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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Pours a dark blonde and leaves a 2in white head with giant bubbles in it. The aroma is sour, musty, like a wet blanket. There is no trace of hops or sweetness initally. The taste is pale, very weak and watery, but strong in a sourness aspect that isn’t pleasing. As I let this beer warm up some, I smell a little sweetness, some honey, and the taste begins to strengthen a bit with some toasty wheat notes but not much. The taste still finishes watery, a very pour offering from Redhook.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours straw colored with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, apple, corn, and rice. Flavor is very grainy, with a light malt taste and a bitter hops finish. The flavor has that same skunky, sour aftertaste that crappy domestics like bud and miller have. Not a good bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Taster at Binny’s, Orland Park. So in three years on RB, I’ve managed to miss Redhook’s flagship brand. Just happens, I guess. A rather standard beer. Decent copper color. decently roasted. But I keep waiting for something in the hops that never arrives. Since this was being handed out from a table of AB products, patrons were asking if this was just Bud under another name. I butted in to explain that Redhook was in a distribution agreement, blah blah blah.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours out alight amber colour with a nice bubbly white head with patchy lacing. Scent is pretty standard fare for an ESB... grain and sharp hoppiness unfortunately accented with a metallic tinge. Taste is smooth and hoppy. Starts out with a velvety texture and then proceeds independently into a sharp hoppiness. A light flavour of grain and metallic taste is left on the palate as it goes down. A very mild ESB that unfortunately has some unpleasant metallic qualities. Drinkable but not an outstanding example of its type.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Pale amber beer with a thin head. Aroma is lightly earthy with a touch of hoppy spice. Willamette or something like that. Slightly bready malts, but a bit thin and understated. Pretty underwhelming.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2007
This is one of my favorite styles, and used to be one of my favorite beers. Maybe my tastes have changed, but in the past year it seems to be trending towards blandness. Not a bad beer to sip on a warm day, and predictable as a Budweiser, but lots of other ESB’s out there with more malt and hop character.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange. Smells of hops and citrus. Caramel, maybe? Taste is sweet and full of hops and malts.--but not to the point of an IPA or anything. Dry finish Average.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerphilosophy (14) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Nice beer, but nothing spectacular. I enjoy the color and the maltiness, but could’ve done with more hops to even it out.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Poured a clear golden/ruby with a fair head. The nose was strong with a citrusy hop punch with a faint maltiness beneth. The taste begins with citrusy bitterness and ends with raw, dry grain. Overall this was slightly stale, a little more maltiness would have made it much better.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VonHayes (10) - USA - JAN 23, 2008
Slightly above average moderately-priced ale. Kind of bitter but overall sort of bland. I dig it enough.


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