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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Really want to like this one more. For an English strong ale it seems awfully hoppy, kind of detracts from the drinkability for me. Bitter/citrus peel way overpowers any malty sweetness that may be there.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small frothy off-white head that left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is quite good, lots of hops compared to what I was expecting. A nice balance of citrusy and English hops overlaying a slightly sweet toasted malt base. A slight detraction in that I’m smelling a little iced tea like crystal malt, but it’s pretty light. The flavor is a bit on the sweeter side as well with the crystal malt, which is kind of a bummer. The sweetness from the crystal malt dulls the hops a bit too much, especially on the finish. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering sweetness. I wish this were a lot drier, cause the hops seem to have the beer going in the right direction. Decent for one bottle, but not something I’d purchase again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
I thought this was a pretty decent hoppy dark...certainly wouldn’t call it an english strong. More like (nut not as good as) New Belgium Snow Day. Good hop kick up front and a dark roasty palate with a dry biting finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2803) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There is some toffee/caramel, floral/fruity hops, a green apple peel, and astringent huskiness. I find the astringency and apple notes to be very distracting. Not really into this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich copper color. After two bottles with vigorous pours, I only got a slight head on it, very little lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, with notes of toast and hay. Some hops aftertaste. Flavor is mild hops up front, with a backside of caramel malt. Palate is a bit thin. Overall a good winter seasonal from Redhook.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter. A hop forward ale - some bitter grapefruit and slight pine, presence of biscuit bread malt. Very pleasant ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1680) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Big caramel aroma, with a hint of hops. Pours a clear red with a dusting of off-white head. Mild roasted flavors, with a touch of nuttiness. Light on the palate, and easy to drink. Not too much going on here, there’s a touch of hops in the finish, but nothing really complicated.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 This is a nice take on a winter red ale, dark amber with a milky head. Notes of caramel, citrus, toffee and still rather hoppy too.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2663) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft at Moriartys. Clear dark copper pour. Large pillowy white head that reduced to lingering foam. Somewhat harsh flavors. Burnt caramel. Artichoke. Dark Christmas spice. Sharp tangelo pith. Bitter hop bite. Black pepper. Some odd bitter notes that feel out of balance. Not a typical winter brew. Bit of a challenge, but that can be a good thing if one is in the mood.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tatinek (57) - South Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
It’s cold and snowy here in SD today so I picked up a six of this at the local market. I’m sitting at the the computer now wondering how it tastes compared to their standard ESB. I should have picked up one of those too. Really quite a nice beer for a cold wintery day. I will buy it again. Thanks Redhook


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