Redhook Brewlab

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,158
Ranked #48,210
3.31 | pDev: 13.29%
Redhook Brewlab
Washington, United States
Notes: Who needs precious metals, when you’ve got Copper?! This copper colored ale is a real crowd-pleaser. Copperhook strikes the perfect balance of smooth, rich, malty flavor you’d expect from a craft brew with a lighter body and hop profile that makes it a perfect “session” beer when you’ve got a long day ahead of knocking back a few with your buddies.

21 IBU
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn and copper color, half inch of head. Followed with a mildly nutty and caramel sweet malt aroma.

Taste had the same nuttiness, albeit super mild. Mild sweetness. Lighter body, lightly hopped. This is like if Boston lager was a tad lighter and an ale.

Jan 09, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Toned copper color, as befits the name, with small but persistent white head. The lacing is fine and scattered, the carbonation sparse and slow-rising.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt pairs well with grassy hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted and caramel malts, offset by citric and pine hops, overall managing to seem quite balanced. These tastes carry to the close, where there is a light surge of citric and pine hops tp bring the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, pleasant, with a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent and drinkable example of a familiar style. The ABV at 5.8% seems a little high, but such is the zeitgeist.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck with a pry-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

This review is from handwritten notes ca. April 2007.

Aug 31, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: no surprise, it is a copper colored ale. Pours about a 1 1/2" head that dissipates rapidly leaving moderate lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: mild aroma, smell of toasted grains and sweet malt

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is watery and carbonated. Sweetness predominates but there is some mild hop to balance it. Finish is semi-dry.

Flavor: flavor is consistent throughout with a blend of malt and hops.

Overall: I really enjoy Copperhook and recommend it if you like session ales, Copper/Red ales, or if your palate runs more towards malt than hops.

Apr 26, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the variety pack – Dated Mar. 4, 2013
*notes taken 06/08/13 – Imperial Nonic glass

A: Pours a clear and pure looking caramel color with a soapy half finger of khaki suds. Nice retention efforts with some light laced webbing left down the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of caramel and toffee sweets with a thick bready undercurrent. I am getting a bit of orange citrus and stone fruit together with just a hint of spice there. Fairly nice malt forward nose.

T: Malt forward flavors of crusty bread and some caramel like sweetness. A bit grainy and grassy. I am getting more stone fruit and some grape even with layers of pine and spice. There is a moderate level of bitterness to the beer and alcohol is completely masked. A decent Amber but there are many superior options.

M: Moderate thickness on the body with an even consistency and light drying crisp on the finish. Somewhat watery at times.

D: Rather mediocre when it comes to Ambers. Stays pretty true to style guidelines but as previously stated there are many superior examples of this style available to me than the Copper Hook.

Jul 05, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Palest amber with creamy parchment head that fades but rims and speckles.
Flinty grain, autumn leaf and faint orange peel and flower blossom nose.
Raspberry jam on granary toast up front with perfumed orange rind.
Apricot chutney ending and spicy woody linger.
Light, sticky, crisp.

Thin but clean and refreshing. Stubby bottle helps a vigorous pour that makes the head look good - no accident, I suspect. Hops are very EKG - if this were -1% ABV, it'd line up as a killer best bitter. As it is, too light in both body and color for the strength, though still very moreish.

Apr 03, 2013
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Highly carbonated. No haze, totally clear. Light straw color, Not quite copper as the suggests it should be.

S: Smells mostly of bread yeast to me. Small notes of dried straw.

T: The carbonation adds a nice crispness right up front, masking much flavor. The carbonation fades to an odd dried grass flavor. It's slightly sweet and nutty on the finish. It has a yeast aftertaste at the end I'm not a big fan of.

M: I like the carbonation and the consistency. The aftertaste isn't great.

O: This beer is the kind of beer that someone would order if the bar doesn't have Budweiser and they wanted a cheap American brew. It's a fuller, better balanced version of a macrobrew but doesn't seem to have all the craftsmanship of the typical microbrew. I didn't like the bread yeast flavor and the sweetness tasted like a cheap logger. The nuttiness was a good attempt, but not quite enough.

Mar 04, 2013
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LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a pale orange color with a nice head after a very strong pour into the glass. The beer is brilliant.

The aroma is a mixture of hops, esters that are somewhat fruity, very reminiscent of bass, some bread, not much malt in the mix.

The beer starts off sweet with a balanced finish. Not much of anything going on flavor wise though.

Body and mouthfeel are medium-light.

Overall this beer is okay, nothing special. It has no flaws other than not being copper. It would be good for a session but not very interesting as a stand alone.

Jan 06, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle no date, from red hook sampler pack

look is a clear orange amber with a thin ring of film. smell is sweet malted grain. taste follows with a syurpy sweet malted grain, not unlike the taste of steel reserve.

not especially pleasant, even when compared with other ambers (not a fan). sickly sweet finish kills a crisp buttery start.

Dec 25, 2012
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NuclearDolphin from Minnesota

2.26/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Oranger/Ember Color with a slight haze. Soapy 2 finger head that takes a couple of minutes to disappear. Small amount of carbonation going on inside.

Smell - Yeasts, Barley, Malts and a Rusty/Metallic Scent (Hey it's the best way to describe it). I guess it's appropriate considering this beer is named after a metal which oxidizes after a certain period of time. I dunno about this...

Taste - Yeasts, Barley, Biscuits, Slight Floral Hops with a Marzen/Metallic aftertaste. Like the smell, the flavor seems appropriate considering the name but I'm not really digging it.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and mild carbonation. It at least feels alright on the palate.

Overall - This could've been an alright and simple beer had it not been for the metallic/rust flavors, which made it taste like old pennies. As it is right now, I wouldn't recommend drinking this unless you like your mouth tasting like old rusty copper pennies

Dec 01, 2012
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1.93/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Redhook mixed twelve pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright copper color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Some kind of basic caramel aromas here. Even that is pretty faint.

Taste: Only mildly hoppy up front. Finishes with a slight caramel sweetness backed by a significant grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and almost flat.

Overall: Wow. This beer isn't good. I know Redhook isn't exactly known for outstanding beers but even by their standards, this isn't good. It tastes more like a poorly done amber lager than an amber ale.

Oct 22, 2012
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coppery amber color with a moderate size head and lightly carbonated,
The nose finds some light hops and a nutty malts.
Taste is malty with some caramel and hazelnuts. Hops have a slight floral flair.
Feels smooth but a bit watery too clean as in no aftertaste.
An okay beer nothing special.

Sep 08, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive light coppery amber color in the glass. The usual suds and plenty of prickly carbonation. An aroma of slightly roast malt and pecans. Light body but a mellow mouthfeel.

It does has a nice nutty flavor as it warms up. The warm malt certainly rules the taste. Caramel with a sprightly, sharp mouthfeel. This is the non-over-hopped style of Amber. Some slight hoppy flowery notes, and a very modest bitter aftertaste. Actually this is not bad for the category and a respectable light beer with a malty lip lock.

From the 12 oz bottle with the "bottled on" date of Jun 25 12.

Sep 07, 2012
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rich grain with a very dark roast. Tastes of dark roasted malt, but a little bland. Light/medium bodied beer has good carbonation and goes down real easy. Overall, an above average beer.

Aug 29, 2012
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Dave128 from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz funky looking bottle into a duvel tulip. I've been on beer hiatus for a while so this won't be in depth.

A - A moderate pour yields a 2 finger brown head that sticks around for a quite a while. The bubbles seem to be just floating in this one which to me indicates a decent body. not much lacing

S - Average on the nose. I get the scent of grain and a light bit of caramel malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Nothing special but there is definitely a hop presence that was undetectable in the nose. The hops don't add much flavor but they give it a refreshing bitterness.

M - light to medium bodied. well carbonated.

O - A good drinkable copper/amber ale. Few faults but doesn't excel in anything either.

Aug 29, 2012
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vkv822 from Oregon

2.49/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz : pint

Clear orange with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Pretty mild/basic in the nose and palate, bready malts, hint of toffee, faint hop bitterness.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation, crisp finish.

Really the basic, one dimensional flavors. Not unpleasant, but certainly unexciting and just a bit boring.

Aug 25, 2012
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IllNate from Canada

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors a light amber with not much head and poor retention. medium roast caramel, fruity. Taste follows with medium caramel and fruit. Slightly thin with a non-distinct bitterness. Overall a uneventful beer, but not entirely bad. Seems to be bridging the gap between big brews and true craft beer.

Aug 18, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight fruits, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around but easy enough to drink.

Jul 14, 2012
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: copper colored body had a one finger white head that lasted for fifteen seconds. Minimal lacing was left. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: based around apples with some malts and a bit of caramel and nuts coming in slightly.

T: malts with a bit of caramel coming out. A weird metallic taste entered my mouth (unsure where that came from?).

M: medium, smooth, sessionable, carbonation is felt

O: decent for the style, but wasn't as good as I had hoped for.

Jul 08, 2012
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hreb from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours surprisingly pale blonde with a big white head. Aroma is lagery and hoppy.

This beer has a really pleasing malt backbone with a slightly thick / syrupy mouthfeel. Not unbalanced. Just really drinkable. A surprisingly successful brew from Redhook.

Jun 16, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber; fizzy, white, foamy, loose head; little retention

S - caramel, faint nutty quality, faintly fruity

T - caramel, ripe apples, bitter hop finish

M - a bit crisp, smooth, medium bodied

This is a rather disappointing beer. It's one dimensional and simplistic. It doesn't have many of the pronounced characteristics that make Ambers such a great style. It's drinkable, and it would be easy to put a few of these away, but this just isn't what I'm looking for in this style.

May 12, 2012
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Besides mentioning that I dig the old-school look with the bottle and label, I have nothing else to say. On to the beer:

On the pour, I thought that the bottle was mislabled, as the beer pours out a golden straw color. In the glass, its color is darker, but not what I'd call copper. It's more of an orange tinted golden color. THe head on top forms small, and the lacing it gives is decent. Its nose show a decent maltiness, kind of doughy and bready, also a little husky. There's even a kiss of gum.

Copperhook takes on more of a marzen character than the stereotypical hoppy American red. Doughy, orange, some vague hop bitterness. The body is medium, with a gentle kiss of alcohol. Ho hum, says I.

Redhook dishes out a decent effort in Copperhook. It's nothing crazy, though that's not to say it won't put me in a good mood before bedtime.

May 09, 2012
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aranheaney from New York

4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same varietry 12 pack as the ESB, IPA and Pilsner

A-good bronze-ish, copper (duh) with a pretty decent head that holds on and hangs out for a while

S-good roast, malt and caramel

T-very good, follows the nose, I really thought this was a very solid amber

M-like the other Redhooks picked up as part of this sampler pack, it's beenvery smooth

O-will totally hit this agian

May 06, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Copperhook has a thick, cream-colored head and a clear, copper-colored appearance, with some streaming bubbles and not much lacing. There is a faint aroma, but one can pick up roastiness and some brown bread. Taste is similar with brown (Roman Meal) bread, syrup, pretty strong hop bitterness (across the sip), and some cloying alcohol sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and more lager-like than of expected ale fluffiness. Redhook Copperhook finishes fairly wet and easy drinking. Overall, this is an interesting, somewhat odd, and mild beer. I think you should try it.


May 01, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright copper with a finger width head, quick dissipation, and the resulting lace is spotty.

Smell - Picking up the faintest of sweet caramel. A very trace amount. Outside that, almost nothing.

Taste - Light metallic flavor along with some faint caramel notes. Hops kick in to give a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Decent bite.

Overall - An average amber, to say the least. Weak in nearly every conceivable way. It's drinkable, and that's about all it has going in it's favor.

Apr 29, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured about a 1/2 inch head of creamy, frothy head. Fully diminishing.

Aromas of lager yeast, and spring seasonal flower.

Clear Honey-yellow amber in body appearance more than copper or metallic as advertised.

Tastes of honey, brown sugar, and sweetened butter leading into notes grainy malt and sharp dough with you could say a 'metallic-ly' cool and dry finish. Sessionably sweet without too much sharp carbonation.

Although a little higher in alcohol content (5.7-8 % abv) than your average sessionable beer, this an easy drinking brew. Not complex or overwhelming in an category, but I'd prefer something more tasty... Not a bad brew to end a night on though.

Apr 10, 2012
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 507 ratings