RATINGS: 1627   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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UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I get bored of this before I can finish a glass. I wouldn't call it an ESB if I were making it. There's nothing special, nothing bitter, and they didn't put anything extra into making this. The one benefit is that a lot of pizza restaurants and diners serve this, and it's a step up from Coors.

Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002

odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2002
it tastes a little bitter, but then, it's supposed to. very smooth for a "bitter" beer, great strong flavor, not bad aftertast. had it out of a keg just the other day.

Panzuriel (2429) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Good dark golden color out of the bottle nice head. Good malty aroma with moderate hop tang noted. Very fruity but restrainedly bitter flavor following through to the aftertaste and finishing nicely. Decent texture.

albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Amber colored Ale, Head dies off pretty quick. Hops and Earthy flavor. Unique bitter roasty aftertaste.

Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
From a keg: Dark, copper/brown hue. Clean, white, mostly diminishing head. Aromas of earthy malt, floral hops. Nice sweet earthiness first. Medium bodied, clean bitter ending. Not the best bitter, kinda bland in the middle and everything. A little loose around the edges. Im not a big redhook fan.

tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.

GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
One of the better amber ales I've had, but that's not saying much since i don't like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.

achtungpv (284) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm......

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.

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