bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winterhook release # 27
First and foremost: rad bottle. Packaging can be a non-factor or a cloying gimmick but this bottle feels good in the hand and, quite frankly, is the only reason I initially inspected it on the shelf.
The beer pours a ruddy copper, a hair darker than expected from an English Strong but attractive and within the seasonal palate. Emptied slowly into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature Winterhook produces one finger of moderately tight foam which dissipates within two minutes leaving weak lacing.
Aroma leaves something to be desired. Munich malt punches through early with developing hints of toasted rye and hay barn. In fact, this beer is strongly reminiscent of a damn cold barn. Not at all a bad thing but I’m stretching for spice or floral aromatics and coming up empty.
Winterhook’s taste is spot-on as expected. Bready, nutty, earth tones abound. Fall into some grass at the edge of your driveway in March while munching whole wheat toast and you’ll come up with the same flavors. While cold, dirty grass and un-appointed toast may seem less than appealing there is nothing wrong with the taste of this beer. A mild bitterness is palpable and pleasing. Red Hook claims 45 IBU’s for this release and while that might be a touch generous I’ll buy it.
The beer carries a decent weight in your mouth. Not watery but towards the lighter side. Easy to drink but of substance. Not much changes as you work your way through the pint. A resinous, quick finish invites continued quaffing.
All done and told a fine, if not remarkable beer. Ideal for stashing in the garage for clearing the driveway or paying your skyrocketing utility bills.
Erzengel (1676) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to SefanSD for this brew. Winterhook #29.
Reddish-brown in the glass, nice roasted nose. The beer starts malty, dry. The mainpart is a bit more dry, nicely malty and very nicely hopped. The bitter-hops get more intense till the end, nicely dry with the roasted malt, and still easy to drink.
a very nice winter beer - not sweet and nicely balanced. --> 12/11/12/12
howlinwlf (17) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Winter Hook # 29. Two 12 oz bottles poured into a .5 liter tall glass. Great deep dark amber color with a unsubstantial head. This a great yet basic ale. It has a great full flavor. Given that this is a "winter ale", it it were left over into the Spring, or maybe Summer months, I would enjoy this sturdy ale. The winter or holiday spices are minimal, and the hops level is well executed. Not over malty. Not over sweet. I think the $10 dollar word is "Toasty".
Churchkey (14) - - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.
Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.
Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.
Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.
Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.
nathan30533 (521) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable brew. This one has notes and aroma of caramel and taste the balance of the hops. Overall Good not great.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with a small off white head and limited retention. The aroma is all malt.. some caramel and toffee seem to dominate. The taste is malty but really not much of a defined flavor.. just a mix of sweetness.
Hopswagger (176) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges.
S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice.
T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel.
O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that I’m eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!
luttonm (2048) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz in Washington. Ruddy brown. Sweet malt. Caramel metallic bite. Not terrible.. Warm balance.
ronaldtheriot (1059) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red Hook Winter Hook No. 29 (2013) has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head, a hazy, brown, appearance, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, spicy, yeasty, winter or holiday gift bread, with a hop zing in the background. Taste is of all that, with a somewhat piney bitterness showing up, mid sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Red Hook Winter Hook No. 29 (2013 version) finishes refreshing, easy drinking, and rather rich. Overall, it works, and I liked it! RJT
TATE (255) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is piney. This comes through in the flavor as well, bitterness throughout that lingers. Seems as though I can taste the alcohol even only at 6%. Just okay, the balance seems off for me.
csaso (1191) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - small thick head, nice medium amber color, citrusy hop aroma and flavor, fair malt backbone, pretty good overall
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