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RATINGS: 1645   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 11, 2002
Pretty bitter but smooth esb. good overall beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 has a refreshing bitterness. reminds me of a mandarin orange. light and colorful. This is a great beer for many occasions. nothing spectacular about it though. Rerate. 2003 draft. yuck, I really hate to admit it, but this is nothing worth drinking. Orange-like sweetness, dry and not very fresh at all. Out of balance, watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Nice citrus hop bitterness…Nice balance with the malt…Refreshing and tasteful…

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Crystal golden body with a thick creamy (almost nitro looking) head. Not that sweet, actually starts out rather dry and finishes with a decent bitter snap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Nice, but not outstanding amber ale. There are comparable examples for less money and better examples for the same money. For that reason, I won’t buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JUL 1, 2002
This must have been my 6th or 7th beer of that night of tasting because my notes are getting more and more difficult to read! A golden amber color. Very well balanced, a damn fine left coast brew. I think the folks at Kona brewery had this beer in mind when they made Fire Rock Pale Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2002
My overall impression didn’t seem to match up with the component scores. Simple reason: good, solid beer, but not outstanding. I don’t know what it is with ESB’s; I’ve found them too mild even if they are pleasant (which this is). Actually more on the sweet side, with thin, watery character. Clear orange-amber color, and a decent, pleasing-looking head. Mild aroma. Easily drinkable, goes down rather smooth and uneventful, and I suppose it has enough of a bite to be called ’bitter.’ Mildly pleasing, but not something I’d go out of my way to seek out again. That’s about it in a nutshell: mildly pleasing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Pretty stupid. Thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Re-Rate 06/28/02: Have not sampled in a long while. Nice clear amber, the head is light beige, frothy, the lace is decent. Nose is malt, slightly citrus, front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is dry, lightly acidic, nicely hopped and a pretty decent beer all things considered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aurelius (5071) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Dinging its appearance for the screw-off cap and lousy label. Very one-dimensional in flavor, with a non-appealing aroma. Dry hopping doesn’t do it any favors -- disappointing.

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