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RATINGS: 1624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StLsportsfan (61) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
A good, average ESB. Special, but not extra special. Red Hook’s ESB is a good beer, but some of the micros that have come out lately have raised the bar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whids (60) - - DEC 30, 2012
Very sessionable beer. Great balance and taste. Can’t wait to drink a few more.

   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
I’m frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does it’s job as far as alcohol goes, but it’s a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isn’t a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, don’t 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2001
Nice clear copper color with fading head. Seemed a bit thin, but I had an SN Pale Ale before it. I like the hop finish, but it could be a bit better. This is a very easy to drink beer. It has a great maltiness and slight alcoholic bite. Very enjoyable.

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