truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. This was better, once upon a time. Sample from the first batch into the local market, and I’m feeling let down. This is more like a summer ale than winter. The color is lighter, the nose and flavor more citrusy than in years past, and there doesn’t seem to be anything "roasty" about this beer at all. This is the ESB with a fake suntan. I like the ESB, and this is a drinkable beer, but there’s no Winter in this Hook.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This may be the only beer from Redhook that I don’t care for. I can’t put my finger on it, but something in the finish just left me a bit queasy.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a good looking beer. The taste is not overpowering, but a strong, malty flavor definitely comes out. I don’t know what kind of hops they used but I would prefer something different.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/12/03. Clear ruby amber with a thin, quick white head. Mild hop aroma. Pine resin and hop flavor with caramel and malt. Good flavors to have in a beer but this doesn't come across as a good beer.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Well, this was just fine but nothing special. Flavor and aroma wise, it is very similar to Cottonwood’s Frost bite: Hoppy (especially in the finish), citrusy, but no caramel. Nice malt flavor. Cottonwood’s version is just a superior beer.
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2000
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This has a very furity aroma. NIce dark reddish brown color with a very nice head. Has a nice fruity taste, but which fruit is hard to distiquish. Very good ale
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear copper, light but clinging head. tinny aroma. the first sip, i was like "ew, tastes like amber bock mixed with bud", but after it sat out for a while it wasn’t as bad as i initially thought. not spicy at all, but a nice malty flavor. fizzy but somewhat watery palate. it’ll do in a pinch i suppose.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It had an amber color with a spare and diminishing head. The flavor was very smooth with a taste of coffee.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown/amber. No head. Mild aroma, toffee if any. "Drinkable", I guess. Mild if any hops, slight metallic flavor. Won’t buy next year.