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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hershdawg
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Merkur
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of jar2574
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored beer, lots of carbonation and average head retention.

Smells good - spicy, citrusy hops.

Taste is clean, refreshing. Hop dominated. But not explosive hops. Slight bitterness, some spicy peppery flavor, some caramel malt sweetness.

A great session beer, I'd get it at a bar watching a game.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (looks like a regular bottle/stubbie hybrid) stamped on bottom label BOTTLED ON: OCT 07 11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Pours offwhite head with decent retention and stick. Slightly hazy deep orange body with a bit of brownish hue. Tons of floating particulate matter. They look clear and flaky like tiny fragments of lemon or lime meat left over in the glass after a good squeeze.

Smell - Bready malts. Caramel. Grassy hop. Smells like a mild but well balanced IPA. Faint citrus after a swirl. Becomes noticeably sweeter when warmed.

Taste - Moderate flavor. Stale hop. Stong lime rind bitterness. Malt is there but difficult to evaluate due to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Almost chewy. Effervescence cuts through after a moment and cleans the tongue, leaving mild astringency in its wake.

Overall Drinkability - Not my style of beer but it's pretty drinkable nevertheless. First few sips were questionable and I didn't think I'd be able to polish off a sixer, but after half a bottle I adjusted to the profile and find it more than tolerable.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 2,107 ratings.
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