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RATINGS: 1542   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2002
The most swilling swill that I am willing to swill and still enjoy/tolerate. OK bitterness and a little malt flavor as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Quickly diminishing head. Nice amber color. Little carbonation. Almost no aroma??? Initial taste is mediocre. Aftertaste of strong hops, which again is quickly diminishing. Still, better than a BudMillerCoors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pours with a light head. It is a medium orange-amber, with a slight haze. The aroma is very faint, but smells of malt. The head dissipates quickly. The initial taste is ahint of hops with some malt. It feels quite thin on the tongue with noticable carbonation, and leaves a mouthwash aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NachlamSie (2752) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2005
bottle. This is a light, faintly cloudy red-orange hue with a thin head. The aroma is standard bitter hops. The initial flavor is of a strange sweetness which is quickly washed away with a bitter acidic, but unpleasantly plastic-like finish. Something like the taste of a garden hose. Iím not a huge bitter fan anyway, but Iíve enjoyed other bitters more than this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Draught. Off-orange semi-transluscent with a fizzy, dissipating white head. Weak aroma of yeast and hops. Thin, fuzzy palate. The flavor is initially sweet hops, but it bottoms out quickly and leaves much to be desired for the finish. Kind of wussy for a bitter, too. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 ben came back to the republic of texas squawking about the glory of this beer. for my friend, i want to like it. he gave me a bottle. i like the retro red and gold bottle cap, the simplistic label design. it pours into the pint glass coppery, burnt orangy. very few bubbles. no dimensional pizzazz. i become nervous. my friend was so sincere. there is little to no aroma - small hints, as if from another personís campsite over the ridge, waft up in the glass of maybe sweetish malts? the flavor confirms the possibly sweet aroma. perhaps some chocolate here. perhaps some harsh toffee. metallic hopheads spin from the malt edges like pennies on a tabletop betting ring. i feel chagrinned looking ben in the eye: i did not like this beer so much. perhaps it needs to saddle up beside a spicy sausage pizza slice. thatís what iím feeling here. this is not a stand-alone beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a very light orange with a small bit of white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Aroma is mostly citrus hops with a small bit of caramel malt. Taste is lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Light bodied with a thin, oily texture. Fizzy carbonation and not much to speak of in way of finish. Overall, its not the worst beer Iíve had. Probably nothing I would buy again though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Clear brilliant yellow, almost no head. Funky stale malt aroma, with toffee sweetness and a lemony grassy hop nose. Odd aroma overall. Taste was malty sweet with an earthy metallic aftertaste twang. But there is some respectable caramel malt goodness before that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BillHick420 (424) - North Dakota, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2012
Pours light amber with a white head that disappears fast. Nose of slight sweet malt. Aroma of some sweet malts. Sweet taste, but not much else.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
Aroma of malt, grape and some sitrus. bronce with tiny white head. Sweet and some sourness with medium carbonation. Boring

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