Beers and board games
A Review of Copperhook by Redhook Brewery
Posted on 4/25/2013 by Chops
An important part of being a craft beer fan is opening yourself up to the entire quality spectrum. It's all too easy to get caught up in the quest for the mountain top. Beer fans will often turn a blind eye to otherwise tasty beers because they feel they have progressed on to greener pastures. This is the wrong way to look at better beer and that tunnel vision mentality can eventually lead to snobbery. And we can all agree that no one likes a beer snob. There's really only one step you have to take to become a card-carrying craft beer fan, and that's to drink craft beer.

Case in point, I recently sat down with the Redhook Brewery's Copperhook Amber Ale. This beer will never blow anyone's mind and it would be unfair to both the brewery and its fan base to expect otherwise. ''Mmm, that's not bad,'' is a perfectly acceptable response to trying a new beer. Copperhook isn't a Belgian Quad or a Barrel Aged Stout. It's a baseline American Amber Ale. There is absolutely no reason to compare this beer to the crème de la crème of the brewing world. At the moment I opened this beer, I was hanging out with friends and playing board games. The last thing I want to do at that moment is pick apart a world-class Belgian.

In the glass, this beer has the standard amber coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has decent retention. On the nose, I found a faint toasted malty aroma with a touch of herbs and little else. The taste was par for the amber course, lightly toasted malt with notes of caramel and a balanced hop bitterness. The beer is clean, decently smooth, and easy to drink. It finishes a little dry and exits with a malty bitter aftertaste.

Overall, Redhook's Copperhook is a no-frills amber ale. There's not a whole lot of character to latch onto and the resulting experience is quite forgettable. On the other hand, there is nothing offensive about this beer. Consequently, I can recommend this brew to any and all beer fans, but for different reasons. Seasoned drinkers can use Copperhook as an unassuming session beer option. Novices can use Copperhook as a decent bridge into better beer, although it's doubtful to be enlightening. I simply recommend that everyone enjoy this brew for what it is: a good response to ''gimme a beer''.
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