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Redhook Brewlab
Washington, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #116
Ranked #27,367
3.58 | pDev: 13.41%
Jan 22, 2022
Oct 08, 2003
Notes: Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU
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Ratings by mrfulcher:
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Reviewed by mrfulcher from Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
2016 Edition, 12oz bottle, irish imperial pint

L - Clear, red-brown body. Persistent, one finger deep, barely off-white head. Great retention, thick lacing.
S - Spring water, mildly hoppy, slight hint of spice.
T - Any spice or malt present in the aroma is overpowered by hops. One note bitterness. Aftertaste is more of the same.
F - Excessively thin.
O - Looks good, smells like hoppy water, tastes like an average american ale. Drinkable but not memorable in any way. Definitely would not peg this as a seasonal or winter warmer in a blind trial.
Nov 11, 2016
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.25 by megamick from Iowa

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by icemanexit from Indiana

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3 by bundy462 from Texas

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I got a can of this beer from a Holiday 24pck that I bought from my local Target store. It poured a clear amber with off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had subtle sweet malt with bitter finishing hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with light caramel malt base with bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Timfromthemainland from New York

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
12oz stubby bottle. I bought this at the time of the 'Redhook Brewlab' revival beers and bringing them to various college parties

This was dark brown, spicy smelling and tasting, not particularly memorable or tasty
Aug 16, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Look: It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is medium.

Smell: It is malty with a spicy and malt combination. It has a potato like note with a slight bit of mustiness.

Taste: It has malty flavors with a bit of chocolate and potato. There are some spices to is as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate bitterness.

Overall, it has a odd combination of flavors, however, it is easy drinking.
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle of REDHOOK WINTERHOOK (Hoppy Brown Ale) from new 2019 fall hoppy hook mix 12 box on sale for $12, so of course. Cheaper than Budweiner sake...
Poured into mug, it's a dark, clear brown , with nice full 2-3 finger head that falls at. nice pace, and leaves lacing in the re-used mug.
There are some nice smells politely present, but I cannot really identify them
Taste-wise, it's pretty basic, and not really good enough to follow anything else like a good porter or stout, but it may be a good first/last/dinner beer on a cool evening. Nothing offensive, but not much in the malts or body of it. Fairly pleasant but nothing to really adhere to and describe . Dry and hoppy, so it is as advertised. May be better as a fall/summer beer.
The feel of the beer is nice, smooth, has enough body, and is well-carbonated.
Overall, it's a weak pedestrian dark beer with more booze than a usual brown. Low-brow holiday party beer maybe?
Should be good enough for a Thursday night game and some crappy snacks/snappy cracks, but it's honestly not that great.
Nov 21, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by DarrellK from Florida

Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Apr 09, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by igl from Russian Federation

Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by rarigney from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The 2018 version is a hoppy dark lager. It’s malty on the nose and palate, but has a nice herbal hop bitterness as well. It’s crisp and clean and goes down way too easily.
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by SargeC from California

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina

May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Gdobber from Washington

4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
12 oz in a tulip:
Look: Mahogany, looks like Ice tea. 1/2 finger head that was a foamy cream. Beautiful looking beer.
Smell: Delicious. chocolate, raspberry, hint of orange. Nutmeg, spices, slight fruity hop character.
Taste: fruity malty front that turns a fruity bitter. Finishes slightly more earthy bitterness but alternates with a dark fruit.
Feel: about average. Wish it was a bit thicker and syrupy.
Overall: solid winter beer.
Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 3 by adam36 from Illinois

Aug 01, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz 2016-17 bottle.
Pours with a dark mahogany body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a durable, foamy beige head. Soapy lacing.
Aroma mildly to moderately spicy.
Flavor: winter spices, moderate in strength, with earthy hops and faint dark bread. Moderately bitter.

Overall: a good hoppy dark ale with limited winter spices.
Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by ncherf from Washington

Mar 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Reviewing this #30 way late but I lucked out because it is still so good. If it was going to be nasty because i let it age too long, I was just going to wait until WH #33 came out to review it.

Very pinkish copper-amber, semi-opaque. Head of fluffy, foamy, chunky, well-retaining golden tan. Decent lacing. Aromas of resin, leather, a little gingerbread, and just a pinch of dark or caramelized fruit. Palate definitely has a caramel and slight dark fruit backdrop, but the hops and spices all but overwhelm these, with a burst of dankness, leaf matter, a handful of nondescript winter spices, and extreme peppercorn well before retro-olfaction. Medium to nearly full in body, well-carbonated enough to not seem overly thick, soft suds at first, but prickles by the finish at a standard drinking pace. Mildly astringent.
Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by williahd from Maine

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by Klister from Maine

Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by andrewh995 from Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Not too sure what to say about this one. It's very good and very warming as the type suggests. But I've never had anything like it so I can't compare it to much. Mildly spicy with aspects from both a darker beer and a maltier beer.
Feb 20, 2017
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Reviewed by jth63 from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Surprisingly I liked this more than expected. Most winter ales are too sweet, spicy or malty. This is well balanced and not loaded with shit that doesn't belong in beer. It does finish a little bitter, but that's okay with me. I think the low ratings are the result of the reviewers expecting lots of nutmeg, allspice, cloves or some other ingredient that doesn't belong.
Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by nobbyv from New Hampshire

2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
This is for the 32nd bottling of Winterhook, purchased in a 12-pack on 1/7/2017, poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a darkish brown. Good malty smell. Initial sip is malty with some nutty undertones. This lasts for a solid 3-4 seconds, but then gives way to an overpoweringly bitter aftertaste. Finished two and then gave up on it. Can't drink anymore.

Not a good representation of the style, and not a good beer overall.
Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by beerbellydaddy from California

Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon

Jan 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Mardukk from Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours cloudy brown with an off white head. Head and lacing present. The smell is toasted nutty.

The taste is pretty nice nutty with some malt up front. Where this goes wrong is the mid to aftertaste. Any nutty malt is overpowered by a very bitter smoky burnt taste on the back of my tongue. The off putting bitterness lingers and lingers. There are not enough malts to help balance this very bitter ale.

Burnt and bitter are not two qualities I look for in a winter ale. Not recommended.
Jan 04, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Dec 16, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by LukeB from Virginia

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.07 by White_Whiskey from Ohio

Dec 12, 2016
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Take note of the verbiage from the "Notes / Commercial Description" portion of this entry which reads: "The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year." This means that you should be reviewing each and every iteration on an annual basis. As of today (W, 07 Dec 2016), #'s 1 - 31 are retired. This year's is their 32nd batch. I will enter my review for that one and every other one that I can find or live to procure here, but this is a master entry, with every year being unique, ala Anchor Christmas.

2016 (#32): Another Pop! of the cap to begin this review. I would like to think that every Pop! is one-of-a-kind, but it is hard to tell. I do know that every pour and its result is different each time. An initially heavy-handed pour started a pseudo-cascade which turned into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The nose, while malty, had a very noticeable earthiness, kind of like drying/dried hay. Mouthfeel was medium. I allowed it to lazily roll around on my tongue to bring out a base, earthy bitterness. I was put on mind of a wet-hopped AIPA in terms of its earthy bitterness. I keep mentioning bitterness, but it was not overpowering or off-putting. I was just kind of surprised by it, especially in the style. I found it to be eminently drinkable, developing a toasty breadiness as it warmed. I have to admit to expecting an overly spiced ale with a relatively high ABV, but I was not at all disappointed not to get it. I also got a light nuttiness with it as it warmed. The takeaway may be to let it live up to its style and let it warm before settling in for a drink. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I really liked the earthiness of the hops & malts & now I anticipate the next iteration with bated breath.
Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz

Pours clear but very dark brown, light tan film for a head.

Smells of caramel, walnut, and biscuit malt.

Biscuit malt with pecan and walnut over a dryly bitter woody hop finish.

Medium body on the fuller side, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice drinkable dark ale, nice nutty flavors. Worth trying, better than average seasonal.
Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by DesertFox24 from Texas

Nov 15, 2016
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