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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2006
For being an Extra Special Bitter, they sure have the bitter part down. This beer is almost too much hop wise and seems to be lacking any thing to balance it out. Nasty Copper aftertaste that stay with you way too long.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2005
I must say I was a little wary of this ESB because I thought it may be too bitter for my liking. But I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma was very subtle, pouring a deep gold color rather than bronze with fairly high carbonation and light head . The taste was clean with a slightly bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Not quite as bitter, however as I would like. Altogether a good yet unremarkable ale.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Wow - Very bitter. It’s the kind of beer that you can’t have after a clean or light beer because it is SO bitter. Taste is good but I think I had it from a bad tap.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Above average.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
One of the better amber ales I’ve had, but that’s not saying much since i don’t like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A very good ESB that is slightly behind Fuller’s taste but much easier to find.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrPiva (96) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2007
This was my entry in Redhoook many years ago. The draft still outshines the bottle but even it just cannot compete with many other ESB’s on the market. Why - hard to explain but tastes weak (weak malt, weak hops), just tastes watered down. Finish like many Redhooks is somewhat funky.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours out alight amber colour with a nice bubbly white head with patchy lacing. Scent is pretty standard fare for an ESB... grain and sharp hoppiness unfortunately accented with a metallic tinge. Taste is smooth and hoppy. Starts out with a velvety texture and then proceeds independently into a sharp hoppiness. A light flavour of grain and metallic taste is left on the palate as it goes down. A very mild ESB that unfortunately has some unpleasant metallic qualities. Drinkable but not an outstanding example of its type.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oycpff (93) - USA - MAR 30, 2006
The bottle poured a copper colored lightly carbonated beverage that was not quite crystal clear ... slightly hazy. It had an ample head that dissipated within 5 minutes and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The aromas of bread and malt predominated with notes of dried sweet fruit. It had a medium body with a watery texture and average carbonation. The finish was long and somewhat bitter as it should be. There was a good balance between the strong malt initial taste and the growing bitterness as the flavor matured on the palate

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Amber colored with a good head and good lacing. A definite aroma of hops. A bitter taste the hops that leaves a bitter aftertaste.


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