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Redhook Eisbock 28Redhook Eisbock 28

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tanned head seems somewhat transient, but looks good initially. Bronze-copper color. Nose is somewhat strong, but fairly nondescript, more befitting an ale of much smaller dimensions: toasted barley, biscuits and pale sweetness. A hint toward caramel and overripe fruits add slight complexity, but their vagueness muddles the nose somewhat.

Heat is front and center here. Toasted grain is still there, along with sticky caramel and a nod toward oak and vanilla. However, this nod also produces heat that amplifies the ill-hidden booze, and turns this into a bit of a sticky mess. Hops add a slight menthol twist toward the finish.

Body is light compared to others of this style, but just as sticky. Finishes really sweet and warming. Drinkable in small doses, but I rarely have trouble putting down a bomber and I'm not sure I need to finish this.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The look is probably the best aspect, not that it looks so great or anything... It looks totally solid, that's all. It is a caramel-amber hue, translucent, capped with an off-white head, no real lace.

S - It smells vague. No specific elements are apparent, just vaguely spicy-sweet malt and green hop.

T - Same as the nose. It tastes just fine, but no flavor specifics are apparent. Green hop and big yet semi-dry malt are the alpha and omega here. The hiding of the alcohol is quite a feat.

M - The 11% ABV is totally obscured, helped along by the very smooth mouthfeel.

D - Not bad, but not special either.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to pick one of these up when I thought it was a true eisbock, and when I found out this was not the case, I figured what the hell and bought one anyway. Poured a nice clear amber color, with a bit of a tan head on top. Aroma of cherries, bready malt and candy apples. On the palate, this one is pretty heavy, sweet and alcoholic, light tart fruit, caramel and toffee. A solid effort from Red Hook.

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Photo of Sperzel
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked it up because the other Redhook Limited Releases have been great. I have had a couple of different Eisbocks and they tend to be a little sweet and heavy for my taste. This one was about the same, but with the right food paring it's not too bad.

A deep copper/red color. Not that bad of a head pouring down the middle of the snifter then fizzling down to a film. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smells just like it tastes. Big and sweet with a dark fruit taste mixed with coriander and honey. The hops barely make their existence known at the very beginning then are quickly overwhelmed by the sweet malt, which was to be expected from a winter warmer and it is very filling. Alcohol warms at the swallow, but not as much as I would have thought at 11%.

The beer style lives up to it's reputation being a thick, chewy, syrup-like brew due to the removal of water. Not a beer I would have with a slice of pumpkin pie. This one is definitely one to be paired with meat like a nice big turkey leg or a T-Bone steak while watching the football game. Let it warm a bit, and you have a pretty decent little cold-weather beverage.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber, nice off white head, leave slow. Lots of cling.

S - Sweet alcoholic malt.

T - Booze with some malt hints. Pretty harsh, IMO.

M - Hard to tell balance when it's so boozy.

D - At least you KNOW you are getting F**ked when you drink this and maybe will pace it...

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool to see a brewery like Redhook take on a rarely brewed style like Eisbock. Color is a clear honey orange/amber, with just a ring of lacing. Honey and wild flowers flow from the nose, along with a tiny amount of peach nectar and strawberries. Big fruit and honey in the taste, with a bit of a boozy punch to it. The sweetness can be a bit much at times, but it definitely is loaded with complexity. Body is pretty slick and alcoholic, but it certainly went down easily for me. A good example of this style? Not really, but who really cares when there are so few of them out there? If you are looking for a good bit of booze with nice flavor, this beer is the one to reach for. Cheers

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Photo of andyosterman
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle purchased in Lincoln, Nebraska!

650mL bottle - poured into a Riedel red wine glass.

The head built very nicely; thick with a slight creamy reddish hue. The collar kept at first, but dissipated quickly once it started to lose steam. Lacing sticks with each sip.

A gorgeous color. A little copper, a little ruby.

The nose is fruity with a hint of oak and cherry.

The first sip resembles the aroma. Fruity, slightly woody. The finish makes me want to take another sip. Now.

The 11.0% is there, but not a burden. A drinkable winter beer.

I'm gonna have to grab a few more of these and keep them for the first big snow day!

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is darkly fruity and malty with a stick sort of sweetness, soft citric tanginess and chocolate. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear dark oak color with moderate head. Looks good.

Taste follows nose. It is incredibly smooth with a mild slickness. Sticks fairly close to what I would expect from a strong helles bock. Alcohol is not terribly notable. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Not overly exciting but well priced.

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Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sort of a nice try, I guess. Sometimes less is more. Here, more is less. Poured with a fine, small off white head and no lace. Color is a clear red amber and no bubble trails. Aroma is massive caramel, malt, a little toffee. Flavor is first malt sweet, then like aroma and alcohol. Body is big and round as expected for this kind a beer. Finish is like flavor and lasts a while. I'm only drinking part of the sample and no mas.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper, red with a one finger head. Faded pretty quickly.

S: Some candied fruits, very muted hops and almost a fruit roll up aroma. Super sweet with a good hint of alcohol

T: Very sweet...Candy sweet. No hops here. Very boozy as well. Cant really pick up much beer character from this one. Strong alcohol is overwhelming.

M: Thin, very strong on the alcohol heat.

D: Tough, this one burns the nasal cavity. Super hot beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, it is kind of an ambiguous brew because it is called "eisbock" but the label proclaims it is a "winter warmer".

At any rate it looks pretty neat, it is a clear red with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a froth of foam.

It smells like fruity alcohol. Not like any other beer really, it smells like a fruit beer. The main fruits are oxidized cherries and raisins.

The flavor is super fruity with a huge alcoholic kick. It isn't cloying like i thought it would be. It has a predominant rotten fruit flavor. It has the presence of a port wine. There is some caramel in there as well.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, I don't think it works well with the high alcohol level. This one really does warm up your belly and throat.

It is a bit on the wild side, but I could see on a cold winter's day this being pretty appetizing.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color - clear, nicely transparent - however, very bubbly. Head formation is strong and off white in color.

S - Strongly malty - caramel, toffee, dates- very sweet. Not hops detected. Some alcohol detected.

T - Strongly sweet, lots of malts, mega caramel, some light roast. Plums and dates, dark fruit notes. Some alcohol burn is detected, seems hot. Does finish with some light astringent grainy notes.

M - Moderate body, but very sticky and thick sugary finish. Carbonation is moderate, complementary.

D - Not extremely drinkable. Well hidden abv, but also nasty enough to roll you. Not very filling. Sugary notes get a little wearing.

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Photo of dvb
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper color with decent head retention and lacing for a beer that is so strong.

S - This one has IPA written all over it. Wait, something is wrong... this is an eisbock! WTF? .5 points removed for being way off style.

T - Insanely hoppy. Think DIPA. Just short of cloyingly sweet.

M - Drinks like a DIPA. Sticky. Warming due to the high alcohol content.

D - I could drink this again, but the sweetness is a bit much and it is clearly off style.

Having said all that, this is not a bad beer. If you like malty, sweeter DIPAs, you will probably like this. But if you are looking for a strong bock, you will not get that with this beer. Drink this beer with that in mind.

Edit: Reading back through some of the reviews, it seems that many who've tried this beer did not detect much in the way of hops. Interesting!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30 10 14:50 WA states the lable.

Red tinted amber with shades of golden sunshine, practically glows in the midnight hour, with a head and lace puts most to shame. Two inches high with fluff and bubble as it dissipates slow all creamy and low like the woodland hollow.

The smell of of smokey sweet malt rises on top and above it all, vanilla alcohol shares the road with an herbal madness of earthy delights all in fine order.Sweet and smokey with heat to spare makes you wonder how far or how near? blackend marshmellows seem to make sense when it's getting damn cold outside.

flavor's can be found with a bundle of gold, malt bags by the dozens rollin' of sweet and hot, smokey, but with caramel in the back of your mind. you better be sippin' slow to find out what it's about...dry, herbal hops bring back the years with glowin' memory of roastie marshmellows and bitterness around the edges. wood and smoke with a hint of maple sugar 'til the snow flies. The balance of life is fine indeed, and this here brew is right on time with the mothers of invention and the rules of the road might make you insane. Try when you ask her, is this not worthy?...she screams in the wind- YES! and please come again.

To feel is the virtue of the clean, smooth as silk perhaps velveteen...malty heft has brought me the fare and til the morning comes she stays with me here. The judge and jury may not agree, but I'll tell you now sir, don't feel by yourself it's better with friends around you to shoot into the wind.

Drink it slow, and how down-low on the hillside of fields of gold, run by the river she may give you a name if your lucky but keep an open mind, for it's best for all to let it happen on the run, a large snifter glass at the temp when it's slightly warm, to take from the fridge and head down south in the morning, watch the old men sing songs of eisbock's of old and in the meantime a redhook fishin' reel just wait and see.

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Photo of cfleisher
1.99/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: No hop aroma. Caramel, sugary. French Toast. No DMS or diacetyl. The fermentation is clean. Dark fruit. Candied cherries.

Appearance: Crystal clear. Ruby. Thin, fizzy head that dies down immediately. Appropriate for style, though. No sticky lacing or legs.

Flavor: Sharp astringency. Burnt sugar and toffee. A lot of alcohol heat, hides the malt and almost every other flavor. Finishes very dry, especially for a bock. Leaves some sweet aftertaste, but not much. No hop flavor, DMS or diacetyl. The balance is way to the alcohol and astringency side.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, medium light body. Strong alcohol warmth, even sharp. Low carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd bottle of this... the first was shared with inflatablechair.. this one is just Galt. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1" foamy off white head.. nice lacing, but little retention.. the brew is polished amber.

Nose is a bit uninspiring... pale malts.. lite toast and caramel.. something that I can only describe as cherry in the mix..

Flavor has a better showing, but only marginally.. toasty malts with bits of vanilla... tons of alcohol, not in a good way... warming the gullet is an understatement.. Honestly, there isn't a whole lot of going on, minor maltiness and big EtOH.. not much taste and even less aroma... the cherry is still present.. spicy and something that reminds me of menthol in the finish.

I've only had a few malt liquors (and all craft ones :-), but this is what I think of. Drinkable if you have too, and I'm going to, because I paid too much for a 2nd go around.


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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

With a few juniper berries this could be gin.

Gorgeous redhead color and sparkling clean. First sip is a doozy. I don't think I've ever encountered an ale with a more purely hot alcohol flavor. I don't think "balance" was what Redhook had in mind, but it somehow avoids the nuisance of malt fllavor and gets right to the jet fuel. Very sweet yet light bodied.

Well, $13 in San Diego seems a little much for a beer that seems to have been made with one tank truck of corn sugar and another of industrial alcohol. But if you like beer oddities, you'll want to try this one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a clear cherry amber color, resembling a cognac. It had a light tan, evanescent head.
Aroma of caramel, flowers, and wet dog.
This was a malt bomb. The caramel malt was up front and in your face. Some fruit. Late piney hops. The alcohol was noticeable, but seemed to enhance the flavor.
This was a robust and filling beer. One of the best efforts from Redhook that I've tried.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep clear ruby color, with about a finger of light tan head. It dissipates fairly quickly leaving absolutely no lacing.

Smell: Malts, caramel, a bit of cherry/fruity smell, and a powerful fusel alcohol smell. Overall the fusels really drown out everything else.

Taste: The malts in this one are pretty up-front. I also get a bit of cherry, caramel, and some peppery, spicy notes. This beer is 11% ABV and I can taste every bit of that. Like the smell, the alcohol makes me miss a lot of the other flavors initially.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has beer has a very smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability isn't real high because you can really taste the alcohol in it.

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Photo of crusian
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from a local bottle shop. pours a vibrant dark red with a slowly growing head. sweet nose despite the Eisbock, with a little bit of spice, and pepper... as this warms it actually takes on a bit of cherry on the nose. Upping my score on the nose...
Nice thick body, a bit oily with a bitter finish. the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well, I was expecting it to be very noticeable. Other than that, the flavor seems a bit subdued, despite the "concentration" . Nice malt backbone...
I am shocked that I am one of the first to review this beer... my area of texas is usually the LAST to get anything. so I am proud to be one of the first!!
As an Eisbock, this is one of the better ones I have had, so I am reviewing to style here. Not too bad for an "illegal" US style. (according to US law, technically this is considered distillation, so it is a liquor, not a beer) Hope Red Hook doesnt get in trouble with this.

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Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MaltBombPete just brought some of this home for us to try...

- Dark clear copper.. like a rich new penny... light off-white head... a finger.. quickly down to the smallest of rings....

- Little alcohol, estery malt, caramel malt.. bright bitter punch.. a little green olive...

- Some ester.. caramel malt, rich toffee... earthy... light fig or prune... little floral bitter touch of hop... really a smooth malty brew with a bit of heat... I bet would age very well..

- Medium bodied... slightly syrupy... carbonated well.

- Overall not bad.. I bet this would get much better with some age on it. Certainly one to drink cold at this point... at least until it mellowed out after a couple years.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a surprisingly resilient tan head that leaves pretty lacing...impressive for a beer of this strength. The aroma is classic eisbock, with strong toffee and caramel notes, along with brown sugar and dark fruits (fig, plum, black cherry), oak, vanilla, turbinado sugar, and a wallop of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with huge malty sweetness, reminiscent of molasses, toffee, caramel and brown sugar as well as dark fruits (black cherry, fig and plum), some herbal hops, oak, vanilla and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is good for the style. Really enjoyable eisbock, not quite on the level of Samichlaus but not far off either.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on the only other review, not giving this high hopes, but I'll stay positive.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear, deep ruby with a finger of light tan head. Good mix of medium sized bubbles and foam, that slowly disappears. Good carbonation evident.

Aromas of sweet malt, with some light bitterness, but this is evidently malt forward. Some sharp alcoholic notes there as well, and a little winter warmer spicing.

First sip is similar to aroma, very much a malt accented beer with a touch of bitterness for balance, not so forward to be that noticable or harsh. Sweet, but not cloying, and a little tannic astringency. Some of the "bite" is from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is coating, medium, not thick. A little chewiness to it. Quite a bit of burn from the alcohol.

Drinkable beer. I'll enjoy the rest of the bottle tonight watching the game. Definitely a sipper.

I wouldn't put it in the same class as Kulmbacher, but it's still a good effort.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't have a lot of respect for Redhook in general but I had just had an eisbock yesterday so I thought I would grab this one. Not even on beeradvocate though.

LIMITED RELEASE is plastered all over this bottle. "Ice Processed Winter Warmer"

Beer is amber and clear with a big head of giant bubbles that falls apart rather quickly. Carbonation is moderate and steady, looks fine. Not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is almost like an imperial pils. Very odd. Its not really sweet or hot....its kind of bland. It doesn't smell bad...its just not there.

OK, this beer is oddly bitter and super dry. Its mildly sweet but the dryness is not endearing this beer to me. There is this almost hop like bitterness at the back of the beer. This makes this a rough road beer for me. I'm going in again, its a little fruity in the midpalate, the second sip was better than the first, but the bitterness and the dryness do not play well together. Unfortunately, still not a fan of Redhook.

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