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RATINGS: 1640   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 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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2.7
heemer77 (5358) - 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 can’t stand to drink it anymore. A shame what happened to Redhook.

3.4
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
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
bb (9268) - 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
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
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
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
FlacoAlto (4182) - 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
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
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.


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