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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 Shaw
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a big, sticky white head.

It smells of citrus hops with notes of caramel and alcohol: In other words it smells like an American barleywine.

The flavor is big on fusel alcohol with hops bitterness and malt flavors coming in second. There is a lightness to this beer, I'm guessing from the high alcohol levels.

The body is oily and slick, again thanks to all the alcohol.

Overall this is a decent barleywine. I wish the big alcohol flavors were covered up more with hops or malt, though.

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Photo of sed777
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice reddish gold color, slight haze, Not much head, faded fast

S - First hints of Pineapple and caramel

T - Rich caramel malts with a hearty Bitterness. Would have liked more aroma hops

M - Full body, slightly stick sweet, clean finish. Alcohol not noticable until room temp.

D - A great, easy drinking, affordable barleywine.

No need to wait for a special occasion. I found this gem for around 6 bucks. Will def get more and age a few!

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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 bheilman
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3 things first.

1) Bought this in Indiana, and it was not labeled like the picture, it was obnoxiously labeled with "Limited Release. Limited Release." I say obnoxious because when I clicked here to review the beer, it seemed like a ~frequently reviewed beer.

2) I love a barleywine, so my opinion and the score is going to be biased.

3) Beer labeled SEP '09, drank NOV '09, so maybe a bit fresh for a barleywine. I should have bought 2 and drank the other one in 6 months.

And for the review.

Great beer with a nice dark clear golden light brown color, somewhere between a wheat and a brown ale in color. The head was more prevalent than expected, but still pretty light.

Nice taste with malt hops citrus caramel all showing through. Yeah that's generic, but I'm still sort of annoyed by the labeling.

The aftertaste is good. Tastes like I just took a shot of honey and followed it with a shot of grapefruit juice. I love both of those flavors.

Does have some alcohol flavor.

I love barleywines, and I can't say I don't like this beer. It is a great barleywine. Not the best I've had, I like them a bit sweeter, but definitely solid. I'd love to try this on tap or maybe even aged a bit so the sweetness comes through a bit more.

Thanks for listening!

Tried another one a year or so later and enjoyed it at least as much as the last one. Still annoyed with the limited release labeling.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer glass. A good finger of head, really deep amber color and good lace.

Smells sweet and slight hoppyness. Has a bit of a fruity aroma to it.

Taste is a mix of sweetness and tiny bit of hops.
Caramell malts and some fruitness, hops is somewhat hidden in the back but somewhat dominate on the finish.

Smooth but yet a bit syrupie, med heavy in body good carb. Good offering from Redhook gonna age my next one to see if the sweetness dies down a bit!

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

22 oz bottle into snifter goblet. The bottle date reads Sept 08 2009.

Pours deep amber sap like, crystal clear with a quarter inch slightly tannish head. Breaks quickly.

Aromas of mango, peach, raspberry and pine. A mix of hop derived citrus, pine and tropical fruit along with fermentation derived esters. Caramel notes as it warms. Followed with notes of maple and vanilla.

Flavor profile is woody with notes of oak, maple sap and citrus fruit rind. Very subtle hints of chocolate and raw vanilla bean. A distinct alcohol warming is present, not presented by fusel alcohol but just very warming and dominant in the palate. Caramel and butterscotch notes emerge as the beer warms. Some whiskey like character appears as it warms as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with again a pronounced alcohol warming which accentuates the bitterness and pushes the beer toward a sensation of dryness, but the malt sweetness balances this just enough. Slightly slick and oily alcohol + hop character lends a bit of body.

The beer is definitely drinkable for its heft, a little age might balance the alcohol a bit, but will also likely fade the hops. Again the alcohol while very prominent is not offensive or harsh just upfront and very warming.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amberish copper hue with a nice tall one finger head. Excellent retention with some nice big sheets of lace left all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of citrus and candy sweetness. Grapefruit C hops for sure, caramel malt, and brown sugar as well.

T: Wow this one is loaded with grapefruit flavors. Both fresh ruby red juice along with with bitter rind. Caramel and toffee malt try to provide balance, but this one is more west coast IPA than barleywine.

M: Medium in body, crisp, with a strong bitter finish.

D: Very good for the style, I would still call it an IPA. A pretty darn good one too.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$7.99 / ea.

Brewed: SEP 08 2009
Tasted: OCT 25 2009

S: Orange, citrus hops. A little heavy on the ops but pretty good overall.

A: Dark amber to red body. Clear. Pours with a thick tight 1 1/2 finger head creating nice cover and lacing.

T: Malt, with lingering hops on the back end. Not particularily sweet. More like an IPA.

M: Light carbonation and medium body. Smooth. Could use a thicker body.

D: Very drinkable beer. The -OH will creap up on you but I could drink this all night.

O: Good beer, but not really a barley wine in my mind.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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 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 ToasterChef
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 22oz bottle into a pint glass. It has nice brown hue and is very clear. There is a small tan head that dissipated quickly in my glass (the other half of the bottle was poured into my wife's glass, and that pour had much better head retention). The aroma has a floral hoppy scent. There are also traces of sweetness and something akin to bourbon. The flavor is the beer is dominated by a strong hoppy character. It is both floral and slightly bitter, with the bitterness getting stronger as the beer sits in your mouth. It lingers on after you swallow. I can also taste some of the alcohol; with this beer, you know you're drinking a barleywine. The body is a bit fuller than average with low carbonation. The bitterness of the hop oils really coats my mouth and leaves it tingling. I don't like this sensation all that much. This isn't a beer would drink all night. In fact, I'm glad I split the bottle with my wife. Still, I do enjoy this beer and will cellar a bottle for a year to see how it ages.

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Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange-y red, big off-white foam head that died quickly.

Smells like pine, some grass and floral notes, and a surprisingly sweet citrus aroma. Almost like tangerines/oranges gone overripe. Interesting. If I can smell "sweet" in an aroma this hopped, I expect I'm going to get a sugar bomb.

And a sugar bomb is what this is. Sweet, brown sugar-y caramel dappled with mandarin oranges, tangerines, white grapefruit, and a weird, definitely too sweet ... melon? ... flavor. There's some balancing pine and bitterness to it, but it's sweet, and that weird overripe aftertaste gets a bit distracting after a while.

Pretty good brew. For a barleywine of this heft, pretty decent price also. I'm kind of torn. On the one hand, it's a very solid effort that has a lot of big time flavors/aromas going on. Plus, a very nice sticky mouthfeel. On the other, there are some distracting nuances to it.

Interesting. I think I'll age one and see what happens to it.

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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 gford217
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the most current release.

Pours a deep clear copper with a big creamy off-white head that settles in as a cap and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with lots of citrus in the nose, especially grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The caramel malts are there, but definitely not coming through too much.

The taste has the citrus hops up front but there is a bigger toasted bready and caramel malt backbone than the aroma indicated. There is a grassy, and slightly herbal, hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. The taste is very good but seems a little watered down.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a solid carbonation and sticky with hops. The body is a little thin but not enough to take away from things too much.

This is a very good beer from Redhook and probably the best thing I've had from them. It's a drinkable barleywine with a prominant hop profile that will probably be better a year from now.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Limited Release bottled: Sep 08 09. Pours into a snifter a deep coppery-red with a finger of beige foam that settles pretty quickly, leaving a ring and decent lace behind.

The first thing that greets the nose is piney hops and plenty of them. As it warms the hops turn more citric and fruity with some notes of caramel and a bit of alcohol.

The taste initially is hop driven with pine and citus that is very floral as well. About half way through the malts start shining and the hops back off a bit and the whole brew balances out nicely. Not too much sweet, nor too much bitter, but an evenly balanced brew with the alcohol well hidden for a ten percenter. The taste actually reminds me of fresh Old Guardian with a tad less hoppiness. This stuff should age well.

Fairly full bodied and thirst quenching clean, this is a solid drinking B-wine that's very enjoyable now and will probably improve with some age.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Cloudy, nearly opaque, deep red-tinted mahogany hue with a dense light tan head that slowly settles to a thick, rounded cap, leaving behind absolutely solid lacing. As the beer moves down the glass the solid lacing continues.

Extremely sharp hops, giving off citrusy grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. The malts add a slightly toasty aroma, along with a little bit of sugary plum.

Lots of pineapple in the flavor, along with a little bit of lemon citrus. The malts are a little more tame in the flavor, giving a touch of dark fruit. Full bodied.

A rather enjoyable barleywine, love the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Recommended.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 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 Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance is dark brown with a one finger dark beige head. Very little retention. The nose is big piney hops, licorice notes from the malt, and some noticeable booze. The taste is just as big. Pine notes hit upfront. They are followed by licorice and caramel notes from the malt. Some dark fuirt sweetness also appears. The finish is spicy and piney from the hops. Good balance overall. Mouthfeel is oily and dry. Medium to full bodied. Drinkability is low for this beer because of the high ABV and noticeable booze. One bottle of this is enough for me.

Overall, a nice barleywine with with big flavors and good balance. I was impressed with this offering from Redhook.

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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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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-red with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, some caramel, a touch of spice, and a little pine in the back.

taste is smooth, nuts, some caramel, malt, and a little spice, ends dry and a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Peekskill Brewery Birthday Celebration. Surprised to see it here!

Color: Dark amber brown, nice thick, earthy head as well. Nice looking!

Aroma: Sweet malts, and seems to be dominated by hop aroma. I doubt this barelywine was very old, so this is not surprising. Sugary dark fruits as well, grape plum and prunes come through. Smells good.

Taste: Smooth and malt sweetness upfront. Some brown sugars, with the aformentioned fruits making a nice entrance. Hops to finish, bursting with pine flavor. Not too bitter and finish is of sweet malt. I bet this would age very nicely. Nice warming feeling, especially after a few sips, but the high ABV is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth, high leaning carbonation and long finish make it great. A tad oily and on the ligher side of medium however.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Perhaps a little too much alcohol upfront, should mellow out with time. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Would have again for sure.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend owed me a bomber to complete a trade. I picked this out, as I was curious to try it but never having been overly impressed with redhook, I probably wouldn't have gone out and bought it on my own.

My bottle is vintage fall 09, so it's quite fresh (young) indeed, although the text on the bottle makes sure to specify that the beer has been "patiently aged". Bottling date stamped as 9/08/09, followed by 10:24 WA . I am assuming this means the beer came from the Washington brewery, which is rather interesting considering it came from a store in Portsmouth.

Pours a deep reddish amber, with a half-finger or so head. Head dissapates fairly quickly but leaves an intriguing, unbroken ring of lace around the glass. The brew is nice and clear, no chill haze evident although I poured it on the cold side, I can see a slow march of bubbles rising up in my tulip through the red liquid.

Aroma is grapefruity hop up front, with distinct notes of cherry, vanilla, and alcohol.

This is a creamy beer. As it hits my palate for the first time I am aware of a subtly bready, fruity, , slightly roasty malt note, with a distinct hop bitterness and a noticeable, spirit-like alcohol presence. More drinking brings the hops center stage, with a strong, lingering hop bitterness that becomes more prominent as I go. Contained within are bits of dark fruit, berries, vanilla, and certainly warming alcohol. The maltiness in this beer is quite full bodied and sweet, complimented by the alcohol but rapidly overwhelmed by strongly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel, like I said, is quite creamy, with fairly low carbonation, quite viscous.

I am enjoying this beer quite a bit as I work my way through this bottle. I am drinking it faster than I had planned, at 10.1% the alcohol is not particularly well hidden, but not very harsh or difficult to handle at all, making this brew surprisingly drinkable even at this young age. The hops are unabashedly prominent, regardless this is interesting and enjoyable drink that I did not expect from redhook. I'll most definitely cellar a few of these for a while and see how they fare, I could imagine this being quite excellent after mellowing out a little bit.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours hazy copper to gold with off white head. The aroma has a mild mix of pine hops and dark fruitiness to go along with milder notes of malts and alcohol chemical heat. The taste is bold and nearly harsh with pine hop resiny bitterness moving into modest levels of dark fruity esters. By midway it maintains mostly pine hop bitterness only tempered by mild malt sweetness. Nice American style barleywine.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 203 ratings