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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,663 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 17
Gots: 69 | 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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thebrood1987

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4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I get smells rich and malty with the malt giving off hints of toffee. I also get smells of fruits from the yeast and a floral smell from the hops. On the taste I get a bit of a spicy hop in the front of the taste with an extremely smooth robust dark toffee malt taste and then ending with the floral bitterness and fruitness from the yeast.

The thing that impresses me the most about this beer is the exceptional mouthfeel. Its so creamy and delicious. It literally has tastes of a brown/scotch ale even though it doesn't look like one. The toffee malts are delicious. The floral hopiness also really comes through on the end and gives it a nice dry bitter bite.

This beer definitely surprised me especially for such a lower score and its cheap 6.99 a six pack price. You can definitely tell they have the right recipe down for this beer which is why its been brewed since I think 1987. An exceptional ESB right here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:31:19 | More by thebrood1987
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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.