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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Somewhat disappointing. Too sweet to be an ESB. The only highlight is a relatively long and good aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 9, 2002
I hope that I had a bad bottle, because the head was just plain pathetic. By default all beer looks cool, I think that this is the first ’1’ I’ve ever given for appearance except when bashing American beers advertised on football commerials. Anyway, it was pretty thin, watery and unremarkable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Bland and watery. Fizzy and minerally. No foam retention and even less personality.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 One dimensional and boring

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Dinging its appearance for the screw-off cap and lousy label. Very one-dimensional in flavor, with a non-appealing aroma. Dry hopping doesn’t do it any favors -- disappointing.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I get bored of this before I can finish a glass. I wouldn’t call it an ESB if I were making it. There’s nothing special, nothing bitter, and they didn’t put anything extra into making this. The one benefit is that a lot of pizza restaurants and diners serve this, and it’s a step up from Coors.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
First had this at a Bucs game on tap. Compared to the Budswillser being served with it the stuff was a world beater. But, I retried it recently and it left a lot to be desired. It’s kind of the "prettiest" girl in a town full of ugly girls. Nice if you never left the town, but kinda plain if you’ve been to the big city.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
I had this served to me recently, poured right out of the tap, and way too cold. The tap barrels were stored in the same walk-in that the Miller light bottles, etc. were kept. This reminded me how crucial temperature is to tasing fine beers. A few degrees above 32 and this beer is just awful. Let it sit for 30 or 40 minutes to warm up (yeah, it took that long) and it really opens up. Still, middle of the road Bitter. Basically, Better Bitter Abounds, But This Bitch Be Bland.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
small head with no hop taste. Bitters aren’t my fav...but I can tell this isn’t one of the better ones out there.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
This was a thin, weak, watery beer. Dark amber with off-white head. Salty nose. Very blah. Don’t waste your time.


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