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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 1568
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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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep gold brew with a small amount of white foam atop.

S: Basic malt smell, with hops coming in after and a vague sweetness in the nose.

T: A nice fusion of amber malts with enough bittering hops to make it quite drinkable. Nice toasted barley profile. Get a bit of a salty metallic flavor near the end. Full-bodied and nicely balanced, in my opinion. Not very complex, but doesn’t pretend to be. Quite tasty, really.

M: Smooth, creamy carbonation, leaves a dry bitterness behind.

Exceedingly drinkable. This is the kind of beer you gulp down on a hot summer’s afternoon. Recommended.

And I can’t let the review go without stating that Red Hook has one of the best microbrew websites that I’ve seen. Cheesy? Sure, but take a look at the details of their beers and you can find out all kinds of good stuff, from what malts and hops they use to original gravity, IBUs, carbs, and even calories per 12oz serving. Most unusual, but kudos to Red Hook for not hiding the facts.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 05:08:56 | More by kkipple
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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.

O - This is a good beer and it is very easy to drink. My problem is that it is sort of wimpy. Dial up the malt profile about 50% and the hop profile 100% and it would be a winner. As it is it's just another average easy to drink beer.

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s: Alcohol and sweet malt.

t; Oddly the alcohol hits the palate first, followed by the medium caramel malt. Some bitterness for balance.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
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