Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Redhook ESB | Redhook Ale Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
BA SCORE
3.41/5
Okay
2,117 Ratings
Redhook ESBRedhook ESB
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
Ranking:
#42,834
Reviews:
875
Ratings:
2,117
pDev:
14.37%
Bros Score:
3.19
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
279
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,117 |  Reviews: 875
Photo of williahd
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity and citrusy but not bitter at all which really surprised me based on the name. I guess after researching, this type of beer isn't actually supposed to be bitter? Odd name choice then.

 190 characters

Photo of bbtkd
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Redhook ESB, 5.8% ABV, 28 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and orange, with a one finger white head, leaves foamy lacing. Nose is alcohol, malt, and hops, taste is a balance of malty and hoppy with a moderate bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, and overall good. I had expected an ESB to be extremely bitter, but it's not - actually less than many IPA's.

 349 characters

Photo of akolb
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xungmound98
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am really dumbfounded that this has been getting such low reviews. I have been to numerous pubs in Great Britain and have experienced the taste of pulled from the tap.... what they call bitter. It's cellar temp. with low carbonation and every little town had at least one pub with their own signature homemade bitter. Red hook ESB is the closest thing I have tasted in the USA to the stuff I had in GB. We visited the RH brewery in Seattle and had it fresh on tap. This was in the very early days of the American microbrew revolution, so maybe my memories of that experience were due to the novelty of it.

 616 characters

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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

 847 characters

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
2.02/5  rDev -40.8%
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.
**

 199 characters

Photo of cts309
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stratusjeans
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dper
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hMtSGMYYHLqA
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JThor80
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nobledust
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimpyle48
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from bottle

19 characters

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2ellas
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook ESB from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 2,117 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.