Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2003
Draught, at the East 23rd Street, Manhattan, NYC. </br>Deep amber colour with a clear lacy white head. Big bitter hop aroma. Purple, violet flavour with a short to medium palate but still very smooth. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2003 - It's ok, it is very nutty tasting and reminds me a lot of this brewery's Nut Brown Ale. A little bit on the bitter side as well. eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2003
A sub-standard winter ale. Hints of roastiness and earth. Hopsy and therefore a bit bitter. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pours a deep copper with an eggshell colored head. Very fresh hoppy aroma, like a good IPA. Body starts with a nice hoppy kick and trails off into a more caramel malty side. Good crisp bittersweet finish. A very nice hoppy amber. I wouldn't really consider it an English Strong Ale. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Winterhook is a very nice ruby-tan beer with an excellent hop nose, mixed with some underlying malt toastiness. The flavor shows primarily the hops (more than Ballard Bitter, certainly). All in all, a good amber IPA, somewhere between Indica and Hop Devil. It would benefit from more malt flavor.
travise (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003 does not count
2003 bottle. Slight floral aroma. Nice warm maltiness followed by a nice hoppy bite. Nicely balanced. I could put down a few of these. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I'm suprised this is labeled an English Strong Ale. Outside the color, perhapss, I would place this solidly in the IPA category. There is plenty of hop character in the aroma. First sip, centennial and/or cascades in spades. A shock as I was anticipating a malty winter warmer. A little unbalanced and slightly metallic. Not a bad beer, but certainly not the best. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
clear reddish/copper color. Aroma of syrup, taste is a bit sweet too. the body was a bit thin for a winter beer, but hey, it's AB/Redhook egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Poured a dark copper color with a bubbly off white head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Starts sweet and malty, finishes with alittle hop bite. Goes well with deep frying turkey outside, in the winter, for sure. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Not something I'd return to. Appearance was fine with a deep, copper color and an off-white head. The aroma was touched with sweet and flowery notes. The flavor was alternately sweet and bitter.