RATINGS: 1659   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (462) - 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 (166) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Amber color, malts in the nose. Faint hops in this "ESB". Where's the "B"? Drinkable though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
nice dark golden color strong grain aroma taste not complex but certainly much better at room temp, good blend of barley malt and hops, dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10951) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Sparkling clear amber brew with a small, frothy, enamel head. Quickly diminishing with minimal lacing. Malty, yeasty and spicy nose full of white wine and fuzzy fruit. Lightly floral. The flavor is lightly malty up front with butterscotch highlights. Citrusy and lightly bitter hop presence on the backside. Hints of yeast and alcohol as well. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, dry, crisp finish! Malty and bitter notes at the conclusion. I can't believe I've not rated this beer before now. An old stand-by!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Decent brew. Not too much flavor, littlew aftertaste at all. Malty, rich (but still light character) beer with little follow-through. Good but nothing spectacular. Good when you want to drink a lot of something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Well this was not to bad, but my question is where is the bitter? This seemed more like a sour wheat beer, but on the other hand it was not the worst bitter that I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I agree with those that said this beer does not seem to be bitter. I didn't think it was extra special either! Blame it on the marketers to call this an Extra Special Bitter Ale. Even so, I'd rather drink this than the mass produced near-beers but there are better options available.

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