DaSilky1 (2608) - 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 (7820) - 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. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Ruby amber hue. Small beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, lightly hopped. Lightly earthy, sweet, light to medium bodied. Finishes sweet, and lingers, kind of bland.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Not a bad winter ale; it’s just not as bold or richly flavored as some others. Has a pleasant roastiness with toasty notes of bread crust, nuts, and a nip of tar and char. Subtle brown-sugar and toffee sweetness. Easy-drinking beer. kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Average head, nice deep copper color. Minimal hops, but good malt. Nice little bite of an after taste. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it
tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy
at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing
happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook
and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Typical Redhook house taste. Kind of thin, with decent malts and mild hopping. Strange metalic taste, why? Other than that, a pleasent finish. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.