willisread (3803) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2018 LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 I’m not very much into spicy beers but decided to purchase a mixed case of ESB and Winterhook today (11/5/03). I purchased the beer at a drive thru distributorship and noticed when I got home they accidentally slipped an entire case of the Winterhook in the back instead of the mixed case. I was a little upset and went on the Internet and read, no surprise, a lot of terrible reviews which even made me more upset.
I was almost ready to take the case back when I went to the Redhook website and seen that the Winterhook was dry hopped (I’m a dry hop freak) and I also read one or two reviews stating that the 2003 batch has changed so I decided to take a chance and pop one open instead of returning the case.
Right of the bat, the dry hopped aroma hit me and it was breathtaking. I’ve never had a bottled beer with this much dry hop aroma unless I had brewed it myself. This is definitely a 10 in the aroma category and the dry hopping, I believe, also gives this beer a clean, crisp, and astringent taste.
As for balance, some reviews of previous years stated the beer was sweet and malty but I found this year’s batch to be somewhat on the hoppy side. Redhook’s website states the bittering units are 29.2 which isn’t too shabby if you love hops and they may have raised the alcohol level somewhat from the last few years to remove the sweetness.
Their website states “Best Damn Vintage Yet” and never having tried any of the others and after reading so many horrible reviews, I guess they made a lot of changes to improve this beer. Although they are not overpowering, I would love to try this one without the spices.
Don’t be hesitant, like I was to try it; you just might be surprised.
Backlog rating. Pours a deep amber to brown with a finger of beige head that lingers. Toasted malt aromas with some caramel and floral hops. Earthy on the palate, with some mineral notes, caramel, toasted toffee and soap. Bitter finish, with herbal/floral notes with faint alcohol. Grumbo (4264) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2017
Bottle at the Wine-Boutique, Felixstowe. Pours mid to dark maroon brown with a lasting bubbly off-white head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruits and hops. Moderate sweetness, medium plus bitterness. Medium body, slight oily texture, average carbonation. closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Hazy Brown with foamy beige head
Aroma is sweet mild fruit and grain blend with hints of chocolate
Flava is grainy woody with mild hop spice and nice balance with a malty backbone
Feels medium with nice zingy fizz
Finishes dry mildly bitter
vinivini (3147) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 23, 2017
Directly from bottle. Aroma: floral & grassy hops, caramel malts, dried fruit. Medium body. Dry taste. Hoppy. Very bitter. Grassy. Interesting. gripweed57 (2974) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent orange amber color with a big yellowish beige head. Sweet molasses, toasted malt aroma. Semisweet malt flavor sports good dry hop character in middle. Well rounded and full flavored. Nicely balanced.
daniele (9888) - ITALY - AUG 1, 2017
bottled on oct 8/14 ambratocarico schiuma media discreta persistenza caramello mandorla tendenza dolce frutta secca cotta ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is winter spices. The taste is a lot milder than expected, almost watery. phaleslu (10898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 oz. bottle from gregwilsonstl - thanks again, Greg! Part of his generous Free Beer Week box. Can’t tell you the last time I had any Redhook. This one pours a deep, barely cloudy, slightly browned amber with a finger of beige head that settles unevenly and laces the glass. Notes of toasted and caramel malts, earth and grass and leaves, soap, and mild spice. Light-medium bodied, with a malty, earthy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering intense soap-like bitterness. Call it floral if you want, it’s just a bit harsh. Not bad, but a little out of balance. chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2017
12 oz 2016-17 bottle.
Pours with a dark mahogany body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a durable, foamy beige head. Soapy lacing.
Aroma mildly to moderately spicy.
Flavor: winter spices, moderate in strength, with earthy hops and faint dark bread. Moderately bitter.
Juks (1201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2017
330ml bottle, thank Jaanis. Pours dark golden caramel, medium sized beige head, doesn’t last good. Aroma is malty, caramelly, sweet, hoppy. Taste is hoppy, caramelly, some burnt sugar, malty. metal. Lively carbo, medium body. Nothing special.