St_AnkyBeer (6) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First sip comes off really hoppy, but mellows out quite nicely. A clear amber beer with a caramel aroma. Overall much lighter than I expected.
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn't think it was all that great. the ESB is still much better. The brew just isn't the same since I left seattle. For a couple months I had a tower of red hook cases in the coner of my room. they each had a coupon for a tour of the brewery, I never did make it.
wjhess (4) - Missoula, Montana, USA - MAR 5, 2006 does not count
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. A nice nutty & malty aroma. Poured a deep amber-brown with a large frothy off-white head that disipated quickly. The flavor was odd, and disappointing. A light sweet start, progressing quickly to bitter, with a strong metallic finish. The after-effect reminded me of soured milk. Thin body. I burped metallic Christmas tree the rest of the afternoon...
msprigings (4) - , Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, amber, clear, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look for in winters to come.
olilitewu (4) - Seattle, USA - OCT 22, 2009 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has aroma of pine. It has nice roasty body, but not malty enough to impress me. dry finish
jkeller (4) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2003 does not count
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Trying not to be biased against ale, this beer still didnt cut it. Redhook seemed a bit flat for my taste.
HopHeadJoe (3) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This year’s Winterhook is better than last years. It has a better overall flavor, more pronounced hop aroma and more toasty malt goodness. This is a "must have" beer if you get to the brewery. May be the best beer in their lineup
travise (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Slight floral aroma. Nice warm maltiness followed by a nice hoppy bite. Nicely balanced. I could put down a few of these.
zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle looks like a chode. Taste is relatively bland but what it lacks in taste it makes up for in alcohol content.
bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2011 does not count
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.