Redhook Copperhook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook CopperhookRedhook Copperhook

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of beeroholix420
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so please keep that in mind. I poured this brew from 12 oz brown bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: The appearance of this brew is a dark orange clear not hazy color. The head appears white not much color to it about a fingers width, has good carbonation and quite a few flavor bubbles coming up into the head.

S: The smell is somewhat hoppy with a bit of a spice smell and seems to have a citrus smell to it also.

T: Good flavor to this brew, its almost got a citrus taste but with a different almost rusty flavor to it (different but not bad).

M: The mouth feel is light but not too light and smooth, spicy but does not leave a tingle.

O: Overall this was not a bad brew at all, i dig it. I more like my stronger, darker brews but was good for what it is.


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Photo of mnrider
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown bottle (new design).

A: Pours a light copper color with a good head, but thins out after a minute or so.

S: Simple easy caramel and some light hops.

T/M: Flavors are hidden in each other. Caramel and malts are overpowered by the hop bitterness. Flavor does not linger and the finish is clean on the dry side.

O: Good. Flavor of this brew is sufficient enough and it goes down well. Can't say much else.


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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new Red Hook 12oz. stubby bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish/golf with a slight finger of white head with no lacing.

The smell is a little bit grainy and has a nice sweet malt aroma. There is a light sweetness that is teasing the nose as well.

The taste is a good malty sweetness that seems to lift the flavor just as it hits the tounge. There is a little maple flavor that also has a nutty flavor that leads into a slight bitter hoppy flavor.

The feel of this beer is light but well drinkable and goes down with a pretty good finish

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Photo of lcarlo
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried a few bottles of this at varying temperatures. It was hard to find the perfect temp but all in all it was a pretty good beer. This is the first I have had from the brewery and it's worth trying some other types. It's an easy drinking beer that had a nice mouthfeel good for a bad weather day.

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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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