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RATINGS: 1585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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 Redhookís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2003 this is a much better beer on tap than in the bottle-pretty boring none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (20713) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2002
Copper coloured. Malty (crystal malt profile) and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - FEB 22, 2002
I tried this in a restaurant and found it good. It was the first ESB though I have had and if I can find more will try another brand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 19, 2002
Nothing bad to say about it. Itís average! If itís the special at the local joint Iím alright with drinking one or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
very nicly done, I really enjoyed this one, in fact it was my first ESB Iíve ever tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Iím frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does itís job as far as alcohol goes, but itís a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isnít a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, donít start reverting to Sam Adams! ;) I wonder what this beer would taste like on Nitro as they did with their IPA, (on tap) . . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Widely available on tap here in the Bay Area, Iíve avoided it in the bottle. Stringent hops on the tongue with not a whole lot in the nose. The effervescence could probably be a bit higher to push the more volatiles in potential malt aromas. Quality hopping. This is a good beer and did get me out of a pinch in New Orleans. This was the only good beer on tap I could find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Decent, but not overpowering. Interesting malt taste with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. I enjoyed this but was expecting more from it. Re-rate: I sampled a fresh version of this beer and enjoyed it more than I had previously. Fullers ESB is still better, but this a nice try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phoenixgoa99 (11) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
a hearty weekend beer, light enough to socially drink, but enough alcohol to do the trick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Not that bad actually. Not really bitter like an ESB should be, but this had a decent malt flavor. Not comparable to a great ESB like Fullers.

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