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Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 10-01-2010)
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of simonmoyse
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of illuminutteh
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call "cheese beer" meaning that it would go well with a cheese tray with say Havarti or Swiss and perhaps deli meats like ham, pastrami or turkey. I am a huge fan of ALL of Red Hook's products, and I have yet to find even one that I don't like. This has a very complex flavor which is hard to describe for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. There is a wonderful sort of aftertaste which reminds me of nuts. I would recommend drinking this chilled, but for cold weather drinking by a fire with a snack tray while watching TV or a movie. 4.5/5.0. I almost gave this one straight 5's, but it is not what I would drink normally, so I was conservative in my rating. Cheers!

Photo of Vierenner
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. My first Eisbock ... will definitely need to find more. I suppose over the course of a year+ in the bottle certain attributes have changed so my review of a fresh Redhook Eisbock could be different.

A foamy head is fairly persistent. Color is copper/amber and a little cloudy. Sweetness is present in the aroma and taste. A very slight hop bite is evident but certainly tolerable for those seeking less bitter beers.

I finished a bomber in the time it took me to write this review ... delicious!

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 30 Aug 10, Price $6.99

A: clear, nice light brown/amberish color, very nice frothy thick head that persisted
S: deep caramelized malt, dark fruit
T: deep caramelized malt, good hop balanced bitterness, a lot of heat from EtOH but well-made
M: chewy, dense, good eisbock, still very hot from EtOH after 20 months in the bottle

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30 10 14:50 WA states the lable.

Red tinted amber with shades of golden sunshine, practically glows in the midnight hour, with a head and lace puts most to shame. Two inches high with fluff and bubble as it dissipates slow all creamy and low like the woodland hollow.

The smell of of smokey sweet malt rises on top and above it all, vanilla alcohol shares the road with an herbal madness of earthy delights all in fine order.Sweet and smokey with heat to spare makes you wonder how far or how near? blackend marshmellows seem to make sense when it's getting damn cold outside.

flavor's can be found with a bundle of gold, malt bags by the dozens rollin' of sweet and hot, smokey, but with caramel in the back of your mind. you better be sippin' slow to find out what it's about...dry, herbal hops bring back the years with glowin' memory of roastie marshmellows and bitterness around the edges. wood and smoke with a hint of maple sugar 'til the snow flies. The balance of life is fine indeed, and this here brew is right on time with the mothers of invention and the rules of the road might make you insane. Try when you ask her, is this not worthy?...she screams in the wind- YES! and please come again.

To feel is the virtue of the clean, smooth as silk perhaps velveteen...malty heft has brought me the fare and til the morning comes she stays with me here. The judge and jury may not agree, but I'll tell you now sir, don't feel by yourself it's better with friends around you to shoot into the wind.

Drink it slow, and how down-low on the hillside of fields of gold, run by the river she may give you a name if your lucky but keep an open mind, for it's best for all to let it happen on the run, a large snifter glass at the temp when it's slightly warm, to take from the fridge and head down south in the morning, watch the old men sing songs of eisbock's of old and in the meantime a redhook fishin' reel just wait and see.

Photo of Buckmaister
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees, date on bottle: Aug. 30, 2010

Appearance:
a beautiful medium dark amber color with some very small carbonation bubbles seen rising to the surface. An inch and a half head which quickly dissipates to about a quarter inch...little lacing left over.

Smell:
This brew smells smooth! There is definitely a malt presence there with the faintest hint of bitterness.

Taste:
Very smooth. You can taste the bitterness of the malt right away, but it does not offend. Just enough to tease the taste-buds and make you want another swig.
Mouthfeel:
If this were water it would be Fuji. It is exceptionally gentle on your tongue. It almost takes an extra effort to swallow a mouthful just because your tongue doesn't want the flavor to leave!

Drinkability:
Drinkability is outstanding! Do be cautious with how much you drink though since this beer is 11% alcohol.

Thoughts:
This is just a fine beer all around. There is nothing I really dislike about it all...and the bottle is kinda cool too!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a clear cherry amber color, resembling a cognac. It had a light tan, evanescent head.
Aroma of caramel, flowers, and wet dog.
This was a malt bomb. The caramel malt was up front and in your face. Some fruit. Late piney hops. The alcohol was noticeable, but seemed to enhance the flavor.
This was a robust and filling beer. One of the best efforts from Redhook that I've tried.

Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear copper/red color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is light caramel, flavor is a malty caramel. The high ABV is hidden, but is warming. Nice industrial strength (11% ABV) Eisbock. Worth trying at $8.40 for a 22oz frosted brown bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of PBoegel
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 28th, 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head over sized snifter.

Beer is a brilliant clear amber with an ember like glow to it. Barely and head after the pour the touch off white head breaks easily and as expected.

Aroma is very doughy, melanoidins, cracked munich malt, brown sugar and heavy caramel tones. A flowery alcohol no hops. Nothing off character, hot or estery, this comes off as a very well made lager.

The taste is rich and explosive. Fresh caramel, cookie dough, brown sugar, touch of maple and slight vanilla character. Lots of rich fresh baked bread even hints of rye bread as each sip comes along. Big warming alcohol in the finish and coating the tongue lifts the light to moderate bitterness to be perceived a bit higher helping with some balance.

Very big heavy mouthfeel, almost too much but it becomes balanced by the big alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation, a sweet but fleeting sweetness in the finish. Very creamy and rich upfront and up through the finish.

For the heft this beer is extremely drinkable and a worthy sipper.

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scarlet red body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of dense off white froth. Lacing is quite full. Rich malty sweet aroma with a little hint of booze on the sniffer. Rich malt flavors as well. Rich texture. Vanilla and a little rum. Caramel and nouget. Smooth and near full body. Alcohol is really held in check nicely. Very drinkable and quite flavorful. I'm impressed.

Photo of Eschulz91
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is lacking, almost absent. My first sip was surprising by the complexity from a redhook beer. I was ipmressed. Poured slightly too cold, better as it warmed. Has a soft maltyness, reminiscent of honey without being overly sweet. Has characteristics of an aged armengac or rum. Wish I had another bottle right now.

Photo of asafarc2
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of adkieffer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ryanonline
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing i notice is that this beer has virtually no head. the color is very caramel brown with some ambery red hues, no real lacing to speak of.

smells very caramel and toffee scented with some distinct resin and pine hops. slight heat, just a load of sweetness.

The taste is the same but with some really slight spice flavor, and a bit of bran as well.

mouthfeel is a touch syrupy with some effervescent carbonation that does not last on my tongue before it disapears. as well it is moderately bodied but the syrupy nature makes it a bit difficult to handle.

bought this for 3.99, am pleasantly suprised. bought a bottle of the widmer brothers galaxy hopped barley wine for 9.99 will probably rate it higher but will still be happy. Life is good.

Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big beer! This one is a clear, deep copper color. The head is notable small, and quickly disappears altogether. Malt and booze dominate the smell....It's not a subtle smell, but is a rough-edged, seriously alcohol-laden hyper-bock aroma. The taste, despite the serious warming, has a little more complexity. There are some decent caramel and toffee notes, Maillard reaction toastyness, and a healthy sweetness. Ice beer! More bitterness than necessary in the finish. Lingering sweetness. This is a sipping beer. Better with ever sip.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AGED REVIEW
Bomber date stamped Aug 30th 2010

Purchased from the "Cellared / Aged" refrigerator at my local craft beer store two months ago and stored in my basement cellar until recently. Therefore, I was not in control of the environment in which this the one was stored for most of its cellaring duration, I only know for certain that it was under refrigeration at the point in time when I bought it, and the store manager who would have known more details about it was not on duty at the time...

It is colored light transparent mahogany, sort of like a lighter maple syrup in terms of color hue. A brief moment of fizz climbing up the sides of the snifter gives up the ghost in twenty seconds and from then on the brew is completely dead flat. I can't fault it too harshly for that, however, given the age of the bottle.

Heavy amounts of raisin toffee and toasted nuts are present in the nose, along with a medium level of booziness. I agree very much with all the other BA reviews that mention a strong aroma of pie crust. There is a mild aroma of age-degraded earthy-floral hopping once the glass warms up for a bit.

Flavor is overall like a sweeter-balanced barleywine, or a Samiclaus with less spicing to it. Sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit flambe and nutty toffee dominate over another wisp of faded earthen hopping and perhaps even a hint of yeast spice. This is definitely a dessert beer meant for sipping slowly.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much like maple syrup in terms of viscosity and the coating viscous nature of its texture, which would have been a non-issue were there actually any carbonation left in the bottle. The heavy chewy body is just fine, but the 'clingy-ness' of it is, let us say, somewhat less appreciated.

Photo of steveh
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle straight from a just-opened case at Binny's Buffalo Grove, IL. Bottled on date of AUG 30 2010 (the RH web site says this beer has a 365 day shelf life).

I honestly didn't know Redhook was brewing these Limited Releases, and at $7 a bomber, I had to give it a try.

While the "28" in the name could be an homage to the famous EKU Doppelbock, I see that it's in reference to 28 years of Redhook brewing.

A -- Clear, dark copper color with a dense, light tan head That holds up very well in my Willi Becker..

S -- From a distance I could smell alcohol and bready malts. Up close there's a light fruit character and some mellow caramel and earthiness. The alcohol becomes mildly spicy as the drink goes down.

T -- Big bready malts up front that fold into smooth, dark fruit flavors and then mellows out to dry, peppery alcohol. There's a mild bitterness that mixes with the alcohol finish. There's a sweetness throughout this beer, but it's not a candy-like, soda pop sweetness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to syrupy with a very full body. Mild warming from alcohol, but there's nothing harsh in this beer.

O -- Overall, this is a fine example of the style and easy to drink -- even at 11%. The rich flavors call you back for more tastes. This one capped off a long day and glided me into the weekend!

Photo of crusian
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from a local bottle shop. pours a vibrant dark red with a slowly growing head. sweet nose despite the Eisbock, with a little bit of spice, and pepper... as this warms it actually takes on a bit of cherry on the nose. Upping my score on the nose...
Nice thick body, a bit oily with a bitter finish. the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well, I was expecting it to be very noticeable. Other than that, the flavor seems a bit subdued, despite the "concentration" . Nice malt backbone...
I am shocked that I am one of the first to review this beer... my area of texas is usually the LAST to get anything. so I am proud to be one of the first!!
As an Eisbock, this is one of the better ones I have had, so I am reviewing to style here. Not too bad for an "illegal" US style. (according to US law, technically this is considered distillation, so it is a liquor, not a beer) Hope Red Hook doesnt get in trouble with this.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, this one is a clear deep red with not much head at all. Decent looking brew.

The aroma is boozy with notes of caramel and dark fruit.

The taste is more of the same. There are definite fruit flavors and biscuity malt flavors. It's really a different flavor than most beers I've tried and quite interesting.

It has such a distinct flavor and I feel like I should be able to place it but I can't. Very good though, and I'm a fan.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a surprisingly resilient tan head that leaves pretty lacing...impressive for a beer of this strength. The aroma is classic eisbock, with strong toffee and caramel notes, along with brown sugar and dark fruits (fig, plum, black cherry), oak, vanilla, turbinado sugar, and a wallop of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with huge malty sweetness, reminiscent of molasses, toffee, caramel and brown sugar as well as dark fruits (black cherry, fig and plum), some herbal hops, oak, vanilla and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is good for the style. Really enjoyable eisbock, not quite on the level of Samichlaus but not far off either.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Amber and transparent. Lots of bubbles and a short quarter inch head.

S - Apples, pears and a rich malty smell.

T - Sweet malt! Well, not the sweetest I have had but there is no mistaking it. It covers the "Bock" flavor well. It may be a little less sweet than other Bocks I have enjoyed, which I like about the Eisbock. It ends with an alcohol taste, which warms me up nicely.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - A great sipping beer for a cold day.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scant head, minimum lace, and a somewhat amber color.

Smells of dried fruits, sourdough bread and unlit cigars.

Leathery sweetness becomes a metal tinged sweet bun, pocked by phantoms of clothesline laundry and braised beef. Heavy sourdough notions and a somewhat confectionary, touch cloying sweetness prevails throughout.

Mouthfeel is much more appropriate than what it appeared it might be. It's a savior, as I think heavy carbo might have served to accentuate weaknesses as opposed to strengths.

This is a better than average eisbock. There are preferred choices, but i'm not going to bitch about having this in my hand, mouth, stomach, bladder... Plenty solid, and better than what I expected.

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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.