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 daliandragon
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first new beer to appear in either of the three grocery stores in my town (the only places that sell beer) since I arrived eight months ago so it gets the benefit of the doubt by virtue of that fact alone. Color is indeed a shiny copper with thin, wet white head but excellent, kudzuesque lace that covers everything quite thoroughly. The nose is mediocre, with grainy, ineffectual malt notes and grassy, boring hops far in the backround.

Hops are a bit more assertive in the taste, although metal taints the taste on the way down and the malts are stiill nothing special. Mouthfeel is round and allows the bitterness to at least be a factor. Drinkable but not worth going far out of your way for unless you live where I do. I certainly don't love this beer but I'm glad its available without driving the 15 miles to Fuquay or the 27 to Fayetteville.

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Photo of moklett
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange/copper in color (imagine that!) with not much head. Smells malty and slightly sweet. Nothing really stands out on the taste, but it is nicely balanced. No off-flavors, just malty and smooth with just enough hops. This beer is nice and refreshing, which is what spring is all about. It goes down surprisingly easy. I could easily see having 2 or 3 of these out on the porch on a nice spring evening - but alas, I only have one, and its already past dark.

I paired this with some leftover sausage and goat cheese lasagna. I'm not thrilled with the pairing, but I didn't have much of a selection this evening. However, I am taken by the notion that lasagna is always better on the second day. Fancy Italian restaurants really should offer "yesterday's lasagna" - its excellent ;)

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Photo of argock
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: Pleasant with nice head but nothing special
Smell: A little bit of fruit, a little bit of malt, but not much else
Taste: Lacks distinctiveness. Mostly malty with slight hop finish which is pretty dry.
Mouthfeel: Way too fizzy, but body is medium.
Drinkability: Its lack of distinctiveness makes it pretty easy to take down, and quickly. But this beer is a typical Redhook offering -- taste that doesn't have anything especially redeeming or unique about it.

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Photo of becktone
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Done on a dirty napkin in Mac's Pizza Pub.

Eye: Not very appealing. The color is good but other than that it sucks and is a big let down. I guess you can't expect to much from something that A-B has put their hands on a fucked up. Small to non-existent head that leaves no lacing and fades into nothingness. Not even a ring around the glass. This could be due to the glass but I believe its more than that. Color is good, dark gold.

Nose: Again nothing much here. If this beer was intended to be brewed as an APA then Redhook really dropped the ball. However, I believe that their intention was a red/amber ale. Looking at the hop bill for this brew it is pretty clear that that was the intention. There is no hop aroma. Instead I get a fleeting sweet malt aroma with fruity esters. Not very potent. When I could smell it it was alright but the aroma was so weak that it was hard to grab hold of.

Tongue: Again very little hop character. Flavor profile mostly comes from the fruity esters and the caramel malts. The brew is in balance but barely. There is just enough hop character to give this brew a backwards sense of balance. Malts dominate the profile, with hops only coming in to balance out the sweetness. Again tastes more like a red/amber ale. I believe that it was wrongly categorized. All in all it tastes alright.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very fizzy on the palate. In fact the highly carbonated beverage only hurts itself. It detracts from the flavor. The tongue concentrates more on the carbonation than on the flavor. The body, however, is fuller than I expected. It is somewhere between light and medium. It is easy to drink, and one could in fact drink this all night...but why? I can assure you there are much better brews out there. I wouldn't buy this brew again unless I was left with no better alternatives.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color...label doesn't lie. Thin white head.

Smell: Not much in the old nose here. Kind of disappointed. At least it didn't smell like metal.

Taste: Pretty balanced for an American Pale Ale. The hops are kind of weird but not overpowering. Pretty pleasant again nothing great.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: A pretty nondescript ale that I could probably drink a few of but nothing amazing or something which warrants a must try.

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

Rerated 3/25/07 from a bottle ... Poured a deep golden color, maybe an orange tinge. Orange-tinged (yes I repeated myself) yeasty aroma. The yeastiness carries ... bit of orange, almost a corriander tinge, interestingly flavorful. Not bad. I could guzzle a few.

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Photo of clickpush
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle pint glass. Half in white head over a copper body. Some bubbles in the body of the beer, head recedes quickly to smattering of lacings and nice halo.

Nose: Grainy, bready, spicy. Nice and fruity too. No hop presence in the aroma.

Mouth: Much like it smells, with a pleasant sweet dough flavor up front (rye?). Dry finish with touch of alcohol warmth in the exhale. Slight hop presence. Solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of budgood1
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out a slightly hazy copper colour. very thin fine head and very little lace. barely there aroma of toffee laden malts. lacking in the taste department for sure...some sweet malts that have a caramel and brown sugar flavour...sort of. lightly hopped, some ghostly bitterness abounds. no alcohol detected for a 5.7% ABV. after a few more sips, not much of ANYTHING to detect in this spring ale. mouthfeel is thin and the body of this brew is lacking...but i suppose about right for what this ale is aiming for. drinkability suffers because this is a boring, bland and overall uninspired concoction. i hope i at least catch a buzz as i work through this six pack and fire up my weber grill for the first time this spring.

skip this one if you're curious. not recommended.

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

Served a crisp light orange with a great frothy head that was lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was of some caramel malts and earthy hops. The taste was dominated by earthy rustic hops with a great caramel malt backbone right behind. There was low carbonation and the beer was medium bodied with a slight alcohol bite. This would make a decent session beer for spring.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear with a thin head that quickly fizzes down to a thin cap.

Very light toasty malts with only a hint of hops.

Grainy malts with a cracker like flavor lead off to a little bit of a caramel flavor. Not much hop flavor at all. Light bodied with good carbonation. The finish has some light grain.

This one is labeled as an American Pale Ale, but it seems more similar to an American Amber/Red Ale. Under either category, the amount of flavor is pretty low. A bland overall beer, skip it.

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

Pours a very clear copper with a light, whipped egg whites head and medium bubbling. Pretty standard. The smell had some dry malts and a little grassy hops in the nose. Very simple. The palate was a little watery, nut you could taste the dry crystal malts. The hops lended some macro bitterness in the middle of the tongue. Pretty quenching to the palate. But the flavor is a little bland. Pretty simple and easy to drink. But this stuff cost a little more than your Busch light.

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Photo of Sporkus
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear, coppery amber. Head is medium, cream-colored, and doesn't stick around for long.

S - Smell is faint and ordinary. Grassy hops with slight malt overtones. The packaging says it's citrusy, but I don't smell it.

T - The hops are quickly overcome by malt--atypical for an APA. Aftertaste is carmel malt and a little bitter. Between the weak hops and the still-missing citrus, I have to wonder if this beer was mislabeled.

M - Medium-bodied and dry.

D - A decent beer if you don't expect it to be a citrusy APA. Completely middle-of-the-road. Tastes like it should cost less than it actually does.

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a creamy malt aroma with a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes creamy with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking brew with loads of malt flavor.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper color (no surprise there). Very nice thick, pillowy head. Incredibly clear. No lace.

Has a light smell, closer to a lager than an ale, but with a hint of ale yeast. Slight sweetness; berry perhaps?

Tastes like a standard pub ale, but with a slight hint of berry, like grape or blueberry; not overpowering. It just hits ya right at the end. Different, but average. Berry taste strengthens as it warms up.

Medium body with a slight creamy thickness. Average ale with a little something extra. Pleaseent enough but not amazing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +16.7%
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%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.6%
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 +21.8%
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 +14.5%
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 +0.9%
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 +16.7%
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%
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 +16.4%
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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Redhook Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 506 ratings