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RATINGS: 1505   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Not a bad beer considering its mass production. Decent hops, not much malt ... just doesn’t have much of a complex flavor which I prefer. I do drink it on ocassion as its usually the ’best’ beer on tap at most mainstream bars.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Nice initial floral hoppy nose and nice color. The flavor had a nice sweetness with a little bitterness, but both were too small for this style. The body was a little thin, but all in all a pretty decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2002
A mild and fairly flavorful beer. Aroma was decent and the appearance was a good orange-amber color with a decent head that stayed. Not as bitter as I expected, in fact, not really bitter at all. An easy drinking tasteful brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 22, 2002
nice floral hops and a bitter bite but not assertive enough for an ESB, it tastes too much like a pale ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Hello hops??? Where are you? I thought this was supposed to be an extra special bitter, but obviously I was wrong. Very plain, dull aroma and flavor... slightly sweet, and bitter hops are virtually non-existent in the finish. Geez, I hope this doesn’t turn me off the whole damn style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2002
Not really impressed with this beer. It had the maltiness I expected, but there was a slight unpleasantness that you wouldn’t find in a good ESB like Fuller’s.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Decent. Ok aroma, but good amber color with a decent head. Flavor was pretty plain with a nicely bitter finish. Crisp, but with a fairly thin body. Typical mediocrity from Redhook.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Good, Not Great. I probably judge RedHook product a little more hardhly becaude of their involvemnt with AB.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Poured from bottle. Not catching much in aroma. Clear amber, head persists. Mostly caramel in flavor, fresh feel, drinkable. OK finish. Not bad but loses points for lack of bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toad6399 (3) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2002 does not count
I recently visted the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, WA. That was my first taste of Red Hook ESB and I must say that I was very impressed.


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