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.
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 yearís 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
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 Iím stretching for spice or floral aromatics and coming up empty.
Winterhookís 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 youíll 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 IBUís for this release and while that might be a touch generous Iíll 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.
Kronz (2) - USA - DEC 17, 2004 does not count
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
As a fan of Red Hook and winter specialties, I had high hopes for Winterhook, but it was pretty underwhelming. Clearly inferior to other west coast winter ales, I donít plan on passing up Sierra Nevadaís Celebration ale for this ever again.
dosxxjuarez99 (1) - whittier, California, USA - NOV 30, 2000 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too bad itís only a seasonal beer. Goes well with a meal.