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RATINGS: 1581   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bammers54 (76) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
A pretty good effort at a strong English style best bitter, great malt at first and then lovely hoppy flavours coming through as the beer warms up a little bit in the glass, a good around beer. (would be interesting to taste from a cask rather than keg)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatguys (75) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
My first Redhook, strangely. Nice hoppy aroma. Amber color is pleasant. Minimal head. A nice hoppy bite. Rather dry. Seems like a good entry-level bitter. Got for $9 a twelve pack, so a good bargain. May buy again, but want to try other varieties.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
721Lance (74) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pretty hard to judge. As it is to style and no infections or stuff like that with smaller places. I am just not to impressed but again it is an ESB and not an XXIPA. Typical earthy hops slightly bitter and hoppy and decent malts. Judge for your self it us everywhere.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
This beer is well above average, but it is the only ESB I have ever tried. That makes it hard to compare to other ESB’s.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Not the best bitter out there.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DaveB (73) - Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2007
On tap Harpoon Harry’s, Fort Myers. My other choices were Coors and Bud. Dark golden color. Medium head. Not too bitter. A little too heavy for my taste. Not an all night drinking beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 A bit sweeter than I expected. Fairly light in both texture and color. Prefer the IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Not too dark or too light. Pleasant and hoppy aroma. Flavor is very nice and definitely has a bitter ale style to it. Good beer with nothing out of this world nor anything negative to really complain against. An all around winner for bitter beers.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LDawg (72) - Rockport, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2006
my first rating on ratebeer.com, but I would say this isn’t the worst beer I’ve tasted. It coats my mouth well and has a nice carmel taste.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BDawg82 (72) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 I will have to be blunt with this one, it tastes like pretentious malt liquor.This "ESB" has a nice looking red-amber appearace, a somewhat fruity scent, and is flavored like flat Budweiser full of stale sugar packs.


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