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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2001
Good appearance, aroma, flavor on the mild side. Not bitter at all. Better than average, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Pours a nice copper colour with a considerable amount of a white smooth head. The Nose is pleasantly Hoppy. After the initial Hop assualt which is quite impressive, there exists a sweetish finish in the palate. A veritable grapefruit explosion. This beer when chilled reveals a balanced combination of sweet Malts, and bitter Hops and some other overtones that make this brew a genuine Gem insofar as an all around good swilling brew. This brew is comparable to others in higher price categories. Try it you will like it. Kudos to Redhook Brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2005
This beer is fine. I’m not a huge fan of amber ales like this, but it drinks well. A very solid beer, but not my preference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
seehaferb23 (81) - - APR 23, 2015
The beer club at Cannery Row tried the ESB category for the first time . Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 I like this beer. Poured out a medium amber, light notes of fruit and malts. Semi dry finish with nice lingering bitterness. Overall a very drinkable brew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Red Hook ESB is a decent beer. If you like bud light at twice the cost, then this is your beer. I was not impressed with the ESB as I am with the Red Hook IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours light amber with frothy head that quickly vanishes. Light, clean, almost metallic aromas of some malt and hops. The palate was heavier than I expected with medium carbonation. Flavor is somewhat one-note flavor of a mixture of hops, caramel, and some malt that aren’t bold enough to either offend or impress. If this beer were a little lighter it would be more refreshing, but the heaviness of the palate and the light flavors seem somewhat incongruous. Finishes quickly with a little hops, caramel, and spice perhaps. Overall interesting but not enough there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anticop (79) - Porterville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
i like this beer, good taste, i got with a chick who was drinking this stuff, good job

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
An exceptional ale. RH is well balanced while being not-too-heavy. It's one of the best american ales that I have had.

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