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RATINGS: 1551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Redhook ESB is modeled after the premium Extra Special Bitters found in English pubs. Brewed since 1987, this full-bodied amber ale is Redhookís 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A very good ESB that is slightly behind Fullerís taste but much easier to find.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
medium amber,lasting dense creamy tan head. Tantalizing nose. Nutty and well balanced with a medium hop finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 Nothing 'special' here. A very safe brew, nothing too extreme. Overall a good beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2210) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Re-rate: 4/18/05: I didnít do a full re-rate on this, but had it on tap this past weekend. Just wanted to add that this is a very pleasurable brew on draught. I was ecstatic to see it on tap at Cragunís resort in Brainerd, MN, and had several glasses throughout the weekend. This is perhaps the most glaringly underrated brew I can recall seeing on ratebeer. A very good represenation of the style, has a moderately sweet, moderately bitter profile. Session quality. Original rating: 11/21/02: Without remembering that ordering "a Redhook" generally means a Redhook ESB, I ordered one at Santoriniís Greek restaurant in Minneapolis and immediately identified it as a Bitter, and quite a good one at that. Granted, it doesnít stand up to Fullers, but what does? This brew is intensely quaffable, quite tasty and is perhaps the ultimate session beer. The folks rating the non-draught version donít appear to be all that complimentary; perhaps this brew is just that much better on tap.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2002
from a very popular micro and having the "special" designation this beer fails to impress at all levels. Bland, and even on tap I have never had one that wasnít a bit stale and oxidized. This style should be all about the play of strong malt and powerful hops. This beer has neither.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Aroma a little stale. Weak flavor. A slight bitterness. Canít really taste much in the way of any malt at all. Overall, this is not worth repeating.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Overall a great bitter. Amber in color with a small white head that finished with a hint of hop bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Has a little bitterness, tastes pretty good after Iíve finished half a beer and my mouth has become acclimated to itís slightly sharp taste.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Too weak all around to be called an ESB. There is not much here except easy drinking swill.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 weak aroma, not enough complexity. nice looking beer, though. Real nice Belgian lace and lots of tiny bubbles. light on flavor though, the beer lacks complexity alltogether. some bitters on palate and a some maltiness on the finish.


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