Thanks to Redhook (well, actually their PR firm) I’ve now forgiven my UPS guy. See, a couple weeks ago he left a shipment from Apple sitting on my front doorstep instead of at the side door like he usually does. Luckily I was home and able to snatch my precious Apple cargo before someone else did. But just last week all was made right when he delivered a box with a Redhook Treblehook Barley Wine in it *and* left it by the side door. Bygones.
I opened the box to be greeted by another box wrapped in a red ribbon with the Redhook logo and 2009 Limited Edition in fancy gold lettering. I knew then that this was no ordinary box. This was a box that had a ribbon around it.
I resisted the urge to break the golden seal and brought the box into work the next day so I could share. I was happy to find not just a beer but also a glass.
I poured it in the glass and it was brown and had some head to it. Sorry, I suck at reviews and really care more about taste than anything else.
I liked this beer. It didn’t have as strong an alcohol taste and wasn’t as sweet as some barley wines but it was nice and smooth for a 10% ABV brew. If you like barley wines I don’t think you can go wrong with this one. Want some more details? Here’s what Redhook says about it:
Boasting big aromatic malts, Redhook Treblehook pours a dark gold with a velvety mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish. Brewed in the style of a traditional American barley wine with a 10.1% ABV and 57 IBUs, Treblehook sets itself apart by playing up the hops to add depth and complexity. Dry-hopped vigorously throughout the six-month process, Treblehook’s strength comes from its ability to have a strong hop flavor while still allowing the malt characteristics to shine through.
“We wanted Treblehook to have all the classic barley wine characteristics,” said Doug MacNair, brewmaster for Redhook Ale Brewery. “We spent time getting the subtleties right, balancing the malts with a strong hop backbone to create Redhook’s take on the style.”
Here’s some other reviews that are probably better than this one:
- A Good Beer Blog – Barley Wine: Treblehook, Redhook Ale Brewery
- The Barley Blog – Redhook Treblehook Barley Wine
- Just Beer – Redhook Treblehook Barley Wine