RATINGS: 1640   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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spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
An exceptional ale. RH is well balanced while being not-too-heavy. It's one of the best american ales that I have had.

jodyperkins (78) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Poured a slightly cloudy amber without much of a head. Not much of an aroma and very weakly bitter. It was ok to drink but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have another.

MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Rating #72 for 2012. 7/5/12, 12 oz bottle cold from a Guinness pint glass. Dry hoppy beer aroma. 1/2 inch tan head over a classically colored reddish brown liquid and creamy tan lacing. Bitter and hoppy ESB style beer, the high level of bitterness blends well with the carbonation. Palate, medium body and medium carbonation, finishes dry with a bit of bitter citrus.

Wanderings878 (78) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2015
Bottiglia. Colore ambrato, poca schiuma che svanisce subito. Aroma abbastanza debole, malto, erbaceo, luppolo e lievissimamente fruttato. Gusto non particolarmete bilanciato, dove un amaro poco più che leggero, toglie dalla bocca la dolcezza (anch’essa debole) iniziale. Gradevole al palato, carbonatazione media, corpo leggero. A suo favore, si beve davvero bene.

votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Very light aroma, light head not lasting, amber color with a touch of haze, clean taste with a touch of sweetness, a nice easy drink.

HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Nothing stood out for this beer. I would classify it in the Pale range..... bordering on bitter. Just not much flavor and heavy carbonation.

fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
My first Redhook, strangely. Nice hoppy aroma. Amber color is pleasant. Minimal head. A nice hoppy bite. Rather dry. Seems like a good entry-level bitter. Got for $9 a twelve pack, so a good bargain. May buy again, but want to try other varieties.

adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2001
Full-bodied for what it is, but goes down easy otherwise. Short-lived burst of grains in the middle. Tinge of alcohol in the finish.

BDawg82 (74) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 I will have to be blunt with this one, it tastes like pretentious malt liquor.This "ESB" has a nice looking red-amber appearace, a somewhat fruity scent, and is flavored like flat Budweiser full of stale sugar packs.

ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
This beer is well above average, but it is the only ESB I have ever tried. That makes it hard to compare to other ESB’s.

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