krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
i think at redhook they just brew one beer but add different colorings and gentle little focus-group approved flavorings right before bottling. this one’s the weenie winter ale. everyone agreed amber was a pretty hue, so they went with that. head basically failed, about as substansial as a little calcium deposit on your tub. the aroma was deeply embedded but with a prybar i finally wrenched up some interesting odors. as gossamer as a ghost’s fart came a wisp of watery orange kool-aid and the whimpers of a distant slice of roman meal. it improved slightly with warming, those carmel aspects went full throttle to the level of a second-rate oktoberfest, but brought along a mustard note that should have stayed buried. it’s smooth and thin, sweet malts are neither challenging or threatening. if you gave this to your great aunt agnes who was expecting a chamomile tea, she’d call it robust, but i don’t. and at a weenie 5.6 abv., it ain’t too warming; it rates low not for being bad, but for daring to pretend that it’s baaaaad. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Draft at Olde Auburn Ale House, Auburn, Alabama. Poured caramel brown with thin tan head. Moderately roasty with a mild bitter finish. Low carbonation I will blame on the bar. Lightly spiced with hints of coffee. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Reddish amber pour. Some pit fruit aroma dominated by metals and earth. False tasting. Copper and plastic. Fruit cocktail syrup aftertaste. Unpleasant - not worth drinking. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
There is a lot a particles floating around the amber body, only a touch of lacing left on the top. Maltiness and citrus dominate the flavor, as well as a touch of sourness. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
man this brew makes me want to vomit everywhere. I’ll make it simple. Looks like dirt water. Smells like carrots. Tastes like carrot salad with motor oil on it. Finishes like most of my poop. Terrible
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Pours clear dark copper. Just some cascades thrown in and that’s it, not much else going as far as winter time goes, no spices, just bitter citrus hops and a weak malt profile. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pretty disappointed had this in a sesion w/ Deschutes Jubelale and it just didn’t compair at all. Take a lot at it’s standing with in the style, it’s not far off the mark. I pours like, now real spiceness, taste is thin and leaves an odd aftertates on the roof of my mouth. Next time I’ll pass. cheap (5855) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Red Hook Winter Hook in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pop the lid for an interesting spicy aroma. Dark brown yellow. Taste is not as spicy as the aroma. Can’t get over the spicy herb vegetable smell, though not unpleasant. Feel is a little viscous and strong lagerish. Not in your face with the alky. The only other English strong ales I’ve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it don’t make it any less enjoyable. This attribute may even make it better. Some hopp or malt bite on the back of the tongue and it even lingers for a while but it is not like strong strong ale. It manages itself without too much trouble. It does seem to be a little less oppressive than the other strong ales. Finish is a medium bitter that is tolerable.
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.