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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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1,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 1569
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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JMad

Texas

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

I drank this from a pint glass...

It pours an burnt orange/ amber color with a thin white head that reduced to just a ring. The smell consists of sweet frain a hint of caramel and some spicy/ citrusy hops. The taste is similar but first you get the spicy hops and then smooth malt washes over leaving a balanced finish. The beer is medium bodied the carbonation is perfect and it has a nice lingering finish that is slightly bitter and dry. This is an all around solid beer, I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:23:27 | More by JMad
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A - crystal clear deep amber with a lingering one finger head and good retention.

S - very grassy nose with a grain quality

T - sweet caramel malts dominate up front following by a mild bitter finish

M - average thickness with decent carbonation.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
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