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Photo of RoyalT
2.39/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – True to its name, this ale is a bright copper in color with a decent head that pitted as it sat.

Smell – This is very balanced between cheap grain and cheap hops.

Taste – The crappy malts take over at the taste. It tastes like throw-up with leaves.

Mouthfeel – This is big, I’d say medium-bodied, with little carbonation and an overly heavy mouthfeel.

Sinkability – Good thing I have some penicillin left over from that bought I had with syphilis a few months bag, ‘cause I’m gonna need it.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow with thin white head.

Nose has plain cereal malt grain aromas. Some lemon is there too.

Palate is grain malty, but light in flavor, with a faint herbal hop bite at the end.

Finish is short with a light bite.

Suggest that you avoid this ale.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly golden color, a bit of haze, white head that settles quickly and laces a bit. Looks like urine when you're sick, but you can't guilt it by association.

S- Yeast, tons of it, a small amount of piney hops and a bit of malt, but both overridden by yeast. Also a hint of diacetyl, and a metallic note.

T- Initially, and continually, yeasty. Yeast, as in the nose, overrides everything else.

M- Watery, thin, and low carbonation.

D- Yuck. Nothing about this beer fits the style, or even tastes good. I'm going to pour the rest out.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - Copper/gold colored beer that reminds me of a Pale Ale rather than a Red. Moderate-high C02 bubbles can be seen through the clear brew, and it produced a 1-2 finger head that held okay. A few spots where left on my glass.

S - I get an apple/grape like hop aroma that's really reminding me of a Pilsner. Underneath the bright, fruity hop aroma I get very soft cracker and bread with just a bit of sweetness. Not much else, it's an off aroma for the style for sure.

T - I get a nice balance of apple and grape like hop characteristics and bready, toasted biscuit like malt, but the hop flavors still prevail. I also pick up flowery hop notes and it finishes with mild bitterness and moderate dryness. It's really reminding me of a Pilsner.

M - Lite-bodied with moderate-high crispness, hmm kinda like a Pilsner!

O - I don't know what Redhook is trying to pull here, this beer just straight up tastes like a Pilsner to me. Well it's under the style of a Red Ale so I guess that's how I'll review it. To me this is a weak Red Ale with not enough malts to balance, not to style at all. In fact I believe Fat Tire is more to style then this. Anyway as a kick back and just drink brew, it's alright sure, but I don't recommend this to anyone looking to get into Reds, and I certainly won't be buying this again.

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Photo of vkv822
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz : pint

Clear orange with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Pretty mild/basic in the nose and palate, bready malts, hint of toffee, faint hop bitterness.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation, crisp finish.

Really the basic, one dimensional flavors. Not unpleasant, but certainly unexciting and just a bit boring.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color...label doesn't lie. Thin white head.

Smell: Not much in the old nose here. Kind of disappointed. At least it didn't smell like metal.

Taste: Pretty balanced for an American Pale Ale. The hops are kind of weird but not overpowering. Pretty pleasant again nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: A pretty nondescript ale that I could probably drink a few of but nothing amazing or something which warrants a must try.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

glass: same adams signature

Hazy light copper body. Fizzy 1 finger head. Tons of bubbles. Aroma. Cereal, bready malt, light cherry and a hint of citric hops. A little more hops going on in the taste but because the malt flavor is so weak it easily dominates the pallete. Pretty crisp, medium body.

Overall, not liking this for a Red Ale. Seems out of category.

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Photo of Floydster
2.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for seven dollars, poured into my Humboldt Brewing pint glass

A-Golden orange with yellow highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for about two minutes, some retention, minimal lacing

S-Citric hops, fresh barley, oddly cloves and other spices, grassy accents, small amount of malt, and orange peel

T-Started off tasting like a standard APA with hops up front and a small malt backbone in the middle, but instead of having predominantly citrus in the finish, there was cloves like I had smelled previously, did not seem like they should be there, this threw me off and began to take over the flavor but this might have been because I was looking for them, some lemon and orange in the aftertaste towards the end, weirdly sweet pale ale that I have never really experienced before, not balanced mainly because the spices tasted so strong

M-Dry, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste did not linger for long, pretty weak sensation overall

D-Could not drink much more than a bottle of this, heavy on the stomach surprisingly, ABV is low though, can be smooth at times, could not get used to the flavor

Never been a big fan of Red Hook beers and this was no real exception, not much going on and boring in my opinion, would not drink again, could not really recommend this either way

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Photo of BeerSox
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear with a thin head that quickly fizzes down to a thin cap.

Very light toasty malts with only a hint of hops.

Grainy malts with a cracker like flavor lead off to a little bit of a caramel flavor. Not much hop flavor at all. Light bodied with good carbonation. The finish has some light grain.

This one is labeled as an American Pale Ale, but it seems more similar to an American Amber/Red Ale. Under either category, the amount of flavor is pretty low. A bland overall beer, skip it.

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Photo of jar2574
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bronze colored beer under average white head. Good lacing.

Smell is bready malts, but is very, very faint.

Taste is not very good. Underwhelming and watery, but what taste there is, is corn flakes, metallic, and boring.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Drinkability is low because you could have a couple, but why would you want to?

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Photo of GClarkage
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4/13/06- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date on the front label. Poured into my Red Nectar Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Not really copper colored. Maybe an off tannish-yellow. Looks watery at the bottom of the glass. Tons of floating small yeast particles. Full one inch head and very nice lacing though.

Smell- Pretty grainy and yeasty. Smells more like wheat than malt. Not really any hops to speak off.

Taste- Pale Ale?!?! Na, more like American Wheat Ale. Very small hop presence. Heavy wheat flavor. Bits of stale malt and sugary lemony taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty syrupy going down. Cloying almost. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one. Not a Pale Ale and not even a good wheat brew.

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Photo of argock
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: Pleasant with nice head but nothing special
Smell: A little bit of fruit, a little bit of malt, but not much else
Taste: Lacks distinctiveness. Mostly malty with slight hop finish which is pretty dry.
Mouthfeel: Way too fizzy, but body is medium.
Drinkability: Its lack of distinctiveness makes it pretty easy to take down, and quickly. But this beer is a typical Redhook offering -- taste that doesn't have anything especially redeeming or unique about it.

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Photo of farrago
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly agitated head of bone white foam, no lack of sticky lacing as well. Zinc orange color, the liquid is clear enough to both easily see through it as well as fade to a burnt yellow near the rims. Fairly simple, if highly perfumed, nose of floral mist, orange blossom, raw pie crust, anise seed and pine cone, dries out your nostrils over time, minimal hoppy "snap" to it. Light-bodied, smooth but, in truth, watery. Upfront there's a honeyed concentration with orange citrus and pine notes but it falls off precipitously from there. As with other beers of this light weight and lack of flavor intensity, this makes the carbonation appear unnaturally aggressive. By default, turns hoppy and bitter as it finishes. Devoid of any remarkable characteristics.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle no date, from red hook sampler pack

look is a clear orange amber with a thin ring of film. smell is sweet malted grain. taste follows with a syurpy sweet malted grain, not unlike the taste of steel reserve.

not especially pleasant, even when compared with other ambers (not a fan). sickly sweet finish kills a crisp buttery start.

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Photo of travduke
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper body (didn't see that coming), no head, even with an aggressive pour ande minimal lacing.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A little sweet caramel. That's a about it.

Taste: Same as the smell, not a lot. A little sweet, not really any hop presence. Bready.

Side Notes: This is an awful example of an APA in my opinion. its beers like this that really make me think twice about a brewery.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Light to medium cpper color with a decent head and minimal lacing.

S: Faint caramel malt with even less hop scent..

T&M: Smoothness is great with some crispness, but not much of anything else. Some maltiness and hops that mostly fades to a hop bitterness. Light to medium body that finishes semi-dry.

Not half bad but weak flavor doesn't make something I'll be looking for soon.

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Photo of Sporkus
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear, coppery amber. Head is medium, cream-colored, and doesn't stick around for long.

S - Smell is faint and ordinary. Grassy hops with slight malt overtones. The packaging says it's citrusy, but I don't smell it.

T - The hops are quickly overcome by malt--atypical for an APA. Aftertaste is carmel malt and a little bitter. Between the weak hops and the still-missing citrus, I have to wonder if this beer was mislabeled.

M - Medium-bodied and dry.

D - A decent beer if you don't expect it to be a citrusy APA. Completely middle-of-the-road. Tastes like it should cost less than it actually does.

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Photo of grayburn
2.72/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled on Jan. 11th 09

Crystal clear copper, imagine that, with minimal head and lacing.

Smell is almost non-existant, I guess it is better than a bad smell, but my nose is very bored. This surprised me because of the freshness, I've cracked cans of coors with more aroma.

Slight hop bitterness on the finish, but seemingly no hop flavor, and a wee little malt backbone, this beer is not strong enough to stand up to a stiff least it is well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel, more body than the smell and taste would lead me to expect.

Very easy to drink, not a bad example of the style in this case.

Really not an impressive beer in my opinion...I would probably drink about five more times...but once this sixer is done, I will be too.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: surprisingly light and soft copper color fused with golden and pale yellow. A very thin foamy bright white head with stings and blobs of lacing in harmony. A few bubbles moving around and things look decent

S: roasted pale malts and faint dry and spicy hops. This beer has faint caramel whiffs and metallic notes

T: light biscuity malts, maybe some toasted nutty notes, caramel notes are kind of lame and palate is left with a watery sweetness (artificial) with nutty grains on the back of the tongue. Watery hops are a tad bit spiced and floral like

M: a lightly mild body is a good description. Looks light and mildly carbonated and yet retains a bit of chunk. Lingering watery flavors remain

D: another red hook that I have mixed feelings about. The best Redhook brew I have had is the Double Black Stout otherwise it has been sub-par stuff all around

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