howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2014
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". Churchkey (16) - Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.
Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.
Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.
Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.
Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me. nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Enjoyable brew. This one has notes and aroma of caramel and taste the balance of the hops. Overall Good not great. boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with a small off white head and limited retention. The aroma is all malt.. some caramel and toffee seem to dominate. The taste is malty but really not much of a defined flavor.. just a mix of sweetness. Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges.
S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice.
T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel.
O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that I’m eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!
luttonm (6760) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
12oz in Washington. Ruddy brown. Sweet malt. Caramel metallic bite. Not terrible.. Warm balance. ronaldtheriot (1995) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Red Hook Winter Hook No. 29 (2013) has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head, a hazy, brown, appearance, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, spicy, yeasty, winter or holiday gift bread, with a hop zing in the background. Taste is of all that, with a somewhat piney bitterness showing up, mid sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Red Hook Winter Hook No. 29 (2013 version) finishes refreshing, easy drinking, and rather rich. Overall, it works, and I liked it! RJT TATE (407) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is piney. This comes through in the flavor as well, bitterness throughout that lingers. Seems as though I can taste the alcohol even only at 6%. Just okay, the balance seems off for me. csaso (2321) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Tap - small thick head, nice medium amber color, citrusy hop aroma and flavor, fair malt backbone, pretty good overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Rated on 11-29-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a medium sized fizzy beige head that mostly diminishes, transparent red with brown tint body, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and pine hops. The Taste is lightly bitter, caramel malt, and citrus hops. This is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a session beer as it is very easy to drink, has a nice hop presence as it is not overly hoppy tasting which suits me just fine!