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 NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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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Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: I wouldn’t call the color copper. It is lighter than that, perhaps even a touch orange. It is crystal clear, with almost no head. The aroma is a bit thin, but still pleasing. Slightly sweet malty aroma. The taste is a biscuity malt taste. Slightly dry finish. Smooth and very drinkable. This one grows on you a bit. A decent session beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a copper color with a big white head. No lace but good arbonation.

The smell is odd, Not APA or IPA, kinda like a stale pills.

The taste is plane, not exciting at all, not complex or hopy. Tastes like a good old fashion Corn fed BMC to me.

The mouthfeel is ok. Like a beer so that's good. Med body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not a drain pour but lots to improve on. MK

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 TAMU99
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean, hoppy taste. Citrus overtones are accented by cascade bitters. Not overpowering, but will certainly assert themselves. Mild malt profile. Clean mouthfeel. A refreshing beer. Good drinkability. Suspect it would pair well with salmon or summer fare. I enjoyed and recommend it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The springtime release from Redhook, it promises to be clear and citrusy. It is a nice-looking beer. A clear copper color with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma was all butter. It did have a muted citrus taste, with a little tang. A tiny bit of hops. An OK session beer.

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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 MLegendre
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy light orange. Thin head, but very fluffy and it never disapeared. Head lasted until the very end. Very little lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very buttery. VERY buttery. Actually smelled like movie theater popcorn! There was a slight smell of hops, but very very faint.

T: Taste was like the smell. Sweet and buttery up front. Hops kicked in midtaste but they were very, very light. buttery sweetness lasted for the entire duration of the drink. This really didn't taste like a Pale Ale at all... it didn't even taste like an Ale period. Reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager with well... butter.

M: High carbonation and very light, yet very smooth. Goes down very easy.

D: Very different, Haven't had anything quite like it. This is a terrible example of an APA, but It is good. Maybe not something I'd get often, but Something I will get on occasion. it went well with the sushi I was having for lunch.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
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 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 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 RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of CopperHook at the grocery store. It’s a new arrival, and a seasonal spring ale. I poured the beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a gold color with a red hue when viewed up to the light. The beer is cloudy and looks very mildly carbonated. The pour produces one finger of moderately creamy white head. The head dissipated quickly to a thin ring on the surface of the beer, and makes for delicate lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and fruity. It has an aroma of cutris fruit, peaches, apricots maybe a hint of honey.

The taste is well balanced between hops, lightly malted grain and fruit flavors. The flavor is smooth, and a little complex, with an earthy sweet and bitter taste happening all at the same time. There is a mild and pleasant aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light, crisp, refreshing and moderately carbonated. The beer is more carbonated than it appears in the glass.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing with a well balanced flavor. I could drink several glasses this beer in a session. A very nice (and welcome) spring ale.

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Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck in the new style (read: ugly) Redhook bottles. Sediment clearly visible through the glass. Bottled date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Bright orange and bubbly, with a large head. Slightly clouded by a fine sediment.

Smell: Slight lemon smell, with a bit of clean grain.

Taste: Clean flavors, but fairly subdued. Slight lemon taste in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable, but nothing too exciting. Not bad for a spring seasonal though.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its disemboguing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a slightly cloudy amber with a decent light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, the lace formed after head depletion forms a tight concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is fresh & crisp, with a nice malt sweetness; start is lightly sweet with a fair to middling grain presence and the top light. Finish has a benign acidity with the hops light but detectable, a very dry somewhat soapy aftertaste linger long, drinkable but nothing more.

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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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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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