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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HippieFee (69) - - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - A little hops flavor with a lot more caramel malt sweetness to the beer. Rich amber color. Sweet smell.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2002
A good common ESB that won’t steer you wrong. The full malted body goes down smooth and awards you with a refreshing bittersweet finish. This stuff is great on tap, and I highly suggest drawing yourself a pint should you have the means.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JustinBennett (67) - junction city, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
bottle. poured a dark carmally color little white head. carmally smell. has a full taste. a little bitter but not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours copper/orange. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not as hoppy or bitter or bold as I thought it would be. More malt than I expected. Some hops, a little caramel, a little citrus. Not a rememberable beer but not bad really.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle. Very comparable to Bass pale. Ample white head, good lacing, moderate-good activity. Excellent color, soft, full mouthfeel, bitterness just right. Strong across the middle, medium finish, decent after taste. Medium-light body and underwhelming character insures hop-heads and beer snobs will piss all over themselves dissing this beer. Just ignore them. Solid, well rounded selection that’s widely available.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Wow, what an utter ripoff. Waited years to review good beers in front of this, anyway, let’s roll. Great label, great description on label, decent ESB color, I guess. Slight aroma, slight taste, no character. Good ESB is a fine style, so I stubbornly tried this stinker many times over the years, telling myself that the last beer was too assertive, ruining my palate for Redhook. BULLSHIT ! This is dyed red Budweiser (ie, Buttwiper). Jesus, Killian’s tastes passable next to this corporate "product".

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2000
quite smooth for such a dark beer. Almost the perfect amount of bitterness at the end....not to bitter, not to weak.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
In answer to your question (WISEGUY527 "I used to love this. Did they change or did I?", a friend of mine just told me that they have been bought out by Anheiser Bush (this is one of his favs - and I just told him about this site - expecting Vince to join soon)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours out nice copper color with a little head. Kinda rich flavor from malt. A little hoppy flavor. Not bad, but I had better ESB.


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