Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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
Ratings:
2,104
Reviews:
868
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
273
For Trade:
1
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Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 2,104 ratings.
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