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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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Photo of generallee
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz into a pint glass. The bottle had a born on date of 01-12-09. It was sampled on 5-31-09.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden almost coppery color with good clarity. On top an aggressive pour produced a tall foamy white head. It has good retention and makes some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a sweet candy like malts with notes of brown sugar and some herbal hops of in the distance.

Taste/Mouth: It has a candy like character with hints of caramel, brown sugar and white bread. Hop bitterness is mild and adds some spicy/herbal notes to the mix. The hops come out a little more towards the finish and give some more balance to the sweet malt up front. It has a medium body, soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

Notes: This was a nice interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - bottled 1/19/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange/yellow color with a 1" off-white head. Carbonation does flow to the surface at a medium pace. Decent retention without much lace at all.

Smell: Minimal aroma of pale malts, cane sugar, fresh dandelion and not much else.

Taste: Pinchy vegetal crispness and light malt flavor. A tiny hop flavor is also crisp and fresh. Mineral, earth, vegetal. Not a whole lot of flavors that are describable. It tastes like beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and medium bodied. Plenty of pinchy carbonation. A mineral finish that also sits with noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. There isn't a real discernable flavor that could be pointed to. It's pretty much just a regular tasting beer. The hop profile needs work.

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Photo of bill93063
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very good spring ale with above average taste and drinkability. It definately wears well. The smell has a nice moderate hoppy predominance and the maltiness is well balanced with citrus and vanilla notes. There is a pronounced lemony flavor which seems perfect for the springtime. This brew can easily be drunk in the summer months as well and is not too heavy for the steamy July and August months. I drank my most recent one immediataly after a Chimay reserve and it still tasted very good which is saying a lot as the Chimay reserve is on a short list of the finest ales(or any malted beverage for that matter stout to pilsner) on the planet. My sense is that Redhook overall is underatted by most reviewers on this site. Redhook seems to rate no better than B for most of their brew and I feel they should be ranked higher.

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

A hazy apple juice golden color with a skimpy and fast fading white head and a little spotty lacing. The aroma brings sour malt, sort of a herbal hops, but not particularly aluring. The flavor brings a bit more pleasant apple and light malt with some grassy hop bitterness. It has spritzy carbonation but feels a bit thin though there is a bit of depth to it. Somewhat drinkable but it has too much grassy tang that blocks the refreshment for me and leaves me feeling like I need to drink something better to wash this out of my mouth and my souring stomach. In fairness, I've had this one in the fridge for a while, probably a year! But I don't think that's the problem. Drinkable but not happy one overall.

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Photo of alfistheman
1.96/5  rDev -40.6%
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 smibroncos
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a true copper clear color, about a one finger white head, some lacing on the glass.

S. Malt,earthy,brown sugar, oats.

T. Not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. Grain, citrus, butter, carmel finished bitter.

M. Medium bodied lightly carbonated.

D. A decent ale, light enough to drink a few, taste enough to quench your pallet.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper color with a small head and lace.

The aroma of malts,hops and some citrus hints.

The taste of malts and hops with sweetness and a caramel hint.

The feel was light but over carbonated with a dry finish.

Notes: The beer was o.k. it did not set my heart on fire,but it was not as bad as I thought it could be. I would not turn this beer down and I can not say I would never buy it again. I just won't look for it.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a white head - orange highlighting. Pocking is good, but the retention and lacing are low for style. Nose is lightly spicy, with some toasted pale malt notes. Lacking in substance and style.

The flavor is similarly mellow, with a lot of malt character per, say, pound of hops. Enough caramel malt to leave a sweet taste in the mouth, with pale malts amounting to a light, nutty toast character. The hops are way deep in the ballgame, with a little prick of herbal flavor. Mouthfeel is weak and lightly over-carbonated - it's not horrible, but it doesn't allow the flavors much leeway.

I'm not into this beer, one way or the other. It just sort of exists - not a bad accompaniment to dinner, but nothing I'll seek out.

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

fourth and final day of NERAX 2009

pale straw amber. almost clear. bubbly head, almost creamy, into wisps and ring. lots of spotty "lace" left on the glass here and there.

interesting fruity aroma, like stale pineapple. plus a hint of vanilla? faint caramel.

flavor has that stale pineapple juice again. watery caramel. mild hops, resinous with notes of pine.

watery but smooth. mild carbonation is relatively neutral.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden. Barely any head, leaves some lacing though. Smells like caramel and maybe some earthy hops. Hop bitterness upfront, with a caramelly finish. As it warms it tastes more of earthy hops, almost metallic. Interesting to have a few on tap but I'm not dying to run out and buy a six pack or anything.

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Photo of zorandra
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - not quite copper, more like an amber-straw colour; poured into an Imperial Pint glass with about an inch of off white head that dissipated shortly.

S - primarily hoppy; slightly tinny smell

T - while the nose is mostly hops the taste that comes through first is the malty/carmely-ness; well balanced; tinny smell not in the taste

M - almost too thin

D - could see these going down easily, and therefore quickly; however, I think the 'simple' flavour profile would make it boring after awhile

Could see this going well with a spicy food as I drank it while I munched on some trail mix that included a bunch of spicy things like spicy peas, spicy roasted chana, and wasabi peas and it was a nice cool off for my tongue.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as the spring seasonal in the Greatest Hits variety pack.

Pours a light clear color. For a beer supposed to be "copper" colored, I find this more brass like. Crystal clear, with a decent amount of carbonation. Resembles an American macro, but just a tiny bit darker.

The nose is slightly spicy with citric hops. There is a lot of malts present, very balanced. Actually, I take that back, the malts are actually more dominant than the hops, but thats ok. I wasn't expecting an IPA nose, and I'm actually pleasantly surprised with this one. More caramel than I anticipated, but it works well.

Taste is very strong on caramel malts. Very sweet. As it warms, the hops all but fade and the malts take over. Lots of caramel. Also, as it warms, a bit of alcohol comes through, which is sort of concerning, considering it is only 5.7% ABV. It's not necessarily a bad, just average. Not bold or adventurous, sort of boring really.

Light and creamy body, coupled with a nice carbonation make for a smooth mouthfeel. Nothing overly impressive here either. Decent drinkability, not something I would drink all night.

This one started out strong, and I had high hopes. But it fell short at the end. I was a bit disappointed. A painfully average brew.

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Photo of blackie
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: white head on a golden-amber beer, light retention

s: clean pale malts and a dried herbal hop aroma, dried lemon, not much to it

m: carbonation just under medium, lighter body

t: bland pale malts and a bland, dried citrus hops, crisp bitterness, bland and watery, meh

d: light and therefore drinkable, but a very underwhelming pale

single taken from the communal fridge after some party

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light amber/copper color with good clarity and a thin white head that went away rather quickly.
S: Grains with a light toasted quality, dry earthiness and a sweet light caramel aroma all perceived first. A light touch of spicy hops is mixed in there and a small copper penny smell.
T: Lightly roasted malt and a dry husky graininess with an faint peat flavor in the aftertaste. Semi-sweet toffee with a slight copper penny flavor from the malts as well. Hops bitter this a bit and ad a herbal touch.
M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.
D: Easy going beer with not a whole lot of flavor. Finish is too dry and leaves the mouth almost dried out. Not bad for a few but it would be enough and a change would be better.

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Photo of JayNH
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
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 jtorzala
2.19/5  rDev -33.6%
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 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 Yeastcakes
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - cellar temp, german 0.5L glass.
A - Clean, very slight carmel malt.
A - half inch of head disappears almost immediately. Clear, medium amber.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Some malty or toffee sweetness, some citrus from hops. Avoids being cloyingly sweet though.
D - Decent beer, might pair well with a desert.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copperhook delivers everything you've come to expect from the big-barrel boys - impeccable clarity, clean lines, and no offensive flavors! Of course, there's not much of any flavor to speak of here, but that's precisely the point. Given its minimalist intent, Copperhook is perhaps the ultimate expression of a beer so deliberately flavorless anyone can appreciate it. Even me.

Seriously, some beers aren't meant to do much but spill across the palate between bites of burgers or ball game spectation. Usually these beers are lagers. But Copperhead's lack of distracting hops or exotic malt enhancement is perfect for this purpose. The color is as promised - not just copper, but the most refined, polished expression of crystalline copper purity you've ever seen in an ale. The head is feathery and shows graceful retention and lace. The near-absent smell suggests bread dough. And the taste is a balance of benign timidity offering no conflict and a prompt exit. It's what every big-kettle beer should be - inoffensive and indistinct, but still clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice straw color with a bit of white head.. It looks like beer in commercials.

S: Has the smell of barley, and a slight kick of hops.. It is was I would imagine Bud to smell like, if Bud was Good.

T: Matly, and crisp, a little bit of tang in there and a touch of hops..

M: Good. Clean crisp, goes down easy, and is quite pleasant.

D: I think this is an easy drinker, something that would be easy to knock quite a few down... It lacks a little in the flavor department. But this is a readily accessible beer that is much better than 90% of the other beer in a typical grocery store beer shelf..

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden-orange with a bright glow and active carbonation. The head is tall and foamy, with average retention and some irregular lacing.

S: Some moderate toasted malt up front, along with some respectably zesty citric hops that provide an orange-esque character. A slightly mineral, metallic tang as well.

T: Toasty, grainy malt up front. Again, citric/orange hop flavor is present, witinh mild bitterness. A slight nuttiness as well. Also, there is a metallic and yeasty bite into the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied, with a grainy crispness. Somewhat dry and rough into the finish.

D: Not bad, not bad. I'd prefer this to be either maltier or hoppier - right now it's just a touch weak, but it does have potential. Not bad, and definitely a solid drinker.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2008.

Large white head quickly dissipates. Clear bright pale copper color (huh, imagine that). faint sweet malty earthy aroma. Lightly sweet and bready throughout. Finishes with a slight bitter tartness. Light in flavor all the way around, easy to drink. Medium light body.

Did not realize this was an APA, seemed more like an amber.

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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 colts9016
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: A light copper color with some amber hues. There is a one finger head that is foamy and slightly creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. There is some lacing on the glass, a bit surprised.

Nose: A sweet maltiness with some citrus and floral esters.

Taste: A sweet malty flavor with a hint of citrus and floral esters.
I taste a cooked rice in the background of this beer it is subtle.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and a lightly medium body. The finish is light and slightly bitter, not lingering on the palate. This beer is simple just an okay APA. To me it is too light for a good APA. The hops are muted and hidden in the beer.

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Photo of grayburn
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
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 breeze...at 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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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 505 ratings
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