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RATINGS: 1557   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


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 didn’t have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadn’t had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but here’s the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isn’t 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 (5699) - 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 it’s 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, it’s 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
7/19/02 Aroma tangy, slightly yeasty, light...not bad, but not flattering either...Color an extremely clear orange-whisky color with a nice, lingering head...Taste features understated hoppiness, a bit less than expected in this style; however, bitters express themselves more successfully in dry finish. Overall, this is quite drinkable stuff, but just not assertive enough in any aspect of its taste profile to earn any distinction. Re-Rate 8/16/02: On this ’second-chance’ tasting, previous judgments generally hold...This brew is simply understated to a fault...not enough ’oomph’ or complexity...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Floral hoppy aroma with an equally crisp bite. The Redhook ESB is adequately hoppy but lacks body. A touch more malt may do the trick. I may tend to disagree with the site on the ’amber ale’ style description, as this lingers on the palate more as a bitterness than a maltiness, but I may be alone on this. A consistent hoppiness that makes this refreshing beer pleasant to drink regularly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Not half bad... not bad at all. Great hoppy flavor with a nice mix of maltiness... looks great, and I love the smell. Definitely not the best bitter (in fact, it’s not that bitter, and I see it’s technically an amber ale. Okay, you’ve sold me) you can get your hands on, but satisfying as well as reasonably priced

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Sweet and toasty aroma. Bitter and malty, well balanced. A little thin. Could use just a little bit more flavor. Not bad at all for the price. A good middle-of-the-road beer, when you don’t have enough money to buy the good stuff but don’t want to buy the cheap crap either. This is a beer I can sit down and drink a lot of without regretting it. I guess they call that a ’session beer’.


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