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RATINGS: 1660   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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3.2
   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 (8987) - 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 ...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Bottled on 08/12/03. Slightly Hazy amber gold color, pours with an off-white head that is fairly persistant but with largish bubbles. Aroma is of a hoppy, floral, citrus one, with a bit of sweetness thrown in the mix. A nutty malty taste mixed with a solid hop flavor. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and a certain dryness. This beer has a fullness of body to it that coats one's mouth as you sip it.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
tastes like coffee to me and is way to thick and way to dark for my taste buds.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Copper colored(and moderately transparent) with white head. Aroma has both malt and floral hops. Starts out with an acidic bitterness blended with just a little maltiness. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. A pretty average beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Had this on tap. It is a nice dark amber color. The taste is of hops with bitter aftertaste. Overall not a lot of complexity to this beer. Above average though.

2.3
   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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