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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 13, 2002
Had a few bottles while watching the Miami/Denver game. Soft nose of perfume, flowers, alcohol, toasted malt and earth. Pours clear medium orange amber. The mostly lasting fluffy white head is large with fair lacing. The flavor starts balanced with a sweet, warm alcoholic middle. The finish is sweet and malty with no acidity. Not terribly deep, but balanced. The medium body is soft and creamy. The finish feels moderately alcoholic. Not outstanding in the world of ESB (I’ve had a few knockouts in this category), but a decent brew. Must be allowed to warm for full flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2002
A pleasant, mild ESB. A good beginner ESB, but no where near the best ESB’s like Fullers...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Good ESB not very bitter. Goes well with everyday meals. Nice balance of hop and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Wow - Very bitter. It’s the kind of beer that you can’t have after a clean or light beer because it is SO bitter. Taste is good but I think I had it from a bad tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Medium gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. Medium hopped and malted. Smooth beer, some malt sweetness. Light taste full flavor. Excellent balance of hops and malts. Full smooth round mouthfeel. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.On my top 10 list of ’everyday’ beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2002
I could taste the bitterness, but I have had more bitter beers. It only vaguely reminded me of an English bitter ale. I prefer the Blonde ale by redhook, but this is descent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Not really special or bitter... I prefer the extra bite of their IPA.

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