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Redhook 8-4-1 ExpeditionRedhook 8-4-1 Expedition

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American-Style Strong Brown Ale developed by eight Redhook brewers working in four teams of two to create one beer. The ale reflects a compilation of each team’s individual receipes that were then carefully blended into one distinct beer. 8-4-1 Expedition Ale offers complexy flavor notes, delivering malty sweetness, medium bitterness with hints of smoked flavors and oak chips balanced by the addition of honey, brown sugar and candi sugar.

55 IBU

Added by henrysunset on 02-09-2010

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Photo of Durge
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was just lucky enough to have stopped in to the Portsmouth brewpub for lunch on my way home to Connecticut when right before my eyes I see them loading up a new brew on tap, and more fortunate still to later have Tim & Nick allow me a growler to take home to share with my beer loving neighbor. This brew shows a clear mahogany color with a big healthy light oatmeal colored head and gobs of chunky lacing. The aroma suggests yeasty caramel cream and maybe some grassy hop but overall a pretty neutral effect, with some rubbing alcohol, nothing too alluring but it's okay. The flavor comes on with bright malt and sharp herbal/grass hops. It's lively with fine carbonation with medium plus body and tangy feel. The tongue detects lots of stuff (unlike the weak aroma) including earthy pine and Dr. Pepper medicinal sweetness. I might even sense a hint of peat. It has more grass overtones than I'd like to see but I'd say this qualifies as a DIPA sort of brew and it's an interesting offering. Alcohol is not highly notable up at 9.5 % but I would say the drinkability is moderate. Thanks again for the growlers guys. The Portsmouth brewpub is really advancing by leaps and bounds and is a great stopover!

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Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta - I figured I'd give them another chance after I was pleasantly surprised by Treblehook.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving thin lacing.

Smells of mild amounts of honey with milder still amounts of muted toasted malts. Also present and fuller as the beer warms are vanilla and indistinct fruit aromas.

Tastes a bit better than how it smells. Caramel and lightly toasted malt flavors kick things off with a bit more body than they exhibited in the aroma. Following are very light hints of smokiness and heavier hints of honey and vanilla. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of medium fruit flavors enter into things before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not very sure about another.

Overall I was let down by this beer, especially after Treblehook. Not worth seeking out but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-brown with a golden hue. Little to no head, save for some thin white patches.
Smell is caramelly malts with some hops following. Heavy alcohol presence on the nose. Cinnamon and brown sugar.
Taste is more caramelly malts, with some brown sugar and hops. Some honey and pear about halfway through, with a cherry wood aspect on the finish. The alcohol is again quite assertive. First sip was a shocker, but it gets better after a few sips.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but the level of carbonation is good. Medium body. This is perhaps the best aspect of this beer.
Drinkability is okay. It's a sipper, as the alcohol hits pretty hard. Definitely wouldn't want more than the bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of Docer
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle... poured...

- Clear dark murky brown.... quick fizzy head down to nothing much left but a slight ring.

- Smelled the room up kind of boozy-like.... sweet, woody... and slightly grainy. Unique... and too unique.

- Sweet, and the honey is there.... clear and present. Woody thin.... slight hops.. sweet malt... and oak. All the stated flavors are there.... but it is kind of a mess. Strong, but yet smooth.

- As stated... strong, yet smooth... slight medicinal hint of alcohol... thin, but parching dry.

- Overall I finished the bottle... but the flavors just seemed like they were designated for other beers. It's almost spilled out just like the numbers numerate. The flavors were just intended for different beers, and this was too much all for one. Interesting, and loved the bottle.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large format bottle into a tulip glass. The beer has a pleasing dark amber, clear appearance and a light tan head. Some lacing, but the head dissipated pretty quickly to nothing.

Expected more aromas from this style. Faint vanilla, some hoppiness. Same with the taste. A little disappointing. I really expected something bolder than this. Some orange peel and a reasonable level of hoppiness. However, there's really nothing that sets this Imperial IPA apart from other contenders.

A decent ale, easy to drink, but there are better alternatives.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, spring 2010 offering, March 08 10 on the label, bottling date? Pours murky dark plum amber, frothy dark tan head, that stays, leaves a thick collar, and short lived sheeting that remains as thicker lace. The nose is loaded up with honey, vanilla, light wood, and these flavor sensations follow through to the palate, with a slightly more pronounced woody note. Enjoyable, perhaps a bit thin to be compared to the heavy weights of the style. But enjoyable none the less. A stronger offering in the Red Hook line.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This called an Imperial Brown Ale on the bottle, so that's the standard I'm using in my review. Poured into 16oz balloon. The beer poured a very pretty reddish-brown color with just under an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left a decent amount of pretty lacing.

The aroma was malty and a touch on the sweet side, with a bit of hoppy spiceyness at the back. Otherwise the scents were fairly neutral and benign. The taste was very similar, just more fully developed. There was a bit of an alcohol hotness that will probably mellow with a few months.

The body was too thin for a beer this big. Drinkability was decent, but at 9.5% ABV 1 22 at a time is more than plenty. Overall, a decent beer. Worth a shot now, and I'm going to stick a couple away for bit and see how it goes.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red brown with a full white head, very good head retention and lace.

S: Honey, crystal malt and ethanol.

T: Sweet crystal malt and some honey upfront. Some brown sugar and ethanol mid-palate, with a finish of grapefruit/hops.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of thin on the palate - it doesn't carry it's 9.5% weight as it should though. Nice aftertaste.

D: Pretty easy drinking for it's size. A good beer though the flavours aren't as big as I hoped they'd be. This is still quality stuff. $6.99 for a bomber is pushing it, especially from Redhook, but you get a solid brew.

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Photo of madtappers
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Portland Spring beer fest. Poured into a 2 oz sampler cup.

Pours a pitch black color with an off brown head. No overwhemling hop scent to the nose.

First sip is a warm malt bomb, finished of by a sweetness, from the honey I assume. The combo of the brown ale and mead make this beer very drinkable.

Even for an IPA drinker this beer get a thumbs up, not my favorite style but the honey blances out the malt so well!

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At The WA Cask Fest

Had I not read the WA Blog, I never would of bothered to try this beer. I tend to go past the bigger micros such as Redhook, Pyramid, etc. I'm glad I didn't.

This was one of my favorites at the fest. It's a bit hot right now. I think with 6 months to a year of age on it, this beer will be amazing. Never thought I'd say that about a new Redhook product.

Next review!

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Photo of henrysunset
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Details from
The label for this oak aged ale (brewed with honey) reads, "Hand crafted by eight brewers working in four teams, this Imperial Brown Ale was developed from their individual recipes carefully blended into one distinctive ale. Rich and flavorful, brewed with cherry-wood smoked malts and brown sugar."

8-4-1 will be available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft. ABV is 9.5% and 45-60 IBU.

My Review:
Look: dark amber beast with a small head of foam. Sediment free and good looking cask beer. 4

Smell: mostly smooth malt and some clean simple hop profile like cascade. 3.5

Taste: a little o fthe weir bitter sourness and wild flavor of barleywine but is interesting and complex. More like. Barleywine qualities with oily flavours that coat the tongue. 3.5

Mouthfeel is good and smooh but a bit strange. 3 (modified to 3.5 due to extreme high ABV)

Drinkability is decent. 4 I am pretty sure this is high octane and comes in a big pint glass. Hmm. (note, I reviewed this before learning it was 9.5abv.)

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