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 Floydster
2.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for seven dollars, poured into my Humboldt Brewing pint glass

A-Golden orange with yellow highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for about two minutes, some retention, minimal lacing

S-Citric hops, fresh barley, oddly cloves and other spices, grassy accents, small amount of malt, and orange peel

T-Started off tasting like a standard APA with hops up front and a small malt backbone in the middle, but instead of having predominantly citrus in the finish, there was cloves like I had smelled previously, did not seem like they should be there, this threw me off and began to take over the flavor but this might have been because I was looking for them, some lemon and orange in the aftertaste towards the end, weirdly sweet pale ale that I have never really experienced before, not balanced mainly because the spices tasted so strong

M-Dry, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste did not linger for long, pretty weak sensation overall

D-Could not drink much more than a bottle of this, heavy on the stomach surprisingly, ABV is low though, can be smooth at times, could not get used to the flavor

Never been a big fan of Red Hook beers and this was no real exception, not much going on and boring in my opinion, would not drink again, could not really recommend this either way

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden/yellow body with some white head.

Floral hop Aroma.

The taste is slightly metallic up front. Follows with very light hops and some lemon zest. A decent brew, nothing great.

Average mouthfeel, light and very carbonated.

Easy to drink due to its lightness and mild flavor, but nothing special.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. The sweet floral aroma features some malt and citrus. The taste is sweet malt with a crisp citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a decent spring seasonal that is worth a shot, but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/28/08

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a good deal of carbonation but almost no head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of some grass and light caramel malt. A few citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted of some citrus and light caramel malt. No hops or bitterness was present.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is not a great APA, by any means. It just doesn't have much flavor.

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Photo of redjellydonut
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have little to add to the well thought-out and informative reviews that precede mine. However, I'd like to make an observation I didn't see (or missed) in the other reviews. Copperhook had no all. As soon as I swallowed a sip, there was absolutely no finish left behind. It was as if I'd never taken a drink at all. I've never experienced anything like that before. I hadn't eaten anything, or drank anything else, and I don't smoke, so nothing could've been present to mask a finish. It was the strangest beer drinking experience I've ever had.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer with a "bottled on" date of 011608 on the front label. Dull, fairly clear light almond amber amber. Minor lace and scattered decent looking lacing. Just a smidgen of malty aroma. middle of the road, fairly flavorless ale. Certainly nothing exciting going on here. Better then B/M/C type offerings but not by much.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light coppery color with an orange hue. Very light head that dissipates quickly to a light ring of bubbles. Very little lacing.

S: Relatively malty in aroma, light to moderate in toast. There is a little bit of a bread-like or yeasty smell. Really not much in the way of hops at all.

T: Malty in flavor though a touch dry overall. Rather interesting in that sweetness is implied a bit but there is such a good balance with the bittering hops that it balances out very well. The linger is relatively long with a light malt finish.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively full for a lighter bodied brew but still rather satisfying. The carbonation is mostly light and stays pretty consistent throughout the glass. The smoothness and nice complexity make this generally enjoyable with good drinkability.

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Photo of bboven
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/gold in color; clear with a surprisingly resilient head and pretty good lacing. The only downfall is it leans a little too much towards orange in hue.

Citrusy hops are there and in the forefront, then a very balanced malt nose comes through.

Tastes like a great pale ale that they added coriander and those little dried orange peels to. The pale ale wins out, but I could do without those wit flavors. The orange peel leaves a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Highly carbonated, drying enough, and pretty damn good here.

Tastes like a great APA that somebody wanted to tweak with wit spices. I like it, because it's a fun experiment and different flavor, but they didn't overload it so much with those flavors that you can't taste the pale ale base. It's definitely a great summer beach beer, but I'd like to see the alcohol cut by at least 1% and the aftertaste is a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Light copper color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Mildly fruity.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Somewhat smokey. Smooth. Drinkable. Very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ditto

Verdict: Smooth and drinkable but not much else. Doesn't feel like a true pale ale.

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Photo of JDV
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear shiny copper and although really light colored, looks nice with a decent white head atop. Smell is malty, a touch metallic and fruity. Taste is fresh and lightly tart malt. Sort of sharp, crisp, and lightly sourish, but not in a spoiled way. Medium bodied with refreshing carbonation and a bit of mild balancing bitterness. Refreshing, and not too bad.

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Photo of Saunapoika
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Nice white, quickly receding head. Not a whole lot of lacing, but enough. Clear, copper-orange color to it. Nice

S: Fruity, floral scent to this one. Crisp with not a whole lot of maltiness. More floral hop scent to it than anything.

T: Fits right in line for an APA. Well advertised as a spring ale as it was very refreshing and with the floral, fruity aroma, indeed gave a sense of spring.

M: Slightly over carbonated for me. Not bad, but I would have enjoyed it more with a bit less carbo. Dry finish to it as well.

D: Pretty good. I liked the chance to have a spring ale. Winter ales are dragging on just like the weather. Time for a change. This one is good.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a nice copper-amber color with moderate carbonation and a one-finger head of white foam which left some nice lacing.

S: Slightly fruity and earthy aromas with a nice balance of sweet malts and some slight bitter floral hops.

T: This was a bit of a letdown where it counts most. The flavor was there; slightly bittersweet toffee malts with a mild peppery taste and some bitter aftertaste. However, it wasn't a "wow!" taste. Plus, it tastes like one of the main ingredients may have indeed been copper.

M: Mouthfeel was balanced for the most part, but a tad cloying as well, which is a turn off for the style.

D: Certainly not a bad beer, but not one that's got enough to offer to keep going back for more and more. Drinkable, and a nice little ABV boost from a standard lager, but nothing special.

Red Hook falls victim, in this instance, of making a seasonal brew taste like some of their standard line stuff. Look to Long Trail and Saranac as being the main offenders here, but Red Hook doesn't make a strong case against that with Copperhook.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Beef O'Brady's. Poured to a bright copper color with a thick white head that lingered thru most of the glass and left very good lacing. Mouthfeel of this full-bodied beer was a pleasant blend of hops and malts, and the flavor, while not real descript, was tasty. This all led to a long pleasant finish.

One of the best Ambers I've had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful clear reddish-amber, with a little bit of head that persists somewhat. Aroma is not strong, but it is invitingly malty and spicy. Flavor is mainly malty with strong overtones of spice, mostly cinnamon and cloves. Smooth and refreshing, lively and zingy, this is a beer for sipping and savoring.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beer in Texas. Into a 12-oz mug, it pours an appropriate copper color, crystal clear, with only a slight head. Pleasant enough nose, with a mild hoppy spiciness and lightly grainy malt. Taste is bland though... where are the hops? Hardly any bitterness or hop flavor. A little maltiness and a tad bit of fruitiness round out an otherwise nondistinguished beer.

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Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg,poured from the tap a lighter clear copper looked quite fizzy with a thinner soapy-like white head atop.Mild toasty aromas a hint of leafy hop but its faint,thin fizzy mouthfeel felt like I was drinking a soft drink more than beer.Pretty standard flavors mildly toasty and grainy with a hint of sweetness a bit of caramel.Really sub par in my mind thats to bad it could be decent but it just seems thrown together.

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Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly of citrus hops

T - Is very well balanced between caramel malt and hops

M - This one is a little thin with light carbonation

D - I think I have a new favorite beer from the people at Red Hook this is very easy to drink this cold be a session beer

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Photo of dedrinker
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper color - very clear and clean looking, with a thin white head that shows some persistence down the sides of my glass. Aroma is very light biscuity malts and a hint of caramel and nuts - oh so faint, and also a slight hop aroma. Flavor is dead-set middle of the road amber ale territory - the kind you get at a chain brew-pub to wash down the fries, and you spend more time thinking about the fries. Medium body with a slightly malty, slightly soapy, slightly hoppy finish. Well crafted on the whole, but not anything to get excited about unless you are just breaking in to the U.S. craft segment.

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

Pours a nice clear copper with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Mild malty aroma. Taste is malty- toasted with caramel notes. Light sweetness. Muted herbal hops. Very little bitterness. Nothing particularly special but pleasant. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable. Definitely on the malty side for an APA. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a copper color with a fair sized head that has some retention and left more lacing that I was expecting down the side of the glass. The aroma seem simple, but is nice that way. Nice biscuit aromas, grassy notes, slight caramel smells. The flavors seem to be dominated by a nice toasted malt flavor with some caramel tastes coming through. Slight hop and dry finish. Very easy drinking brew though it is a bit simple.

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

Clear amber to gold colored beer with an average sized white head. This isn't copper colored it is simply not deeply colored enough.

The smell is sweet and malty with a mild herbal and grassy hop aroma, OK but not that outstanding.

The taste starts out VERY neutral in both sweetness and hop presence, mostly just dry and woody like a tongue depressor. A little malt and stronger bitterness appear after a while along with a biscuit malt flavored aftertaste. Slightly flowery after a bit and a trace of fruit.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well if there is an example of a completely average beer THIS is that example. Doesn't taste bad or anything, in fact this has very mild taste and appearance similar to good beer; in the same way a Porsche 914 resembles a real Porsche. Sure it is a Porsche but it is a lot closer to a Volkswagen. Nothing remarkable here, try it once and then buy the Sam Adams Boston Lager instead.

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Photo of riboflavin88
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful goldish-brown, with about an inch head and nice lacing. It's nose wasn't very strong, a bit of malt and grain, very faint though. I wasn't impressed with the taste at all, although the beer was refreshing, I expected more depth based on its color. A very mild flavor with a majority of grain flavor, also a citrus note hidden in the background. It had mild carbonation, which made for a very smooth drink, highly drinkable. I prefer a more complex Spring Ale, but others will love this mild flavor.

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Photo of JamesS
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/red color with a nice head, but little lacing. Good scent, not very hoppy or malty, but there is a nice hit of spices (I could not place any of them) in it. Good taste, nothing special, but the malt/hop mix is pretty good and there is a nice littls splash of spring spice in it. Goes down fine. This is far from my favorite Redhook beer, but it's worth a shot.

EDIT: I've had this a few more times, and while still far from my favorite Redhook, I have realized it's one of the smoothest and cleanest beers around.

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Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a medium tan head that laces the glass pretty well all the way down. It has an aroma of sweet roasted malts and some hoppy bitterness in the end. It tasted pretty good. Nice balance of hops and malt together for a decent pale ale. It starts off sweet and malty but with a kick of citrusy hops that finish off the flavor for a decent beer. Has a nice mouthfeel - very crisp and is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought this beer at the local grocery. six 12 oz. bottles. brew date of 01-09-08. poured into a tulip pint glass. light copper color. very clear. thin off white head that does not stick around very long. thins out to a fine layer. looks like it could be a touch light for a "copper".

citrus hop aroma. good earthy boquet with a little caramel presence. no off odors. smells sweet.

crisp hop flavor with a good malt presence. some sweetness. very well balanced. dry caramel aftertaste.

low carbonation. light bodied mouth feel. felt a little thin. no lace.

good beer. follows style. i would do a session with this beer. i will drink again. good apa for anytime of the year.

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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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