Redhook Gamechanger Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of breardon1776
1.72/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

So there is a theme here...Buffalo Wild Wings. Had mine at JFK Delta terminal. The menu calls it a pale ale tat looks like lager with complex flavors.

Definitely what I consider a pale ale. Amber in color, wasn't delivered with much head. Minimal/moderate lacing.

Doesn't deliver much to the nasal senses. Flat malty smell.

At first sip I thought Maybe the brought me IPA but only minimal hops and as other mentioned, tasted a little watered down. Slight hint of pine and caramel.

Simply, I don't know what this beer wants to be...since not a real ale and just don't like it that much, for that I give it all around low scores.

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Photo of IPAJ
2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Excellent look, the feel and nose were rather shallow for the color. Taste was good. Very straight forward APA. No negatives just doesn't have the depth of flavor that others have.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.4/5  rDev -25%

From notes on 12/14/13

Mild smell. Not much different than a bud. Looks more like a lager than a pale ale. Not a bad tasting beer though slightly bitter. Good for the masses. Not really a beer geeks brew. Had it at Buffalo Wild Wings on draft.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like most, i had this on tap at buffalo wild wings. Wasnt my first choice but they were sold out of my first. Anyways, this beer was lifeless. Like absolutely no flavor. If it didnt have the amber color, i would have thought it was a tonic water. The only flavor i picked up on was a minor lemon note, and some wheat. It was like a domestic light beer.

Seems like they achieved what they wanted in the fact, it is very easy to drink (several) while sitting at a restaurant and eating spicy wings like i did tonight. this is the only reason i didnt just give it 1 star.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. This is a pretty medium quality beer. It has notes of citrus and hops, kind of like a realllllllllllly mild and light IPA. It's definitely sessionable and easy drinking, easy to pair with food as well. Wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent beer to order, one of the better of BWW's selection.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown color with a thin white head. Lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not much for any aromas. Very light malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light hops, malts, some wheat too.

Overall: Not too bad. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap, poured into a tall pub glass.
Appearance - gold, lots of carbonation bubbles building a medium white head. Thick lacing is left behind.
Smell - more pale malts than hops in the nose. You
Taste - pale malts, small hint of hops and water.
Feel - way too light and watered down.
Overall - promoted as a session IPA, but this is simply a low abv pale ale. Not much to it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a dense, soapy white head. There is above average retention and the tall brew laces the glass well. Light grainy aroma but not much on the nose. In the taste, a lightly hoppy, very agreeable pale ale. The main player here is a crackery, bready malt character. There is a sturdy balancing bitterness and a small leafy, almost vegetal hop flavor. Light to medium bodied, smooth more than crisp, and refreshing if nothing else. Overall, this is a drinkable accessible ale from Red Hook. Enjoyed at the Robinson, PA location Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Photo of Colbs_5
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good beer. Nice amber color with hint of red. Smell is not entirely appealing, but the taste is good. Slightly hoppy finish, but very smooth. Would recommend to others to try.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had at Buffalo Wild Wings. I agree with the other reviews; the flavor and smell doesn't match the color but isn't unpleasant to drink. Ever so slightly on the hoppy side.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.04/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. This pours a dark amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty and sweet. The texture is fairly thin and watery. Average at best in the taste department with weak malt flavors. Could use some work as I was expecting much better!

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Photo of JPB88
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much on smell with this beer. Amber/caramel color with almost no head. Decent taste though thats the only real redeeming quality of it. An average beer and decent for a sit down dinner.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in San Bernardino, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is sweet and malty and not very much like a pale ale in my opinion.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A cloudy amber color with a little bit of transparency, a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves just a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S:A little sweet and a little roasty, the malts are present and a little hint of caramel as well.

T:Up front strong taste of biscuit and caramel, with a good roast from the malts, slight notes of fresh hops.

M: Light bodied, just a little bit of carbonation and a bit sticky as well.

O: Overall a good beer to have with wings, refreshing but not out of this world like other craft beers but pleasant.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz from BWW. Caramel and gold with slight carbonation. Sweet hoppy and citrus smell. Taste is a little too pale for me but I don't like Ales that much so if you do this is a quality beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how much this brew actually changes the game, but for an ale it was pretty darn good. I liked the burnt caramel color with good lacing down the glass. I wasn't to keen on the smell or lack thereof - simply unimpressed. I was very happy with the taste of this ale - smooth, not bitter like ales trying to disguise themselves as IPAs. I felt it was definitely above average, and something Redhook should be proud of.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/28/2014 at Buffalo Wild Wings, in Warwick, RI served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are better beers in the style but it’s good enough to drink for a while.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Buffalo Wild Wings in Council Bluffs, Iowa last night on 8/20/15 as a free sample in a 3 ounce glass. Had this once before from there back in March of this year also. Was told BOTH times that this is a IPA but it didn't taste like one to be as I don't care for that style at all. This one I liked though!

I think this is also brewed specially for Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Buffalo Wild wings in Colonial Park -Harrisburg PA, enjoyed chilled in a large wheat glass. It is described as an amber ale on the menu.

The color is light amber with great clarity and thick white cap with lace that rings the glass. The smell is slightly malt oriented with slight caramel essence and gentle citrus aroma from the hops. The feel is good with moderately full and balanced body with hops and sweetness in tandem with moderately high carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mildly lemony taste with some light caramel from the malt to bolster the flavor with some light yeast taste with bready malt juxtapostion and slight sweetness mid palate. The smooth bitterness arrives later with mild hop in the background into the finish w/ mildly herbal element and clean carbonated dry finish. Overall this is not wonderful or groundbreaking, but it is a pretty solid beer with good flavor when paired with wings which is what this was designed for. It is is just a little better than average compared to most in the style, but is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of rphoffman
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this for the first time tonight at my local Buffalo Wild Wings. I normally drink darker beers, but I wanted to try something different, and the menu made it look good. It looked good in person, as well; clean, with a classic caramel coloring. Visually very appealing. I have seen a lot of reviewers say their beer didn't have any head; the head on mine was somewhat smaller, but noticeable and attractive. The beer didn't have any strong scent to it, but it tasted very good. It's an American pale ale, and a good representative of such: very clean, very hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. It drinks smooth, with a slightly sweet finish. I thought it had a very nice mouthfeel; full, but not too thick, with a slight carbonation to it. It was highly enjoyable. I had a couple while waiting for my friends, and a couple more with my meal - pairs well with wings, which I guess is the idea that BWW is going for!

All in all, I'd say it's a very good beer. Not amazing, and probably not an actual game changer, but very tasty, and worth a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served clear deep amber color with a small head of one finger height. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall consisting of a bready smell as well as some caramel aromas. With these smells comes a light toffee and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bready flavor with a touch of a grain and some caramel. Along with these tastes comes some other flavors of a light toffee. As the taste moves forward the toffee and caramel fade and are replaced by a little bit of molasses. Along with these tastes, other flavors of an earthy flavor and a little bit of grass come at the end, to leave a lighter roasted and easy going amber taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher to average side. For the style it is rather nice and makes for a rather easy drinker overall.

Overall – A pretty decent amber brew that drinks easy and has a mild but enjoyable flavor profile.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red hook Ale Brewery "Gamechanger Ale"
on tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings, JFK International Airport

I was also told this was an IPA, which I was surprised at given the current beer climate. How can you call something that is clearly not an IPA an IPA when everyone knows exactly what's going on? "Gamechanger"? I don't think so, unless it's being marketed to their crowd that doesn't actually drink craft brews, because as we all know, everyone's taking an interest these days. Beyond that I wasn't disappointed except that it really is lacking hops. It was more to my liking than an American macro lager, and it was well balanced and drinkable. Not a bad basic amber ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this at Buffalo Wild Wings on 6/1/15. I was told this was an amber. It smelled, looked, and tasted like one. I don't think this is an APA at all.

It was tasty. Caramel and roasted malts, slight citrus and spice, with a sharp pinch of hop. It went down easy. Especially good with boneless wings.

I'd have it on tap again.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Resiny piney bitter backbone that seems almost harsh on its own, luckily we were sold it as a chaser to a Bloody Mary at a Buffallo Wild Wings. Not a great pale ale but very signature in its flavor. Malty, bready, with almost a British tasting strain of yeast. Wanting to try again!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buffalo Wild Wings is a personal favorite but I must admit that I had to laugh a little when they put a flyer in front of me that stated Red Hook had created a craft beer especially for them or at least buffalo wings. After drinking a couple I will further add that this is really good.

The color was rich amber with a thick almost meringue like head. The head was so fluffy and light that I had to fight through it to get to the beer.

The scent was malty, caramel malts and barley. Smooth semi-sweet and a touch bitter you can catch some hop aroma.

The taste is of strong caramel malts, barley, grains and an end of earthy, piney hops. Not necessarily sugary it is lightly sweet with some roasted textures. Very smooth and it has a nice balanced carbonation.

This is a nice surprise as it was appropriate for the food but offered a tasty craft beer experience.

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