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 DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Besides mentioning that I dig the old-school look with the bottle and label, I have nothing else to say. On to the beer:

On the pour, I thought that the bottle was mislabled, as the beer pours out a golden straw color. In the glass, its color is darker, but not what I'd call copper. It's more of an orange tinted golden color. THe head on top forms small, and the lacing it gives is decent. Its nose show a decent maltiness, kind of doughy and bready, also a little husky. There's even a kiss of gum.

Copperhook takes on more of a marzen character than the stereotypical hoppy American red. Doughy, orange, some vague hop bitterness. The body is medium, with a gentle kiss of alcohol. Ho hum, says I.

Redhook dishes out a decent effort in Copperhook. It's nothing crazy, though that's not to say it won't put me in a good mood before bedtime.

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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 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 TheSixthRing
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright copper with a finger width head, quick dissipation, and the resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Picking up the faintest of sweet caramel. A very trace amount. Outside that, almost nothing.

Taste - Light metallic flavor along with some faint caramel notes. Hops kick in to give a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Decent bite.

Overall - An average amber, to say the least. Weak in nearly every conceivable way. It's drinkable, and that's about all it has going in it's favor.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured about a 1/2 inch head of creamy, frothy head. Fully diminishing.

Aromas of lager yeast, and spring seasonal flower.

Clear Honey-yellow amber in body appearance more than copper or metallic as advertised.

Tastes of honey, brown sugar, and sweetened butter leading into notes grainy malt and sharp dough with you could say a 'metallic-ly' cool and dry finish. Sessionably sweet without too much sharp carbonation.

Although a little higher in alcohol content (5.7-8 % abv) than your average sessionable beer, this an easy drinking brew. Not complex or overwhelming in an category, but I'd prefer something more tasty... Not a bad brew to end a night on though.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Transparent copper color, receding white foam collar for a head, very little retention time or lacing. Smells and tastes of generic lightly toasted and caramel malts, has a small amount of metallic off-taste to the finish, which is otherwise crisp and clean but for that one flawed aspect. I did not detect any diacetyl in my bottle. Medium body, lighter levels of carbonation.

A rather standard amber.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 8/30/11

Appearance: Dull orange/burnt copper, small head, average lacing

Smell: Very mild - some caramel malts, some bread crust, a touch of toffee, not much else going on

Taste: Similarly simple - kind of tastes like crust on a white bread - a touch of syrupy, malt extract-like sweetness - some bitterness and herbal hops

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing, decent carbonation

Overall: Pretty boring, very average

I don't really have much negative to say about this beer, but I don't have much praise, either. It's a very minimalistic take on the American Amber/Red Ale style. This is lacking hops and a good malt profile.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's coppery and clear. There's a whitish head that leaves little and lots of visible carbonation.

It's got a caramelly flavor, there's also some roasted nuttiness.

It's got the same nutty flavor with a bit of toasted malts. There is a nice bittering hop bite.

Crisp but smooth mouthfeel. a little light on body.

A good beer for drinking, but not much for thinking about. I'd drink another but won't go out of my way to get one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a red color, small head on it, 1/3" in depth. Aroma was pretty muted. Not much to speak of.

Taste, pretty bland, a little nutty. Not much in the way of hops, really just like an oxidized, more bland esb from redhook. Relatively light body, didn't really realize I was buying a red ale, it has that bland malt feel like most red ales have.

I think I've used the word bland a few times already, let's talk positives. There are no off flavors. There's maybe 30 ibu of bitterness, not much in discernable hopping, a mild consistency.

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light amber color, a white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge. It leaves absolutely no lacing.

S: Caramel, citrus, a hint of pine. The aroma isn't really strong in anything but the caramel.

T: The citrus dominates more on the palate then it did in the nose. Caramel, toast, no finish. Admittedly this could be affected by the food I had before.

M: The body is kind of thin. It needs a little more body.

O: Overall this is an average craft amber ale. Its a decent everyday drinking beer but not a beer I'd go specifically out of my way for.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a honey gold color, small chunks of something or other floating in there. A thin but resilient white cap, hangs on with at least a partial cover for a bit, leaving some notable legs of lacing behind. Is that a cool bottle or what? Very distinctive, like the old apothecary bottles.

Aroma - powdery grain, a touch of caramel and/or diacetyl, going in the direction of butterscotch as it sets up.

Taste - more to the 'copper ale' side of the style, as the name would suggest. The grains have a slight tang, I am in fact reminded of pennies. Some light breadiness and caramel hit mid-palate, the swallow bringing in some well-balanced bitterness. Malts hold their ground into the aftertaste, showing good support throughout. I like my ambers maltier, but this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - crisp, a bit gassy even. A hint of slickness, moderate body.

Drinkability - this one grew on me as I drank it. Props to Mike, my 'cousin-in-law' who gave me this at the annual Christmas party. I took down the tree today and put away the seasonal stuff, I figured it was a good moment to sit and enjoy this beer. Thanks Mike!

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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 BigCheese
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Lives up to name, a bright copper amber, very clear, very minimal head immedietly dies. No lacing.

S: Some english/caramel/nutty malts, very faint, no real hops.

T: Victory or English maltiness of the bat. Some slightly grassy/earthy floral hops (Willamette perhaps?. A little bready yeastyness in finish, has an English nack to it. Rather clean tasting, pretty straight forward.

M: medium to low carbonation for style, a bit watery thin. Definitely sessionable.

O: Nothing wrong with this brew per se, other than the non existent head. Its just hard to get excited for this style. Would be a decent tailgaiting beer or something. A good entry level beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured in a tumbler 11/23.

A- Half finger off-white head. Little to no retention. Orange-coppery color, very little carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S- Some sweet malts, hops. No strong aromas.

T- Lightly bitter hops, some dark fruits. Very light flavor.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O- Not great but much better than the other two Redhooks I've reviewed. Smell and taste way too light for me, but not bad by any means.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of creamy off-white head rest atop a clearer-than-crystal copper body loaded with carbonation bubbles.

S - malt sweetness and slightly piney hops

T - toasted malts lightly sweetened with caramel; hops add a pleasant bitterness--almost a piney flavor with a touch of lemon/pepper; dry finish; well-balanced

M - medium body; high carbonation; slightly chewy; refreshing

O - Copperhook is pretty plain for the most part. It would go well with a juicy burger.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 7/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy pale orange body under a finger of fine white head. Ok retention, very light lace. Extremely light for an amber ale, and generally unremarkable.

S: Quite sweet, malty, and fruity; somewhat reminiscent of sugary breakfast cereal. Perhaps a touch of floral hops, but really this is pretty much all malt. Not bad at all.

T: Much like the nose, but more intense. Bready, biscuity, slightly nutty malt dominates, with a definite touch of apricot and some faintly floral hops bitterness on the tail end. Clean finish. Very balanced, approachable, and tasty.

M: Smooth, soft medium body; low carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Wow, I wasn't expecting much at all from this beer, and it was actually quite good. Much like a lighter version of Redhook's flagship ESB, this one is decidedly English in character, and manages to provide an eminently drinkable beer with solid flavor to boot. Great surprise from the closeout bin.


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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a light copper color. good amount of carbonation.

malt taste not overwhelming , but a dry after taste is what I did not like.

I am not really into the taste of what they call a "copper ale" havent had many of these.

good carbonation, average mouthfeel in general.

Very average beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
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 andrewjraab
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9-25-11 Stub nosed Bottled purchased from Meijer in Standale, MI.

A - Shiny copper like a brand new Penny as the names states. Not much head and poor retention.

S - Faint malty smell. Not much else going on here.

T - Nice balance between fainty dry maltiness and hoppiness.

O - I'm not sure if the journey from WA to MI was bad for this beer, but I couldn't help but feel that this beer was a bit "flat" tasting. Perhaps I expected to much from this, but it just average at best.

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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 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 far333
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off I hate the new bottles. Sorry. Pours a pale yellow with a low white head despite a vigorous pour. The head settles out quickly and just about disappears. Low aroma of honey and lemon. Light flavor of doughey malt, some biscuit and honey sweetness. Notes of corn, some floral hops and a peppery spice finish. Mild bitterness. Even mouthfeel, a bit thin. Lacking in complexity.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd that I spotted more Redhook beers more in Wilmington North Carolina than the Boston area; especially considering it's brewed just up the road in Portsmouth.

More of an orange tinted gold color than actual copper but I'm being picky. Thin head simmers to a thin retentive skim, roughly in the shape of a tree silhouette. No lace.

Aroma is very similar to pure malt extract but with some toast and caramel highlights.

Sweet crystal malt makes itself known on the palette first but has some mile hop spice in the back for balance. Malt. Clean and inoffensive.

I'm not sad to see it in my fridge.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours I guess what I would call a copper color no pun intended with 1/4 head and no retentino

Smell: Toffee upfront with a bit of a nutty finish

Taste: Similar to the nose in the way it starts. I get some toffee and caramel right away and it finishes nicely with a nutty biscuit like quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation

Overall: I found this beer to be above average and definately worth a try its cheap and easy just like me so give it a shot

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Photo of dchobbs
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the new stubby bottles.

A- golden amber with a hint of bronze like honey from red oak blossoms.

S- malted hops with a touch of roast. maybe a hint of honey, toffee, and citrus in that order.

T- taste of malt and spicy hop with a slight aftertaste of maybe pummelo or grapefruit. Overall very sessionable, but with some character.

M- high carbonation gives this a dry taste relative to some other amber ales...but not red ales. Very clean.

O- overall I liked this as a backyard BBQ ale, but not loved because it was a bit straightforward. While I may not buy this in vast quantities, if I wanted to get a couple nods from guys who like Northweird breweries and I saw this was on sale, it's an easy decision of YES. Not regrettable by any means...but not something that would make my heart skip a beat.

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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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