As I mentioned when I reviewed Winter Hook, Red Hook is a brewery that seems pretty solid to me, though I haven’t tried very many of their beers. I’m always a fan of brown ales, though I tend to shy away from the Nut Browns. In any event, gotta try something new, and this one shows promise, so here goes!
This ale pours a surprisingly-transparent (especially when compared to my last brown ale) medium brown with half a finger of nice white head, quickly settling. The aroma is light in the extreme, reminding me of nothing so much as a darker commercial lager. As I take my first sip, the first thing I notice is that is that the ale has a bit of a bite to it; the second is that the body is rather light, even thin. As it warmed, it got more of a caramel and malty character, but the taste never really came together for me. As much as I love my brown ales, and as much as I would really like to love Red Hook, I’d have to say give this one a miss.