aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Expected more than what I got...but not bad. pale golden color, nice malty flavor. Probably won’t buy again, easy on the spice. I like beer with lots of stuff in one direction or another. Red Hook is all very moderate to light. BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2003
The head was thin and didn't last long. The feel on my palate wasn't impressive. It has a nice fruity flavor, but it isn't very strong. It isn't my favorite winter brew. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k pours deep amber with thin white head. Aroma is upfront malt similar to a scotch ale. First tast is sweet malt then a nice resinous hops presence. Finish is malt. Pretty nice. Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. A clear ruby brown beer with a thin tan head. Combination of caramel, nuts and light bitter chocolate makes for a nice aroma. Strong sour vegetable flavor to start but mellows out to a more well rounded but diluted roasted peanut flavor. bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Dark copper pour with a very thin head. Hops, caramel, and some yeast on the nose. Hoppy flavor up front with sour lemon and malty elements. This beer lacks backbone. There are nice high notes and the hops are decent, but it feels empty with too little middle-maltiness. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel, though.
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2011
This is a classic Redhook seasonal ale. Its bold but smooth flavor rests well on my palate as comfortable as a majority as my other favorite beers. donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2004
heavier and more body than other winter lagers. there is a robust ginger taste that comes with a bite, almost like a pale ale, but darker, if that makes sense lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Definitely pine, slightly like Bell’s winter ale but generally nothing special, average, not worth more than $1.00 a bottle. Tabednar (139) - - NOV 28, 2011
11.28.2011 - Houston, TX blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
Well crafted winter ale. Dark, yet smooth and simple. Not too filling. Nice aroma with a nice blend of hops that give a delicous palate.
2001I was kind of disappointed in this one. I was expecting a hearty, dark, rich ale, but I got a watered down ESB dark. Dark copper color, weak head that faded quickly and a dark taste that was reminiscent of burnt, watered down ESB (which I do love however). If you are buying several winter brews this year, and need to somehow limit whicch ones you get, this may be the one to leave off. Maybe next year.