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RATINGS: 1653   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10707) - 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!

3.4
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
has an interesting and unexpected fruity taste. a pretty good beer for a simple tap ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Bottle. A light amber color with a foamy off-white head. Malty and slight sweet with toffee. Smooth and a little creamy with a malt aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Light head with malty aroma.Good flavor with a nice finish. Probably not a true bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (4092) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
As reported by others, my label names it the ESB "Rich Amber Ale", though it is a bit light in color. I wasn't too thrilled by this but I wasn't repulsed either. To me, the biggest surprise was an aroma that suggested a bit of fruit and a bit of butter. The flavor had some bitterness building but also some nasty harshness. By the end of the bottle it was seriously compromised in my eyes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2003
It's been awhile since I had this beer. Overall for my tastebuds it came down a notch since I had it last. But I enjoyed it.


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