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RATINGS: 1613   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 (2Feb2003--draft) A test piece for the use of specialty malts! Small head, fine-bubbled, lacy, mostly receding. A very appealing deep reddish-amber in color. Unoffensive aroma of honey, with caramel/crystal malts. Sweet, malty flavor, medium/low bitterness, same wonderful specialty malt presence, much like Deschutes Jubelale. Great full mouthfeel, aided by the very persistent carbonation. Overall, a very fine effort that could benefit from a hair of additional bitterness. Interestingly, I was surpised how good the beer tasted on tap. My previous experiences with the bottled variety have been less inspiring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Great color. Smooth amber. Good amount of head. I like it a lot overall. Could be a little more bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerManDan (21) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
I thought that it would be a lot heavier, but still very good. Good bitter taste, nice lasting head.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Thin, boring, funky. A little buttery malt, maybe, but not much of anything interesting. Gets the hook from me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Brillant red/amber color. Perfect bitterness palate that does not come at the expense of the overhopped IPA’s. I usually do not care for brewers that have a similiar flavor in all their beers( 3-Floyds, Goose Island come to mind) but this is one of my favorite session beers. re-rate. Oh what have they done to one of my favorite beers. The new design with the long neck is a weak, hop-water piss looking and tasting bottle of a macro amber.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
It is much lighter than I expected but I enjoyed it! I need to pick up some of their porter's now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
I would like to try this agin in a draft variety. Much lighter than I expected. Tastey and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2003
This would just about define middle of the road American Bitter for me. At the right time and in the right place, I'm sure this can be just swell. Otherwise, a fruity, very slightly bitter American amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Not my favorite a little heavy handed on the caramel malts and yeast character is a bit much. The aroma is a bit light, the hop bitterness is fine. And after saying all that it honestly a fine beer that someone with different taste would rave about

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2003
The hint of hops at the end saved this beer from being labeled dull and ordinary. I rather enjoyed it.

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