DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 This clear dark amber ale has a foamy tan head that lasts a fairly long time and leaves some impressive lacing in its wake. The thing I love most about Red Hook ales is that they are not pasteurized and that leads to a fresh homebrewed aroma. The problem is that they taste a little too much like average homebrew for them to garner higher ratings. This ale has decent alcohol content but I prefer to see a wee bit more in a winter beer. Flavors of roasted malts fill the palate and leave an aftertaste similar to espresso. I definitely like the bitter hops on the back end but I wish that this beer had a more substantial mouth feel a bit more complexity. Overall I would definitely buy and drink this winter ale again and I am convinced that with some tweaking of the recipe Red Hook Winterhook ale could become one of the top winter beers produced in this great country. (Note Added 1-9-06): I guess they did tweak the recipe after all because I tried this again last night and had my mind and palate completely blown. This beer pours like a moonlit Christmas Eve and tastes like a strong winter ale should. It was warming and delicious. I’m updating my overall impression from 15 to 18 bringing the total score from 3.6 up to 3.9. I will definately try this one again next year.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i like it a nice clean winter beer for the folks at red hook i had the washinton version and its was quite nice not too stong with a nice amber hue and a heady head roasted malts make for a seep palate and good finish cheers
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear bronze color with a medium off white head. Aroma is that of hops, and some fruit - maybe raisins. Very mild hops to start, I was expecting more. Very little carbonation. I definately taste raisins, and it is very smooth to finish. A nice beer, aged nearly 1 year as it was bottled 11-26-2002.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent amber/copper color with a tiny 1cm white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint--of mild hops and maybe some apricot or something to that effect. Start is of very mild hops with a fruity flavor rounding out at the end. Finish is very smooth and a good mouthfeel. This was aged 1 year as it was bottled on 11/26/02. Not too bad of a beer.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extremley nice fruity aroma with hints of coriander. Taste is definitely a strong bitter with an average finish. Almost peppery on the palate.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown. Aroma of grass and sweet lightly roasted malt. Taste is of grassy hops with a mild malt backing. Finish is quite watery.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
smells of a garbage can. dark amber color. slightly hoppy aftertaste but mostly watery. the aftertaste surely turns into some kind of funk though
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 The body is a dark red with more brown without being held to the light. The head iss lightly yellowish and frothy. The aroma has oranges with some light caramel. The taste is light grapefruit along with some roasted peanuts and popcorn. There is also a little note of toffee. Not bad.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, 2003 release, shaker glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, off-white, creamy, frothy head appears to last decently. A deep ruby body has nice depth and light carbonation. Caramel, nutty malt (M); flowery hops (M); brown sugar, clove, and alcohol aromas. Smells like a malty, spicey APA. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately bitter, lightly acidic finish. This beer would benefit from a slightly smoother flavor. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: seems more like a heat-slacking beer than something fit for the chilly winter months.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is a deep, deep ruby color, it is very clear and pours with a tan head. At first the aroma is of dark fruit, then the hops kick in a bit. The hops come to dominate the aroma, but they are not super strong either. The first taste is lightly fruity (hints of cherry). The finish is off dry, and is accompanied by a hoppiness that is complimentary to the fruit flavors. No real strong flavors that jump out at me. The hops are the dominant flavor here, but for some reason this beer tastes a tad on the weak side.