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Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
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Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,494
Reviews:
873
Ratings:
2,113
pDev:
14.37%
Bros Score:
3.19
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of gvickery
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OzmanBey
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought this the other day because I really dig ESB's I was a little skeptical being that it's an American made beer, in the past the American ESB's have been a little flat or not as tasty. I'm really glad I tried this one because it lives up to the way ESB's should be, it has that nice malty smell, that nice malty taste with full flavor and a hint of hops that gives it that nice bite. I am very happy that I tried this brew.

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Photo of bnes09
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Shortbox81
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jason_nwx
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of apartin
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is faint malt. The taste is watery but has caramel malt in it.

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Photo of pro45
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle 3 months old. Pours an amber golden color with a soapy off white head. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, hops, citrus. Taste follows the nose with some sour nectarine and apricots. Hops are not so much here. The caramel malts take center stage, but a good balance with the flavors. Mouthfeel is sticky, yet good carb. For $7.99 a six pack you can't lose with this beer. Tastier than AAL's and many pale Ales. This was also not bitter. You can taste some faint bitterness on the finish, but not overpowering. Very tasty, easy drinker.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed copper amber color, it tops with thick frothy off-white head that stays with pretty good retention before gradually sinking to a bit lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Lots of sweet caramel in a nose together with baked bread, biscuit, and toffee, all from malt. Hop same time provides its crisp spice and mild fruitiness.

The taste is also led by caramel sweetness. Then it is joined in by baked bread, biscuit, and toffee like the aroma while hop lends its mild fruitiness, some spice, and subtle herbal bitterness at the end.

The body is between light to medium with semi-smooth mouthfeel and high carbonation through the palate. The feeling is okay and no offensive.

It is true to the style with malty loaded of caramel sweetness also baked bread, biscuit, and toffee.

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Photo of fthegiants
1.5/5  rDev -56%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ri0
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this on many occasions over the years. It is a pretty approachable beer that is lightly hopped and malt focused. Anyone who enjoys beer will be fine drinking one of these.

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Photo of D1noB
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smooth earth beer that has bitterness lurking throughout;

Taste Rating in Words: It's the guy staring at you from the corner, the one that asked if he could lick your tooth, like that would ever be ok.

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Photo of fishguyac
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Production date 25 Feb 2017; decanted into a tulip pint glass. Gave it a second try.
A: Orange-copper color, half inch head, with short-lived Belgian lacing.
S: Medium roast malts, honey and maybe pepper -- pretty thin bouquet though, had to dig into the glass for it.
T: Rather bitter throughout without the sweetness up front that I expect from the style.
M: Very light bodied.
O: Still no impressive compared to other examples of this style. May have had a "bad bottle" previously.
Try a Fuller's, if there is an question about the scoring here.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dankabier1
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dave1999
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T-34-85
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Berta
4.56/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers! Delivers smooth and finishes with a crisp not too bitter finish. Caramel in color and toasty in taste. Easy to have more than one every time they're in the fridge!

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Photo of williahd
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity and citrusy but not bitter at all which really surprised me based on the name. I guess after researching, this type of beer isn't actually supposed to be bitter? Odd name choice then.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Redhook ESB, 5.8% ABV, 28 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and orange, with a one finger white head, leaves foamy lacing. Nose is alcohol, malt, and hops, taste is a balance of malty and hoppy with a moderate bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, and overall good. I had expected an ESB to be extremely bitter, but it's not - actually less than many IPA's.

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Photo of akolb
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 2,113 ratings
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