Redhook Copperhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 237
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight fruits, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an average amber ale. The color looked decent with a fizzy white head. Not too much lacing here. The smell of the beer had some decent malt aromas but nothing too special. The taste was on the sweeter side and with a subtle bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was on the light side. Overall it's an average amber ale at best.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me a lot of Otter Creek's Copper Ale. This isn't as good as that but almost is which makes it a pretty good beer. Has a sort of metally taste to it, in a good way though, and is well balanced and crisp. There's better pale ale's out there but there were 3 of these in the mixed pack so it was good to try.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another anonymous sample single from the great 2010 brief cross-border Independence Day beer pilgrimage...

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of sudsy off-white head, which leaves a drooping ring of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of mild grainy malt and diluted citrus. The taste is biscuity, bready malt, and some floral, somewhat grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, and even, the body medium weight and crispy, and it finishes off-dry, as balanced as you could imagine, the biscuity malt playing house with floral, earthy hops.

An adequate amber ale - nothing to make you say "hey", or "wtf" or whatever the kids these days are saying, but drinkable enough in its own right.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new offering to the Central KY area. First stab at the Copperhook. The look is a slightly tawny golden / copper hue with the same head retention that I get out of most Redhook beers (slightly average). The aromas area mild blend of barley malts and American hops (Both are subdued). A lightly caramel / malt flavor is balanced with lightly spiced citrus and pine hops. The hops remain light enough, not to dominate the medium malt base. The feel is a thinner-than-prefered, grain base with a slight metalic feel deep into the finish. Progressing bitterness into the aftertaste, but never deters. A fine beer that is equal on all fronts, just light in all. A good one for the bar-b-q on the hot summer padio.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that my bottle displays an ABV of 5.8%, NOT 5.7%; I acquired this bottle at Ralph's about three weeks ago.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a textbook transparent copper. Appealing.

Sm: Light toasted malts and cream. A mild strength aroma. Nice and pleasant. Not too much going on, but nothing intrusive.

T: Toasted malts complement the simple but full barley foundation. Some light hops sit atop the base, but they're unobtrusive. It's a bit too bitter on the climax. Overall, it's a simple beer that's nicely built and balanced. Nothing special, but enjoyable all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable, but not as much as some of the brewery's other offerings. I'd try it on draught.

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Photo of zeff80
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/28/08

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a good deal of carbonation but almost no head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of some grass and light caramel malt. A few citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of some citrus and light caramel malt. No hops or bitterness was present.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is not a great APA, by any means. It just doesn't have much flavor.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with a medium small head that slowly dies. A light sour citrus aroma that lessens when drinking. A nice smelling ale that doesn't quite carry over into the taste.
The taste of this beer is a light sourish citrus with hints of even lighter earthy grains and summer hops that transfer lightly into a very light dry citrus aftertaste. Not a bad beer, actually quite drinkable, but no really outstanding qualities unlike some of the other beers that Redhook Ales make.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger fizzy head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a clear golden straw, not looking like a pale ale.

Aroma is very sweet. Honey with floral hops.

Taste is also quite sweet. Same honey and floral hopts. Also a little citrus.

Mouthfeel is a little bitter, but mainly smooth. Ends with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, easy drinking pale ale. It is quite basic and I think there are better versions of the style, but it is worth a try at least once.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Redhook's Copper Ale pours, not surprisingly, an orange-copper body with gleeming golden highlights beneath a short head of frothy off-white foam that steadily settles into an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some very nice walls of spotty and splashy laceare present though, give it more character.

The nose is fairly straightforward, offering only a mineral-accented, cereal-like and biscuity maltiness and some minor background hops. (Interestingly, it smells like Ringwood yeast was used).

The body is medium with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and the median carbonation foams up to become cottony and smooth across the palate as it warms.

Spicy and floral hops show themselves in the flavor, starting right up at the front, wrapped in a soft blanket of softly caramelish and gently biscuity malt, and then carrying through to the lingering finish. They're not bold, however, just noticeable. The bitterness is held back, and there's just enough to balance the malt (in conjunction with the mild spice of the hops) and bring it to a mainly dry finish.

A soft and delicate beer that somehow seems perfect for spring with its floral hop notes and pillowy malt base.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg,poured from the tap a lighter clear copper looked quite fizzy with a thinner soapy-like white head atop.Mild toasty aromas a hint of leafy hop but its faint,thin fizzy mouthfeel felt like I was drinking a soft drink more than beer.Pretty standard flavors mildly toasty and grainy with a hint of sweetness a bit of caramel.Really sub par in my mind thats to bad it could be decent but it just seems thrown together.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive light coppery amber color in the glass. The usual suds and plenty of prickly carbonation. An aroma of slightly roast malt and pecans. Light body but a mellow mouthfeel.

It does has a nice nutty flavor as it warms up. The warm malt certainly rules the taste. Caramel with a sprightly, sharp mouthfeel. This is the non-over-hopped style of Amber. Some slight hoppy flowery notes, and a very modest bitter aftertaste. Actually this is not bad for the category and a respectable light beer with a malty lip lock.

From the 12 oz bottle with the "bottled on" date of Jun 25 12.

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Photo of billab914
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly and left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of graininess to it with some malty, caramel sweetness to it as well. The taste is a lot like the nose suggests with slightly sweet grains being the biggest flavor. There is also a good amount of caramel coming through.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it has some good flavors even though it is fairly light. Could be a pretty good substitute for a macro with some much better flavor in comparison but overall a pretty average craft beer.

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Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How this is an APA is beyond me, but here goes

Pours honey to bronze (clear) with a 4 fingers+ offwhite head. Great lacing & head retention, a very handsome ale!

Smell: Malt, grassyness& grainyness

Taste: Grainy/malty up front. Slight sweetness gives way to a dry & quinching finish

MF: Nice balance with a slight syruppyness

No where near copper in color, but works as a spring-time referesher. Try it, not a bad effort from the Hook

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

During a visit to Portsmouth we took the opportunity to visit Redhook Brewery. Tried the Copper Hook Copper Ale. The color was a light copper with nice carbonation that gave way to a thin white head. The nose was a very faint, if any. The taste was good, but nothing to make me write a description. The mouthfeel was good and I certainly could do a Session with this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Faintly toasty, lightly grainy malts with an herbaceous note of tea garnished with lemon.

Taste: Pale malts, a minor hint of toasted grains, and a light overall sweetness. Herbal hops and a minor hint of citrus give you a splash of sun-brewed Lipton tea. A bit more sweetish orange character upon warming. Light, lingering citrus on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Harmless and easily drinkable for a very apathetic, perfunctory, bland beer. It's a half-step up from a macro brew, but that's not saying too much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copperhook is more the typical APA orange than it is copper, but I won't hold that against it. The bleached bone cap picks up a hint of color from the beer beneath and has an appealing texture. Numerous small pits riddle the slowing sinking moonscape surface, as a better than average amount of lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose favors lightly spicy, mildly citric hops (Willamette, Saaz) over barely toasted malt (Capapils, Caramel). From a hophead's perspective, it's balanced for the style. More power and more personality would be great.

Copperhook Spring Ale isn't a bad little seasonal. Like the nose, the flavor profile pushes its malt almost as much as its hops. Of course neither one is blowin' the doors off the joint. I'm glad I'm drinking this at not quite four months old because I can appreciate its freshness. I have a feeling that age will be less than kind.

I would have used pale malt and less caramel malt in order to show off the hops, but then Redhook didn't ask me. Toasted grain is present throughout the mouthful, delivering a modest amount of nutty sweetness. Herbal, spicy, somewhat citric hops build like a wave and then crash onto the beach... at ankle level. Okay, maybe it's a little more bitter than that.

At first I thought the mouthfeel was too light, but it has managed to grab onto one of the lower rungs of the style ladder now that I'm into the lower half of the bottle. I'm enjoying the minor tongue tingle from the carbonation rather than being annoyed by it.

Copperhook Spring Ale is a pretty good pale ale. There are enough ingredients present, and they're arranged in a skilled enough manner, to make me glad that I took a chance on another Redhook beer. If I was the head suit at the brewery, I'd make this a year-round release rather than a seasonal.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/29/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white fluffy head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of vanilla, fruity malts, caramel, toasted, and bready malts. Has a little bit of a weird sweetness to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Nothing really stood out about this beer to me, just a lot of malts. Easy to drink but probably wouldn't want to drink a lot of them. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown long neck with a bottled date of 031307. Minimalist label art work, nothing too crazy which I like.

A- Copper like a shiny penny, clarity is perfect. Good head ... two fingers thick. Good retention as well.

S- Faint toasted and caramel malt with an even more faint herbal hop, clean none the less.

T&M- Smoothness is great with just enough crispness to carry the moderate body along. Decent handful of maltiness shows a toasted grain and kernel of caramel. Clean hop bitterness does its job with a light herbal note middle to end. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not half bad but, easy to drink and flavorful. Alcohol is a tad high to be a true session beer but I am not complaining being it is 35*F in the first week of April here in Boston.

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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 505 ratings