bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a fan. Horrible hoppy flavor with notes of citrus. Had to choke the 6 pack down.
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.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very subtle aroma... very subtle flavor. Slight orange-like spicy notes with a medium-ish body.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2001I was kind of disappointed in this one. I was expecting a hearty, dark, rich ale, but I got a watered down ESB dark. Dark copper color, weak head that faded quickly and a dark taste that was reminiscent of burnt, watered down ESB (which I do love however). If you are buying several winter brews this year, and need to somehow limit whicch ones you get, this may be the one to leave off. Maybe next year.
That1Guy (1805) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Smells like nast hops. Tastes about the same. Pretty awful. Not happy. Then again, it’s about what I expected.
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.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2001
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Some light struck flavors and aromas -- possibly some iso-valeric acid, pine. It’s a loser before it hits my tongue. Hmmm... soft, wet and damp and has a fat hoppy ass that walks away quickly. I’ve had a lot of crap beers in my day and yet it’s obvious this is far worse than an average beer. If you think this beer is not up to par, it should rate below a 2.75.
somecrzyguy420 (13) - schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
im not a real hoppy fan so i didnt care for this much, good dark color though, aroma typical of a seasonal ale
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 6, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 used to be a big fan of this beer - but wow has it gone downhill.
used to be a stronger dark ale. then it became more of a typical but decent brown. now it seems like they’ve just added some food coloring to their watered down IPA.
light brown color. moderately hoppy. fairly thin bodied. nothing interesting or tasty going on. nothing "robust" about it.
malrubius (1507) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2007
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
In typical Red Hook fashion, nothing on the label of this beer or its six-pack, which I thankfully did not have to buy, tells anything about what this beer is supposed to be. They just figure that the Bud distributors will throw it into the supermarkets, and Joe Schmoe who doesn’t know any better, but knows enough to want better than Buttwiper, will buy it because it says winter, so it must be a winter micro brew.
Reddish copper color. Absolutely deviod of aroma or flavor, not to mention character of any kind. I hope my drain won’t be offended.