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RATINGS: 1631   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


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MaBeer1972 (1641) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Somewhat red color, no head at all out of the bottle. Drinkable, but not very interesting at all. Bitter? Not really. I will pass by this one next time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Not a bad beer, a bit light for an ESB, and not very bitter either. Tastes more like a hoppy red than a true ESB.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Coppery red in color with a small head that quickly dissapates. Good lacing. Smells pretty similar to other beers I've had. Doesn't taste at all bitter to me, despite the genre it's in. Not much taste to this at all; not what I expect from a micro.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Orange/brown body. Mild aroma, slightly sweet start with a fairly bitter finish. Nothing outstanding, but a decent session beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Not bad at all. Nothing outstanding, but I'd gladly drink again. I like the color, nice head, good flavor. It's bitter, and I like bitter! Seems to get more complex as it warms...and that's a good thing!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slaterock (11) - USA - JUN 25, 2003
I found it to be a decent amber. It has a small head but a fair amount of lacing. Very tart/citrusy 1st go but after that it just got boring. It was pretty highly carbonated too. Decent, won't buy again.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Orange in color with a small whitish head. Sweet/malty aroma. Has a mild sweet malty flavor. Kind of thin for my liking. Mild bitterness. Nothing really stood out to me with this one. Kind of boring and unsatisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Very acceptable, mellow, sweet flavor if you can find it fresh. Confusing because there is really no bitter flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Amber brown, minimal head. A surprisingly plesant malty aroma, with some sweet caramel and oak. Great balance and a clean finish. Very drinkable even if it isn't all that interesting - at least there was an effort here to give the beer some flavour.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Red Hook ESB Rich Amber Ale: I thought this was pretty decent. Even though AB ownes this now, I doubt they've played around with the recipe. This bottle had a bottled on date of April 30, 2003. This poured very nice color, deep copper with rapidly diminishing head, but leaving some lacing along the way. Decent carbonation and nice flavor with a nice bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff and worth a try. I would drink this again.


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