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RATINGS: 1595   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a small head no real lacing. Aroma is on the mild side with some malt and caramel. Taste of malt and some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth but a bit short on character. Decent beer but seems a wee bit bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (1442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle at a kid’s bday party. Stale toffee, toast, copper. Lightly sweet, medium bitter finish. A perfect beer to ignore with friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrJoller (100) - ITALY - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Pour is amber with a spongy looking fast vanishing head. Aroma is almost absent with some caramel notes but nothing too spectacular. Mouthfeel is low to medium carb, seriously lacks something, is not right in my opinion. Taste is caramel and sweet malts and not so much bitter, not complex at all and not very balanced. A major meh.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
EHSRanders (1854) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber colour with small creamy white mostly lasting head. This one is off. Not a pleasent experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZacM612 (299) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Hazy amber with minimal head. Malty aroma, very little bitterness. A finish of fruity sweetness. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NosirIwont (2119) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. 5.8%. Bottled on 16.08.13. Pours a cloudy light amber with an off-white/yellowish head. Okay lacing. Sweet, hoppy aroma with malt in the background. Feels a bit dusty. Light candy-like fruity note as it warms. Flavour is sweet and hoppy. Light rock candy note as it warms, along with a dusty/cardboard note. Bitter hop finish with a grainy alcohol note. Overall okay, but could do without the dusty/cardboard notes as well as the grainy/alcohol note. 01.08.14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LuckyDog (614) - - AUG 2, 2014
Good clean taste. Not exactly the hop character of an English bitter, but very drinkable. I visited the brewery and pub a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
Clear amber colored with a small foam. Malty aroma. Malt sweet taste. easy-drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2478) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from SuperValu, Kimmage, Dublin [240714] BBE 2/8/14
Orange amber, clear, frothy fluffy white head that dissipates, some lacing
Aroma of US caramel toffee malts, quite sweet, not all that keen on the malt
Taste of caramel malts, soft toffee, dab of toasted malt, not much going on, touch of fruits, dull for abv
Palate - soft carb, medium body, quite sweet, some soft bitter hops. Finish as main flavour
Overall - Ordinary, found this a bit boring and dull...maybe bottle was too old

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (520) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2014
355ml bottle. Bottled 24.02.14. Pours clear light amber with one finger, slightly off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel and hops. Similar taste, sweet with final hoppy bitterness.

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