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:
2,107
Reviews:
871
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
273
For Trade:
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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, clear honey-brown brew with hardly any carbonation. Smell is sweet and malty, but truthfully quite muted. Much rich, malty sweetness on the front end of the taste, too, though some hops sneak up on you at the back end. I do very much like the substantial, full feel of this beer.

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Photo of Twotom
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red hue, moderately chewy mouthfeel, mild flavor.

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Photo of squack
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of couchsitta
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ok, better crafty ESBs out there.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mattjp03
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of newdamage1
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tubeyes
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chrisroarshack
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of JamesGrove
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TyPhillips
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DL says this not JK - for her it's 3.5

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Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of notme80
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

A pint glass full of hazy orange brew with a short-lived white head.
Smell is decidedly sweeter than expected and with a noticeable orange scent to it. Malt and bread notes follow. Somewhat medicinal on the back nose.
Taste is as the nose promises, orange sweetness, malt, breadiness with a touch of hops to balance the whole shebang.
Smooth, medium plus body, lighter effervescence. An easily quaffable brew, very sessionable, too.

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Photo of ricke49
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was glad to see this in 22 oz. at a budget price. In that classic hop/malt balance, which make me love ESB's, this offering is a bit light in the hop element. As a 'malty' ESB it would be near ideal, if that was your desire. I note that many reviews observe a small, quickly dissapating head. The bottle I poured into a Becker pint glass was fairly robust in that department. Doesn't match some of my favorite ESB's (i.e. those served at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge Oregon) - but at the price, I'm fine with it.

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