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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
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1,667 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 17
Gots: 72 | 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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brewerburgundy

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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, bottled 6/9/11.

The color is copper, not so light as to be yellow and definitely not amber. A relatively creamy off white head sits on top with acceptable but not far ranging lacing.

Nuts, diacetyl, and spicy hop oil greet my nose. Oily citrus teases and drifts in and out making the impression more English and American.

While I've not had an exceptional number of ESBs, this is much what it seems they should basically be. The malt is full and comes through as toasted grain and nuts; crisp in the beginning and showing those flavors more in the finish. Those herbal, spicy hop oils are ever present, as is the teasing citrus. Nothing is dominant.

Small, soft carbonation is quite pleasant and lets you taste everything with ease. I can imagine that ESB or its smaller brethren on cask are sublime.

Like any kind of pale ale, the fresher the better. This is just over a month old and I think quite acceptable. I'm starting to appreciate attempts as subtle, balanced beers more.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 05:02:47 | More by brewerburgundy
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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.