pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one definitely grew on me as the first bottle emptied. Fruity with a nice bitter edge. It seemed to get hoppier the more I drank, but maybe that was due to something I’d eaten earlier. Probably the best I’ve had from Red Hook.
howlinwlf (26) - 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".
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brown Beer, Nice foaming, with a nice aroma of caramel and hops. I found it mild and closer to a brown ale than anything else. When drinking it, everything seems to be blended not letting anything special come out.
ChugMan (24) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, rich amber appearance that is almost too placid for my tastes. No sediment or even traces of carbonation to be seen. This telegraphs it’s flavor: crisp, clean, goes down easy, but almost remarkably unexceptional. I was rather let down by this beer’s flavor, or lack thereof. It’s not a bad beer but it certainly does not stand out.
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of hops (both citrus and floral). Balanced taste with an amber hue. Does not remind me of St. Arnolds Christmas ale as much as graham thinks...
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wimpy flavor. Disappointing for Redhook.
crabcakes (20) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. Extremely bitter and harsh on the taste buds, this beer was a huge disappointment. I had heard good things about it and was excited to try Winterhook, but I walked away disappointed.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice seasonal brew for those cold winter nights in the midwest! CHEERS! Nice Hoppy taste.
6re99 (19) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Being a drinker of fine Red Hook products as their IPA, and ESB, this somewhat falls short. The end is very heavy, and the metalic taste had me to think I could have possibly bought a bad ’batch’, but after reading these posts, it must just be the flavor they want.. The color; on the other hand, is SUPURB!, one would think the bottle it was packaged in was clear. haha.. as for the whole package.......Too heavy, isn’t as smooth as some of their others, and just isnt a good drink; for the money. =y
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like apples. Shallow off-white head with a lot of lace. Strong carbonation keeps the head up for a long time.
Caremellt-brown color, dry texture. The killer is the sour-alkaline finish that puts the nail in the coffin: not that great a beer.