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RATINGS: 1641   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 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 (5030) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
This beer is much better in my opinion than their IPA. This has allot of flavor and is fresh and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
Nice amer color, medium body nice malt sweetness, no bitterness at all, tasted flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2002
A good (but not amazing) amber; my favorite thing about it is that it has a decent amount of flavor but is still light enough to drink in quantity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2002
One of the better ESB’s out there (my favorite’s Welsh ESB, but that’s really NOT an ESB). Solid malt here and some good bitterness.

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