Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Reviews by hopman333:
4.3/5 rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Ok, this brew has been hit and miss over the year's as I usually include their product's in my shuffle from time to time because of the $4.99 6er price at my go to liqour store here in Chicago. Also depend's on the freshness bigtime, in my opinion the ESB and the Longhammer should be consumed within 30 days of the born on date or they are not worthy of a purchase.
Just getting over a cold and can still smell a nice mix of marichino cherries , rich caramel malt and that classic leathery/earthiness of an ESB. Almost forgot, the appearnace is average for the style.
When tasted fresh, it starts out malty rich with a nice tingle of carbonation on the tip of you're toungue. Again as I stated with the aroma the cherry , woodsy and caramel flavors seem to be in almost near perfect harmony with one another, it then shifts over to the nicely balanced hop flavors and bitterness imparted from the american tettnang hops to linger on for quite a bit. Dead on for the style.
I realize some of my fellow BA's will think I'm nut's for the good review on this brew, however as I said earlier, the 30 day freshness window has a huge impact on this beer and can bring this brew from a below average rating to an all around great example of the style. So if you can get this within a 30 day window from the born on date, it's a great beer at a great price....
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2009 03:17:38 | More by hopman333
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3.86/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours like an IPA. Give it some head and it'll be just like you're at a bar.
S - Smells like a liquid forest.
T - Malty sweetness with some hops. At first you think the hops will be the predominant taste, but the brown sweetness takes over sip after sip. Good for what it is, though.
M - Goes down smoothly. A bit much on the caramel for me.
O - A quality ESB. If you are enticed by IPAs but don't want as much bitterness, start here! Won't be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 08:01:11 | More by samtrillo
Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,537 ratings.