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RATINGS: 1550   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

Tubbfan's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottled (according to the label) less than a month prior to this review. Very retentive head and lacing. There is something in that aroma that I just canít figure out. Reminds me ever so slightly of human solid waste (no joke). Good amber color. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel, light to medium body. There is no sweetness to this ale, no maltiness. If a bitter is supposed to be "balanced", this isnít. Hops are very evident, but not overpowering. I donít dislike this at all. It is a different experience than most beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Livendadream (119) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Btl pours a hazy dull,pale amber color. Big,thick,soapy off white head that vanished quickly leaving bits of lace on glass. Smells fruity,with a hint of breadiness,a bit of earth and minerals. Tastes of sweet caramel, bread and a touch of herbal hops. Smooth almost watery mouthfeel,average carbonation, light body and a soft,slightly bitter finish. This is a decent beer that is easy to swallow. Unfortunately this beer is nothing special, just an average offering. Boring!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (5120) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2014
Sample from bottle at Vecturamesse. Brown colour, Some caramel in aroma and flavour. The flavour is otherwise too bland for an ESB, with too moderate hops. Will re-rate when I get a full bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Baramba (90) - ITALY - SEP 16, 2014
Amber color, minimal head. Light aroma of fruit, ordinary bitterness, boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
einherjar (35) - CROATIA - SEP 15, 2014
Dark golden color with a small head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste is malty and bitter, well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Yes I was born in the town this beer came from. No it doesnít really make it that good or anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattOnBass (6) - Newport News, USA - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
If adequacy were the measure of a beer, this one would be perfect. It smells right, looks right, and tastes right. However, it isnít special in any way. It doesnít excite. It doesnít impress. It just is a decent, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sblsimone85 (251) - USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bitter di stampo americano sentori caramellati e speziati con un buon equilibrio tra amaro e beverinità. ---Rated BY Italianbeer85

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy00 (107) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours a nice golden amber with 2 finger head. Aroma of malt, and a bit of pine. Flavor matches aroma, low bitterness and sweet. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Kind of watery and flavor doesnít linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ragnampiza (429) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - AUG 27, 2014
355 ml bottle. Sunrise orange, quite clear, with a small off white head which dissipated almost immediately like a soda. On the nose soapy/old American hops, quite a bit of caramel, slightly earthy/woody, a hint of orange peel, light mint gum note in the background. Taste pretty much follow suite, moderately fruity, more sweet than bitter, slightly astringent. Caramel malts in the background. A bit too watery and bland in the finish. Average carbonation, light to medium body, slightly creamy texture. It seems more like an old and sweet malty IPA than a proper English bitter, but itís not that bad overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (1802) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured amber, with no head. Aroma of malt, caramel and some herbal notes. Toffee sweetness in the flavour, with honey and grain. Finish was straw, mango and hay.

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