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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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3.5
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Update 4/11/04. Had this on tap before a concert in Columbus and the beer was remarkably better than the bottle I previously tried. Caramely, rich flavor led to a nice earthy, slightly bitter hops finish. Nice floral hops aroma. Hard to believe this is the same beer I tried previously.

Previous review: Crisp and refreshing, but by no means a "bitter." ESB is deemed an "amber ale" on the bottle, but has a weak aroma and flavor. Don't drop da dinero if you're 'dinkin bout dryin' da amber!
Rating: 5 3 5 3 12

3.3
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Copper in color. Light brown creamy head, mostly diminishing with some lacing. Light malt aroma. slighty bitter and slightly sweet with an enjoyable finish. Nothing all that distintive but I like it none the less.

2.3
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Quickly diminishing head. Nice amber color. Little carbonation. Almost no aroma??? Initial taste is mediocre. Aftertaste of strong hops, which again is quickly diminishing. Still, better than a BudMillerCoors.

1.5
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2003
I had this bottled once. I don't know what all the hype is about. Bitter, stale and utterly undrinkable.

3.4
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
A fairly good beer that my cousin can apparently get in Italy. This seems like a fairly promising brewery.

3.1
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2003
Copper body with minimal head. Bitter and sweet. Nothing really distinctive.

3.7
Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2003
Dark orange-copper with cool active head. Toasty malt aroma and a corresponding flavor ... with just a tad bit of bitterness, but barely any. Tad bit sweet finish. Not bad, not great.

2.8
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 A bit sweeter than I expected. Fairly light in both texture and color. Prefer the IPA.

3.2
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 31, 2003
light amber color, large foamy white head. Aroma is faintly hoppy, flavor is smooth, with subtle hops and malt. A nice, simple session beer.

3.5
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Tasted on 03-11-2003. I noticed this on tap at a spring training game. After watching Randy Johnson strike out batter after batter, including ARod, I worked up a mighty thirst in the 90 degree heat. 24 ounce plastic cup draught please. I noticed the amber color and calm smooth head. The first sip was great, as was the rest of the beer. Good bitterness, with a citrus like flavor nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Very refreshing. I will try this one again. Diamondbacks 5 - Rangers 4


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