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RATINGS: 1563   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ted99 (10) - USA - DEC 5, 2001
I like it. Its like Sam Adams. Its a good ole beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Orange-tinged copper colored ale. One of the first ’macro’ micros I’ve tasted. Although this beer is their ’flagship,’ it’s not their best. While it is easy-drinking (for the masses), I found it rather watery on the palate and light in the flavor; although somewhat nicely bitter in the finish. Decent mass-appeal session beer. I’ll give it that, but it’s missing some ’fullness’ and some ’hearty bitterness.’ I yearned for a slightly fruitier malt base and a more bitter hop bite. Other than those gripes, I found it fresh and clean and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jakeb4299 (25) - sometown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2001
Not bad, but often too bitter for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
Not as much flavor as some ESBs, but definitely drinkable. Good touch of bittering hops, maybe some more aroma hops would do the trick.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Faint malty aroma. Smooth taste with mild hop bitterness. Not as flavorful as Fuller’s but quite refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2001
What do they think an ESB is? This is crap!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2001
Not the best that Redhook has to offer. I havent tried too many ESBs, but I am told that they are better than this. More hops maybe?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2569) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2001
As with their IPA I just re-rated, my current tasting notes don’t match my older ones...hmmm. Anyway, it is currently a light amber color, with a medium head and pretty heavy lacing. Malty nose but not fruity. Nicely bitter flavor, but again with clean malts. Its not nearly as Britishy tasting as I’d like to find in an ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnyx99 (34) - USA - NOV 1, 2001
Hmm...great aroma, nice color, a bit cloudy, the flavor was slightly too bitter, and it left something to be desired. It was a good match with Chinese food, and good when drank very cold.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 30, 2001
Wasn’t hoppy enough and didn’t impress me at all.

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