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RATINGS: 1655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Redhook ESB is modeled after the premium Extra Special Bitters found in English pubs. Brewed since 1987, this full-bodied amber ale is Redhooks 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Copper in color. Decent sized head creamy and lasting. Good hoppiness about it. Finish is sweet and bitter. Good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgariso (1) - USA - NOV 12, 2003 does not count
Budweiser bought these guys? Damn! This used to be one of my favorites from the grocery store. I bought it recently and noticed it had new fancy packaging to match the new lousy taste. They totally ruined it. Too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Carmelly malt aroma that I enjoy.Not an Engish style ESB-but very good in its own style.Slightly buttery,malty flavor with good spicy hop finish.Not a beer for hopheads.Good,extremely drinkable and slightly potent session-style beer(and great with dinner!)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 This is not as bad I thought it was. Nice dark amber body with a light off white head. The aroma is caramel with some light peanuts. The taste has a little bit of buttery goodness along with some peanuts and a little bit of caramel. A good session beer. Used to be a much better beer. When they switched to longnecks, I knew something was wrong. I used to buy this all the time as my fallback. Now I cant stand to drink it anymore. A shame what happened to Redhook.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Pretty much a standard ESB. Not outstanding but still a good brew. Very consistent with a soft pinch at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Draft - Not much in the way of hop aroma. Nice bitterness throughout. Finishes to the dry side. A decent bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Draft. Copper color without much aroma. The flavor is very mild and has a bit of a fruit/malt combination. Very little bitterness. Makes for an easy drinking beer, but nothing inspiring.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
In answer to your question (WISEGUY527 "I used to love this. Did they change or did I?", a friend of mine just told me that they have been bought out by Anheiser Bush (this is one of his favs - and I just told him about this site - expecting Vince to join soon)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Not bad. A little light and fizzy. Tasted alot like a blonde ale more that a bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
I used to love this. Did they change or did I? Looks great ... beautiful golden amber; not at al ESB in appearance, of course. Inoffensive nose, middling sort of taste. Too thin, not enough malt, not enough hops, not enough bitterness ...


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