Redhook Treblehook | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook TreblehookRedhook Treblehook
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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 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a moderate head that drops to a big bubbled film and litters a few dots of lace around

Smell: Rich caramel malt with undertones of pine

Taste: Opens with a caramel base upon which the piney hops start to make an appearance; by mid-palate, the citrus joins the fray to provide a nicely balanced profile; after the swallow, the bitter flavors linger but once again are dominated by the brown sugary malt

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A solid, if not somewhat above average, barleywine

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/orange color with a two-finger, thick, white head of foam. It left behind sheets of lace.

S - It smelled malty and sweet with strong caramel notes. There were hints of vanilla.

T - It was malty sweet with a good deal of caramel and toffee. There was a mild bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a chewy mouthfeel A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good barleyine. Redhook always does a good job with their "Limited Release" brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured deep brown in color with a nice frothy bright white quarter inch head. The head faded to a thin layer barely covering the top of the beer, but left some very good lacing in the process.

The aroma is pretty well balanced between malty and hoppy flavors. The malt comes through nicely in a toffee, caramel kind of way. The hops balance it out nicely with a citrus, pine presence. Nice appealing aroma with a nice mix of flavors.

The taste has a big caramel, toffee, malty profile like you would expect in a barleywine. it also has a pretty bold, piny, citrus, bitter hop presence that really helps balance out all of those malt flavors. It finishes a bit on the sweet side but still more balanced then most barleywines. It doesn't seem to have an incredible depth of flavors but what it does have is very nicely done.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation seems a little above average for the style. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the balance this one had relative to other barleywines. The hop presence was very nice and definitely made it more drinkable. Alcohol was also well hidden for how high it is.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-orange body with a scant, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, sugar-coated nose with hoppy accented notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and yellow pine mingled amidst the malty aromas of honey and, though lightly, toast.

Taste: A sweet, sugary kickoff to things with tastes of light caramel sauce, honey, and treacle. Touch of lightly toasted malt. Regardless of the sweet start, things quickly turn towards the bitter end of the beer spectrum, as the hops deliver tastes of citrus, other tropical fruits, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of peach. Some more pine upon warming. Fairly bold bitterness, though the sugary nature of the brew continues to push back against the hops. Finishes drying, still a bit fruit, and with some warming peppery alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, it's a decent, if not downright passable barleywine and one of the better releases from Redhook. I'll give'm that much. Still, I'd probably step over it to get to just about any other barleywine out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this one on tap recently. I heard they had redone the recipe so I was anxious to see how it would unfold. Dark caramel colored body gave way to a small, but even light tan head. Nice ring of lacing around the sides of the glass gives it the impression of a stable and strong ale. Aroma is sweet, loads of caramel and light piney hops coming through on the initial pass. Warming brings it down and the aroma and flavor start to fade on it a bit. Still sweet notes of almost light honey, hints of pine sap, and a touch of caramel are all clearly coming through for me. Nice smooth carbonation and medium body is full enough to let the flavor really come off and not too filling or dull. Easy sipper with the ABV well hidden it makes it much easier to enjoy then I would have thought.

Overall while it was very enjoyable it just seemed to be lacking something for me. I would have liked to have seen some more depth and exploring of the palate. Not the worst I have ever had, but certainly not the best.

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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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Lucked out at the local Binny's when I was able to grab the last bottle o' this guy, giving me a second chance at what I remember to be a nice li'l gem. Here's hoping it's still as good as I remember it being:

It pours a pretty clear luxurious garnet-ruby (what's I say about it being a gem?) topped by a bit less than a finger of light eggshell foam. The nose comprises rich, buttery biscuits, slight hints of toffee, a fair sprinkling of coriander, and an undercurrent of eau de caramel corn. The taste leans more toward orange-dominated citrus, though the biscuits are still there in great amounts, now mostly blackened. A touch of what seems like rum-soaked oak finds its way to my 'buds as well. The body is a more-than-solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat easy-going feel. Overall, it may not be as good as I remember it (quite the pedestal I put it on, apparently), but still a damn fine barleywine. Good times.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a reddish orange hue when held up to the light. Meager head dissipates to lace on the glass. Aroma is piney, grapefruity, citrusy hops, some alcohol and a faint caramel malt in the background. Tastes like it smells. Bit of a hop bite on the tounge and in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I expected, not much malt going on here. Overall its an ok Barleywine, the alcohol is well hidden by the hops. I would have liked a bit more of a malt backbone.

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Redhook Treblehook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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