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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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1,642 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,642
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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Offa

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3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a paradigmatic US "ESB" type and it certainly rather is to me in terms of its character - a less refined, less subtle, less complex, and less flavourful version of an English premium bitter, specifically Fuller's ESB, but otherwise vaguely reminiscent of the style. Like other US ESB imitators, it is smooth, malty, with light caramel and grain, but in the end fails to catch the subtle complexities and full, rich flavour of the English original. It's hardly great, but it's still a fairly good beer that is drinkable and goes pretty well with food. I have changed my opinion of it recently having decided that I now like it a little better, and find it slightly more characterful, than I did some years ago.

This is amber with a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and wisps, with a little thin, weak lace.

The aroma is mild, mostly honey, caramelly toasty grain, bread, with hints of citrus (gentle lemon and grapefruit) and pine.

The taste is lightly sweet up front with faint mineral, citrus, then vague, light caramel, vague apple, mineral, citrus and leaf. It has a lightly bitter finish that fades pretty fast to a grainy aftertaste. All elements are rather light and thin, a bit vague, and the aftertaste dos not take long to fade to a general watery character and the whole thing is rather thin and watery overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 18:15:14 | More by Offa
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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.