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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,672 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

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5/5  rDev +46.6%

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5/5  rDev +46.6%

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THEGENERALISMO

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +46.6%

11-14-2012 05:21:52 | More by THEGENERALISMO
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

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bluesplit63

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +46.6%

09-30-2012 15:54:29 | More by bluesplit63
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tippydog666

Washington

4.99/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm new to Beer Advocate since I just turned 21. I live in woodinville,wa where Redhook has a big brewery so I've been waiting to legally try them out for a long time. I really like the EBS By Redhook. Nice beer to sip and relax, I buy them in pints and will go through the pint in about 35 to 40 mins. It has a warm bitter taste with just the right amount of boldness. A very smooth beer but not creamy. I highly recommend this beer. Only $2.69 for a pint of good beer, it's pretty much a steal!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 09:12:54 | More by tippydog666
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Thirsty2383

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

06-06-2012 18:58:16 | More by Thirsty2383
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4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

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Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

02-17-2012 07:12:45 | More by kickerofelves
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pgroove

New York

4.65/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Probably the best mass-produced bitter easily found here in the states. You can get it pretty much at any supermarket or liquor store on the west coast. I guess they call themselves a micro-brewery even though they have a nation-wide distribution. A very good brew--its actually my default when I don't feel like being experimental or if I'm at the local ralph's.

For some reason it's not rated too well here and I have a few ideas on why that might be the case. It is nothing unique, that is for sure, and there are many better beers to be had. However, I strongly feel that the popularity of this beer is a huge step in the right direction for the state of beer consumption in the US. In a country where Bud and the Silver Bullet reign supreme, for a beer like this to become so popular and have such a wide distribution is really quite significant.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 04:35:05 | More by pgroove
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely a great backup beer... It is a nice American ESB... not extreme, but a decent example of the style IMHO. It has a nice full malty, extremely hoppy flavor that I find extremely refreshing. It is not my first choice among readily available beers, but it is a strong second and it's only drawback is that I prefer other styles of beer. That said, when I am in the mood, I am more than willing to enjoy this fine beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 22:14:36 | More by RushLimbmalt
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Shindelins

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is special. The Red Hook medicine bottle look is so fitting for the thick sweetness of this beer. I agree with how many have already noted it is a beer you want on a hot summer day and how session able it is. It's a more modest ESB, but it still defines the genre in its principle tastes, yet I've never had a beer quite like it. It's my favorite beer because there is not a beer that I enjoy have one after the another more than this one.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.