Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2002
Contrary to popular belief this is not the same every year. This wasn’t one of the better ones, lacking in flavor Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 23, 2002
Kinda tastes like puke ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 23, 2002
Had a few of these in a bottle after watching Ohio State spank Michigan and clinch a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. GO BUCKS!! Anyway, I digress. Subtle nose of caramel, flowers, and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear ruddy brown/orange. The ultra creamy and exceptionally tight off-white head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor starts sweet with a warm and spicy middle that is slightly acidic. The finish is on the sweet side. The medium creamy lively palate finishes clean and slightly dry. Not bad. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2002 - medium thick, sweet fruity malts too close to cloying.
2001 - thick, syrupy. some fruity flavors towards the end of the bottle. I don’t like winter warmers that add fruit. I prefer a traditional winter warmer like Young’s or Sam Smith. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Dull brown and transluscent. Dry hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste - some hints of raspberries, caramel, woodiness, strawberry? Agreeable but mild finish. This might be a good campfire keg beer.
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Deep dark amber with a foamy fast fading head. Light on the nose, not much there. Flavor is sweet and slightly spicy. Light dry malt aftertaste. Quaffable, but nothing special. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 clear watery red with a firm head that dissapates quicly...sour fruity aroma with hints of sourball cherry...watery metallicness subsiding to malty fruitiness all swiming in a subtly carbinated lake of dryness..very subtle tart sourness in the background..I dont get too much spice..just lots of sour fruits..but the body is a tad light..and if tis a cold winter night..I'd think you might want something with a little more HHmmPh! Ernest (7661) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber to light brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic.
A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
i think at redhook they just brew one beer but add different colorings and gentle little focus-group approved flavorings right before bottling. this one’s 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 ghost’s 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. it’s 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, she’d call it robust, but i don’t. and at a weenie 5.6 abv., it ain’t too warming; it rates low not for being bad, but for daring to pretend that it’s baaaaad. hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Pours medium reddish-brown with a beige head. Spicy with some malt and caramel sweetness with a nice slightly toasted barley finish, but suffers from the typical redhook thin body. And I agree, it has a weird metallic feel to it that really detracts from an otherwise okay brew.