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RATINGS: 1648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
I had hoped for more out of this. It had that metallic tang. I'll give it another try because I thought for sure it would be at least okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Draft. A very safe choice. Not much head, coppery amber appearance. Served too cold. Once it warmed up a bit, aroma of general hoppiness. Taste was hoppy, but not overpowering. Not as sweet as some ESB's, which I consider a good thing. Not spectacular, but enjoyable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2003
It's quite good and a beautiful looking brew. Very well balanced with a slight bitterness and a good amount of malt. An all around good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (637) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
I buy this regularly on tap, one of my favorite readily available beers around these parts. Medium amber color with nice head, disappears largely after a minute or so. I often get yeast in the nose along with moderate malt and a hint of hop. Taste is a mix of malt, toffee, hop bitterness and spice. A nicely balanced beer.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JFGrind (2006) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4874) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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.

   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.

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