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

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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 152
Reviews by Norica:
Photo of Norica
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to get at this sucker since I stumbled upon it a while back in Portsmouth and actually went back and bought a few more 4-packs which my impatient ass couldn't hold on to and cellar, one of the best bw I've had and one of the most surprising beers I've drank in the last few years. This year's version is a 22oz bomber which I bought for 7.99. It pours dark amber with a head that doesn't stick around too long. This beer's balance of hops and malts is its strength and very little alcohol burn is picked up on the tongue. Aroma to me is of dried fruits, figs? and it is drinkability is off the charts for 10%. Looking for a beer to have next to the fire in New England this winter...look no further. There's a reason this beer is a medal winner and in IMO very underrated on this site. Here's hoping I can cellar a few this time around.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one came out a beautiful, murky brown in color with hints of orange and a nice, full, lasting head that left massive lacing on the inside of my glass. As the head settled on the liquid it left little bubbly pools of foam. This ABW could not look more inviting.

Smell - I found some good, classic winey notes in this aroma but there's a cheap sugary aspect that ruined the experience for me. I'm also not finding any significant hop base which is disappointing given the style.

Taste - The raw malts actually aren't bad but the sweet aspect of this beer leaves me wanting. It is very fake and phony with a rotten aftertaste. I also am not finding much of a hop base to this flavor profile which again disappoints. This is an ABW and should have a stiff hop backbone of some kind, but all I'm getting are some wet and soggy floral notes.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth, I'd say full-bodied, with a sweet aftertaste that ruins the experience.

Drinkability - I was thoroughly disgusted with this RH effort. Here was a chance to nail a classic beer style, one that we should and have done awesomely in the PacNW, and they put out a low-quality dud like this. I have to admit that this was probably the first time in my life that I dumped a 10+ ABV ale. What a waste.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Wow, so the Craft Brand Alliance goes out on a limb again with a Barleywine. Good to see.

Impeccable head retention as it crowns the top of the brew and glass with a off-white lacing. Orangey-red color with a slight haze and particle suspension. Slight perfumy alcohol, tart apple and taffy in the nose. Very smooth and slick on the palate with a nearly syrup-like body. Lots of malt on the palate with an up front caramel tone. Bready and biscuity highlights brand the taste buds with a hint of toasty crust. Hop bitterness balances quite well with a following of citric rind, deep woody herb and semi-astringent tobacco leaves. Mellow but very noticeable peppery warming alcohol. Finishes a little bittersweet.

Why is this a limited release? Bring this one on every year. Great balance with a flavor profile that really sticks to the palate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently heard about this beer, so when we went to UNH to pick up our daughter for the Thanksgiving holiday, this where we headed for lunch. This beer was my appetizer course, and what a wonderful beer it was. Served in a snifter, it was a pretty red/orange color with a small head that nevertheless left some nice lacing. A fruity, mildly spicy aroma, with some sweet malt also. While the aroma was a little muted, the taste certainly wasn't. The fruit and malt came through much more clearly. The alcohol was warming without being intrusive. This is a well-crafted, eminently enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mikechance
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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 megamass
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, bottled Sep 08,09, frosted bottle, pours darker amber, near mahogony, moderate light tan head, collar and bits of lace left behind. Rich malty noe, with hints of brandy, vanilla and darker breads. Robust and slightly boozy, with more of the lush flavors found in the nose. Heady brew. Full flavor Bwine. Perhaps a bit rough around the edges, but tasty and well worth a try. Nice cold late night sipper.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangish-amber with a white head. Lots of hops in the aroma as well as some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hoppy, with grapefruit as well as pine. That being said, it is not a bitter beer, just lots of hop flavor. A good amount of sweetness but not as sweet as some other American Barleywines. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is aged about a year. Orangey copper with a low head of beige foam that leaves sticky fingers reaching up the sides of the glass as it recedes. Some sediment is suspended.

Aroma of ripe pear, honey, cinnamon and spruce.

Rich flavor of honey, apricot, brown sugar, some toffee and grapefruit pith. Good balance of malt sweetness and juicy hops. Finishes a bit piney, ABV is noticeable but doesn't detract.

Mouthfeel is just a little slick, but full, finishes creamy with a slight warming of the cheeks. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, this one's a treat.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Sept 09. Poured into a westmalle chalice amber with a thin white head. Can't tell much of a smell other than malted carmel. The taste has a little hop bite in the front that mellows to a carmel sweetness. There is a little bit of a tanginess to the aftertaste. There isn't any noticeable alcohol taste or scent. Which makes this a suprisingly drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pine and tropical fruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. The hops stay strong even as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors segue into large hop flavors almost immediately. The malt flavors aren't quite as clean as I would like but I'm just nitpicking. The hops stay on the palate well after the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth and almost syrupy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say that I'm very impressed with this offering from Redhook. I went into it based on recommendations and wasn't disappointed. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I expected nothing and was greeted with...

Deep copper tea color with a half finger head of off white foam that melted quickly to just a surface bubbling. However, a bit of nice lace is left in it's wake.

Aroma is very, very 'barleywine'...a bit of sweet amber malts get over-run by some sweet, citrus hops...very fresh smelling.

Taste is a rewarding balance reminiscent of BigFoot....sweet amber malts and lots and lots of wonderful citrus peel hops...both orange peel and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and smooth. Nice light alcohol burn as you swallow and between sips. Lingering balance of the sweetness of malts and bitterness of the hops.


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Photo of mudbug
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is the same beer, bottle is labeled as Treblehook Limited Release dated 09 08 09.
Wonderful crystal ruby/black pour with a small head that dissipates pretty quick, Lots of piney hops and caramel sweetness in the smell.
Taste is hops bitterness with malty sugar, syrupy smooth and warm with the alcohol. Verrry nice B.W.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 9/8/09 consumed on 11/26/09 so it's a little young. second serving was bottled 3/30/10 and consumed on 10/16/10

Raw, dark honey color with some amber hues, 2" high off-white head, moderate dissipation and some nice sticking ability.

The aroma has honey-scented malt, pineapple's and some dry hoppy bitterness abd slick buttery malty aroma too.

The feel is very full and thick but yet it has a nice quoff for the style and the first thing you notice of the flavor's is a intense "pineapples dipped in vodka" Big malt, pretty heavy, very sweet. I really enjoy a barleywine that has some age because the malty complexity enhances, often with natural wood flavor's and smoke. This Barleyine does not provide that dense complexity....yet. The hops are huge and with a little age will be spot-on balance-wise. As it stands now, the hops take over, it's all bitter and sweet pineapple with some bitter earthy notes under that. The 10% abv is not at all hot and provides a nice warming buzz. Medium bittrness, not a really bitter hoppy smack, but it's still hop-heavy and damn near a DIPA. The bottle from march 2010 had much better balance with some nice dry herbal hops, not bitter at all, in fact they only enhance the malt.

As the brew warms up more, the hops become more peppery with a nice dry finish. the 2010 version had excellent balance and highly enjoyable.

Lay 'em down.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white foamy head. Nice head,nice lacing. The smell is OK,with alcohol,roasted malt,grapefruit,and other citrus fruits. The taste is crisp with alot of citrus hoppiness,Bigfoot anyone!!!,roasted malt,alcohol,carmel,and vanilla. The m/f is heavy with all the flavors mixing well. This is a damn good beer from Red Hook.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classy bottle design (different than the one currently shown). Bottled September 8, 2009, so it's got a bit of age on it, although considering the style, it should hold up. And for less than 5 bucks a bomber, I found it difficult to not buy 4 or 5 bottles.

The pour seems to indicate this beer is still vibrant, having a foamy, thick off-white head, creamy and tight, leaving tiny spots and slashes of lace. Color is a burnt sunset red/orange thing, clarity is jeweled like a piece of hard candy. Very nice.

Upon first pouring, the aroma is impressive, with vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and alcohol all mingled together. After it sits just a few minutes, the alcohol comes on too strong, paired with a sweet character that veers into the area of musty/damp/old. Interesting, to say the least.

Tastes pretty much like the aroma says it will. Dark fruit (grape, raisin, black cherry) comes in even further, accenting that musty/damp vibe I get in the smell. Toasty in its maltiness, the alcohol is present and somewhat spiky but never too out of whack, while it seems the hops have lessened considerably over time, being just a flash of pithy citrus in the mix. There's a sharp spiciness in the finish, which mingles with the alcohol. Strong vanilla notes, some burnt flavor in the finish, with some maple syrup behind all that.

Feels round and slick and soft, carbonated is very much on the lower side but manages to provide a mild tingle. A bit of stickiness too.

This is good, but I sure would like to have tasted it a bit fresher. It's not totally coming together for me, but is far from the kind of mess a bad barleywine can be. I guess it's just about what I'd expect from a brewery like Redhook brewing a beer like this. Glad I got a few bottles so damn cheap!

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Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with a proud stack of bleached khaki suds that eventually resides to leave sheets of lace.
The nose features malty stamps of brown sugar and grape, along with the more forceful hop characteristics of pineapple, tangerine, blood oranges, and spearmint. A small amount of sherry provides warmth.
Malt rolls across the tongue and brings brown sugar, peanut brittle, and toast. It's a bit thinnish here, but hops take up the slack, and rain down tropical fruits (tangerines, pineapple, and mangoes), woody spice, and peppery mint. A touch of date adds to a late resurgence of fruitiness. Alcohol is a near non-factor, but some port factors in to its endgame. It finishes peppery, fruity, and lowly sweet.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonation, probably overly so given what it is and how strong it is.
Realistically, it's more a DIPA than a barleywine, as the malt persona is on the backburner. It's biggest strength is its drinkability. It's damn near blinding.
It lacks a bit of malt depth in the barleywine dept., but recovers it in simple ease and hoppy tastiness. No gripes is what it is.
Bring more, as it screams for it....clear your calendar.

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Photo of Guardian
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trade with New Hampshire, one of the non-breakingbottles sent to NYC. 2007 edition. Pours medium amber with a bit of foam and minimal head. Good malty barley aroma, though sweet. Medium mouthfeel, nice barleywine not at peak and not young either. Quite drinkable. Bit sugary sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I'm glad that Redhook released this again, as I missed it before, and I think it's one of the best beers in their Limited Release series so far.

The paper label is laser dated "SEP 08 09" so it's fresh, but I also think this would lay down for at least a year. It will probably not improve with age as it's already very soft and round, and it would lose some of its bright hoppiness, but it would at least hold up. If you want to age it though, the sweet spot is probably around 4 months.

For those of you that don't fish, a treble hook is one that has three points on it. Thus the name... it's bigger and stronger, and it will get you and hold you if you go after it! Onward...

Clear body. As you pour it it looks almost brass in color, but once in the glass it's a deep orange-red copper. Nice head of creamy off-white. Very good head retention. Very good lacing.

The aroma is bright and lively with resinous, gently piney and grassy hop notes and yeasty fruit.

In the mouth it's medium-full and dextrinous. A soft carbonation leaves it pillowy soft.

The flavor combines gently sweet, golden-caramel-accented and lightly bready and honeyish malts with softly piney, grassy, and gently citrusy and fruity hops. A solid bitterness balances it from beneath, and it finishes spicy and lively, but also gently sugary smooth. It lingers nicely, suggesting ginger, clove, tangerine, pine, grass, and apple. The alcohol is clearly present but it's not too hot, and it melds well with the overall character.

Overall, it's almost more of a double IPA than a barleywine in my opinion, but it does have just enough maltiness to pull it into the latter category. And the strength is there! Regardless, it's bright and fresh and interesting. It's unique, and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
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 cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Bottled Sep 08 09

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with a large dose of citrusy hops (kind of a grapefruit/pineapple mix)

T- The taste features a solid malt backbone with some citrusy hops in the warming finish. The finish is pretty hot and boozy. Probably could benefit from some aging.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, Treblehook is a solid Barleywine but I feel it is a little rough around the edges when fresh. Will be interesting to see how this one ages. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dbossman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite red and hazy; a small head that dissipates to a thin film.

S: This is one hoppy smelling barleywine; sweet candy aroma; citrus undertones; alcohol comes through too but still under control

T: Sweetness is strong upfront; the citrus hops aren't as prevalent as they were in the aroma; the alcohol is well masked

F: A bit thin but very smooth with good mouth coating; watery on the backside of the mouth, however

D: The sweetness becomes wearing but overall this is a good hoppy version of the style

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one looked interesting: Fall 09 bottle, pretty nice packaging

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Average lacing & average head retention

S: Cakeyness & grapefruitty hops, plus leafy hops once warm, plus some boozeyness

T: Follows the nose up front, plus some herbal hops & figs & dates. Herbal, piney & woody hops plus a bit of toffee & pinneapple as this warms. Finishes with much pine & grapefruit, dryness, plus a touch of cherry, oak & leafy hops & a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation that fades over time

Drinks pretty easy, but sooo hefty, one of the better efforts from Redhook in a while IMO

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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