blipp (6713) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red amber with an off white head. Floral hop aroma with some sweet caramel malt. The flavor is well balanced, for floral hops, a bit lighter than the aroma, and sweet caramel. Not bad.
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light tan colour .. some decant head but dies down quite a bit .. some honey notes but muddled ... some flavours but too befuddling to pull out anything real, if that makes any sense.. an average beer but for an english strong winter beer, thin and watery but is easy drinking... McLovin ..
drowland (6671) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on tap at an Old Chicago and it just was not good... not good at all. Maybe it was the place.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick creamy head, dark hooked amber, Aroma of sweet malt. Soft in taste, caramel malt, light theme. Good texture, but somehow to shallow.
Ernest (6597) - 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.
after4ever (6563) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the Woodinville brewpub. Crystal clear toffeeish amber with scant gray head. Musty, sweaty, bready nose. Medium body, very little carb. Mild. Roasty, toasty brown bread on the mid-palate, and sour in an almost rye-like way. Are they using a central keg line back there or something? Not much finish. Company says it "tastes like watered-down whiskey."
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very bubbly, slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size lasting off-white head -- lookin’ good. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, fruit and a decent amount of hops. Flavour of toasted malt, fruit, hops along with some nuts and light spices -- it could use a bit more flavour. Mild bitter finish. Average bodied. Better then I expected it to be, not bad at all actually.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last of a sixer, but the first time drinking it while a member of RateBeer. I truly enjoy this beer. Balanced, complex yet no part of it is aggressive. It's hoppy, spicy, and earthy nature makes it a great nightcap to an evening of good beer, good food, and good friends. Still when I see the Redhook label, it first thing to come to mind is A-B.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a coppery amber with a thin white head. Smells of yogurt with some mellow tangy fruits ans some nuts. Tastes peppery with some nuts, nutmeg, and spices shining through.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours red with a large off-white dishwater head. Little carbonation, decent lacing. Hops and major amounts of spruce dominate this one. Taste doesn't behold that Tree scent, it however does reveal the Cascade hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, flavor isn't as bountiful as I would want for a Winter Seasonal, but still not bad. Mild bitterness on the finish. Prior years of Winterhook were better IMO.