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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winterhook is Redhook’s legendary winter ale, brewed annually since 1984. Crafted with an evolving mix of malts and hops, each yearly edition of Winterhook is one-of-a-kind. Winterhook’s dark colors and bold flavors make it the perfect winter warmer for frosty weather.

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2.9
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This is pretty easy drinking. Nothing at all exciting, but some nice hop flavor peeping from under the dark malt flavors. Not bad, not great.

3.2
brownaler (660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
I've been hearing that they have redone the formula this year and found the beer a nice surpise for Redhook. Though I thought the beer was still lacking something.

3.9
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2003
This beer pours a dark shade of brown with a nice head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with caramel and some spice. The flavor reminded me a lot of Anchor Steam, with just a little more strength in the flavor. Malty and hoppy, with caramel and spices. Good winter beer.

2.5
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
A basic, fairly boring ale. Heavy hop flavoring that was most empty of anything else left me thoroughly dissatisfied. Addendum: One winterhook = one heavy hangover. Normally I'm immune to these, but man ... this one is bad. I'll never touch one of these again.

3.5
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Sparkling clear, burnt orange/ruby ale. Cheap aftershave and vineous notes within the nose and flavor along with toffee and leathery, citrusy and evergreen hops. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, thin, lightly bitter finish.

1.9
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.

3.2
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Nice reddish-brown color. Decent white billowy head. Aroma is rich with hops. Bitter and dry in the initial taste. Medium bodied flavor, mellow for a winter beer. Still not too bad for the 2003 version.

2.7
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
I didn't think it was all that great. the ESB is still much better. The brew just isn't the same since I left seattle. For a couple months I had a tower of red hook cases in the coner of my room. they each had a coupon for a tour of the brewery, I never did make it.

3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 (12/10/05, 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/21/05, ABV = 6%) Small beige head topping a clear nut-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, spruce, some pistachio, faint anise, nutmeg -- strange combination. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some caramel, light vegetal. Light-medium body. Definitely seems different from the last time I tried it, and not for the better. (5/3/6/3/11)

(12/6/03, 12oz bottle): Clear garnet body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit/floral. Medium body. (6/4/7/4/14)

2.8
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
no point in drinking this from a trappist glass... slighty hoppy odor. small head that disappears quickly. slightly sweet, a bit nutty, with some hops nipping at your tongue eventually. much thinner than i expected. ok. definitely not robust. -1 point for false advertising. :>


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