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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -0.5%
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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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 Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 Gavage
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: malt sweetness and a hint of floral hops are hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, ripe plums, red grapes, mild bitterness, and some alcohol is noticeable. Some metallic flavors arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Long aftertaste here.

Drinbkability: slow sipping beer. The flavors are a bit unbalanced and metallic. Not a barelywine I could recommend.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew.

12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 083 10

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, fruity. Medium body, ABV is hidden fairly well. Again, a very tasty brew, this one surprised me from this brewery.

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Sep 08 09

Poured into a chalice a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, fruity. Medium body, ABV is hidden fairly well. Drinkable, this one surprised me from this brewery.

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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 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 Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled 08 September 1009.

A clear red colored ale with a small white head. Not all that outstanding in looks.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of toffee and a slight smoky scent. Some raw grain aroma and a slight grassiness. Fruit is plum and grape with some mango in there.

Starts out Sweet and woody with a fruit flavor best described as peaches or mango. Little bit of melon and citrus here. Mild bitterness this is pretty mild for the beer style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable for a Barleywine. Tasty yet mild this is good stuff.

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

22 oz. bomber, completely different look from the bottle in the picture, looks like a combo acyrilic/glass bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with firm white head, some light lace.

S: Hops, definite American barleywine, caramel malt.

T: Really more of an English style flavour initially, heavy on the malt, the malt is going crazy. Then the bitter, bitter melon/pine hops come in and you know where it's made. A good flavour, but they seemed to play both sides against the middle, either go American or English don't try to make a hybrid, because neither of the 2 disparate identities of this beers is keeping me interested. Nice enough in the end, but there are better examples out there.

M: Light carbonation, the ethanol comes out, there is a solvent/ethyl alcohol component that is there.

D: Solid barleywine, I really want intensity, hop-oriented or malt/complexity in this style one way or another. A good effort, one of the most inexpensive barleywines I've found, so I like that.

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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 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 jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three fingered, cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is cherry and caramel. Flavor is caramel but barely sweet, sweet and sour cherry. High ABV stays hidden. Some bitter aftertaste. The ABV is 9.8% since we have a strange law here in NH limiting beer to 10%. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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