krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i think at redhook they just brew one beer but add different colorings and gentle little focus-group approved flavorings right before bottling. this oneís the weenie winter ale. everyone agreed amber was a pretty hue, so they went with that. head basically failed, about as substansial as a little calcium deposit on your tub. the aroma was deeply embedded but with a prybar i finally wrenched up some interesting odors. as gossamer as a ghostís fart came a wisp of watery orange kool-aid and the whimpers of a distant slice of roman meal. it improved slightly with warming, those carmel aspects went full throttle to the level of a second-rate oktoberfest, but brought along a mustard note that should have stayed buried. itís smooth and thin, sweet malts are neither challenging or threatening. if you gave this to your great aunt agnes who was expecting a chamomile tea, sheíd call it robust, but i donít. and at a weenie 5.6 abv., it ainít too warming; it rates low not for being bad, but for daring to pretend that itís baaaaad.
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kinda tastes like puke
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Olde Auburn Ale House, Auburn, Alabama. Poured caramel brown with thin tan head. Moderately roasty with a mild bitter finish. Low carbonation I will blame on the bar. Lightly spiced with hints of coffee.
Stine (1581) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish amber pour. Some pit fruit aroma dominated by metals and earth. False tasting. Copper and plastic. Fruit cocktail syrup aftertaste. Unpleasant - not worth drinking.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
There is a lot a particles floating around the amber body, only a touch of lacing left on the top. Maltiness and citrus dominate the flavor, as well as a touch of sourness.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
man this brew makes me want to vomit everywhere. Iíll make it simple. Looks like dirt water. Smells like carrots. Tastes like carrot salad with motor oil on it. Finishes like most of my poop. Terrible
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Pours clear dark copper. Just some cascades thrown in and thatís it, not much else going as far as winter time goes, no spices, just bitter citrus hops and a weak malt profile.
cstuartj (979) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty disappointed had this in a sesion w/ Deschutes Jubelale and it just didnít compair at all. Take a lot at itís standing with in the style, itís not far off the mark. I pours like, now real spiceness, taste is thin and leaves an odd aftertates on the roof of my mouth. Next time Iíll pass.
cheap (4069) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Red Hook Winter Hook in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pop the lid for an interesting spicy aroma. Dark brown yellow. Taste is not as spicy as the aroma. Canít get over the spicy herb vegetable smell, though not unpleasant. Feel is a little viscous and strong lagerish. Not in your face with the alky. The only other English strong ales Iíve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it donít make it any less enjoyable. This attribute may even make it better. Some hopp or malt bite on the back of the tongue and it even lingers for a while but it is not like strong strong ale. It manages itself without too much trouble. It does seem to be a little less oppressive than the other strong ales. Finish is a medium bitter that is tolerable.
lweiberg (110) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Definitely pine, slightly like Bellís winter ale but generally nothing special, average, not worth more than $1.00 a bottle.