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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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 11/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottled. Amber color with no head. Aroma is mild vegetable and peach. Hop fruits dominate the taste, but this beer is really not much to talk about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
I had this beer while visiting providence. It was pretty refreshing and I enjoyed the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Pours a medium pale amber orange color, nose is herbal and grainy, taste is weak on bitterness and grain is bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GTAEgeek (1470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper color with almost no head. The aroma is light fruits, citrus hops and wheat. The taste is prominently bitter, with a nice malt backbone. The finish is bitter and lingering. The mouthfeel is sharp and clingy. Overall, nice aroma and flavors, but poorly balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bnoel09 (474) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Light copper color with off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is very weak but is mostly sweet malt. Flavor is similar being very malty with very little hops. Overall this isn’t bad but it’s very plain and definitely nothing exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wlajwl (4613) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
After trying much better ESBs, this gets a much lower score, although it is balanced, too watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RickTStiles (825) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
pours clear amber with a microscopic head and minimal lacing. aroma is pale malt, and a light, somewhat sour hop character. body is medium thin. taste is simple, with notes of grain, lemon zest and caramel. finish s mild. whole unremarkable but not offensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Compared with other ESB’s, I would say this is basically true to the style, although it is a bit too sweet and it has an aftertaste that really overstays its welcome. A little skunky, tastes like it was brewed in a dark, dingy basement. I would recommend several of Redhook’s other brews, but I won’t be picking up this one again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pours a fairly orange color with loads of effervescent bubbles and a head that fizzes out like soda-pop. The aroma is floral and caramel-like. There is a light bit of butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor displays a nice toasty malt up font with some black tea notes. The beer is nicely bitter at first but that bitterness seems to dominate any good hop flavor. Yes there are buttery notes in the beer, but they become less noticeable as the bottle progresses. The beer is floral and fairly soapy tasting. The beer has a nice high carbonation but the mouthfeel still seems a little slick. It’s really not the classic Diacetyl complaint that brought this one down for me, the hops seemed out of place as did the bitterness. Nothing really meshed well for me here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours a red that is a bit thin, with an average head. Aroma is surprisingly potent, but is not much to special. It is malty and very nutty. The nutty taste continues upon drinking, while some citrus undertones are noticeable. Little carbonation, but the nutty aftertaste does not sit especially well. Not terrible, yet not something that I would choose again.

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