Redhook Treblehook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook TreblehookRedhook Treblehook

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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 IPAnoah
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Norica
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
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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Photo of megamass
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 8, 2009.
ABV: 10.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a decent rate and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell right off the bat is rather hoppy, kinda surprising and quite welcoming for a barleywine, soon it melds with a malty fruity aroma with hints of citrus.

Taste is a mash of flavors ranging from hoppy to malty to sweet to bitter with everything in between, while it may have an identity crisis at the moment (once it has aged a bit, the hops will probably fade and it'll be more typical) I think it actually helps this beer.

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Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Redhook in Portsmouth, NH yesterday.

Color: Amber with nice ruby red hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Very hoppy upfront with malt underneath. Aroma of plum and raisins. As it warms up, hops and fruit show through the most.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy upfront. Raisin and plum flavors. Bready/chewy. A bit of alcohol warmth shows through. Coats the back of the throat mildly.

A second sip finds the hops dominating the palate, followed by alcohol warmth. Very subtle flavors. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth, raisin and plum flavors.

Drinkability: More of a sipping beer. Definitely not something you'd want to quaff. The alcohol warmth will fade over time, hopefully mellowing things.

Verdict: A very drinkable, enjoyable barleywine from a brewery that usually gets shunned because of it's connection to Anheuser-Busch. It's a shame because people are missing out on a beer like this and Treblehook makes a great addition to a cellar, which I plan to do with at least another bottle to see how it ages over time.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New to the NH location, an american barleywine. I picked up a couple of 4 packs on my way through. Having tried this "pre-release", I definitely wanted some for my cellar.
A - nice reddish gold color, slight haze, nice white head
S - rich citric hops balanced out with a pleasing rich caramel malts. Deep levels of flavor that swirl around at each sip.
T - Solid, well blended caramel malts with a strong but well balanced citric hops.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, clean and warming finish.
D - very approachable and drinkable barleywine.

A nice american barleywine that is very drinkable, robust and needs no "what's a year going to do for it" excuses.

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Photo of chazmatz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -
golden brown in color, much like looking through a topaz, with a light smattering of bubbles and a thin, pale head which quickly scatters to the edge and leaves a thin head in the middle. Pours pretty clear.

Smell -
Can really smell the floral hops in this. Makes my mouth water a bit. A hint of spicyness, perhaps oranges, and an oh so sweet nutty maltiness.

Taste -
The merging of the malts and hops in this beer is superb. They are swirling through my mouth parallel to each other, letting my tastebuds experience each in tandem creating a vortex of flavor. The sweetness and hoppiness are melded well, too. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. It really tastes like a well-hopped ipa.

Mouthfeel -
The weight is medium body, but the bubbles form a nice chewiness as it moves through the mouth. Smooth and voluptuous.

Drinkability -
Very easy to drink, but begs to be sipped and savored due to complexity of the flavors. A very nice journey.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Redhook Limited Release Treblehook poured dark reddish copper with a very thick two-finger tan head. It left a wall of thick lace on the glass.

The fruity aroma exploded during the pour. The smell and taste were very strong, citric, and sweet. The flavor had a wonderful funky finish. The feel was aggressive, bitter, and dry. It had a great warmth that followed the bitterness.

Treblehook provided an unexpected great ale experience. It tastes like a great, earthy, funky Imperial IPA (perhaps a triple IPA). It finishes aggressively and makes sure you know it was there. I've tried many winter warmers this year, and none have been as good as this perfectly balanced ale.

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Photo of bmwats
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium dark brown that thins out quickly towards the sides of the glass. Pours a thin layer of carbonation, leaving a broken smattering of bubbles on the surface. Some spotty lacing, quickly recedes into the body of the brew.

S: Sweet, caramel malt. A little pine note.

T: Nutty, sweet, caramel malt. Pine nuts. Syrupy sweet and bitter.

M: Light, but full body. Syrupy texture coats the palette. Really hearty. Creamy mocha, and pine outline the aftertaste. Strong alcohol. Dry finish.

D: Great sipping brew.

Great atmosphere. Pristine appearance characteristic with the style. Nothing special, but good. Nose is very pronounced sweet and bitter notes. Flavor has great balance of components. Strong alcohol, sweet, bitter, pungent. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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

Their Limited Release series bomber, poured into a chalice. Bottled Sept 8, 09, just a month before. It pours a nice copper color with a very white, though thin, head. The nose is sweet, fruity, with a lot of resinous hops wafting off of it. The initial sweet malt gives way quickly to a very bitter, citrus and pine resin hop flavor. As it develops, it's not as drying as I expected. The back-end allows a pleasant flowery fruitiness to develop, with a warming finish.

The strength is given as 10.1%, but there's no hint of alcohol in the flavor. The body is not exactly light, but given the strength, it is not nearly as heavy as one would expect, resembling some Belgians, though the hops shows it's definitely an American beer.

Very well-crafted!

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

9.8% one-off, brewed and available only in Portsmouth, NH.

Pours dark copper, with a half-inch off-white head.
Clearish body and average retention. A varied amount of streak and dots of lacework continue throughout the glass.
Aromatics are laced with tropical fruit, fresh malt, and warming alcohol. A hint of vanilla-nougat steps forward as it warms. Floral and estery in nature, but not pungent.
On the sticky side of medium for mouthfeel, and carbonation is spot-on. Slightly creamy. No syrupy character.
The pallet is where the brilliance is in this beer. It starts off with plenty of hops in the flavoring, with enough bittering to keep the beer in barleywine range. Fresh malt comes through, with some faint doughy notes, but it's strictly playing a supporting role. Again, the malt is just enough to put the beer in barleywine territory.
With each sip the fruity essence of the hops come through more and more. Peaches, melons, and tangerines. Definately plenty of that Amarillo/ Simcoe character.
The beer finishes fairly dry and clean, with some lingering boozyness and more fresh fruits.

Damn, this beer has grown on me. The restrained malt character, fullish attenuation, and hopping character of the beer puts it well within IIPA territory.
Extremely drinkable and alcohol is decieving.
Some additional hops in the nose, and a kick up on the ABV would put this beer closer to a 5.
Definately one to drink fresh, if you're looking for a hop fix.
Too bad it's $12.99 a four-pack, probably the best Redhook I've ever 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 lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Boto
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a ruby tinged darker amber color. There was very little head, and it dropped off quickly. It has a nice nose to it. I get some citrusy hops, with a faint whiff of pineapple. The taste is quite good. A nice full caramel malt body, but not too sweet. There is a nice bitterness sitting on top of it. This drinks real easy. I hope this becomes a regular addition to their lineup.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mshallah
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising color of light reddish-copper as I was expecting something darker. The aroma also surprises as it's a dead ringer for an Imperial IPA. Flavor is glorious with huge hop flavors of citrus and pine. The sweet and sticky malt sugars add to the citrus to make glazed dried fruit. Yum. Alcohol has a deep, rounded background presence that adds warmth. Overall, I would have to say I am very pleased with this purchase and will soon no doubt, wish I had bought more.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is very perfumy and floral with some pine resin and citric fruit. Some dark sweetness lends candy aromas making Treblehook smell like a decadent hop candy. Smells wonderful.

Pours clear dark caramel with small head. Looks good.

Impressive body - thick with nice alcoholic edge. Flavor reflects the hop stylings of the nose with some malt grounding. Bit of tartness up front. Some of that candy-like sweetness shines through. Malt flavor is restrained. Softly fruity with notes of apple and like-fruit. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with lots of hop and slight alcohol. Tastes good. Feels quite good. Good drinkability.

A hop-driven BW, it could easily pass for an IIPA.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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 JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received as an incredibly cool extra from DIM... Treblehook has been on my wants since I first heard about it.. Very cool.. Thanks Dan... Tonight it's poured into my Chimay goblet.

An aggressive pour revealed only a slight and short lasting 1/4" head.. only touches of lace as the brew leaves the glass.. the beer itself is a perfectly clear deep orange red..

The nose is sorta muted hoppiness with quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts.. hops are there, but lite with a piney/citric element..

Flavor is much more abundant then the aroma.. bracing bitterness balanced by a great malty quality that is chock full of caramel and bready malts .. not alot of yeasty esters, fairly clean in this mode.. a little bit of golden raisin.. grapefruit zest hops are present for sure.. sorta oily... reminds me of Old Boardhead with a year or two on it.. that makes sense, because the OB is a hop monster out of the gate.

The body is nice and firm with a little too much burpy carbonation for my liking.. still it tastes great.. I bet this was a hoppy beast when it first came out.. now.. the hops are still very present and make it a pretty well balanced BW... I think a little bit more age may help .. but I wanted to try this one as soon as I opened Dan's box and sample it as fresh as possible.. Drinkability is sorta high for me just because I want another sip and try and analyze it.. I like it for sure.

Huge thanks Dan... I hope you like your box. :-)

Edit: Looking at other reviews, I honestly expected more love on this one... It really is pretty fine.


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Photo of RickSawyer
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Johhhnie for this great throwin. Very generous.

No date on the bottle. Pours ruby, mahogony with carmel, buckhide leathery, creamy head. Smell is very nice. Piney hops, red apple, short bread covered in carmel sweetness with some molasses. Taste isn't as intense as the smell. Begins with a rounded maple syrup, tangerines, white bread, raisins, apricot, all balanced by a very understated piney hop oil with a very floral finish snapped with some alcohol spicyness. Mouthfeel is a bit hard to put my finger on. Certainly coats the mouth but isn't as thick as some english barleywines. Very enjoyable after dinner sipper.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to joepais for sending me this as an extra in Growling at the Moon. A 12 ounce bottle; 2007 vintage. Poured into my Imperial pint glass and allowed to warm for about 15 minutes. Appears full of suspended particulates, hazy, and rich apricot in color with about a finger of lingering cream colored foam. The head leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of candy apples, highly floral hops, pine, brown sugar, molasses, nectarines, apricots, honey coated pears, and a touch of bitter citrus such as white grapefruit towards the end. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Cheers to the guys up in NH, well done! I enjoyed this along with a few wheels of red waxed Babybel's semi-soft cheese. The cheese worked well and really helped to keep the sweetness of the Treblehook in check.

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