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RATINGS: 1631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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


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3.3
   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) . . .


3.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (263) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coburn_c (6) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerRenter76 (647) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (473) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Signal Variety. Aroma is crackers and bread. Appearance is lightly hazy pale copper with fair sparkle, finger-width fluffy white head with fair retention and decent foamy lacing. Taste is mild sweet cracker/biscuit with light toast, on the caramelized side; mild bitter balance. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture and lively carbonation, mild sweet finish. Overall, highly drinkable with fair grades all around but nothing spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - FEB 16, 2016
5.8%ABV. ESB. Poured out amber. 12įSRM. Nose. Caramel. Wheat malt like in wheat germ. Nutmeg and clove. Toasted barley malt. Mouthfeel watery. Wheat malt and pale malt sweet. There is dark wheat toast. Honey. Good bitters are present. Overall palate was sweet. Finish brief and not very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1753) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle, 0.355l. Cloudy orange amber color with thin soapy off-white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, grass, cereals and berries. Taste starts with moderate sweet caramel and dandelion syrup, follows light fruity and grassy with mild medicinal note, mouth feel is mild spicy and rather dry, while finish is moderate bitter. Light to medium body, oily texture and fizzy carbonation in palate. Didnít expect much and didnít get much more...

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
danielyabu (1482) - Uni„o da Vitůria, BRAZIL - JAN 25, 2016
white frothy small head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. light amber, translucent, thick body. aroma: moderate hoppy, honey. initial flavor: light bitter and sweet. final flavor: moderate bitter light sweet (malty); /average duration.Palate: light medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, chalky finish. Lacks personality compared to English counterparts. 30s usd3 @JUSMAG Thai (unlisted at ratebeer so far)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MNAle (107) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Slightly hazy amber with solid carbonation and a white head that recedes quickly. Bready aroma. Nice mouth feel, sweet malt taste transitions to a very mild bittering. This is a refreshing beer, but it is lacking the depth and complexity of flavors expected of an ESB. It has no glaring faults; it just doesnít stand up to the competition.


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