Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle stating 6% ABV. Nice copper color with frothy off white head. Great lacing. Light malty aroma with some cinnamon and a bit of hops. The flavor sports a full caramel maltiness backed up by a grapefruit hop bite. Hidden between the malts and hops are hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.
blutt59 (5685) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, darl brown color with good tan foam, hoppy caramel aroma, flavor is caramel , hoppy bitterness with an underlying papery texture, finishes ok
HogTownHarry (5639) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured deep clear copper with a small white skim head. Aroma of crushed spruce boughs - its almost all spruce resin hops, only the faintest hint of light roast malt; says "winter" to me. Taste is a nice blend of tea/orange peel hops, light malt - juicy faint woody malt, a nice evergreen crispness to it, some caramel and yeast as it warmed. Mouthfeel is astringent and lightly acidic, lightly carbonated - quite nice, not spectacular, but a nice session ale for this time of year.
Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber to light brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic.
A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected.
motelpogo (5530) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
i was interested to taste this as redhook is a name you see a bit in beer books. alas it was very poor, slightly nutty but utterly thin and boring
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a tan head. Chewy nutty taffy, hints of light woodiness and caramel malt. Some light pine and spices. Decent brew.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled, lame is a word that springs to mind. Very dissapointing for a supposed winter ale. Light choc, caramel, little hops noticable, grainy and thin, no bitterness, cola like texture.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice bark (fir) colored ruby. Head is creamy at first but does dissipate quickly. Appears like a well aged beer. This was the 2002 bottle. Aroma is full of pine and raisin, light hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is semi-sweet but the aging has done wonders for this one. It is smooth and mild, like a session strong ale. This was a surprise beer, I found it in a store hidden from view a year after release covered in dust!
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours ruby/amber, tan head.
Aroma is hoppy with herbal-pine.
Taste, hoppy with caramel malts. Overall mouthfeel and finish is hoppy and caramelized.
Found the beer to be too hoppy and lacking any significant spices to make this one a trully enjoyable winter ale.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark copper color. Aroma is sweet fruity malt. The flavor is dried fruit with a light citrus finish. Medium bodied. Not really very "strong". Average.