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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Nice stable head and tawny orange hue. Good floral boquet, probably Cascades. Quite mellow--no real assertive hops or body characteristics. Very blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Big malty aroma. As it warmed, the aroma took on a nice sweet apple/pear tone. The flavor was crisp up front, and mellow throughout. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beb5000 (23) - Avon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Just the right amount of bitterness and malt. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 19, 2002
Found this bottle in the basement so it is a year old, but, it poured into the glass a dark copper color. There was only a skim of a head present that was white in color. The aroma was of hops, fruit, alcohol and some lite malt. The taste first was of malt, and fruit, then HOPS and some fruit. It finished up with the hop flavor. Still well carbonated and bitter. If this beer is this good for its age, then fresh has to be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Not extremely bitter as I was hoping for, but not too bad. I little too watery to be crisp, but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Bottle (ReRate) Previous rating: 12/17/02 (6-2-6-1-10)
Amber copper color with light but sticky head and very nice lacing. The nose is light with some diacetyl and some other light melanoidins along with a touch of crispy cascade hops. The flavor is sweet like candi sugar or caramel added after pasteurization to sweeten the body. There is a light metallic tinge in the mouthfeel and a light skunky tail. Not balanced as the flavor disembowels itself right on your palate, letting you taste everything individually and not being able to appreciate the beer as a whole. Better than I remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
The old standard, I think I’d like this beer better if it weren’t the fall back "good beer" for all the parties at the University of Washington, but now tasting it again and editing out all the hungover memories of an esb aftertaste i think it’s still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
homerman (40) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Say now I like this stuff. Had it on tap by golly and I think I will definately have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Very moderate in every respect. Clear amber color, thin head, trace amounts of lace. Semi-sweet malty nose. I detect the slightest hint of citrus. Nice dry finish. Good flavor overall but a little on the watery side, keeping it from being truly crisp and delicious.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Very good, although yes, it’s not really that bitter. Very carbonated.

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