RATINGS: 1655   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 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Orange in color with a small whitish head. Sweet/malty aroma. Has a mild sweet malty flavor. Kind of thin for my liking. Mild bitterness. Nothing really stood out to me with this one. Kind of boring and unsatisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Very acceptable, mellow, sweet flavor if you can find it fresh. Confusing because there is really no bitter flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Amber brown, minimal head. A surprisingly plesant malty aroma, with some sweet caramel and oak. Great balance and a clean finish. Very drinkable even if it isn't all that interesting - at least there was an effort here to give the beer some flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Red Hook ESB Rich Amber Ale: I thought this was pretty decent. Even though AB ownes this now, I doubt they've played around with the recipe. This bottle had a bottled on date of April 30, 2003. This poured very nice color, deep copper with rapidly diminishing head, but leaving some lacing along the way. Decent carbonation and nice flavor with a nice bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff and worth a try. I would drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefatguy (34) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Well Done. Served on tap in Safeco Field. Nice body, full flavor. Good. For a bitter, missing the extra bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1199) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Decent enough, but a bitter? More like an amber to me. I had it on draft and it is quite drinkable. No head to speak of. Dark amber in color. Wouldn't it be nice if all future Michelob products were made by Red Hook?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Aroma: Had a really nice caramel malt aroma.
Appearance: Poured from the bottle with barely any head and therefore left no lacing. It had an orangish hue to it.
Flavor: Very nice malty/caramel flavor that carries over from the aroma. It could use a few more hops for my liking, but it is a very delicious beer.
Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer was just average.
Overall: A very tasty brew. However it could use more bitterness, and it definitely needs a head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Eh.. Not sure where's the Special or the Bitter but this was a very drinkable brew. Not anything bad about it, perhaps unspectacular would be the best description. If it's a choice between BMC, Flat Tire, or Drop Top, then I say go for it!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
I used to drink this one often a few years back.On draft I remember it being very good.Well I purchaced a "fresh 6'er" bottled on 4/21/03.Poured out an average amber.Weak head,slight lace.Smells of a standard slightly above average ale(slightly cheap).The taste is much the same w/ a sourness more than a bitterness.(ESS)Not too bad on the palate but not much of a "session" beer if ya ask me.Give me a real bitter or better yet an IPA(sorry).Reminds me of a cherry wheat w/out the cherries.They get distribution through AB(boo)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Pours a light amber color with a very thin, white head. The aroma is lightly malty with notes of dry grain, cereals, dough and caramel. The lightest aroma of citrus and resin to represent the hops. A rather decent flavor to this bitter. Nothing too outstanding, but fairly solid. A decent mouthfeel but a little abrupt in the finish. Decently malty with caramel and bread. The hops are a bit strong and attempt to dominate the entire beer. It tastes alright, but I don't really think its that true to the style. Eventhough it's no West Coast IPA, it's just too damn hoppy.

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