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Beer Review #46 Winterhook Winter Ale

I got my hands on a winter beer that I have never seen before the other day. That beer was Winterhook Winter Ale by Redhook Ale Brewery out of Woodinville, Washington. My main surprise with finding this beer is that there were spring seasonals (reviews to come) sitting next to it. I’ve had a few other Redhook beers before, but I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one since my winter beer experience has been so varied.

The ale pours a dark brown color with some ruby-like highlights when held in the light. It is clear and has a thin tan head. The nose on the beers is malty and slightly fruity. Caramel is the strongest of the malt odors coming from the glass. There is a bit of spice on it, but I really couldn’t pick up exactly what it was. There is also some slight hops on the nose, but not overwhelmingly so.

Winterhook has a good malt body and a nice hop bite on the end. There is a slight Belgian like yeast or spice flavor in there as well. It was much cleaner and more hidden than a normal Belgian, but there was a bit of a kick from it to be found in the beer. The hop gets more and more pronounced the more you get into the drink as well. The ale has a medium mouthfeel and, as I said before, and really nice body.

Winterhook is a super drinkable winter ale. It isn’t really high on the ABV rankings coming in at 5.9% but it has a great balance of everything. It is a nice winter ale that I think a lot of people would really enjoy. There are a lot of flavors going on and it takes a bit of time to break them all down. The beer also had great lacing if that is important to you. Overall I enjoyed this beer but it wasn’t my favorite winter ale of the season.

4 thoughts on “Beer Review #46 Winterhook Winter Ale

  1. I would love to get my hands on some more Redhook stuff, there just isn’t that much of it to be found around here. Thanks for visiting the site and commenting. If there is anything that I can do to improve the site let me know.

  2. Hey guys. My name is Andy and I am one of the Brewers here at our Portsmouth Redhook Brewery. Thanks for the kind words regarding the Winterhook. I have to say it has been my favorite version of this beer to date. We change the recipe every year. This year our goal was a much more flavorful beer. We used super high quality English “floor malted” barley in it to give it the rich and round malt flavor. Added lots of hops to balance it out. Glad you liked it.

    Wanted to let you in on a few things.

    1. We have two plants; Woodinville, WA (outside of Seattle) and Portsmouth, NH.

    2. Our Spring seasonal is Copper Hook. On the shelves now! It is a great Spring beer. Malty with citrus notes and a subtle Saaz hop finish. It is exceptionally drinkable. My fridge is stocked heavily with it now that the weather is starting to warm up a tiny bit.

    3. We will have a new Limited Release 22 oz bottle coming out soon.
    8-4-1 Expedition Ale. An American Style Strong Brown Ale. 8 Brewers, Split into 4 Teams, these 4 recipes blended into 1! Lots of great flavors, rich malt, slight smokey quality, Honey, Brown Sugar and Candi Sugar all added. Should be really intersting. Keep an eye out for that.

    4. If you are ever in the Portsmouth area, feel free to swing by and ask for me (Andy) or Alex (our Lead Brewer) or Doug (our Brewmaster) we would love to share a pint with you. We have several “Brewer’s Series” beers on tap right now. Assertive beers that are only available in our Pub. A German Pils, an Oatmeal Stout, and American Amber Ale, and in the next week or so a German Roggen Bier.

    Any questions, feel free to email me.

    Cheers

    Andy

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