Redhook Eisbock 28 | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Eisbock 28Redhook Eisbock 28

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

Added by drabmuh on 10-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by steveh:
Photo of steveh
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle straight from a just-opened case at Binny's Buffalo Grove, IL. Bottled on date of AUG 30 2010 (the RH web site says this beer has a 365 day shelf life).

I honestly didn't know Redhook was brewing these Limited Releases, and at $7 a bomber, I had to give it a try.

While the "28" in the name could be an homage to the famous EKU Doppelbock, I see that it's in reference to 28 years of Redhook brewing.

A -- Clear, dark copper color with a dense, light tan head That holds up very well in my Willi Becker..

S -- From a distance I could smell alcohol and bready malts. Up close there's a light fruit character and some mellow caramel and earthiness. The alcohol becomes mildly spicy as the drink goes down.

T -- Big bready malts up front that fold into smooth, dark fruit flavors and then mellows out to dry, peppery alcohol. There's a mild bitterness that mixes with the alcohol finish. There's a sweetness throughout this beer, but it's not a candy-like, soda pop sweetness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to syrupy with a very full body. Mild warming from alcohol, but there's nothing harsh in this beer.

O -- Overall, this is a fine example of the style and easy to drink -- even at 11%. The rich flavors call you back for more tastes. This one capped off a long day and glided me into the weekend!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a clear cherry amber color, resembling a cognac. It had a light tan, evanescent head.
Aroma of caramel, flowers, and wet dog.
This was a malt bomb. The caramel malt was up front and in your face. Some fruit. Late piney hops. The alcohol was noticeable, but seemed to enhance the flavor.
This was a robust and filling beer. One of the best efforts from Redhook that I've tried.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel and toffee, along with a lot of brown sugar and some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar and molasses, along with toffee and caramel. I also get some cherries and a little bit of chocolate. The alcohol is definitely present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold under a thin white foam collar. Alcohol, spice and malt aromas. Very alcoholic but smooth with rich malt flavors, traces of spice, kettle sugars and a hint of caramel. Full body, medium low carbonation, warming. A big, alcoholic beer.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Eisbock is paler than I expect but still within the style as I understand it. It's more a dark orange, sort of coppery with a bit of haze. The head is large but too loose to hold together for any time. Left behind is a bubbly sort of foam that deposits some spotting as the beers falls.
As it should be, malts are heavy in the aroma. It's got the boozy sort of sweetness anticipated, lots of dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is a little hot, but not terribly. A touch of grass is offered by the hops. Not masterfully done, but good.
It goes an interesting route in the flavor, as the sweetness clashes with an interestingly dry element. Dark fruits and something like molasses are strong. Wheat isn't quite cracker and offers a little tang. There's a little bit of spiciness and some white fruits flesh, but otherwise there's not as strong a Belgian yeast note as some. A little diacetyl seems present, as it mingles with the doughy taste for a sort of buttered biscuit note.
There's a bit of crispness on the tongue. While this beer maintains a medium body, it has a certain thickness that makes it seems like it ought to be fuller. It's smooth for the duration but has an interesting mineral quality on the palate. It's a little cloying in the thickness.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30 10 14:50 WA states the lable.

Red tinted amber with shades of golden sunshine, practically glows in the midnight hour, with a head and lace puts most to shame. Two inches high with fluff and bubble as it dissipates slow all creamy and low like the woodland hollow.

The smell of of smokey sweet malt rises on top and above it all, vanilla alcohol shares the road with an herbal madness of earthy delights all in fine order.Sweet and smokey with heat to spare makes you wonder how far or how near? blackend marshmellows seem to make sense when it's getting damn cold outside.

flavor's can be found with a bundle of gold, malt bags by the dozens rollin' of sweet and hot, smokey, but with caramel in the back of your mind. you better be sippin' slow to find out what it's about...dry, herbal hops bring back the years with glowin' memory of roastie marshmellows and bitterness around the edges. wood and smoke with a hint of maple sugar 'til the snow flies. The balance of life is fine indeed, and this here brew is right on time with the mothers of invention and the rules of the road might make you insane. Try when you ask her, is this not worthy?...she screams in the wind- YES! and please come again.

To feel is the virtue of the clean, smooth as silk perhaps velveteen...malty heft has brought me the fare and til the morning comes she stays with me here. The judge and jury may not agree, but I'll tell you now sir, don't feel by yourself it's better with friends around you to shoot into the wind.

Drink it slow, and how down-low on the hillside of fields of gold, run by the river she may give you a name if your lucky but keep an open mind, for it's best for all to let it happen on the run, a large snifter glass at the temp when it's slightly warm, to take from the fridge and head down south in the morning, watch the old men sing songs of eisbock's of old and in the meantime a redhook fishin' reel just wait and see.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear bronze bodied with a few sluggish bubbles feeding a moderate rise of yellowed ivory suds.
Sweet bread aroma mixed with a dried assortment of fruit, and a heady spike of booze. It's got assets in the notes of warm, cinnamon bread, frosted with brown sugar. And the fruitiness, though subdued, brings mangoes, apricots, peaches, and raisins. The alcohol is a bit of a hinderance, as it stops some of the more attractive qualities short. Though, I'd still say it wins more than it loses, aroma-wise.
It hits the tongue with a toasted graininess doused in honey and sprinkled with raisins, apricots, dried pineapple, and cherry syrup. There's an underlying caramel/toffee glaze, which over time and temperature gain, becomes more and more like Kero Syrup. Hopping is obviously next to nil. Alcohol provides a bittering counterpoint.
Syrupy full bodied with just a trickle of carbonation. While not a total chore to drink, it lacks a good deal of backing malt finesse to mask the exposed ABV.
At the end of the day, it's a reasonable attempt at an eisbock- always a style I like to see, so I'm probably biased to like it. But beyond that, it's only so-so. It's getting tougher to drink, the booze begins to scream as it warms. That's not a good thing. It's probably worse than I'm giving it credit for, but I'm gonna quit this review while I'm somewhat ahead.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's cold outside and it seems like now is a good time to be drinking a beer that fits the weather. I picked up Redhook's Eisbock 28 awhile ago. It's actually past due on the date...!!!...but upon a quick tasting it doesn't taste bad. Hopefully I won't be feeling sick later. Anyway, it's about time I drank this beer. I put of drinking it for too long and I'm interesting in seeing if Redhook can deliver on a more special beer. I haven't had a flagship beer from Redhook in years but I remember they were decent. Now I'll see if they have stepped it up.

Because it's an eisbock I chose to chill the beer in my freezer for awhile. What would drinking an icebock be if the beer wasn't close to freezing itself? What I poured out was a bit hazy copper beer with an off-white fizzy-frothy head. It takes awhile for the head to develop so be careful when pouring or it will bubble over the top. The head fizzles out quickly but leaves a fine layer of bubbles on top.

The Eisbock 28 does not have a subtle smell. It kicks you in your pants with sweet malts, a lot of fruitiness of peaches and figs, some spice, alcohol, and some woodiness.

Taking a gulp of the eisbock is a kick in the rear too. Right away you get a lot of bitter-sour-sweet fruitiness along with spice that has a crisp mouthfeel to it. Sweet malts smooth out the middle and give a bigger mouthfeel. At the end the the alcohol hits hard to give the beer a sort of rum-like kick at the end from the 11% ABV. It definitely warms you up!

This beer has some good flavor although it's a bit too harsh for me. That should be expected with it's high ABV. However, if you're in extremely cold temperatures and you want something to warm you up and get you in a good, relaxed mood then this will be a good one.

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Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Amber and transparent. Lots of bubbles and a short quarter inch head.

S - Apples, pears and a rich malty smell.

T - Sweet malt! Well, not the sweetest I have had but there is no mistaking it. It covers the "Bock" flavor well. It may be a little less sweet than other Bocks I have enjoyed, which I like about the Eisbock. It ends with an alcohol taste, which warms me up nicely.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - A great sipping beer for a cold day.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a surprisingly resilient tan head that leaves pretty lacing...impressive for a beer of this strength. The aroma is classic eisbock, with strong toffee and caramel notes, along with brown sugar and dark fruits (fig, plum, black cherry), oak, vanilla, turbinado sugar, and a wallop of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with huge malty sweetness, reminiscent of molasses, toffee, caramel and brown sugar as well as dark fruits (black cherry, fig and plum), some herbal hops, oak, vanilla and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is good for the style. Really enjoyable eisbock, not quite on the level of Samichlaus but not far off either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed or bottled Fall of 2010, Aug 30 at 11:37 Pacific time to ber more precise...

Pours a nive copper/caramel color with 2+ fingers of tan head, good looking beer! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness & figgy notes in spades, stong nose backs off as this warms

T: Breadyness, a bit of booze up front, some lemony & woody hop notes, dryness up front. A touch of oaky sourness, a touch of apricot & sourwood honey seetness/dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, sweet & & chewy with slight woody bitterness& just a touch of yeasty/ phenolic notes at the very end

MF: Chewy as all get out, slightly grainy, fairly firm/crisp carbonation. Some creamyness is evident as this warms along with a nice warming sensation & syruppy notes

This is a nice take on the style, that may not drive straight down the style guidelines, but would buy again if the price point was a little better

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Photo of zimm421
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Appears a hazy amber/bronze color with a thin off-white head that doesn't stick around for too long and doesn't leave any lacing.

Smells sweet as well as a hint of alcohol, but the alcohol is hidden well for the level it's at. The taste is sweet in the beginning and middle, with the caramel being the most noticeable taste. The end is slightly bitter, but the sweetness is definitely the prominent taste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and very heavy bodied. This is definitely something to sip because of the mouthfeel, but still something that goes down pretty easily. Overall, a good beer, but not something overly impressive.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced barleywine with a nutty, fruit aroma. Taste follows the nose very closely. However, the booze provides a nice warmth at the back along with some mild bitterness. Its a heavy hitter in terms of abv but its not heavy if you are just sippping it. I had modest expectations for semi craft beer, but this was a winner.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the brewers special bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brightish kind of red with very little foam. Malty caramel smell. Sweet. Astringent taste, lots of cough medicine taste. Some cherry. Solid hop bitter right throughout. String malt profile. Difficult finish.

Not an easy drinker - not for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Aug-30-10-14:48-WA. Sampled on March 5, 2011. It pours into the dimped mug an attractive copper color with virtually no head. Ultra-sweet malts begin the aroma with an obvious alcohol background. There is also a hint of toffee on the nose. The body is medium. The taste was a pucker-up kind of sour bitterness but at the same time smooth and creamy. A dry hop ending finishes it. I was not a fan of the aftertaste though.

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Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MaltBombPete just brought some of this home for us to try...

- Dark clear copper.. like a rich new penny... light off-white head... a finger.. quickly down to the smallest of rings....

- Little alcohol, estery malt, caramel malt.. bright bitter punch.. a little green olive...

- Some ester.. caramel malt, rich toffee... earthy... light fig or prune... little floral bitter touch of hop... really a smooth malty brew with a bit of heat... I bet would age very well..

- Medium bodied... slightly syrupy... carbonated well.

- Overall not bad.. I bet this would get much better with some age on it. Certainly one to drink cold at this point... at least until it mellowed out after a couple years.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 146 ratings