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RATINGS: 1604   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Light amber color. Light beige moderate head. Citric hops aroma. Somewhat sweet smooth and "buttery". Drinkable. Caramel malt in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2003
I must echo some other ratings "inoffensive" not in the league with a true English ESB but certainly drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Enjoyable amber, but really nothing special. It's a good beer to have when nothing else sounds good at the time...inoffensive is a good word.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Pours with an amber-orange body topped with a medium thick white head leaving behind a good amount of lace. Slightly sweet and citrusy aroma with a good balance of malt and hops. Slightly bitter hop flavor with a sweet amltiness underneath. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Small head, rather bubbly. Not bad, but not fantastic either. The taste wasn't as strong or rich as I expected. Not a bad beer though

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Incarpathia (21) - Edmonds, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
A NW classic as far as I'm concerned. Red Hook's ESB is a "staple" among micro's here in the NW.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toucan4can (1) - USA - FEB 12, 2003 does not count
I love the creamy dairy notes in this one. Caramel, caramel, caramel. Another good bottled stand-by.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Oh, how I love this beer. Poured an incredible amber color. The Smell was great, all leading up to an excellent taste. Definately something I'm going to be drinking on a regular basis.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This one was remarkable in neither a positive nor negative way. A little watery, but a decent hoppiness and nice color make it an acceptable, not to mention cheap and widely available, purchase.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Not a bad bitter, but not exceptional either. Good color and aroma, but fairly thin and weak tasting. Alesmith Anvil is my benchmark ESB, and this is not in the same neighbourhood.


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