Redhook Treblehook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treblehook is vigorously hopped and patiently aged with aromatic malt and spicy hop notes. Smooth and complex, this beer is carefully brewed by hand with sublte caramel, toffee and chocolate notes.

52 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 11-21-2007

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saved a case and stored it in the cellar. Bottled on September 08, 2009. I figured this was a good time to open it 8 years and 4 months later. I'm not a veteran of the barleywine's but I did have a couple of these fresh before I stored them. Smell is of dark fruit, plum, cherry, wood. Taste is smooth with a very creamy head. Up front I get the warmth of the ABV, plum, dark fruit, malt, little vanilla and wood. Pretty good aged barleywine I'd have to say. Taste has changed a bit. Now I need to start opening the cellared Quads and Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of colts9016
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Born on date Sept 08 2009. Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. A dark brown beer with red hues. The body of beer is near opaque. A one finger light tan head with good retention. The beer is a bit darker than it should be for this style.

N: Sweet caramel, with earthy, bready, fruity, citrus (grapefruit and lemons), and some floral.

T: Sweet caramel, toffee, bread, earth dark fruits, lemons, floral, and some resin.

M: The body of the beer is medium, kinda chewy, and low carbonation.

The bottle conditioning of the beer killed the body, it is not thick and chewy like some of the great aged barleywines I have tried. The hops to me is just mild, it is more of a malt bomb with hints of hops. This is just a decent barleywine, it has potential.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 12 oz. bottle poured into an extended tulip style glass. Looks good nice tangerine/orange color with a slightly hazy look to it. Nice slightest of slight off white colored head with medium to small bubbles with excellent lacing and glass retention.

Smell is good. Big in both ways bot the malt and hop area. Plenty of caramel malts that are nice and roasted. There's also some nice pine aromas and some tangerine peel, pretty good all around.

Not really a ton to say about the flavor profile but there's a lot of flavor. A lot of up front sweetness. Plenty of caramel and not quite as much toffee tones. Then there's a TON of pine resin flavored hops that are very strong, it's pretty nice though and then theres some nice citrus peel flavors, grapefutie, clementine, tangerine, and some orange. Nice all around.

Appropriate full bodied flavor, lingers a little bit. Really nice carbonation level with a nice gritty dry bitter finish. Good carbonation level even with three years on it, but I guess this is a style that ages well. Really good sipper, but goes down pretty quick, really drinkable. This was one of the first beers I really liked when I got into craft beer though glad I still like it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 9/8/09.

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is showing a slight amount of oxidation but the hops are still present in this one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle version bottles on 8/31/10.

Appearance: This beer poured a dismal head that has reduced to an outer ring. It is a copper amber haze with no clarity, but slow moving bubbles can be seen coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel malty goodness. The citrus hops have held up well with the last 2.5 years. Grapefruit and tangerine goodness. That's awesome.

Taste: malts are there, but the bitterness is more noticeable in the taste. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, low to medium bodied, tingly bitterness, and finishes a little dry too.

Overall: A nice barleywine. It should the test of time, but the malts could have balanced things out a bit more from this hop bomb.

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Photo of deadmonkees
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice appearance and aroma, but the taste fades. Might have sat on this too long, which is surprising for a 2010 barleywine. Not a bad barleywine but others at the same price point are much better. I remember having this when it first came out and it had a better bite to it. Aging doesn't help this beer, but instead, hurts it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, fruity aroma has notes of sweet apple and banana and a malty undertone plus a touch of yeast. It pours a clear, dark copper, almost mahogany, with a fluffy and rather persistent beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fruity flavor is rather brandy-like, what I expect from a good barleywine, with a fair alcohol bite and a woody undertone. It is a bit sweet, and the flavor lacks depth; still, it is pleasing. Texture has above-average body but only average fizz, and leaves a fruity and woody finish. I’ve had better, but this is acceptable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 2010, bottled date of 3-30-10, poured on 1-19-12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a bright, reddish brown coloring that is opaque and smooth in appearance, with a thin ring of bubbling around the edge of the surface. Aromas of slight roasting and very heavy malt presence, with an interesting fruit blend of what seems to be pineapple and other tropical fruits, and a subtle hopping at the tail end. Flavors are heavier in the fruit sweet blend, but with a more prominent hops profile. The hops are very piney, with a heavy roasting at the end of the palate. The heavy malt aromas play out into a more subtle, toffee malt backbone that brings balance to the lighter, spicier characteristics. The aftertaste is more of a toffee tang, with a good kick of the pineapple flavor. The finish is quick, and surprisingly clean for the style, as well as for this particular beer with all the malty and fruit sweetness throughout it. Solid Barleywine.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle dated 8/30/10 aggressively into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a bright reddish orange, with fluffy white 3 inch head, that leaves some nice lace. Smell is lots of Carmel, fig, bready esters, and some alcohol. Taste is similar, carmel and dark fruits dominate. Mouthfeel is on the large side, enough life, not overly dry, and fairly easy drinking. This is a solid example, more English Barley Wine.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what looks like a Bottled On Date of 8310. Regardless, it says 2010 on the label. Lots of lacing. Pours a somewhat murky brown color with very little head. Aroma is boozey with some malts and some sweet brown sugar. Taste is booze, brown sugar and malts. A bit thin for a barleywine. Sweet, boozey finish. Malty. I had this fresh on tap at the brewery and time has mellowed the alchool burn a bit. Still, pretty solid barleywine. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of mikechance
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: My beer is a bottle of 2009 that has been stored in a wine cooler for the past few years.

A - cloudy, hazy --- ugly mud color

S - Malty, yeasty and prunes

T - whiskey, malty, dark fruits

M - light bodied and light carbonation

O - This is one of the poorer tasting barley wines I have ever had. The aging seemed to weaking it and leave it tasting off --- almost spoiled.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear orange with a decent cream head that leaves a little sticky lace.

Pine, malt, some sour/tart stone fruit, like a bruised peach or apple skin in the nose.

Nice depth of flavor here. Malt is complex, and turns from sweet to sour to bitter. Toasted flavors akin to over-brown bread crust, then apple skin, some cider-like tendencies, leading to bitterness and warming alcohol. Nice drinkable version of the style. Bitterness is long and clean, but a bit non-descript (meaning, I smell pine, I just get aspirin in the bitter). Bitching about the little things aside, I dug this.

Full bodied. A slight tingle on the tongue.

I don't drink too many barleywines, mostly because the bombers destroy me. This 12 oz-er is just right. Flavor is complex but balanced, and the alcohol is well hidden, but rears its head just enough. I must admit that I am surprised -- and very very pleased that this came from Red Hook. Nice job.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured for me at the ACBF 2010. They had just tapped a keg of a 2007 Vintage of this brew. So I got my sample and looked it over. The look of the beer was a deep brownish color. with a pretty good head on it. The lacing was sticky and left some foam on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little earthy with some boozy malt and what I think is some rather impressive hops. The taste of the beer has a good hoppiness to ti for being a few years old. The other spices were of malts and some alcohol heat in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, medium to heavy body with some good carbonation. Overall not a bad barely wine. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head. What's there doesn't remain very long. The liquid is cloudy with an orange-dark amber color. Light spotty lace.

Sweet, molasses-like aroma. I note a smell I find similar to oranges. Reminds me of a dessert beer.

The taste mimics the smell. Rich bodied with a distinctive strong alcohol kick. There's also a good contribution of hop bitterness, although this beeris far more sweet than any other taste. The aftertaste is well-balanced--strong alcohol, mild hop and a nearly maple syrup flavor. The best indirect taste is an orange citrus flavor.

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Photo of Guardian
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice light brown color.
S- very fruity smell. Actually smells like wine to me.
T- Fruit taste- wine/apple blend that settles very well after a few seconds. Excellent
M- Very hoppy and tingly. Makes my mouth dance.
O- If I had to go with a session barleywine ale...this would be it. I envisioned a 10.1% beer would taste ghastly, but this is far from the case with this brew.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 650ml bottle in to a typical pint glass. The bottling date reads Sep 08 09. Pours a muddy brown/amber color. More of a light muddy brown w/ off white head and not so much lacing.

The nose is more of caramel & some booze but that is barely even perceived. Very faded hops in the background of this one. The taste is, well, bad. I do not like this take on the style at all. It tastes like a Sugar Daddy mixed w/ a Tootsie Roll & mixed w/ some dried fruit. The label says it was patiently aged (who knows if it was), w/ aromatic malt & spicy hop notes. I get the complex malt. But the spicy hops?? No. The mouthfeel is sticky. Not dry sticky but more like syrup. I've had several barley wines but not one w/ two years on it. That said, I much preferred them to this. This one is just off the mark for me. I'd like to have tasted more of the spicy hops but this was just a very sweet malt bomb. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


2010 bomber share by Paul, thanks. Snifter.

A: Color appears reddish orange with a small off white head.

S: Light cardboard oxidation with notes of caramel and faint alcohol. Earthy and slightly piney hops.

T: Boozy caramel with an upper moderate bitterness and a good bit of cardboard oxidation though not offensive. Pretty boozy overall. Finishes bitter and alcoholic with lingering caramel.

M: Medium body upper-low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with some late warming.

Overall: A respectable American Barleywine.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treblehook pours a hazy copper color into the glass with a small, off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass. I poured the entire contents of the bottle into the glass which resulted in particles suspended in the glass.

The aroma is malty and nutty with some pine notes mixed in.

Each sip of this full boded beer is chewy on the palate, lightly carbonated with a mild alcohol burn at the end. The flavor is sweet caramel malt to start, followed by nuts, and tropical fruit notes. It finishes piney and moderately bitter. Once gone the tropical fruit flavors and piney hops linger on the palate.

For 10% abv this is a rater drinkable barleywine. Fairly well balanced and full of flavor. Some time in a cellar should mellow out the heat from the alcohol.

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Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2010 release, bottled 083 10 on the about 1 yr old) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazed, dirty river water brown with touches of amber. A thin finger of creamy tan head lasts for maybe a minute and falls to a foamy collar and intermittent surface layer. A feeble try at lacing is made with marginal results.

S - Buttery, toffee, caramel, a touch of booze (very minor), raw cookie dough, vanilla light grassy hops, brown sugar and some molasses.

T - Smell was quite nice...flavor lags just a bit - sugary sweet, brown sugar, a bit of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Really get a strong raw cookie dough impression. I'm thinking the tubes of Pillsbury dough - for some reason that is just what pops into my mind. Marginal alcohol flavor and a hint of a tingly warmth.

M - Medium full bodied with a stronger than typical, but still mid-level carbonation. Sweet overall with rich, candy-like sweetness in combination - Kraft caramels and Pillsbury cookie dough - like being a kid again.

O - Definitely a very good dessert beer. This would go well with a creme brulee or flan, or just by itself. This is a pretty tasty malt forward barleywine. I picked this up off the shelf as a flyer and a vague recollection of hearing good things about it. I'm not at all disappointed that I grabbed this - thinking I'll go back for more and be looking for this again next time its in season.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. 033-10. Sampled on April 27, 2011. I did like the cloudy copper-amber pour. There are plenty of malts in the aroma along with a vibrant floral hoppy character. But there is also something very berry-like in the scent. The body comes up full. The taste has a floral hoppy richness with a nice dose of caramel malts on the back end. It did not come across as boozy as most of the Barleywines I have had.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the first sip of draft Treblehook on the West Coast...

A: Poured red/orange color with a small head.
S: Nose is malty with dried fruits and faded hops
T: Taste dried fruit, mildly spicy aroma, with some sweet malt also. ABV was well hidden. Faded hops and caramel, toffee, sticky sweet.
M: Medium to bog body, sweet, sticky and so delicous
O: Good barleywine indeed and surprise by Red Hook. Wow. What a surprise by RedHook. Great Bwine indeed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.37/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not a Barley Wine fan, so do not expect to read a good review from me...that doesn't mean that this beer is not is just not good to me. The color was cloudy amber with thin head. The smell was of alcohol and apples. The apples helps to mask the booze but for only so long until the booze kicks in. The mouthfeel was not great for me and I would not choose to drink this beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept 2009. Color was a dark orange, akin to fall leaves. Head was thin, half a finger of a light brown head that clung well, but lasted maybe a minute until only a thin rim was left. Very thin streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma started as slightly sweet, hints of dried/candied fruits, but had notes of oatmeal, and a tad of alcohol. Flavor was a bit complex. Initially was just like a good barleywine, slightly sweet, but not overly so. But it then took a sudden about face and became a tad astringent. Definitely mellowed over time, and became much more balanced. Needs some time to breath. Once it mellowed out there were almost hints of chocolate with some bread underneath the sweetness. Felt ok in the mouth, a tad to sticky for what I would expect. Overall a decent offering, just make sure to let it rest some.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 2009

A: copper color with great rocky, creamy head, incredible lacing
S: traditional BW, good malt with hops, not OTT with hops which makes it more a English style
T: traditional, nothing out of the ordinary but well-made, good balance and tasty, probably not one for extended aging <5 years but not a drawback
M: creamy, malty, well-balanced with more of a malt backbone for body and creaminess
O: good beer

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Photo of Buggies
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is a little different. The bottle states this is a limited release in the fall? Anyway, this is an older bottle brewed way back in September of '09.

Pours a copper brown with a thin fizzy head. The nose is dominated by malt. There is also a bunch of citrus there too. Also a slightly fruity aroma as well. Just a hint of floral hops there too.

Taste is pretty much as the aroma. All those are there. It's sticky sweet on the lips and tongue. However, it has a nice bitter bite to take away some of that. Alcohol is definitely noticeable... very warming as it goes down.

Overall not a bad beer. This bottle did have some age on it, so my scores are a little average. But worth a try if you like the style.

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