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RATINGS: 1600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I agree with those that said this beer does not seem to be bitter. I didn't think it was extra special either! Blame it on the marketers to call this an Extra Special Bitter Ale. Even so, I'd rather drink this than the mass produced near-beers but there are better options available.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
has an interesting and unexpected fruity taste. a pretty good beer for a simple tap ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2606) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Bottle. A light amber color with a foamy off-white head. Malty and slight sweet with toffee. Smooth and a little creamy with a malt aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Light head with malty aroma.Good flavor with a nice finish. Probably not a true bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
As reported by others, my label names it the ESB "Rich Amber Ale", though it is a bit light in color. I wasn't too thrilled by this but I wasn't repulsed either. To me, the biggest surprise was an aroma that suggested a bit of fruit and a bit of butter. The flavor had some bitterness building but also some nasty harshness. By the end of the bottle it was seriously compromised in my eyes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2003
It's been awhile since I had this beer. Overall for my tastebuds it came down a notch since I had it last. But I enjoyed it.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
was my first trip into craft/micro brews, definitely impressed me and is commonplace in my fridge, great flavor, but sometimes seems to lack the bite it usually has, very good beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Update 4/11/04. Had this on tap before a concert in Columbus and the beer was remarkably better than the bottle I previously tried. Caramely, rich flavor led to a nice earthy, slightly bitter hops finish. Nice floral hops aroma. Hard to believe this is the same beer I tried previously.

Previous review: Crisp and refreshing, but by no means a "bitter." ESB is deemed an "amber ale" on the bottle, but has a weak aroma and flavor. Don't drop da dinero if you're 'dinkin bout dryin' da amber!
Rating: 5 3 5 3 12

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Copper in color. Light brown creamy head, mostly diminishing with some lacing. Light malt aroma. slighty bitter and slightly sweet with an enjoyable finish. Nothing all that distintive but I like it none the less.


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