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RATINGS: 1549   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 Redhookís 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrJoller (62) - ITALY - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Pour is amber with a spongy looking fast vanishing head. Aroma is almost absent with some caramel notes but nothing too spectacular. Mouthfeel is low to medium carb, seriously lacks something, is not right in my opinion. Taste is caramel and sweet malts and not so much bitter, not complex at all and not very balanced. A major meh.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMash (58) - North Tonowanda, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 A nicely balanced though somewhat unremarkable beer. A good session choice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2000
As you can see, not one of my favorites. Does Red Hook make anything better?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Iím frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does itís job as far as alcohol goes, but itís a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isnít a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, donít start reverting to Sam Adams! ;) I wonder what this beer would taste like on Nitro as they did with their IPA, (on tap) . . .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Nice dark orange hue with constant carbonation. Smells maybe a little of hops, not much though. Some nice pine/ hops flavor with a tad of sweetness. I think this is a great session beer. Very drinkable, consistent, smooth. Granted, this is my first ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
asimeow (58) - Sandsli, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
Fruity, sweet, plums. Nice amber colour, white head. A bit too sweet for beer. Plum wine carbonated...

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