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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
One of the better amber ales Iíve had, but thatís not saying much since i donít like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
achtungpv (211) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Nice sized head with some staying power atop a brownish brew. There is a bit of caramel in the nose with an earthy hoppy bites as well. More earthyness on the tongue with some spicyness as well. I also seem to detect some cinnamon flavor. Bitterness around the tongue and a nice hop aftertaste. The brew seems a little too watery in the mouth, however. Still, a good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Nice supermarket beer, though not a great ESB. Rerate: So I really was in the mood for a Belgian ale, but the supermarket didnít have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadnít had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but hereís the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isnít all that good, and I see that my early, naive rating was too generous.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 11, 2002
straight forward amber/esb. moderate bitterness (light by esb standards), slight tang with a bit of malt backbone. has it thinned since getting more commericial? not sure - still well balanced and an easy drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Rerate Still a decent session, does not blow me away like it did before after a much more experienced palate. Decent mild bitter qualities. No faults, all around solid. Very light amber, light head, brief fresh lake water aroma Mouthfeel a bit spritzy for a bitter. Original 3.7 Tangy, full bodied. Hoppy aroma. Not quite as bitter as an ESB should be - but itís marketed for the masses so that is understandbale. Good trustworthy standby.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Decent, but beware, itís budweiser in disguise! Tread lightly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2002
A good ESB. Not great, but good.


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