Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook ESBRedhook ESB

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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

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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About one finger of head. Color was pale and light, a bit like dark urine and apple juice.

In the nose I got caramel malts, lager notes, corn, syrup, bread and yeast. Malty.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose, but a bit smoother that I’d imagined. Nice and balanced. Tiny amount of hops. Caramel and malty, but not as malty as the smell.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Smooth, watery finish.

Just an OK beer. I was hoping for a bit better. It had its moments, but nothing too spectacular. I’d probably try it again though.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

About a half an inch of rocky foam. Uneven lacing. Cloudy, spicy amber in appearance.

Hoppy aroma, with moderate notes of flower, pine and roasted malt.

Taste was lighter than I expected? Spruce-y, slightly resinous, tastes of citrus grape. Smoother than expected in mouthfeel, almost champagne-like. Tastes of light bread and biscuit malt as the brew warms up.

Nothing too special about this beer I noticed. But from what I've seen, it's garnered a hard following.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this beer is a nice copper orange color with no real head or lacing. This looks pretty average in the ESB category and there is nothing really making it stand out. The smell is sweet, fruity and malty. There is a candy sweetness in the aroma. The taste is good and malty and sweet. There is just a touch of bitterness in their to balance out the malty backbone of this beer and everything seems to be pretty well in check. The flavors range from caramels to burnt sugar, and from fruity hops to a metallic twang that seems just a tad off. Not bad though. The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is nice and rather low for the style and it feels creamy in the mouth.

Not a bad ESB for a company that can be bought just about anywhere. I am not big on Red Hook but this isn't too bad.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy deep yellow in color with amber highlights and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left large patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with some hints of fruity yeast. The finish has some hints of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable. There’s a good amount of malts in the beer, but it doesn’t feel filling.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder how many small brewery beers are still around after 10 years? In this case, I'm not sure why. I'd call it the Fat Tire of the Northwest.

Attractive light amber in the wide glass. It hits that earthy bitter note right off and sticks with it. Well carbonated with a nice beery mouthfeel. Bready flavor with an herbal note, like old dried parsley. Some decent malt in the middle. I am not partial to this hoppy flavor, but it's clean and crisp. A funny gummy aftertaste as the bitterness fades. Slight aroma of malt and crackers.

Only three bucks for the 22 oz bottle.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 2,103 ratings.
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