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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
Interesting gold color, not pale, but not a red. Hoppy with just a hint of bitterness. Works well with barbeque.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2002
excellent aroma..true to an ESB, but the flavor is quite disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2002
As I stood in line for a beer at the Blackhawks game, I was getting upset at the thought of yellow fizzy miller light, when I saw a few bottles of Redhook ESB! How can this be? Did they know I was coming? The hops was there and the taste was refreshing and balanced. It is hard not to rate this higher just on the simple fact that I was so happy to have them!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 12, 2002
Good but not outstanding. Noticeable maltiness, nice color, avoids being too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2002
Not bad for an American macro. Hops finish is crisp but short lasting.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 9, 2002
I hope that I had a bad bottle, because the head was just plain pathetic. By default all beer looks cool, I think that this is the first ’1’ I’ve ever given for appearance except when bashing American beers advertised on football commerials. Anyway, it was pretty thin, watery and unremarkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
It comes on sweet and smooth with a distinctive flavor ... the hops catch up as you go until they move for a take over take over on closing, not quite getting there. I’m left a bit confused - something entrancing here but I’m not altogether sure I enjoyed the experience. I likely won’t drink another.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 early '02: Bottled. Color a bit darker than the IPA - amber/pink - with a thick persistant head. Nose malty and slightly lemony. Flavor very malty and full for an ESB, with relatively low hop presence. Very sweet and 'rich' tasting, but like the IPA rather one-dimensional. Very smooth quick finish. Recommended but not enthusiastically.6/4/7/3/14=3.4

early '04: re-rate. Tastes changed, or beer going downhill? Either is possible with this company. Little to no head this time, nose just faintly caramelish, unbalanced overly sweet finish with a somewhat over-hopped, dry finish. Little fruitiness, little real ESB character, though I wouldn't call it terrible.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skrip99 (82) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2002
I do enjoy Red Hook, and never a dull moment. On tap or in the bottle, pretty good bar beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2002
Esb are not for me.


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