RATINGS: 1629   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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thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 This brew poured a medium head of off-white fine to mediumly sized mostly lasting bubbles that leave very little lacing. Its body is a hazy reddish amber colored one and its aroma is an intersting mixture of malt hopa and something else that I could not put my finger on. The mouthfeel is initially slightly tingly yet very smooth. It finishes very quietly without letting you know it was even there. Its flavor is only slightly bitter with abundant malt, hop and a few spices. This brew can also be found at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub in Bonita Springs Florida, were it is served as Fitzgerald’s Irish Amber.

GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
A very good bitter. Not as good as your brittish bitters but still good. Nice balance of hops to malts. Good bitter finish.

kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Coppery color with an off white rapidly diminishing head. Malt nose and slighty sweat medium bodied beer with a nice dry finish.

goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Clear medium amber, big tan head that diminishes at the speed of light, minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly well balanced by some mild-sweet maltiness, and a mild floral hop aroma. Flavor starts sweet, clean and crisp, ends with some hoppiness and a little acidity. Slightly thin body, some metallic hints showed up middle-end.

drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Seemed especially harsh to me, in bottle. Extra dry but not hoppy like I'd thought. Left me feeling just a bit strange.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
Hoppy nose with some malt following. Dark amber, pours a finger of creamy vanilla head, some lace. Hoppy flavour at the front, clementines in the center, malty towards the end. Medium bodied, nicely bitter. Prettty good one.

BeermanLayton (33) - Rohnert Park, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
I don't really like ales, but this ones fairly tolerable. After-taste is like most other ales.

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 I really like this for an esb. Very drinkable in the summer and a pleasant finish. The taste leaves you wanting more.

SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Amber color with moderate white head. Sweet grains and bready aroma with little of the expected hoppiness for an ESB. Malty flavor up front with some bitterness on the back of the tongue with a rather dry finish - a little metallic too. Medium body, with mild carbonation. Redhook really brought me into the world of microbrews in the 1980's when I lived in Seattle and worked across the street from their original brewery. I have fond memories of their original ale, but sadly, this doesn't live up to my recollections at all.

MaBeer1972 (2224) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Somewhat red color, no head at all out of the bottle. Drinkable, but not very interesting at all. Bitter? Not really. I will pass by this one next time.

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