RATINGS: 1628   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

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Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2004 Like the copperish amber color. Taste was nice. Nothing special but nice when your low on cash.

michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2004
This is a pretty mediocre example of an ESB. Save your money for a Fullers.

AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Well balanced beer, don't even notice the alcohol content. Pretty weak in hops for an ESB though. There is some bitterness, but not much flavor or aroma.

hershiser2 (3834) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Deep amber in color, no head, but the color is awfully nice. Very metallic smell... smells like a bowl of water that pennies have been soaking in (ok, strange example, as why would one be soaking pennies in a bowl?) OK taste... very average for an esb- I've had much better. This one is almost flavorless. Good mouthfeel, but only average drinkability- and one I'm not likely to have again.

mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Ah, the sad story of a beer that was once good but now sucks. I had this beer in 1993 and loved it, but now it's a mainstream, boring beer with not much to say about it.

fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2004
I keep coming across things like this that I've had millions of (okay, dozens) but never rated. Very mixed feelings on what I should say on this. Never thought it was the greatest, but after recently NOT liking it I believe that possibly having cleaned diacetyl from it (if I'm right) could have removed what character it had - leaving an extremely BLAND product. I will try again and re-rate if needed. As it is this is a mixed rating - not pleased with last taste. Original had some off flavors, but a pleasant bitterness and creamy quality I enjoyed.

willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Decent, drinkable brew, but not fantastic. Sort of lazy beer that never gets around to realizing its potential for bitterness, dryness, hoppiness, color, head, etc. Not bad, just not that great. Definitely better after spending some time in the glass.

invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Not too much head on it. Slight diacetyl flavor. Nice sweet malt with some hoppy kick. Not bad, easy to drink.

Hangover (1153) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Pours just a bit darker than copper... small amber head. Taste isn't really that special... Hops are dominant, but not overpowering... malt comes out a bit more once warmed. Some citrus/spice presence. Bitter finish. Another middle-of-the-road brew from redhook. Nothing fantastic, but the price offsets that some.

Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Good amber color,small head that faded fast leaving little behind to let you know it was ever there.The aroma was malty and fruity with a nice spice and hop presence.The flavor was malty and spicy,light fruit at best with a decent hop appearance.The finish was malty and hoppy,a decent rendition of the style but nothing fantastic,I think the British still own this style,but it's worth trying at least once.

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