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Redhook Winterhook ’10

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This is Redhook’s winter beer, Winterhook. This beer has been around in one form or another since 1985! This beer features Caramel, Pils, Chocolate, Vienna and NW 2-Row malts with Cascade, Willamette, Northern Brewer, and Centennial hops. Let’s see if this can compete with all the other great winter warmers.

Stats:
Winter Warmer. 5.9% ABV. Washington. 42 IBUs. Available October-December.

A lighter colored winter warmer but actually keeps a pretty nice head.

The nose is definitely malt forward, but it does have some hops coming through. It’s slightly sweet, with lots of caramel, spice, vanilla, grapes, and blueberries.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but the carbonation and light mouthfeel give it a pleasant drinkability.

Same as the nose, lots of malts with all that caramel, spice, and fruit coming through. It’s actually balanced pretty well with the hops. The only problem here is that the flavor is pretty light, especially when it’s cold.

This isn’t terrible, and is one of the more drinkable and sessionable winter beers that I’ve had. Unfortunately, Redhook didn’t put enough flavor in here for me to go out of my way for it. 84 points.

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