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RATINGS: 905   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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3.2
bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Winterhook release # 27 Bottled 10/21/11 Opened 11/23/11 First and foremost: rad bottle. Packaging can be a non-factor or a cloying gimmick but this bottle feels good in the hand and, quite frankly, is the only reason I initially inspected it on the shelf. The beer pours a ruddy copper, a hair darker than expected from an English Strong but attractive and within the seasonal palate. Emptied slowly into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature Winterhook produces one finger of moderately tight foam which dissipates within two minutes leaving weak lacing. Aroma leaves something to be desired. Munich malt punches through early with developing hints of toasted rye and hay barn. In fact, this beer is strongly reminiscent of a damn cold barn. Not at all a bad thing but I’m stretching for spice or floral aromatics and coming up empty. Winterhook’s taste is spot-on as expected. Bready, nutty, earth tones abound. Fall into some grass at the edge of your driveway in March while munching whole wheat toast and you’ll come up with the same flavors. While cold, dirty grass and un-appointed toast may seem less than appealing there is nothing wrong with the taste of this beer. A mild bitterness is palpable and pleasing. Red Hook claims 45 IBU’s for this release and while that might be a touch generous I’ll buy it. The beer carries a decent weight in your mouth. Not watery but towards the lighter side. Easy to drink but of substance. Not much changes as you work your way through the pint. A resinous, quick finish invites continued quaffing. All done and told a fine, if not remarkable beer. Ideal for stashing in the garage for clearing the driveway or paying your skyrocketing utility bills.


3.1
phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 oz. bottle from gregwilsonstl - thanks again, Greg! Part of his generous Free Beer Week box. Can’t tell you the last time I had any Redhook. This one pours a deep, barely cloudy, slightly browned amber with a finger of beige head that settles unevenly and laces the glass. Notes of toasted and caramel malts, earth and grass and leaves, soap, and mild spice. Light-medium bodied, with a malty, earthy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering intense soap-like bitterness. Call it floral if you want, it’s just a bit harsh. Not bad, but a little out of balance.

3.4
chinchill (4928) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2017
12 oz 2016-17 bottle. Pours with a dark mahogany body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a durable, foamy beige head. Soapy lacing. Aroma mildly to moderately spicy. Flavor: winter spices, moderate in strength, with earthy hops and faint dark bread. Moderately bitter.

3
Juks (441) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2017
330ml bottle, thank Jaanis. Pours dark golden caramel, medium sized beige head, doesn’t last good. Aroma is malty, caramelly, sweet, hoppy. Taste is hoppy, caramelly, some burnt sugar, malty. metal. Lively carbo, medium body. Nothing special.

3.4
Travlr (24286) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Hazy amber brown color, big fluffy tan head that leaves spider web lacing. Aroma of candied dates and burnt caramel. Taste is peppery toasted caramel. Decent enough. My 100th English Strong Ale.

3.5
Rex_Remes (204) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JAN 19, 2017
(12oz bottle) AROMA: sweet and spicy malt, bread, some hops to balance, herbs, earthy. APPEARANCE: solid medium to dark brown, soft/frothy tan head, reduces down to a oily film, minimal visible carbonation, a tad opaque. TASTE: a little sweetness, dry fruit/prunes/raisins, chocolate, dark toast, citrus peel, roasted nuts, round hoppy middle with dry hoppy finish. PALATE: good balance, medium body, full finish, long bitterness on checks and back of tongue/throat. OVERALL: nice ale. good roastiness without being over the top, substantial bitter follow thru. If you like bitter ales, this could be a very good daily beer. I’d choose it over Guinness since I like dark/coffee/chocolate flavors with ale characteristics.

2.8
HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. Herbal. Oily palate.

3.1
Dedollewaitor (16055) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle @ Lukassens Christmas Gathering, Herning 2016. Pours Dark amber with a small white head. Roasted dry and bitter with a touch of bread and fruit. Medium bodied. Bread and caramel.

3.1
KansaiBeerLvrs (5090) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle from Taniguchi with a date stamp of Sept. 18th, 2016 served in a nonic half-pint glass. A clear mahogany brown color with a thick beige head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The smell is of a rich malty biscuit/rye bread with a tangy citrus glaze that is almost iced tea like (orange pekoe?). The taste is bitter citrus, tannic, cocoa paste, then sweet iced tea notes and some chocolate. Quite an interesting take on a winter warmer with citrusy hops at the forefront then a bitter bread, coffee grounds and chocolate flavor. The coffee/chocolate roast continues in the finish and the hints of acridness tell me Black Patent malt probably played a small role in making this beer. Good to try once but I find the recipe doesn’t quite gel together.

2.9
svandyke (231) - USA - DEC 3, 2016
12 oz in DC- Not sure color... drinking out of bottle. Caramel and light toast in the nose. Quite a bit of hoppy bitterness in the beginning, a hint of sweetness and then lingering hops.

2.9
anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a golden pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel bitter finish.


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