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RATINGS: 1557   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 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 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 didn’t last long and lacing was mild. More semi sweet taste than bitter. Refreshing, it wasn’t exactly an ESB in my opinion. Never the less, it’s enjoyable. Caramelo smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sersdf (1015) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DaveB (73) - Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2007
On tap Harpoon Harry’s, Fort Myers. My other choices were Coors and Bud. Dark golden color. Medium head. Not too bitter. A little too heavy for my taste. Not an all night drinking beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - MAR 28, 2007
Boring. Not an ESB nor definately not a premium bitter. Unremarkable. The best thing about this is the way it looks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 This will always hold a place in my heart as THE gateway beer for me. I couldn’t get over the toasty flavor and how it was a DARK beer! ADVENTUROUS! Unfortunately it’s a little bland and watery to me these days, but it’ll always remind me of those fun nights at the dorms, and that one time I spelled this shit all over my keyboard :X

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 8, 2008
Golden with a mild haze. Citrusy sweet aroma. Some earth tones and lemon tossed on top of a malty backbone - a bit one dimensional. The lemon really kicks in when you take a sip. Some malts, citrus, and earth, as well. Body lacks depth. At first I didn’t think this was all that great a brew, but drinkable. Now, as I drink more I am finding it difficult to go back for another sip because that angry lemon bite keeps getting stronger and stronger.

   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.

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