My current last place finisher for craft beer seasonals is spring, though I have said recently that I will make an effort to reevaluate that position this year. So I need to get this beer evaluation off the books to help clear the way for a fresh look at the offerings going forward. I probably should get going on that since the summer seasonals will be here before I know it.
Maybe I should also pay attention to what makes a spring beer a spring beer, a summer a summer, and so on? The lines have started to blur quite a bit since the seasonals seem to be released earlier and earlier every year. I mean I had the new Sam Adams spring seasonal (Noble Pils) two months ago (mid January)! That does not even count as spring here in Florida, but I understand the desire for a brewery to get its seasonal offering out ahead of the competition.
Thank you for bearing with me through my ramblings. Now on to . . .
Brewery: Redhook Ale Brewery (Woodinville, WA & Portsmouth, NH)
Name: Copperhook (Spring Ale)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8% (on brewery site)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass. $7.99 per 6-pack
Aroma: An earthy nose with some caramel-like malty notes.
Appearance: Light copper color. Three finger, thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates with some trail. Crystal clear with rising bubbles visible.
Flavor: Medium malt flavor with some metallic-like notes. Somewhat dry finish, though not lingering at all.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with some slight astringency.
Overall Impressions: Refreshing and very easy drinking, but certainly not Redhook’s best. My criticism would be that the flavor is pretty weak and lacking overall.