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RATINGS: 1567   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


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 í1í Iíve 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 (4498) - 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 doesnít 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 wouldnít call it an ESB if I were making it. Thereís nothing special, nothing bitter, and they didnít put anything extra into making this. The one benefit is that a lot of pizza restaurants and diners serve this, and itís 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. Itís kind of the "prettiest" girl in a town full of ugly girls. Nice if you never left the town, but kinda plain if youíve been to the big city.

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. Donít waste your time.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
$1.50 @ Target. Amber gold colour. Very Clean and clear. Head didnít last long and lacing was mild. More semi sweet taste than bitter. Refreshing, it wasnít exactly an ESB in my opinion. Never the less, itís enjoyable. Caramelo smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
giving it an 11 overall only because it has a 5.7abv which surprised me. i was also surprised by the hoppiness (since ESB is british in origin) but the description of ESB given by ratebeer explains that. basically, this tastes watered down and unflavorful.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2006
For being an Extra Special Bitter, they sure have the bitter part down. This beer is almost too much hop wise and seems to be lacking any thing to balance it out. Nasty Copper aftertaste that stay with you way too long.


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