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RATINGS: 1605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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

Scrapersnbeer's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
Faint aroma - a touch of caramel and bread. Orange-copper color. It has an soft, almost sweet bitterness with okay hop presence. Medium body, easy drinker. Red Hook’s older recipes seem so moderate compared with new beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jbuskirk (816) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Red Hook ESB has a bit of a following and I’m pretty fond of this style, so I was expecting great things. I was let down. In fairness, this is an average ESB with above-average looks (especially that perfect snowy head). Flavor is pretty one-dimensional. Sweet malts and that’s basically it. Oh well. At least I can finally say I’ve had it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (789) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Amber yellow color with good white head. Malt aroma: nectar and floral. ,Taste: honey sweetness of the malt, toffee and slightly porto, good balance, floral hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnymusky (631) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Decent beer not as bitter as some esb beers....very drinkable...a nice change once in awhile....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2880) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
12 oz bottle from Rockhead. Pours a clearish orange colour with average whiteish head. Aroma is gently toasty with caramel, fruity malt and a gentle citric note. Flavour is big on sweet caramelly and fruity maltiness, and has some lightly toasted bread and subtle citric hops. Relatively gentle carbonation. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DomD (185) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malty cereal. Pours a hazy light amber with white head. Taste is light to medium bitter. Medium bodied, with thin texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. An average ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3054) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a clear & bright, medium gold hue, with a fairly persistent head of off white/ light cream colored froth, and clingy patches & spots of lacing. The nose was slightly dank, then soft malt, light citrus as lemon & orange, a bit of pit fruit, and a touch of sweetness that was candy and preserves-like. The esters and less sweetness continued in the taste, accompanied by a modest earthy & peppery bitterness that was conveyed well with the average carbonation. Light bodied, and decently sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (177) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 20, 2015
Aroma: caramel, toffee, malts. Taste: light to moderate sweeteness, light bitterness. Flavour: malts, toffee, caramel, some metall notes, some spices. Overall this is pleasant and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1167) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Aroma is caramel, fudge, toffee and roasted malts. Taste is sweet malts , honey, brown sugar, and light hops with slight citrus and clove. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (323) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle pour. Dark golden brown with a light tan creamy head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, grain, and biscuit. Medium creamy body. Medium bitter that fades very quickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (2283) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Aroma: grain, caramel malts, some citrus, light floral hops. Appearance: hazy, dark gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: turns lightly sweet, grain malts dominate, light caramel, fruity. Overall: OK ESB, well-balanced, a bit light and boring. Bottle at Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA.

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