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RATINGS: 1636   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 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

NWHopHead99's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Iím frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does itís job as far as alcohol goes, but itís a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isnít a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, donít start reverting to Sam Adams! ;) I wonder what this beer would taste like on Nitro as they did with their IPA, (on tap) . . .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebastokrator (25) - - MAY 28, 2016
Pours coppery. Smells of caramel and some vague earthy notes. Taste is some watery caramel. Not particularly bitter. Not the best example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
teamsale (67) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Can poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a semi-cloudy copper with a minimal white head and light lacing. Has an aroma of copper and fruit. Decent flavor deep in both hop and malt, with a great bitterness and outstanding aftertaste. The second half is tasting even better as it warms up and sits out a bit. The granddaddy of craft inspires us all...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle in IC Amsterdam-The Hague. Clear reddish orange/amber with thin white head. Sweet toasted malts, very malty, light caramel, sweet grain, light fruity notes, marmalade. Light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, bit gelly smooth, greasy, reminiscent of melted butter. Bit plain in taste but very pleasant feel and experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle shared in the train thanks to sjogro. BVO WTF! Clear slight orange golden with small white head. Sweet caramel, orange peel, toffee, cane sugar, lots of sweet malts basically with soft citrus notes. Medium sweet with very light bitterness. Bit under medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
doc_andry (8) - ITALY - MAY 5, 2016 does not count
Schiuma inesistente (come da stile), colore ambrato-marrognolo, amaro non eccessivo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaramucha (8) - - APR 29, 2016 does not count
Ambrata velata con schiuma bianca compatta. Intensitŗ olfattiva normale e finezza attraente. carbonatura normale e amaro moderato. Persistenza retrolfattiva sufficiente e corpo leggero.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (280) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 24, 2016
From a can, nice pleasant bitter and caramel smell, a real presence of balance there. Taste is caramel and burnt sugar, and a nice, long, bitter taste that sits well with ya

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coburn_c (7) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016 does not count
ESB is not a desirable moniker in America. Itís just a sweet amber ale, but put ESB on a bottle and good luck getting it into the establishment, much less back out. So little surprise when I find this bottle I enjoy today was bottled on Feb, 24, 2014. Itís still excellent. Smells like candied bread. Just the right amount of sweetness, malt, and a tiny twinge of bitter hops. Plus it looks like a strong urination, which is, I understand, what beer should look like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerRenter76 (656) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
Originally rated on 8/23/08. Finally bought this one after months of seeing it at the store. RH ESB poured a amber colored body, and typical of english style brews there wasnt much in the way of carbonation or head. Aroma of hops, taste was a little sweet and bitter, with hints of citrus and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
High_in_NM (26) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Love this beer! By far the best of all the US macros. Hazy copper pour with lovely, fluffy white head. 5.8 abv hits the sweet spot between too little and too much. Character is quaffable and yet delicious. To borrow a line, tastes great and less filling! A sixer of Redhooks makes any Sunday afternoon - such as today - finer!

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