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RATINGS: 1604   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Has a little bitterness, tastes pretty good after I’ve finished half a beer and my mouth has become acclimated to it’s slightly sharp taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Too weak all around to be called an ESB. There is not much here except easy drinking swill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 weak aroma, not enough complexity. nice looking beer, though. Real nice Belgian lace and lots of tiny bubbles. light on flavor though, the beer lacks complexity alltogether. some bitters on palate and a some maltiness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Treehugger (8) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002 does not count
Yummmm. Great balance of malt and hops. Not extra Bitter, just Extra Special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
LOVE IT. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2002
A solid bitter with a good balance of hops and malts, however, I was under the impression that a bitter was suppossed to be bitter, and I am just not feeling it. It has a nice coppery coloration that is slightly more yellow than orange. It is nothing exceptional, but a good run of the mill beer. Not that great for in-depth tasting puposes, but good to drink a few of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Sweet and malty aroma with a nice bit of hops. Very little head that dissipates quickly over an orange-amber hazy beer. Medium-vibrant carb, med-heavy body. A bit sweet to start but nice and bitter. Slight nutty finish with pleasant bitter,sweet after. Smooth and refreshing. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mogo (38) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Difficult to judge due to the context in which I have sampled this brew. At the ballpark, it is nothing short of abrosia compared to the Budweiser option (which is no option at all). Possesses a rich golden color and offers more flavor than what you’re used to having with a hot dog and Cracker Jacks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Pours amber with a nice frothy head. The aroma is rich malt and was the highlight of the beer. Flavor is more hoppy with a blend of malt, not particulary bitter. Overall a mediocore beer that I would drink again, but will never look for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2002
As Redhook has grown, they seem to have lost what made them special in the beginning. This was pleasant enough, but seems to me to be toned down from what it was in the early days, for mass marked consumption. Mildly bitter, not the crisp bracing bitter that many small NW brewpubs create.

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