wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours dark amber with a strong tan head. Strong pine aroma. Flavor is a little sweet with a heavy grass finish. Soapy aftertaste almost ruins the flavor. Not as thick or strong as most winter brews. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 30, 2004
This was an OK beer I thought. My expectations of red hook products were a little on the low side. But it had decent taste and was fairly creamy. CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Moderately malty character with a bit of roasted malt and hops (Burnt pine?). Reminds me a little of an Amber Ale, with just a tad more hop presence than is typical for the style (You won’t confuse this for an IPA, though). Relative to other winter warmers, a little less sweet and a little more bitter, but fairly balanced. Nothing special, but nothing that will turn you against the winter mix pack from which it comes. Old fashioned bottle design. I don’t know if one would call this a stubby, but its definitely not a long neck. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
This bottle poured a deep ruby orange with a thick head that escaped like coyote ugly. Aroma of some floral hops and sour fruit almost like this was a weak barleywine. Decent malts but needed a fuller mouthfeel. Refreshing finish. All in all this was highly drinkable and in keeping with the Redhook mantra didn’t really impress but neither did it offend. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Nice malty sweet spice nose, small thin head, almost non existent, nicely carbonated robust full bodied taste, nicely balanced, slightly dry very refreshing, nice bitterness.
DJC (238) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
Clear, deep amber body, with a head that disappeared way too fast. Aromas of citrus and malt. The flavor profile contained too much citrus hop for this style, but that seems to be a trademark of many beers from the Northwest. In my opinion, this beer needs a heftier dose of malt. Also, this beer needs some more weight, as it seems far too watery to be a winter warmer. It gets better as it works its way to room temp, though, so you may want to wait before being too judgemental. All in all, there are finer winter beers available, so I think I’ll pass on this one the next time. svandyke (237) - 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. nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
This is one of those beers that you are sitting around waiting for it to get cold again so you can partake. dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours a red-amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of malts and hops. Flavor is along the same lines, with some caramel and a light bitterness in the finish. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
From bottle into english pint glass. Low head retention, but it hung in there. The frrst thing I noticed about this was a crisp grassy hop aroma. (This may have been relative because previously I had been drinking a homebrew hopped minimally with Fuggles). The actual flavor was more malty than hoppy. Slightly warming.