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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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2.5
achtungpv (264) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm.

3.5
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Nice sized head with some staying power atop a brownish brew. There is a bit of caramel in the nose with an earthy hoppy bites as well. More earthyness on the tongue with some spicyness as well. I also seem to detect some cinnamon flavor. Bitterness around the tongue and a nice hop aftertaste. The brew seems a little too watery in the mouth, however. Still, a good beer.

2.9
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Nice supermarket beer, though not a great ESB. Rerate: So I really was in the mood for a Belgian ale, but the supermarket didn’t have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadn’t had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but here’s the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isn’t all that good, and I see that my early, naive rating was too generous.

3.3
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 11, 2002
straight forward amber/esb. moderate bitterness (light by esb standards), slight tang with a bit of malt backbone. has it thinned since getting more commericial? not sure - still well balanced and an easy drink.

3.2
PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Rerate Still a decent session, does not blow me away like it did before after a much more experienced palate. Decent mild bitter qualities. No faults, all around solid. Very light amber, light head, brief fresh lake water aroma Mouthfeel a bit spritzy for a bitter. Original 3.7 Tangy, full bodied. Hoppy aroma. Not quite as bitter as an ESB should be - but it’s marketed for the masses so that is understandbale. Good trustworthy standby.

2.9
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.

2.2
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Decent, but beware, it’s budweiser in disguise! Tread lightly.

3
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
7/19/02 Aroma tangy, slightly yeasty, light...not bad, but not flattering either...Color an extremely clear orange-whisky color with a nice, lingering head...Taste features understated hoppiness, a bit less than expected in this style; however, bitters express themselves more successfully in dry finish. Overall, this is quite drinkable stuff, but just not assertive enough in any aspect of its taste profile to earn any distinction. Re-Rate 8/16/02: On this ’second-chance’ tasting, previous judgments generally hold...This brew is simply understated to a fault...not enough ’oomph’ or complexity...

3.1
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Floral hoppy aroma with an equally crisp bite. The Redhook ESB is adequately hoppy but lacks body. A touch more malt may do the trick. I may tend to disagree with the site on the ’amber ale’ style description, as this lingers on the palate more as a bitterness than a maltiness, but I may be alone on this. A consistent hoppiness that makes this refreshing beer pleasant to drink regularly.

3.5
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Not half bad... not bad at all. Great hoppy flavor with a nice mix of maltiness... looks great, and I love the smell. Definitely not the best bitter (in fact, it’s not that bitter, and I see it’s technically an amber ale. Okay, you’ve sold me) you can get your hands on, but satisfying as well as reasonably priced


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