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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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1,898 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,898
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 23
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

Brewed in the style of a traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter), we’ve been making ESB continuously since 1987, and it’s now the benchmark for the Amber beer category. Despite having “bitter” in its name, Redhook ESB is really not that bitter at all. This brew is all about the balance of caramel malt sweetness completed by spicy, citrusy hops.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 1,898 | Reviews: 845
Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Cask at the brewery in Portsmouth NH.

Photo of cyguyjg
4.69/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sorry to buck the trend but I find this to be a special ESB. Great balance among flavor (caramel), alcohol and hops. And available all year long. Not like some brews you have to wait several months. This beer leaves those amber lagers in the dust.

Photo of Roser
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- nice big foamy head that lasted a good bit. No lacing. Semi clear/hazy. Honey gold.

S- clean, crisp. Strong malts up front. Moderately hoppy.

T- malty, sweet up front. Pleasant bitterness on the back.

M- light to medium body, creamy, smooth.

O- very nice. Nothing too complex (as it's designed). An easy drinker with good qualities, especially the taste given the reasonable (low) 5.8% ABV. Would have again and definitely recommend.

Cheers!

Photo of baile208
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color and aroma are subtle, not overpowering. The taste is pretty balanced and well-bodied. Good yeasty smell and taste, nice amber color. The aftertaste is a little uncomfortable, kind of chalky.

Photo of classixIII
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice honey to amber color, zero head on this one. Not much in the aroma department Not overly hoppy or bitter. ..eh..

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Split a pitcher with a buddy. Slightly above average.

Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 23, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: a tough day on the JV diamond needs a Cavs win tonight... APPEARANCE: rather translucent copper body with slow bubbles; white head is swiftly evaporating and uneven but soapy; lacing is a haphazard occurrence... AROMA: Centennial and Willamette hops present an aromatic, bitter kick; immutable caramel malts provide a formidable one-two punch... PALATE: buttery smooth with a whisper of carbonation; a bitter finish of a medium-bodied, pleasantly drinkable ale ... TASTE: a nicely balanced mixture of bitter, almond-nutty, buttery base and softer aromatic hops--some bubblegum too; a tasty, mild, sessionable beer ... OVERALL: drinkable is the word--a pint worthy of an oaken bar and some pub fare; a good sports companion...

Photo of ranger7
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent ESB. Very balanced and drinkable. Not as good as Fuller's. More of an Amber Ale.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite from this brewer and an OK ESB.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes: Unexpectedly light color. Subtle aroma. Nose and palate recall ginger ale, buttered pecans (diacetyl), white pepper, lemon-lime citrus, some Goldings type hop character. Moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth without seeming terribly thick. Not a bad brew but subtly flavored, does not compare with legit English examples of the style in depth of character. Neutered "for the masses".

Photo of Ian_B
1.37/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Looks okay, smells okay -- but has a strange diacetyl taste and sticky, dry finish that is just unpleasant.

Photo of cabelgabel
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well-rounded, full-bodied, rich yet crisp. One of my all-time favorites.

Photo of Safa1
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer not bitter. Usually 2.49 a 22. Think about that the next time your 10 buck 22 double ipa rolled in shit fermented doubly in the basement bomber lets you down. This ain't even the long hammer.

Photo of takusan1000
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a nice amber color with a solid head that stays strong along the edges. Good yeasty smell more than anything, and this prevails in the taste as well. While the bitterness is in line with standard ESB, it lacks the malty backbone that makes me love Fuller's and other standout beers of this variety. It is definitely a sessionable beer--nothing offensive here, but a chalky aftertaste persists and can only be alleviated by drinking more. I suppose that's the idea. Light to moderate mouthfeel, with minimal carbonation. Not bad, not excellent, but I wouldn't be turning my nose up at this in a pinch.

Photo of vikinggary28
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good looking ale, and this one sure is pretty. But aroma, taste, mouthfeel, etc. are just slightly better than average. Or maybe after all the hype I was expecting more. Anyway, if you can pick it up on sale or have one offered to you, give it a try.

Photo of everythingiszen
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The lingering sweetness is a bit odd, but this one is ok by and large. There are better ESB's out there.

Photo of Big_Mazz
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lacking in flavor, aroma is good.

Photo of Donkster46
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this with a sampler tray at their brew pub. Definitely have had better representations of this style. Slightly malty with a weird sweet after taste.

Photo of ssteckley
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my style I guess.

Photo of DoctorEvil
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A revelation when I first tasted this in college in the 80's. And to think the brewery (then) was a few blocks from my grandmother's house in Ballard area was so cool....especially compared to the other local choices in town (Rainier, Oly, Lucky, Henry's, Killian's) at the time. This has been my standard baseline taste profile by which other IPA/DIPA/ESB's are judged in my experience. Really not too bitter for regular IPA drinkers (maybe for lager-hounds), but I believe it is perfectly balanced... really close in profile to Sierra Nevada and Schubros 680... oh...and Go Cougs!

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty bitter. Nice malt flavor with a hoppy taste, better than their ipa

Photo of hophugger
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Simple review for a simple beer(no harm intended). Pours a semi-deep clear golden color with light head and decent lacing. Aroma is slightly malty and bready. Taste is light with some malt and hop bitterness coming through. Overall, carbonation is great but this beer seems a little weak. Weaker than I expected !

Photo of beer-fan-1
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First craft style beer I had when I moved to Seattle 20 years ago. Goes with everything especially BBQ. Available everywhere by bottle, sometimes on tap. My go to when there is nothing else to try in the place I'm trying.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a deep amber color with little head to it. The smell is full of hops in the beginning and then mellowing out into a sweeter scent. The taste was very good I thought with all of the notes being balanced very well to make a smooth beer. Not bad.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet fruity aroma,
Bready, toasted malts, sweet Carmel, mild bitterness.
Good carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

A nice pale ale.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.