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RATINGS: 1642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Enjoyable amber, but really nothing special. It's a good beer to have when nothing else sounds good at the time...inoffensive is a good word.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Pours with an amber-orange body topped with a medium thick white head leaving behind a good amount of lace. Slightly sweet and citrusy aroma with a good balance of malt and hops. Slightly bitter hop flavor with a sweet amltiness underneath. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Small head, rather bubbly. Not bad, but not fantastic either. The taste wasn't as strong or rich as I expected. Not a bad beer though

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Incarpathia (21) - Edmonds, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
A NW classic as far as I'm concerned. Red Hook's ESB is a "staple" among micro's here in the NW.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toucan4can (1) - USA - FEB 12, 2003 does not count
I love the creamy dairy notes in this one. Caramel, caramel, caramel. Another good bottled stand-by.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Oh, how I love this beer. Poured an incredible amber color. The Smell was great, all leading up to an excellent taste. Definately something I'm going to be drinking on a regular basis.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This one was remarkable in neither a positive nor negative way. A little watery, but a decent hoppiness and nice color make it an acceptable, not to mention cheap and widely available, purchase.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Not a bad bitter, but not exceptional either. Good color and aroma, but fairly thin and weak tasting. Alesmith Anvil is my benchmark ESB, and this is not in the same neighbourhood.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Diablokev (163) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment.

4.1
   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.


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