Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber with a light brown head with little lacing

Smell: Nutty warm smell

Taste: Lots of hops in the flavor and bit sweet from the malt. In the end it is a clean taste and is a great beer to sit down and enjoy at night.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of carbonation which is just the way I like it, changes flavor in the mouth and has a nice finish.

Overall: I'd say this is a pretty solid beer. It has good drinkablity and nice flavor.

I went to their tour in Portsmouth NH a little while ago and they do a great job and you get to try a bunch of their beers all of which are really good. As a tip if you take a map out of the little mud room there is a coupon which will give you a free tour, not that it is expensive to begin with (I think it is only like $2 or something but I figured I'd share.)

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Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a standard amber color with very high levels of transparency, but only a single finger of foam white head, with low levels of lacing and poor retention. Aroma and flavor has some medium levels of floral and citric hopping on top of a biscuit malt with some mineral aspects, the diacetyl levels are stronger in the flavor than they seem in the aroma. Still, the butter doesn't get nearly as overwhelming as I've experienced in other beers and in this case is actually appropriate to the style. I just wish that the malt bill was more interesting than the ambiguous 'bread feel' I am presented with. Medium-light body but not quite as well carbonated as I would have liked, feels thin on the tongue.

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 25.2% out of 100 with 2,111 ratings
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