Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery
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3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Pours an amber color that is clouded with suspended yeast but not so opaque as to not be able to see through. I like the head on this one....it starts out about a finger thick and settles to a creamy foam that covers the entirety of the liquid. The lacing is simply excellent, being thick and sticks to the side of my glass like a sparse few can!
S- Sweet and yet slightly roasted malt dominate the aroma profile. There is an underlying ripe banana fruit smell and a buttered bread aroma as well. The finish contains a mellow bitterness that is quite smooth.
T- I wouldn't liken this as much to a true English ESB but rather an Americanized version of it. It definitely has the biscuit like flavors and the sweetness of the toffee/caramel malt, and perhaps even some hints of vanilla, but it doesn't quite enough of the bittering balance that I personally love in this style, but it's nothing that makes this offensive...just a little more malt than there should be.
M- This is a medium-full bodied brew and overall the carbonation is smooth and fulfilling. I feel like I'm enjoying some sort of toffee dessert rather than a beer....the sweetness is just that good, but not in an overwhelming manner.
O- I think this is a good attempt at an English ESB but it just falls a little short of being truly great. I don't really have any qualms with this beer, but wish it was just a little more balanced. The alcohol is hidden well and it's easy to drink and yeah, I'd buy this again. I just couldn't handle too much in a sitting as it does fill you up rather well, but oh well!
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2011 06:05:59 | More by ChrisCage
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