Beer Review *Revisited: Redhook Ales’ Winterhook Winter Ale, Is A Consider It

image of Winterhook #27 Winter Ale, courtesy of our Flickr page The food & drink-inspired holidays Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Eve; are gone. But between the presents. turkey, and hangovers, would you want to relive any of it between now and 365 days? We didn’t think so. Instead we want to remind you that just a couple of weeks ago, the Winter Solstice was officially made known and with it the permission to enjoy all kind of Winter beers.

So we continue that thought with another in our long line of ‘Winter Beer’ reviews with Redhook’s Winterhook Winter Ale.

Brewery Description

Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27thconsecutive release of Winterhook.  The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

STYLE......................Winter Ale

IBUS.......................42 IBU
ORIGINAL GRAVITY..15 degrees plato
BREWED SINCE.........1985
TIME FRAME...........Winter Seasonal

Historically the term Winter Ale has been interpreted to mean something associated with an ale that has a strong focus on dark malts and less hops. But the term can be loosely associated with a ‘roasty’ brown ale, a ‘spiced’ porter, or any other styles that the brewery wishes to associate with Winter.

This isn’t to be confused with Winter Warmer which is traditionally associated strong ales or lagers. Again style is not a factor as demonstrated by breweries like Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg (Samichlaus).

Now that this is out of the way, let’s discuss Winterhook Winter Ale.

Our Thoughts
You Should Consider It
. Whether you’re heading to a party, or feel like knocking back a couple while standing in front of the camp fire, this beer works alongside any holiday dish.

The following impressions were originally conceived on 2011-11-08.

Resting in our glass Winterhook Winter Ale is clear and with a reddish-brown hue. Resting into its home the beer produces an initial inch and a half of strong head before receding, leaving behind isolated peninsulas of lace within in the glass.

Swirling the glass around reveals notes of pine, caramel, and orange citrus in the aroma. Sipping you get an immediate sense of biscuit breadiness, citrus, and caramel. Overall Winterhook Winter Ale has a medium weight as it rests on the tongue.

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In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.

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