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RATINGS: 1553   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

   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.

   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.

   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".

   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)

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HippieFee (63) - - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - A little hops flavor with a lot more caramel malt sweetness to the beer. Rich amber color. Sweet smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmoen (62) - - JUN 29, 2014
Pours a really nice amber color. Nicely balanced beer, notes of fruit and honey. Easy to drink. Just delightful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
molsonfan9000 (59) - geneva, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Semi fruity smelling beer. Color is amber with a thick head. Taste is sweet amost orangy tasting with a A good beer, worth a taste any day of the week.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Hazy copper with small fine head. I need to pull pretty hard to get much aroma but the smell is a relatively pleasant sweetness of light caramel malts. Little in the way of hops to round out the rather light beer. Dry finish doesn’t have enough clear hop range to really impress.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Casteel420 (59) - Bristol, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Pours amber/copper almost red, with little head. Sweet taste with bitter aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinking. Aroma is musty, caramelly.

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