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RATINGS: 1655   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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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmusial99 (27) - USA - FEB 3, 2002
For and extra-special bitter it is not, this beer is more like a lager, sort of reminds me of Fosters with a slightly fuller body.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2002
Esb are not for me.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighlanderOne (1263) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Poured from bottle. Not catching much in aroma. Clear amber, head persists. Mostly caramel in flavor, fresh feel, drinkable. OK finish. Not bad but loses points for lack of bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
This beer is much better in my opinion than their IPA. This has allot of flavor and is fresh and enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
A good ale with a nice bitter taste, as the name suggests. Not too pricey, its a good warm you up in the wintertime beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Diablokev (179) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (4107) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Pours a dark blonde and leaves a 2in white head with giant bubbles in it. The aroma is sour, musty, like a wet blanket. There is no trace of hops or sweetness initally. The taste is pale, very weak and watery, but strong in a sourness aspect that isnt pleasing. As I let this beer warm up some, I smell a little sweetness, some honey, and the taste begins to strengthen a bit with some toasty wheat notes but not much. The taste still finishes watery, a very pour offering from Redhook.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours straw colored with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, apple, corn, and rice. Flavor is very grainy, with a light malt taste and a bitter hops finish. The flavor has that same skunky, sour aftertaste that crappy domestics like bud and miller have. Not a good bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (3045) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Taster at Binnys, Orland Park. So in three years on RB, Ive managed to miss Redhooks flagship brand. Just happens, I guess. A rather standard beer. Decent copper color. decently roasted. But I keep waiting for something in the hops that never arrives. Since this was being handed out from a table of AB products, patrons were asking if this was just Bud under another name. I butted in to explain that Redhook was in a distribution agreement, blah blah blah.


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