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 grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding white head. Weak aroma of caramel and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy but slightly thin mouthfeel. Bready caramel malt up front followed by some weak lemon and grass.

Refreshing and light but not much taste to be had.

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Photo of goldbot
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Astonishingly copper colored with thin, white head. Good carbonation but a bit cloudy. Citrus hops in the aroma with some caramel, but not much going on. The flavor is quite malty and sweet; grainy, slightly bitter and with an odd aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit heavy. Overall I'm not impressed with this one compared to Redhook's other beers - it's very generic and the off flavors dissapoint.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an average amber ale. The color looked decent with a fizzy white head. Not too much lacing here. The smell of the beer had some decent malt aromas but nothing too special. The taste was on the sweeter side and with a subtle bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was on the light side. Overall it's an average amber ale at best.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, light reddish amber with over an inch of white head that decent retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma was medium malty and had just enough hops showing through to provide a bit of a tang. The flavors were very similar, well balanced malt and hops without any real outstanding aspects.

The body was a bit thinner than I like in this style. Drinkability was OK, I could see having a few at a cookout where beer isn't the focus. Overall, a good, solid middle of the road brew that'll make a good training wheel beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Light yellow-orange colored body. One finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts and a bit of toffee. Simplistic, and with no detectable hops.

Taste: Simple and straightforward. Caramel malty front with a light citrus hop bite in the back. Good, but rather one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation. Not dissimilar to Sprite of Seven-Up in this regard.

Drinkability/Overall: It's not doing much for me. It's a light and refreshing beer, just not much in the way of substance.

Final Notes: This is a beer I'd have when I just want to put some beer away. It's sessionable and unoffensive, but not really memorable either. Not good, but not bad either.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with a medium small head that slowly dies. A light sour citrus aroma that lessens when drinking. A nice smelling ale that doesn't quite carry over into the taste.
The taste of this beer is a light sourish citrus with hints of even lighter earthy grains and summer hops that transfer lightly into a very light dry citrus aftertaste. Not a bad beer, actually quite drinkable, but no really outstanding qualities unlike some of the other beers that Redhook Ales make.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint. New bottle design is interesting, although I'm really missing the old Sunrye, when it was cloudy and saturated with yeast bits. Oh well, at least they still have Copperhook, which I have always enjoyed.

A - Rusty orange colour with a decent head of froth. Retention was moderate and lacing rather spotty.

S - Caramel malts with some faint citrus notes and just a bit of spice.

T - Simplistic yet tasty. Malt body with some grain and a touch of citrus hops.

M - Slightly watery. Medium carbonation level.

D - Still enjoyable, whether or not this recipe has been tweaked I can't tell, but it still would serve as a great gateway craft brew for someone looking to expand their tastes. Might get lost in the myriad of Spring releases for most, however.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours more of a golden-orange than a copper, but whatever. Head is slightly off white, thick at first, disappates to almost nothing. There is one thick impressive ring of lacing though.
S- Smell is slightly sweet malt, picking up biscuit notes, just a touch of fruity notes, and slight hop presence.
T- First thought is a caramel apple that needs a bit more caramel. Picking up a good bit of apple-like fruityness and there is a touch of caramel, but it is really subdued otherwise. There is just the faintest citrus character in there too.
M- Excessively light body and overcarbonated made it seem fizzy.
O- A merely ok beer for me. It's not bad, but there wasn't anything memorable about it that would inspire me to buy it instead of any of the many beers that are similar. I walked away thinking it was not altogether unlike a further toned down Fat Tire.

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

Poured from bottle into standard pint ale glass.

A: Less than a finger of head with a trace of lacing as I drank it down. Ditto re all the other people here on the color: Definitely NOT copper; more of a golden hue with a faint trace of light red.

S: Mildly floral, tinge of citrus.

Overall: Not much to trumpet about here, but not much to complain about either. I guess I just intuitively expect more from a Seattle brewery...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer isn't exactly copper, but it is a pale amber-orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Sort of a bland nose consisting primarily of toffee and bread. A bit of a cracker character to it. Some floral and earthy hop notes with a touch of yeast.

T: Sweet malt with a slight yeasty twang. Earthy and grassy hops with a light floral quality and a mild bitterness. Some toffee and bread, some toasted malts to it as well.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not really my favorite and it doesn't have much that I look for in an amber.

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

A: more of an orange/gold than an amber hue. dense white head with reasonable retention. nice lacing. mostly clear.

S: low earthy hop aromas. perhaps some fruitiness before a moderate caramel character. cherry or apple.

T:some light biscuit/toast. caramel is light as well. not a real assertive hop character, which is something i have grown to expect with american ambers. great soft oatmeal-like flavor in the finish.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: blame other breweries, cause i have a much heightened expectation for this style. this guy could use some serious hop additions/dry-hopping.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 2011 bottle. An awesome bottle, I might add.

appearance - copper in color, pours a bit on the thin side, low to medium head and retention

smell - sweet malty notes

taste - caramel malts, not as full smelling as i'd like but the notes are there

mouthfeel - plenty of carbonation, light body, slightly oily

overall - a really enjoyable session beer, enough flavor to go around, not the best amber on the market but not bad

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Photo of diamondc
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Jan 12 11

A: Looks pretty good in a hefeweizen glass. Fluffy head, moderate amount of lacing, copper color as advertised.

S: Wet grains, wheat bread, caramel.

T: Brown sugar, honey, canned fruit syrup, kind of cloying. Some moderate hops at the end.

M: Drinks really easy. No big flavors to make you ponder.

O: The most average beer I've had in a while. Quaffable .. got this one on sale, I would pass full price.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Semi-clear, ligher copper beer. Tan head receded quickly to very few remnant bubbles.

S-Sweet caramel malts.

T-Cara-toffee malt flavors came first, with some spicier, herbal hoppy tones following. A moderately balanced beer, but the sweet maltiness seems to take too strong of charge, with a hint of residual sweetness at the finish.

M-Medium light body, moderately-high carbonation level. Overall, the body seemed appropriat.

D-A bit too sweet at times, almost a bit overwhelming. But still, a fine enough beer to enjoy.

Sampled 11/21/10.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pretty reliable (but never flashy) Red Hook brewery is actually one of the classic craft brewers out there. This one is a pale, transparent amber with a solid head of white bubbles. Nice lace on the glass.

Scent is sweet, with notes of biscuit and honey.

Taste is yeasty and malty. Not very complex of unique, but more than drinkable. Overall, I give Copper Hook average marks.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

During a visit to Portsmouth we took the opportunity to visit Redhook Brewery. Tried the Copper Hook Copper Ale. The color was a light copper with nice carbonation that gave way to a thin white head. The nose was a very faint, if any. The taste was good, but nothing to make me write a description. The mouthfeel was good and I certainly could do a Session with this beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was mostly of sweet malts with various grains and slight citrusy notes; pretty basic. The taste had more citrus character with very subtle hops alongside sweet malts and a touch of underlying booze. The brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, citrusy, and mild crisp finish. It drank pretty good but was really basic all around. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with almost no head and leaves only the most minimal spotty lacing. Cloudy golden color that looks a lot like a wheat beer or a cloudy lager

S: Golden raisin, light cereal grains, pleasant floral hop, and I detect something like a little bit of cotton candy.

T: Heavy malt. Wish I knew a bit more so I could describe this one better. It's good, I know that. Bitter hop finishes really nicely bringing balance to the party.

M: Carbonation carries flavor across the palate (nice). Noticeable viscosity holds on long after a sip.

D: Good. Would be willing to purchase if other standouts not available.

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Photo of tbern007
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bit cloudy, copper. Very thin head that goes away quickly, leaving thin lace.
Average on all accounts. Malty, sweet, caramel, light on the hops. Tastes watered down and diluted. Very similar to the ESB in my opinion with most of these characteristics.

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Photo of Mit
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Pours a cloudy copper colour with a very short lasting head.

s-malt with a slight hoppy bitterness.

t-Earthy with a nice hoppy flavour. Some Ambers suffer from too much sweet. This one is more hoppy for sure.

m-Fullbodied, def not watery, very nice.

d-very drinkable. I wanted more after I had finished the sample pack ones.

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Photo of chumba526
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light brown/ copper color with a thin white head.

Smells slightly metallic, slightly sweet, slightly bready malty flavor and slightly fruity.

It tastes slightly caramel like slightly citrus, there is a bit of a sweet fruity flavor. There is also a mild but unpleasant metallic taste.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability of this is about average. I could drink more than one of these but I would not be overjoyed about it.

Overall an average beer. Though this beer is not horrible but it's not good either. If you see it on sale it is worth getting but don't expect much.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it's copper colored, a thin tan head that goes away quickly.

Smells of caramel and popcorn. Definitely malty without much in the way of hops.

Sweet bread flavors with more with a refreshing hint of hops on the tail end.

Pleasantly carbonated and easy drinking.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/29/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white fluffy head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of vanilla, fruity malts, caramel, toasted, and bready malts. Has a little bit of a weird sweetness to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Nothing really stood out about this beer to me, just a lot of malts. Easy to drink but probably wouldn't want to drink a lot of them. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another anonymous sample single from the great 2010 brief cross-border Independence Day beer pilgrimage...

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of sudsy off-white head, which leaves a drooping ring of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of mild grainy malt and diluted citrus. The taste is biscuity, bready malt, and some floral, somewhat grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, and even, the body medium weight and crispy, and it finishes off-dry, as balanced as you could imagine, the biscuity malt playing house with floral, earthy hops.

An adequate amber ale - nothing to make you say "hey", or "wtf" or whatever the kids these days are saying, but drinkable enough in its own right.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a local eatery, when it arrived the beverage had approximately a finger of thick, foamy head over a light-coppery liquid.

Nose was initially non-existant and then subtle at best with hints of malt and hop.

Taste was a mild backbone of malt, grain, caramel, earth balanced with a decent hop profile. Finish was somewhat dry. Overall an unassuming brew with moderate flavor and drinkability, however I wouldn't seek it out.

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