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:
2,111
Reviews:
872
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
275
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine ale pours a medium dark copper color
with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features
some nice lacing. Nose of toasted malts and subtle grassy and herbal hop notes. Flavors
follow but exceed with character; smooth toasted malts offset by light herbal hops and a
medium to light hop bitterness that is perfect to the style. Medium carbonation is lightly
prickly and perfect to keep things lively and crisp with a lightly sweet moderately hoppy
finish that is very nice. Overall, nothing to hate and everything to like for a starter brew.
Just because it is distributed by a macro means little to the overall taste----it is a nice ESB
and one that I used to look forward to enjoying back in the day before they were distributed
by the "evil empire".

Cheers

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

**
09/15/12

AROMA: malt, vegetable
LOOK: Dark yellow pour. Eerie. No head to speak of.
TASTE: Vegetable, Soy….some lemon.

FEEL: ok carbonation, medium body.

Not really a fan of this one.
**

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimpyle48
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 2,111 ratings.
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