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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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1,673 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 73 | 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

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Romulus141

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. At a slightly chilled temperature.

Appearance: Pours a rather nice amber color, and in the pilsner glass, the color changed in hue slightly from bottom to top. There was a nice fluffy head in the initial pour, and that disappated a little after it sat, leaving a little froth on the surface of the beer. The lacing strongly remained on the edges. Quite nice to look at overall.

Smell: Sweet malts are the predominant scent here. I also detect a very faint citrus smell blended in amongst the malts. Overall, an enjoyable smell.

Taste: Starts off sweet and malty, and is finished off with the promised bitterness. I enjoy this bitterness as it balances out the sweetness implied by the smell of the beer. There is a slight aftertaste that is slightly metallic. All in all, I enjoyed this though.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation impinges on the tongue on the initial taste. The body isn't thick, but it isn't water-thin either. The viscosity is nice and medium. I would have liked the carbonation to not be as intrusive as it is however.

Drinkability: Given its medium body and crisp taste, I could drink several of these no problem. This would make a nice session beer, and would also be paired well with a spicy food. I may think about picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:14:42 | More by Romulus141
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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.