Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
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Redhook ESBRedhook ESB

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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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Bottled 20SEP11

pours a hazed amber ale with a fleeting finger of off white foam. Smells of grain, metal and a hint of a frosted flakes. Tastes sweet and malty with the slightest hint of bitterness. I'm not really impressed with the flavor of this beer. I remember back when I first got into craft, and I thought this was a good beer, nowadays, this thin bodied, hi carbed sweet beer is mediocre for me. IMO an ESB should be only subtly sweet and have a pronounced, complimentary bittering on it that results in a feeling of slaked satisfaction.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/18/11

Appearance: Amber, copper color - starts off with a nice, white head, leaves great lacing - very clear

Smell: Pale malts, cooked malts, caramel, some diacetyl, sweetness, minerality, floral hops

Taste: Pretty unique - earthy with hard water minerality - bread crust, pale malts, caramel malts - herbal hops, some light fruitiness - nicely bitter - a lot of sweetness, too

Mouthfeel: Medium, nice carbonation, nicely smooth, could be dryer

Overall: Good, but not fantastic

Every ESB I have had tastes very different, and Redhook ESB is no exception. It's unique, but ultimately it is too sweet. It's a little too malty, given the other flavors. Regardless, it's not bad.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazed orange color. Lighter head. Small head does manage to retain well. Leaves minute lacing spots.

S-Smells floral and malty mostly. The floral is flavor is more specifically perfumey and bath soapy. Not a bad aroma, mild but interesting.

T-Like the nose. Flavor is very floral. Sweetness matches the floral hops. Also a bit grassy. Flavor is enough to keep me interested. Finishes lightly bitter.

M-Lighter side of medium body with plenty of carbonation. Decent drinkability. Light lasting bitterness.

O/D-I enjoyed this beer. It was even a few months older than I would have liked. Enjoyable but not extraordinary. Would like to try this fresher.

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A: A nice copper color that forms a one finger white head. Great lacing. Clarity is pretty good. The head retention is decent as well.

S: Caramel, toast, light english hops giving a slight earthiness. Not the most inciting ESB.

T: Caramel sweetness in the front of the palate, the hop bitterness follows. The sweetness lingers longer then the bitterness giving the beer an overly sweet finish.

M: Medium mouth feel. Though it is a little cloying.

O: As an ESB it is kinda "meh" There is nothing astonding about it, its drinkable but don't be looking for something that fits the english model of what an ESB is. It is also very sweet, a bit too much for style.

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Had on tap into a pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, red color. Very little head, but a fair amount of carbonation.

Beer smells piney and bready. Definately a bitter smell to the beer.

The beer starts very sweet and then finishes slightly bitter. Very sweet on the front end.

The beer pours fairly thin and watery.

Overall an OK ESB

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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
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