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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 climax
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a mostly clear bright yellowy copper, minimal head after maybe an overly judicous pour... looks like an ashtray full of new pennies when all you want is a quarter

smell wasnt too strong but fairly interesting. tinny and floral at first, bready and caramel malt and slightly hoppy

taste wasnt throwin any punches either, but it wasn't bad. sweet and more malty and wheaty than anything, hops pretty much sat shotgun except for a brief citrusy moment before the finish.... which was clean and bright

mouthfeel was watery and light bodied with a greasy finish, never bitter but slightly citrusy

this beer, maybe not a true pale ale, even while lacking any substantial hoppiness or spunk.... was refreshing and as the seasons shift from cold to warm (especially here in SD) it got a good mark for being drinkable and on-time to make me feel like maybe the groundhog will give us a break this year

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Photo of Frosthazard
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Appears slightly amber, light and clear. Small white head rises and dissipates quickly, little lacing.

S - Citrusy, light and a little leafy/dank, biscuitty and sweet.

T - This is about as light as I can go before I no longer consider the beer an ale. Needs more hops and piney flavors. A little bland.

M - Good carbonation, light, tingly toungue feeling after sipping. Watery/thin.

D - I could drink this at the lake, or camping. Would be good for warmer weather, a little light for an ale.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.32/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: A nice "copper" in color, rocky, dense head forms, decent lacing and retention on this one as well:

Smell: A bit of some biscuity malt in the forefront, a sweet honey like aroma is shown here as well, minimal hop presence through the aroma, a bit of red apple and some fruit elements are lurking in here.

Taste: A nice malt sweetness is the first thing that hits me, again, a small amount of some biscuit like bready flavor is prevalent, followed by an excellent array of fruit. The honey can be spotted here as well, and a nice dose of esters upon quaffing this. The malt seems to really take charge of the hops on this one, but it is basically balanced perfectly due to the amazing fruit florals that emerge from this.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, the bubbles can be seen in the glass shooting to the top of the pint nicely. A nice medium bodied brew after the decent dose of malt. This one is a tad wet compared to other copper's I've tried but it holds it's ground fairly well on the tongue.

Drinkability: A very good example of a balanced APA that is sure to please this Spring. I can definetley see sessioning a couple of these on the first days of Spring, it's got a good dose of sweet malt to keep the cool months close by, yet a nice dose of hop character to ring in the warmer months. A very good offering from a well respected brewery in my book!

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Photo of farrago
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly agitated head of bone white foam, no lack of sticky lacing as well. Zinc orange color, the liquid is clear enough to both easily see through it as well as fade to a burnt yellow near the rims. Fairly simple, if highly perfumed, nose of floral mist, orange blossom, raw pie crust, anise seed and pine cone, dries out your nostrils over time, minimal hoppy "snap" to it. Light-bodied, smooth but, in truth, watery. Upfront there's a honeyed concentration with orange citrus and pine notes but it falls off precipitously from there. As with other beers of this light weight and lack of flavor intensity, this makes the carbonation appear unnaturally aggressive. By default, turns hoppy and bitter as it finishes. Devoid of any remarkable characteristics.

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Photo of tbeck
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright orange with a tinge of amber. Develops a white one finger head with decent retention. Maintains a good collar and some laciness. Aroma is fresh and citruis with a hint of barley. Taste starts off whity citruis and pine, but not much bitterness. Finishes with a mix of wheat and malt. Overall seemed more like a hezeweizen than an ale. Good body and texture. Not a bad beer. The flavor was okay but the finish did not fit the beginning.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a somewhat lackluster light straw copper. Clear with copious bubbles. A one finger head has minimal retention before fading to a thin haze leaving only a spot of lacing here and there.

aroma is subdued. pale malt, a bit of caramel, a bit of biscuit, and a touch of both sweetness and spice. vanilla and pepper. almost pancake like. maybe a bit of hops, but the malt aroma wins out.

Taste follows aroma closely, even in its relative mellow character. sweet. a light malting, light caramel sugars. a very light touch of citrus hops, a bit herbal, a bit green. Everything seems subdued - almost repressed. I want to believe there are strong flavors in there, but for an APA, it's just not happening.

mouth is a bit thin and slick. carbonation is evident, but doesn't do much to help bulk up the mouthfeel at all. Kind of lackluster.

Not one I'd seek out again. Nothing really going on... it seems like an anemic version of a solid copper ale... not bad, nothing off, but just weak and unimpressive. Sure, I could drink a few, but I could drink a few cans of just about anything else as well... and I think the level of enjoyment wouldn't be significantly different.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: surprisingly light and soft copper color fused with golden and pale yellow. A very thin foamy bright white head with stings and blobs of lacing in harmony. A few bubbles moving around and things look decent

S: roasted pale malts and faint dry and spicy hops. This beer has faint caramel whiffs and metallic notes

T: light biscuity malts, maybe some toasted nutty notes, caramel notes are kind of lame and palate is left with a watery sweetness (artificial) with nutty grains on the back of the tongue. Watery hops are a tad bit spiced and floral like

M: a lightly mild body is a good description. Looks light and mildly carbonated and yet retains a bit of chunk. Lingering watery flavors remain

D: another red hook that I have mixed feelings about. The best Redhook brew I have had is the Double Black Stout otherwise it has been sub-par stuff all around

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt with a hint of hops and spice. In a broad since, it fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel was smooth and crisp with average carbonation levels. Tastes of a slight hop bitterness, strong malt throughout, and a little yeast flavoring. Overall, really easy to drink, but blande (not near enough hops). Not enough body, though not watery, just too weak of a palate.

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Photo of marcpal
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I found in my fridge while watching Rose Bowl- no idea where the hell I got it from, must have been a mix six at some point?

Poured into Ommegang glass.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Copper as advertised. Heavy pour produced little head but what there was kept resilient.

S: Basic honey sweetness. Some metallic is offputting and worried me in preparation of the taste.

T: Sweet and sugary up front with hardly any bitterness. Plain tastes, not bland but plain. The prevailing flavor is honey with little else there to round it out. The taste has some flavors that aren't ripe in the nose and makes it crisp and easy to drinkn.

M: Smooth and crisp. Not enough bitterness from what I am accustomed to in APAs but still enjoyable.

D: Drinkable on a summer's or spring day. Not too appropriate for today. Pretty basic but enjoyable. Not bad at all.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a looker, the off white head didnt amount to much and didnt stick around. Quite mildly carbonated. Copper hued amber coloured body, and since there isnt even a collar some lace would be a surprise.

Im liking the aroma much more than the apppearance. Some biscuit and toasted whole grain bread from the malts, as well as an interesting floral hop aroma with hints of citrus and a whisp of lemongrass.

Big on honeyed biscuit, and a pronounced pear flavour from the yeast derived esters. Light on the hops for an APA, but it does have a niice floral quality with notes of orange blossom as well as the aforementioned hint of lemongrass.

This is a light bodied brew that is slightly sweet, yet mildly astringent and it could be slightly more assertive in the bitterness department. Overall somewhat run of the mill.

Pretty drinkable although not particularly exciting. Worth a try if this sounds like something you would like. Glad i got to try this, but not something i would search for.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New bottle, no fish. I enjoyed this beer. Pours clear copper with a smallish white head. Aroma is sweet with citrus hops, oranges, and grass. Taste is very light, peach flavors, but mostly lighter orange and citrus hops and sweet malt. Kind of like a full-bodied APA-lite. Smooth drinking beer.

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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 ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden brown with a one finger off-white head. Head fades to thin layer and beer leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet darker malts, priamarily caramel. Hints of citrusy hoppiness as well. Also a touch of alcohol which is surprising given the lower ABV.

T - Rather sweet up front. Primarily caramel but also a fruity sweetness, apples come to mind. Light citrusy hop bite, much weaker than anticipated from the aroma. A little too sweet for my liking.

M/D - Medium bodied with a slightly chewy feel. Very easy drinking but nothing I would seek out. Also not something I would turn down.

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Photo of Gmann
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a small white head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The aroma is floral, with some honey tones, biscuity. The flavor is of a bready, almost doughy malt, light honey, buttery grain, not much hops, barely detected. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, has a malty sweetness, a bit chewy. Nothing really stands out in this brew. Definitely not a hoppy APA, more of a doughy toasted malt. The brew is ok, never would have guessed it was an APA.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a lucid, dark-amber, copper-hue with a minimal head that left hardly any lacing...
Malty, grainy, bread and butter aroma...
Taste was replete with strong essences of caramel, a hint of vanilla, candied sugars, malts balanced by a touch of hops, slight grapes, and honey...
Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability to match...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one recently as part of a mixed sixer and had never had it before so decided to take the plunge. Poured a very dark amber, almost a copper color (hence the name I guess). Lots of carbonation on this one with tons of bubble chains coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, Decent sized head of maybe an inch faded away to a broken crown after a few moments with virtually no side glass profile.

The aroma was full of bready grains. Touches of grass and a light hop touch to it, neither but nor much at all. The flavor was a fair continuation of this as well, with a big bread like malt bill, biscuit like flavor in the end and a touch of wet hay in the finish. Decent body on this one, easily leading towards the middle of the road, with a good carbonation profile. Smooth finish, with not much of an aftertaste that is worth noting and a bit of a slick feels to it. Still an easy session ale that would be hard not to put down a few of if you had a six pack.

Overall though not terrible by any means. Decently sweet and a bit different for a spring seasonal. Decently filling with a nice, albeit somewhat muted profile. I do not think I will be buying it again, but if I were somewhere and it was there, I would not be terribly opposed to having another one.

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Photo of RobH
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at the 4 month age point from bottle date.

A: Nice golden color that was appealing on a warm summer evening at sunset.

S: Hmm. I had just finished a North Coast Red Seal Ale and must admit I dove right into this one without really smelling it.

T&M: Wow, first sips taste really sweet after the bitterness of that Red Seal I just finished. I've had the Copper Hook before so I know it doesn't taste that sweet drinking it on a fresh palate. I should have started with this one, but it served to be a good one for taking my palate down a notch to more malt and less hops bitterness.

The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable on a warm to hot day. The over 5% ABV will catch up with you so it's perhaps not quite a session ale, but it's close enough and a good one for everyday drinking.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow with thin white head.

Nose has plain cereal malt grain aromas. Some lemon is there too.

Palate is grain malty, but light in flavor, with a faint herbal hop bite at the end.

Finish is short with a light bite.

Suggest that you avoid this ale.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded a friend for this one. Said he really didnt dig it all that much so he gladly traded me.

Bottle poured into a glass.

A- Looks likea darker amber, light head. Hardly any at all. Very pretty. :)

S- For some strange reason grass and this beer seem to go together? Is it the name thats making me think this? I think so. Mowing the lawn? Somthing like that. Sweet. Nothing else really. But its making me think good thoughts.

T- Lightly carbonated. NOOOO hiccups. Sweet. And easy to get used to. No bad tastes. Tastes a bit of alcohol in the end. But not an overwhelming amount. This is damn near perfect for today.

M- Medium body. Kinda sticky. Good overall.

D- This has surprized me. Its good. Especially since my friend and fellow beer lover didnt like it that much. I would drink this on any hot day. Or when cutting a buddys lawn.

Great over all


Worth a try if your into the springtime and summer brew ales. I loved this one. Worth it.

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Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very handsome copper color with a modest off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is herbal, some cider notes.

Taste is modest for sure, sweet rich malts rule this brew. The hops are there but lower level than many of this style. The overall taste was very satisfying for such a light weight beer. Some bitterness in the finish. Lightly acidic.

M-Fine but un-remarkable.

D-This is where this excelled for me. The abv of 5.7 was not evident in the taste and was just a very satifying drink. Would be a good choice for an introduction to the world of craft beers.

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Photo of biggred1
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light "copper" color with almost no head retention,some lacing though.

S-Faint citrus hops and cereal grain.

T-Very mild but good toffee malt flavor with a faint salty dry, hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Pretty watery for the style.Decent seltzery carbonation

D-Nothing out of place here, just a little too meek for my tastes. Good session beer but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of animal69
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-gold color with an almost non existent white head leaving little lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, some steely cereal grain and a hint of caramel, some floral hops and an almost sulphurish note present as well ; taste was a bit thin, a dry yeasty, almost astringent flavor with a bit of bready malt and hops up front, a bit of mineral and metal as well ; a light bodied, well carbonated brew, feels a bit creamy on the tounge ; drinkable, not a bad beer, just not a good one either...

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

This poured a clear gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like earthy yeast, copper hops, and a basic unsweetened malt. It tasted reminiscent to a Mexican beer, with lime hops, light earthy malts, and sour yeast. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was an unimpressive beer. It wasn't as refreshing as most spring ales, and it had a dirty flavor.

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Photo of Onslow
2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i am an idiot .... Pours a dark orange colour ... hearty lacing ... nice smell, wheat and some citrus ... average no frills taste, some nice sweetness, but doesn't really have a defining high point ... will do the job and it is quite drinkable but probably not again ....

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Photo of KBomb
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fine amber color, small head. Has a fantastic hoppy aroma with some spice to it as well, but the aroma is deceptive as the taste is much more boring--a middle of the road APA with very mild hops and a slight "metalic" taste on the finish. Mild flavor wouldn't be a turn off if there weren't some kind of misexecution in this beer. Its a decent APA, but not something to write home about.

Grabbed a sixer of this on sale for $3.99-- Coors cost more than that! So with that in mind, it gets a "B" I guess.

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