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RATINGS: 1571   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Surprised this beer was rated so low. I really enjoy it -- nice, easy-drinking session beer. A little citrusy, almost more like a pale ale than a standard ESB. Nice, sweet, caramelly finish. One reviewer said it reminded him of tea, which is pretty spot-on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2002
A good (but not amazing) amber; my favorite thing about it is that it has a decent amount of flavor but is still light enough to drink in quantity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I agree with those that said this beer does not seem to be bitter. I didn't think it was extra special either! Blame it on the marketers to call this an Extra Special Bitter Ale. Even so, I'd rather drink this than the mass produced near-beers but there are better options available.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Disclaimer: due to bad allergies I have a permanent stuffy nose, so I just give all the beers I rate a 5 for aroma. Anyway, this is a nice beer with good flavour--however, I thought it was odd how the carbonation made the beer taste sharp to me initially, but it ends up being neat anyway because the bitterness hits you at the end of the swallow. Not the best, but certainly not the worst, and I think it’s worth the price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
I wished for more. It is easy to be spoiled in this day and time when great beers are available and affordable

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2011
Hardly a true ESB, but refreshingly drinkable. I am surprised that it seems so hated on RB. The bitterness is a little bit unrefined, and the aroma is barely where it should be, but hey, if it is on special, I would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mickey42 (36) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2012
A solid ale. Taste is wonderful and doesn’t linger. Just bitter enough to be a respectable English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glorydaze (35) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Pours a copper to bronze color. Starts sweet but finishes dry. Strikes a decent balance on taste and palate making it a good summer time beer. Very drinkable ESB. Not outstanding but worth a six pack now and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
This esb was definately not what I had expected, but I was not disappointed. It tasted quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnyx99 (34) - USA - NOV 1, 2001
Hmm...great aroma, nice color, a bit cloudy, the flavor was slightly too bitter, and it left something to be desired. It was a good match with Chinese food, and good when drank very cold.

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