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RATINGS: 1624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Redhook ESB is modeled after the premium Extra Special Bitters found in English pubs. Brewed since 1987, this full-bodied amber ale is Redhook’s signature brew with its toasted malt flavor and pleasant finishing sweetness. Its eminently drinkable style has established Redhook ESB as a benchmark brew in the amber ale category. The well-rounded finish of Redhook ESB makes it a wonderful companion to grilled meats. It is also great with game and cheeses. Available year round.

Style: Amber
ABV: 5.8%
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Carapils
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Centennial, Crystal
Color SRM: 13
Bitterness Units: 28.0 IBU
Original Gravity: 13.75 degrees plato
Brewed Since: 1987
Medals: 2008 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner, 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Color is a clear yellowy amber with a inch high head of off-white spongy foam that settles down slowly to leave spots of lace. Smell is faint of roasty malts kinda breadish like soft pretzels with a nice light dry hop backing. Taste is toasty malts and dry hops, balanced together well, a slight bread tone to the malts with a note of saltyness/nutty and a small bitterness lingers from the hops thats quite easy to handle and favors some herbal qualities and dryness. Feel is close to medium with a small kick just past midway. Not a bad ESB, I'd have it again if offered. So far one of the better beers I've had from Redhook.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Hoppy nose, lots of carbonation, an almost floral finish. Not as thick as I would have liked it to be, but nonetheless, a decent bitter especially for the price.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Opening sentence on the bottle's deScription needs to be changed to the following; "Red Hook ESB is a far from rich, 1/3 full amber crafted in the style of a premium ale." $1.39 a bottle at the World Market in Seattle, WA.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4640) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
When this beer was poured into my glass, the head was small, ivory, and it contained fine-small bubbles.The body was carbonated and murky.The hue was copper and the lacing was sparse.The nose was hoppy and the flavor consisted of alcohol, hops and some bitterness.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, smooth and somewhat thin.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5280) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 This brew poured a medium head of off-white fine to mediumly sized mostly lasting bubbles that leave very little lacing. Its body is a hazy reddish amber colored one and its aroma is an intersting mixture of malt hopa and something else that I could not put my finger on. The mouthfeel is initially slightly tingly yet very smooth. It finishes very quietly without letting you know it was even there. Its flavor is only slightly bitter with abundant malt, hop and a few spices. This brew can also be found at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub in Bonita Springs Florida, were it is served as Fitzgerald’s Irish Amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
A very good bitter. Not as good as your brittish bitters but still good. Nice balance of hops to malts. Good bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Coppery color with an off white rapidly diminishing head. Malt nose and slighty sweat medium bodied beer with a nice dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Clear medium amber, big tan head that diminishes at the speed of light, minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly well balanced by some mild-sweet maltiness, and a mild floral hop aroma. Flavor starts sweet, clean and crisp, ends with some hoppiness and a little acidity. Slightly thin body, some metallic hints showed up middle-end.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Seemed especially harsh to me, in bottle. Extra dry but not hoppy like I'd thought. Left me feeling just a bit strange.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
Hoppy nose with some malt following. Dark amber, pours a finger of creamy vanilla head, some lace. Hoppy flavour at the front, clementines in the center, malty towards the end. Medium bodied, nicely bitter. Prettty good one.


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