god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Smells like apples. Shallow off-white head with a lot of lace. Strong carbonation keeps the head up for a long time. billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Caremellt-brown color, dry texture. The killer is the sour-alkaline finish that puts the nail in the coffin: not that great a beer.
Bottle. Oddly hoppy aroma for a beer in this style. Smells faintly like a DFH 60 minute combined with the smell of wet leaves. Pours a rich chestnut brown with a half finger width of cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Taste is at first slightly malty with a faint taste of cider spices (a la traditional winter brews). Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery, and the back taste is almost non-existent. Not a bad beer, but I’ve had both better winter brews and English strong ales. Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2004
I really enjoyed the color and taste of this beer. I will definately buy it again next winter. Elauwit (16) - - FEB 23, 2012
Old chicago Greeley co
Too hoppy for a red. Good beer but have had others I like more.
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12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
zaschell (14) - , Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.
Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.
Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.
Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.
Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.
A pretty standard tasting winter ale. Red Hook turns out good stuff, and this is no exception, but stacked up against the other NW micro winter brews, it is not quite as good. somecrzyguy420 (13) - schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
im not a real hoppy fan so i didnt care for this much, good dark color though, aroma typical of a seasonal ale gardyloo (12) - USA - DEC 11, 2007
i may have been drunk by the time i switched to this, but i remember enjoying it thoroughly. arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
one of my favorite everyday beers is Red Hook’s ESB... so i thought i’d be "relatively safe". that’s a pretty good description of Winterhook. there are Belgian elements in the aroma and flavor (which is not my favorite), but pleasingly so (despite a metallic aftertaste). and i was a little surprised by the kick provided by the alcohol content. very acceptable.