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RATINGS: 1631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2002
pretty nondiScript actually, not much to cause complaint or offense, nor much to arouse glee or admiration. plain pale orange, good head that peters out pronto. an aroma thats a little sweet and bready like the rolls at kentucky fried chicken. drinkable, (yawn) with watery finish. well, i’d waaaay rather have a redhook in my hand than a fishhook, and they can quote me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Hello hops??? Where are you? I thought this was supposed to be an extra special bitter, but obviously I was wrong. Very plain, dull aroma and flavor... slightly sweet, and bitter hops are virtually non-existent in the finish. Geez, I hope this doesn’t turn me off the whole damn style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Nothing special here. Middle of the road as far as ESB’S go. Malty but light on the hops. Easy to drink but just not much flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
achtungpv (250) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Supaflyfresh99 (97) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Above average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Not too bad, and actually pretty enjoyable. Low to medium hops and malt. Slightly fruity. Mellow hoppy finish. Way too watery to be noteworthy, but it’s good for such a cheap and widely-available beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Orange in color with a small whitish head. Sweet/malty aroma. Has a mild sweet malty flavor. Kind of thin for my liking. Mild bitterness. Nothing really stood out to me with this one. Kind of boring and unsatisfying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3578) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Pours a transparent copper with a beautiful 2cm white head which tapers at a moderate pace. Nice lacing. Aroma is slightly malty with maybe a little hoppiness in there as well. Rather carbonated brew at first thats rather hoppy all the way through. The finish is very dry and somewhat bitter. Not a terribly complex beer. Tastes a lot like an IPA. Bottle #081803

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