irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Winterhook is a very nice ruby-tan beer with an excellent hop nose, mixed with some underlying malt toastiness. The flavor shows primarily the hops (more than Ballard Bitter, certainly). All in all, a good amber IPA, somewhere between Indica and Hop Devil. It would benefit from more malt flavor.
travise (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Slight floral aroma. Nice warm maltiness followed by a nice hoppy bite. Nicely balanced. I could put down a few of these.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I'm suprised this is labeled an English Strong Ale. Outside the color, perhapss, I would place this solidly in the IPA category. There is plenty of hop character in the aroma. First sip, centennial and/or cascades in spades. A shock as I was anticipating a malty winter warmer. A little unbalanced and slightly metallic. Not a bad beer, but certainly not the best.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear reddish/copper color. Aroma of syrup, taste is a bit sweet too. the body was a bit thin for a winter beer, but hey, it's AB/Redhook
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark copper color with a bubbly off white head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Starts sweet and malty, finishes with alittle hop bite. Goes well with deep frying turkey outside, in the winter, for sure.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not something I'd return to. Appearance was fine with a deep, copper color and an off-white head. The aroma was touched with sweet and flowery notes. The flavor was alternately sweet and bitter.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottle. Nice malt base with hoppy grapefruit-resin flavors. Better than expected, my favorite Redhook product.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2002 bottle. Poured a slightly dark amber color, cream color head. Some dark malt with some tangy hops. Light to medium mouthfeel. Lacking.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is pretty easy drinking. Nothing at all exciting, but some nice hop flavor peeping from under the dark malt flavors. Not bad, not great.
brownaler (415) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I've been hearing that they have redone the formula this year and found the beer a nice surpise for Redhook. Though I thought the beer was still lacking something.