Review: Winterhook, Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Ale Brewery — Woodinville, WA

  • Style:  Winter Warmer
  • Bitterness:  42 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:   Caramel, Pils, Chocolate, Vienna and NW 2-Row
  • Hops:  Cascade, Willamette, Northern Brewer and Centennial
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "The 2010/2011 Winterhook Winter Ale is a rich, full bodied beer with a red chestnut color. It combines imported and local Caramel, Vienna, Pils, Chocolate and NW 2-Row Malts for a complex profile balanced by four hop varieties added in the brewing to emphasize the end hop character (flavor and aroma).  Beautifully balanced, the flavors meld to create an overall complex profile with no single ingredient out of harmony." — Redhook Ale Brewery

Random thoughts:   This is the seventeenth of my winter seasonal reviews.  

The tasting:  Amber in color with an off-wide head—very nice looking.  It has a malty aroma that reminds me of a pilsner lager.  Flavor of sweet and caramel malts with a very subtle hop presence.  Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.  Very drinkable.
Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.  Winterhook is a nice beer that I think most would enjoy.  However, it's not memorable.  Given the light hop flavor, I never would have guessed that Redhook used 4 hop varieties.  Lastly, I don't understand what makes it a winter seasonal.  It's a very middle-of-the-road beer that doesn't offer anything unique or different.

Have you tried Winterhook?  How did you like it?

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