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 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 gordavidson
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 8, 2009.

A- A clear orange/red liquid with a very thin and splotchy off-white head.

S- Caramel, pine, grapefruit, and cinnamon. Blends together very nicely although it is quite nice. Has a strange holiday fruit punch quality to it that sets it apart.

T- All the same notes I picked up in the aroma. Surprisingly mild and well blended. I love how it is not over the top and in my face. The flavors are nice and the alcohol is well hidden.

M- Smooth with a decent hop presence. Clean and enjoyable.

D- This drinks amazingly well for the age, style, and ABV. Worth seeking out and probably aging.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-9-10
Bottled on 9-8-09

Pours a hazy red/amber color, with a filmy head that settles to a nice ring around the edge.

Smell is subtle, cinnamon, caramel, and a little piney. Altogether, it's reminiscent of fruit punch.

Taste is very clean, then the malt comes through with a nice fruity sweetness, followed by a hop kick that adds citrus bitterness and hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for my tastes, but still decent.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors are very well balanced, and the abv is imperceptible.

Overall, better than I expected, and worth picking up.

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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 RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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 dbossman
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 Durge
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into the pint glass at room temperature, this shows a slightly hazy copper color with a decent white cap and decent lacing. The aroma says sweet cherry malt and banana pineapple. Very pleasant and interesting. The first taste brings a spritzy raspberry malt with a light pine hop. Very nicely blended, sweet fruitiness and caramel nougat malt. Solid constitution and tasty enough to make it drinkable despite a little kick. Was nice on tap and still one solid brew from the bottle.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I try to be fair with this style, but I'm not really a fan of it. I'm looking at this style like I was looking at IPA a few years ago. Didn't really care for them either now I love them, so I keep trying new ones in hopes of finding one I really enjoy to kick start the passion for this style. With the "take with a grain of salt" warning message out of the way...on to the review

A: Slightly cloudy, Amber hue decent tan head that seems to stick around for awhile. Some carbonation can be seen for decoration.

S: Kinda brown sugary in scent, slight alcohol undertone and a bit of yeast hits my senses.

T: The alcohol is more apparent now. Very bitter. The malts really come out to grab the attention now. Surprisingly not much of a vinegary winey taste that I associate most wine beer styles too.

M: Full bodied beer that allows droplet friends to follow in the exact path.

D: I like this better then most wine style beers, but I think the alcohol really would deter me from having a few of these.

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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 alkchrios
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit excited to drink this.. Ive been aging it for about 6 months now.. and to be honest.. although a decently good beer.. it was not what i was expecting.

A- copper in color.. i want to go on a limb and say amber.. but ill stick with copper. When poured a thick head forms which quickly goes away

S- cherries as well as other floral tones. you can slightly smell the alcohol.. actually has a decent nose.

T- very floral, alcohol is present.

M- rather carbonated for my taste.. but that too quickly goes away

D- 1 or 2

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

Pours a deep copper with a huge light tan head. Head falls very slow. Nice sticky lace.

Nice fruity hop nose that seems pretty inviting.

Nice boozy malt taste immediately backed by hops. Yeasty and delicious.

Full and smooth in the mouth.

Nice barleywine. Liked this one.

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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 jgasparine
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured aggressively from the bottle to yield a big creamy 1" tall cream-colored head, which receded slowly to reveal some impressive lacing. The body was a slightly hazy aged copper color. No carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Bright piney, citrus and tropical fruitlike (pineapple) hops over a nice base aroma of candy malt. Little hints of treacle throughout.

T- A little more muddled in the mouth than anticipated. The hop bitterness and pineapple esters almost clash with the candy malts... can't think of another way to describe it... not bad per-say, just lackluster. The finish is sustained with a nice hop bitterness.

M- A nicely under-attenuated mouthfeel. Makes for a firm body along with some nice soft carbonation.

D- The alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden in this one, which bumps up the drinkability rating in my book from what would have been a 3 or 3.5.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper brew, clear as a bell, 2-finger beige head settles quickly to a thin layer and leaves thick lacing on the glass. 2nd glass, head sticks around much longer, nice and rocky.

S: Pineapple, pine, citrus. Mostly pineapple.

T: bitter resinous pine, sweet pineapple, honey. Nice bouquet but pretty simple.

M: body is light and smooth for the style. EtOH well-hidden, especially considering how light it is. Sweet, but not overly so. Slightly sticky, slightly smooth.

D: Drinks really easily for 10.1% ABV. Nice. Goes down smooth.

Overall pretty good, worthwhile. Easy to drink, but loses points for lack of complexity.

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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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather nicely balanced barleywine, a bit thin, maybe short of complexities but very quaffable.

Presentation: 22 oz brown frosted bottle. Limited brewer signature design, mimicking limited art editions, but no actual irony seems to be intended. Red Hook branding with a two liner describing main intent and characteristics of the ale, with some generalities like an unidentified aging period. Notes date of bottling (Sep 08 09 10:31 WA) alongside highlighting its fall limited release, and shows Alc. by Vol (10.1%). Poured into a snifter.

A - Medium to deep amber pour, with a nice 1/4 inch head that is a bit short lived, leaving tiny bits of lacing.

S - A nice fresh caramel malt aroma punctuated by resiny hops.

T - Sweet malt range with a layered hoppy citrus and pine counter balance, which lingers a bit in a bitter-sweet after taste.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fresh creamy smoothness, and a subtle boozy warmth.

D - Rather well done and pleasing to drink.

Notes: Red Hook's association with the macros aside, this is a pretty good and likable barleywine. Does one want to support a brewery that is often used as a craft excuse for their market practices? I´m not so sure, and in particular with a barleywine in hand when there are so many remarkable ales in this style that are worth seeking in the US. Be as it may, while not extraordinary, with brews of this quality they sure will have a better shot are saying they care about craft beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark Reddish Amber color with a half finger of head.
Taste & aroma are of Grapefruit,Caramel,and a pleasent Earthyness.
The hops are bright,citrusy, and balanced with the malt, not as hop forward as other popular American BWs, and doesn't have the full bodied palate coating most other do either, but a very solid BW nontheless.
Nice and easy drinking with a crisp finish.

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Photo of slasher007
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mora2000 for sharing this beer.

Pours a clear dark copper color with small off white head. Aroma is piney, grapefruity, citrusy hops, some alcohol and caramel malt.
The taste has the citrus hops up front, good amount of sweetness and caramelized malt backbone. There is a grassy and hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. The taste is very good but finishes off very dry. Overall, a nice beer with big flavors.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

taste- bitter hops, yeast in the finish

color- copper

clarity- clear

smell- faint, spiced hop aroma and malt

body- smooth, well balanced, smooth finish, medium-weight palate, alcoholic finish

appearance- looks like a barleywine should, nice slightly off-white creamy head, good thin lace retention, and active carbonation

overall impression- aroma and taste were lacking, no real interesting characteristics, very "one note"; the beer almost tasted stale even though it was brewed four months ago. a barleywine at 10% should be able to go a little distance before shutting down, therefore i don't think it's an issue of age.

notes and comments- not that impressed

glassware: tulip

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Photo of rajendra82
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sienna colored body looked clear, and had decent carbonation to form a short but durable head. The aroma was very fruity, with plum, cherry, and mandarin oranges being prominent. The taste was much milder than I was anticipating, and felt very honey like, with little to no evolution during each sip. The alcohol was very evident, and presented itself in the form of a significant warming. The texture was soft, but lacked the typical stickiness I enjoy with the style. The spicy hop notes mentioned on the label were a no show in my glass. I will hold on to the second bottle I picked up to see if this developes more down the road.

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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 ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head quickly fades to a random spattering of bubbles, with good slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol apparent. Taste follows the nose upfront, then comes clocking on with hops bitterness, but the aftertaste brings some off flavors in the warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is okay. Was hoping for a little bit more here.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma up front is sweet, malty, caramel and toffee and slightly estery, reminiscent of apricots and apples.

Pours a beautiful orangey copper, with a nice bit of lacing left on the sides of the snifter from a tight, off-white, long-lasting head.

Flavors is all malts up front: bready, caramelly, toasty finish with a nice balancing hop bitterness. Hop flavors are earthy with a slight citrus quality, oranges definitely. Alcohol is perfumy and slightly spicey with a nice bitter quality. Esters are moderate but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is practically right-on. Full bodies with a low-moderate level of carbonation. A /very/ slight astringency in the finish.

Overall a very quality beer. I wish this would come around more often, but then again it could become boring if it were available all the time.

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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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