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Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger off white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is amber bronze.

S. First smell impression is a boozy barleywine with a bit of sour fruit. Interesting smell. Very prominant alcohol smell.

T. Taste to me is very similar to a barleywine. Dark fruit, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel. Has a some spices going on. Has maybe a little bit of clove and banana.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. A little bing of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall this was pretty good. Not sure about eisbocks in general, but to me it tasted like a pretty tasty boozy barleywine. Probably the best beer, I have ever had from Redhook. Not overly complex, but a pretty solid beer.

*I try to avoid reading other reviews of beer until I have reviewed one. After reading some other reviews it finally dawned on me that this beer is over a year old. It makes a little more sense that this beer has turned into a barleywine now. Wonder what it tasted like fresh.*

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Aug 30, 2010 enjoyed on 10/4/2011
I found this bottle at a store I don't normally frequent, and since I never tried it when it came out, I pulled the trigger. Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a decent foamy beige head that shows moderate retention and leaves decent lace. I can smell the sugary sweet fruit as soon as I pop the top. Closer to my nose with the glass brings out some dark fruits like plums and cherries, some dark sugar and caramels and a surprising amount of ethanol for a beer that's over a year old. This smells like a barleywine quite honestly. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some sugars, but not what I expected from the aroma. Slightly earthy hop bite is present but obviously faded. Alcohol provides a bit of warming, but luckily is not as strong and the nose suggested. Medium body, sweet fruity almost sticky mouthfeel, light level of carbonation. Not having this fresh really skews my perspective because this doesn't seem like a bock to me. This is a pretty good old ale or barleywine at this point, I enjoyed it.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Aug. 30 2010 - consumed on Sept 19 2011

A - Poured out a clear, reddish color with gold highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and some fruity notes.

T - Mainly this tasted of sweet caramel, more sweet caramel and more sweet caramel. There was a touch of bitterness and some boozy alcohol flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp but a little sticky on the tongue. A medium bodied eisbock.

O - I assumed an 11% ABV Eisbock would be sweet when fresh. I hoped at 13 months old it would have mellowed considerably, but it hasn't. This one might need several years to mellow.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the 2010 ACBF. I managed to get a sample of it when Red Hook decided that they were going to tap the keg they brought. The beer poured out as a nice looking shade of amber with a light amount of haze to it. The aroma of the beer was very malty, had a sweetness to it and a little bit of booze on the nose. The taste had a nice amount of sweetness to it with a lot of malt in there. Not much in the way of hops at this point. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little thick which I found to be nice. Overall this brew is worthy of trying if you can find it.

Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #16 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.After the prior beer re Eisbock disaster, I sampled this one cautiously.

Light amber reddish body, clear, one finger white head, some visible effervescence, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Bready malts in the nose, quite boozy aromas, balanced by some caramel malts and floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, the booze has tamed a bit, caramel and bready malts counteract the ABV. Mouthfeel is a bit light, noticeable alcohol, dry finish. This was the best Eisbock of the tasting, and to be honest, I wouldn't order any of them again.

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 Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled 8/30/10,

A: Pours a dark amber with a very light head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Nose is heavy with raisin and sweet malt. Sugary and direct.

T: Lots of sweet malt and fig. Mildly alcoholic, with a tasty malty finish, good dark sugar notes.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, elegant for sure, very light carbonation, almost spiritous.

O: Redhook impresses with a very well done eisbock. The flavours are integrated and structured well and never cloying. A very enjoyable nightcap, though I have no idea why they bottled this in bombers.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From notes and a blind tasting.

Poured deep roasted pumpkin, clear, a decent off white head that left a slim ring. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Oh yes, you can tell this is high gravity. Nicely sweet with a bittersweet finish. And quite warming. Viscous and smooth. This would fit very well as a barleywine, but alas, it is an eisbock. Certainly not to style in our opinions, in which case I had to dock a point overall.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, medium copper color with a decent amount of head. Ok retention, not much lacing.

Nose is sticky sweet and toasty with a heavy dose of alcohol.

Taste is candy-ish and thick. Lots of caramel and the alcohol is still there but is actually quite smooth for an 11%er. I could see this getting better with some age on it, it is pretty green and the flavors have not quite come together fully but the potential is there. Creamy and soft mouthfeel, I am pleasantly surprised by this worthy Redhook rendition of the Eisbock style. Kudos.

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at OBC, in Ojai.

Served in a pint glass on 5/8/11, at the beach in Ventura.

A: Amber/copper color with a medium, ivory head with good retention and average lacing.

S: Smells sweet like molasses/caramel. Notes of oakiness, slight smell of alcohol.

T: Slightly bready in the initial taste, but follows through with a sweet carmel taste. Goes down easy, and light. Slight bitterness in the after taste.

M: Sweet like syrup in your mouth but very light. Medium warming due to the alcohol content. Refreshingly sweet, but not overdone.

O: Overall, this beer was a nice addition to my beer library. Enjoyed the flavor, and would definitely consider buying again.

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a bit of leg.

S: Herbal aroma with plenty of sponge-toffee and fruit-bread. Good stuff.

T: Sponge toffee sweetness gives way to a solid bitterness, herbal and grassy, some fruit bread, alcohol is very warming. It's good, but the American (rather than continental) ingredients are apparent.

M: A light residual sweetness has a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker for its strength, overall a well-crafted (and processed) brew.

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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed or bottled Fall of 2010, Aug 30 at 11:37 Pacific time to ber more precise...

Pours a nive copper/caramel color with 2+ fingers of tan head, good looking beer! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness & figgy notes in spades, stong nose backs off as this warms

T: Breadyness, a bit of booze up front, some lemony & woody hop notes, dryness up front. A touch of oaky sourness, a touch of apricot & sourwood honey seetness/dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, sweet & & chewy with slight woody bitterness& just a touch of yeasty/ phenolic notes at the very end

MF: Chewy as all get out, slightly grainy, fairly firm/crisp carbonation. Some creamyness is evident as this warms along with a nice warming sensation & syruppy notes

This is a nice take on the style, that may not drive straight down the style guidelines, but would buy again if the price point was a little better

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.

Photo of harrymel
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes verbatim on 10/12/10
Bottled: 8/30/10

A: Beautiful copper ale with continuous cylinder of bubbles from the bottom which dissipate at the surface. No lacing. No head.

S: Not impressive by any means. Sweet toffee, apricot. Very sweet.

T: Sweet, cucumber, toffee and grain. Still a bit hot.

M: Reminiscent of smooth liquor in warmth, not in genre lines. Numbs the tongue.

D: Okay, but not something I plan to revisit.

Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the brewers special bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brightish kind of red with very little foam. Malty caramel smell. Sweet. Astringent taste, lots of cough medicine taste. Some cherry. Solid hop bitter right throughout. String malt profile. Difficult finish.

Not an easy drinker - not for me.

Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Aug-30-10-14:48-WA. Sampled on March 5, 2011. It pours into the dimped mug an attractive copper color with virtually no head. Ultra-sweet malts begin the aroma with an obvious alcohol background. There is also a hint of toffee on the nose. The body is medium. The taste was a pucker-up kind of sour bitterness but at the same time smooth and creamy. A dry hop ending finishes it. I was not a fan of the aftertaste though.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's cold outside and it seems like now is a good time to be drinking a beer that fits the weather. I picked up Redhook's Eisbock 28 awhile ago. It's actually past due on the date...!!!...but upon a quick tasting it doesn't taste bad. Hopefully I won't be feeling sick later. Anyway, it's about time I drank this beer. I put of drinking it for too long and I'm interesting in seeing if Redhook can deliver on a more special beer. I haven't had a flagship beer from Redhook in years but I remember they were decent. Now I'll see if they have stepped it up.

Because it's an eisbock I chose to chill the beer in my freezer for awhile. What would drinking an icebock be if the beer wasn't close to freezing itself? What I poured out was a bit hazy copper beer with an off-white fizzy-frothy head. It takes awhile for the head to develop so be careful when pouring or it will bubble over the top. The head fizzles out quickly but leaves a fine layer of bubbles on top.

The Eisbock 28 does not have a subtle smell. It kicks you in your pants with sweet malts, a lot of fruitiness of peaches and figs, some spice, alcohol, and some woodiness.

Taking a gulp of the eisbock is a kick in the rear too. Right away you get a lot of bitter-sour-sweet fruitiness along with spice that has a crisp mouthfeel to it. Sweet malts smooth out the middle and give a bigger mouthfeel. At the end the the alcohol hits hard to give the beer a sort of rum-like kick at the end from the 11% ABV. It definitely warms you up!

This beer has some good flavor although it's a bit too harsh for me. That should be expected with it's high ABV. However, if you're in extremely cold temperatures and you want something to warm you up and get you in a good, relaxed mood then this will be a good one.

Photo of Asev714
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle down to the last sip this drink is filled with a simple but fantastic taste. Each experience is exception from the basic bottle design, to the wonderful color and distinct taste. Like many high alcohol content beers this one is meant for relaxed slow drinking. The twist of the brew comes from the sweetness mixed with the alcohol.

Shared a 22 with my father. Left feeling that my experience in beer has been expanded. A good beer for a good brewery. I hope on trying this again, although not in the near future. This beer is not meant for the casual beer enthusiast be ready for a hit to the pallet.

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, like light maple syrup, with yellow on the edges. Minimal head that leaves a bit of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly sweet caramel malts, with a bit of spice behind it. don't catch the alcohol in the nose at all.

T: Taste is dominated by caramel malts, and bitter hops that come on quickly and linger for a bit too long. Decent balance of malt and hops, though both are quite potent. But there's not a ton more to the flavor, and I get an unpleasant lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, a little low in the carbonation. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

D: This is a strong beer. Strong on the alcohol, strong on the malts, and strong on the hops. It'll knock you over. Split with two friends, one was almost enough.

Photo of welldigger888
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a redhook wine type glass,nice garnet copper hue with an off whitehead and minamal lace.
Malty goodness, with an alchol burn, very light hop.
Malty bready dark grain goodness with a hint of hoppiness. Floral grassy type hop.
Purt full figured gal here, this is a bit thick and chewy.
WOW the booze is well hiidden but packs a wallop!!!

Photo of CourteManche
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A -- Golden amber to copper in color. Cloudless and clear. Big bubbles. Looks to be well-carbonated. One-finger light beige head that doesn't retain well. Appears to be light-to-medium bodied.

S -- Malty with subdued caramel notes. Slight hops, pang of citrus, but very subtle. Spicy heat on the nose, especially as it warms up.

T -- Definitely reminiscent of other Bocks / Doppelbocks. Malty and sweet. Hint of caramel. Very sweet, malty finish that segues into a hot linger.

M -- Wow, big mouthfeel. Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is apparent in the mouthfeel; tingles in mouth and beer.

D -- Big beer, high ABV. Very sweet. One of the few Eisbock's readily available (despite being a limited release). Overall, a pleasant experience.

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 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.

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