krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i think at redhook they just brew one beer but add different colorings and gentle little focus-group approved flavorings right before bottling. this one’s the weenie winter ale. everyone agreed amber was a pretty hue, so they went with that. head basically failed, about as substansial as a little calcium deposit on your tub. the aroma was deeply embedded but with a prybar i finally wrenched up some interesting odors. as gossamer as a ghost’s fart came a wisp of watery orange kool-aid and the whimpers of a distant slice of roman meal. it improved slightly with warming, those carmel aspects went full throttle to the level of a second-rate oktoberfest, but brought along a mustard note that should have stayed buried. it’s smooth and thin, sweet malts are neither challenging or threatening. if you gave this to your great aunt agnes who was expecting a chamomile tea, she’d call it robust, but i don’t. and at a weenie 5.6 abv., it ain’t too warming; it rates low not for being bad, but for daring to pretend that it’s baaaaad.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours medium reddish-brown with a beige head. Spicy with some malt and caramel sweetness with a nice slightly toasted barley finish, but suffers from the typical redhook thin body. And I agree, it has a weird metallic feel to it that really detracts from an otherwise okay brew.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby amber hue. Small beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, lightly hopped. Lightly earthy, sweet, light to medium bodied. Finishes sweet, and lingers, kind of bland.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Not a bad winter ale; it’s just not as bold or richly flavored as some others. Has a pleasant roastiness with toasty notes of bread crust, nuts, and a nip of tar and char. Subtle brown-sugar and toffee sweetness. Easy-drinking beer.
kyzr (1379) - Montana, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average head, nice deep copper color. Minimal hops, but good malt. Nice little bite of an after taste.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it
tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy
at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing
happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook
and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical Redhook house taste. Kind of thin, with decent malts and mild hopping. Strange metalic taste, why? Other than that, a pleasent finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heavily heavily spiced. Extremely anisey with a fat sweet finish. Yuck.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark redish brown with a tan head. Malty with a roasty finish. This is a good beer, but not really a high enough ABV to compete with some other strong ales out there.