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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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1.9
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2004
i was interested to taste this as redhook is a name you see a bit in beer books. alas it was very poor, slightly nutty but utterly thin and boring

3.3
blankboy (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very bubbly, slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size lasting off-white head -- lookin’ good. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, fruit and a decent amount of hops. Flavour of toasted malt, fruit, hops along with some nuts and light spices -- it could use a bit more flavour. Mild bitter finish. Average bodied. Better then I expected it to be, not bad at all actually.

3
Ernest (7697) - 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.

3.6
Sledutah (7529) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2012
GABF 2012
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, earthy and light caramel
Nice

3.2
Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
Thick creamy head, dark hooked amber, Aroma of sweet malt. Soft in taste, caramel malt, light theme. Good texture, but somehow to shallow.

2.9
AirForceHops (7243) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at the Brew pub. Pours a hazy dark rusty red color with a medium head. OK retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, fruity notes, a bit of chocolate and bitter, peppery hops. Taste is caramel, cinnamon, bitter leafy hops. Medium bodied. There is some drinkability here, just not a style I care to much for. But it’s worth a try for the people who like this style

3.7
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.

3.1
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Nothing real special here but nothing really bad either. Nice easy drinking winter warmer. Darker amber color, some light spiciness & roastiness. medium body. Rather smooth & unobtrusive beer. Nice winter session beer.

3.4
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear reddish brown with a white head. Hints of pine in the nose. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Roasted malts forward with a slight bitter finish.

3.4
HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Poured deep clear copper with a small white skim head. Aroma of crushed spruce boughs - it’s almost all spruce resin hops, only the faintest hint of light roast malt; says "winter" to me. Taste is a nice blend of tea/orange peel hops, light malt - juicy faint woody malt, a nice evergreen crispness to it, some caramel and yeast as it warmed. Mouthfeel is astringent and lightly acidic, lightly carbonated - quite nice, not spectacular, but a nice session ale for this time of year.


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