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Redhook ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery

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1,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,843
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 21
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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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Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Scent is quite mild, offering up only hints of caramel and some metallic leafy greens.

T - Thankfully the flavour offers up a bit more than the scent with a solid dose of musty caramel and leafy green hops. A sour citrus bitterness lingers alongside some toffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and touch of dryness.

O - Overall a tasty ESB, but a tad too mild for my liking. Much like their IPA offering, I feel as though they've held back a bit, making this mediocre. The flavour profile is there, it just needs a bit more 'oomph'.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint. Served cold.

A: half a finger of white head fell into splotchy cap but has a decent looking,I
ring around the outside. Very clear amber color with little bubbles rising to the top all over. Nothing amazing about this beers looks but for a pale ale it looks right.

S: caramel and sweet pale malt up front. A little bit of hops balances the aroma. Smells like a pretty good pale too.

T: I am not really a pale ale fan, simple beers are grest but I like something with a hearty specialty grain bill. Well here it goes. mmmm, opens with good malt flavor, transitions to a slightly sweet note I bet its the caramel malt, and finishes with a pleasant hop flavor. Not agressivly bitter like its american cousins but just enough to say "hey there is some boiled hops in me" but a lot of hop flavor. A little grassy and a little musty. Good stuff.

M: solid medium body, minimal carbonation and very smooth. A good beer for just drinking a pint or two while hanging out.

O:like I said, not a big pale ale fan. But if this is an average esb then I would love to try a good or great esb. Could be my exposure is mostly to NWPA and APA here in Oregon but I think I like me some English Pale

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a thin white head sitting on top of a hazy amber colored ale. Not very carbonated.
Aroma is bready nutty malts with a hint of hops.
Taste finds the same, mostly malts here. Toffee and sweet caramel with some ceral or grain husk at end. Hops come into play towards the lending a bit of bitterness to counter the sweet malts.
Feels plain on the palette with a slightly bitter finish.
A good solid beer but nothing special although it is a tad sweet for my liking.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap while on the brewery tour at the Portsmouth location.

Appearance: Amber light copper color with good amount of white head.

Smell: Hops, maybe some sugars.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Mild bittersweet gives way to a slight kick of just bitter at the end.

Overall: Drinkable brew, good for a year round beer that goes well with many foods. I always enjoy this one, but have had better.

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2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle : pint

Pours a clear, brown-orange with a fizzy, quickly dissolving head of off-white. Leaves no head at all.

A bit subdued, but some toasty malt, with light toffee notes in both the nose and palate.

Medium body, bubbly, slightly fizzy carbonation.

A decent ESB, basic flavor notes that are expected. An average beer all around, besides the disappointing lack of any head retention.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,843 ratings.