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Redhook Eisbock 28Redhook Eisbock 28

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: 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

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Photo of sraimondi
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at the brewery where I judged a beer competition back in October. I know, tough duty, but someone has to do it....

A--A really pretty copper-orange color. A small beige head quickly disappears. Very minor lacing, which is the norm for a high ABV brew. Some haze as well, which is acceptable for this rare style.

S--Malt sweetness with alcohol notes. Some plum notes as well, although the alcohol dominates. Not quite exactly on style, but still good.

T--Alcohol definitely there, but not harsh; a good thing given the 11% ABV. Some complexities come through the alcohol, dark fruit, plum and some biscuit. Very nice.

M--Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, quite nice. Could have been a bit fuller re: the style, IMHO.

D--The ABV is very well-masked. While it is definitely present, it is not harsh. I would have thought the ABV was much lower than 11%. Nice job.

An extremely good effort by the folks in NH. This style is very difficult to produce and almost non-existent outside of Germany. While the seminal Kulmbacher Reichelbrau version is superior, this beer is a treat. I should have bought a case, as I think this may be a one time production for Redhook.


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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big beer! This one is a clear, deep copper color. The head is notable small, and quickly disappears altogether. Malt and booze dominate the smell....It's not a subtle smell, but is a rough-edged, seriously alcohol-laden hyper-bock aroma. The taste, despite the serious warming, has a little more complexity. There are some decent caramel and toffee notes, Maillard reaction toastyness, and a healthy sweetness. Ice beer! More bitterness than necessary in the finish. Lingering sweetness. This is a sipping beer. Better with ever sip.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very nice amber color, with a discernable orange hue. Even with a quickly-fading head, it's a really nice and clean looking brew.

The aroma is lager-like, with a slight, unexpected tinge of woodiness. Pleasant.

The flavor is really interesting. It's a lager at it's core, and as such, the flavors are super-crisp. But there's a lot more going on. The malt has a rye bite to it, and there's a very slight hint of fruitiness, perhaps cherry. It's fairly dry on the back end, surprisingly, but finishes clean. The booze is well-hidden for 11%.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, with a little stickiness at the end. Good overall.

I'd come back to this again once and a while. It's a good, warming winter brew. The flavors are overall clean and pleasant, with some interesting complexity. Nice effort here.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Portsmouth.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" golden tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades gradually, quite leggy, with sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity with an alcohol tinge.

Taste is sweet to start, quickly overcome by by a bitter fruitiness, which fades into a hoppy and boozy close. Lots of numbness after the swallow. Mouthfeel is rough and tough, and drinkability is okay. Needs some time to meld together and smooth out better.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep amber red with a nice head that eventually fades to nill with no lace. Smell of pears and lighter on the darker fruits, spice, rich malts and light alchohol considering. Taste has a big fruity maltiness with a nice round of hops with very low alchohol on the buds. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A healthy winter warmer that I appreciate this time of year.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

117th review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- A very orangy amber with soft yellow highlights.

Smell- All I got was spice and malt.

Drink- A spicy, malty warmer. Has a unique almost caramel-butterscotch taste to it.

Mouth- Pretty much medium bodied with a low carbonation point. It's a pretty lush 11% and drinks a pretty smooth kind of way

Drink- Not to bad. Kind of an unassuming 11% drinker. Leaves some things on the table and I think the flavor profile could be kicked a bit while bringing it down to a 8-9%

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Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly clear dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like raspberry and caramel and roasted barley, with copper hops and nutmeg and pumpernickel and a bit of vanilla.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and tart berries, with roasted barley and copper hops and a bit of bready yeast and alcohol. It had a somewhat messy aftertaste, with bitterness and some sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Moderate.
D: This gave me the sense of a good bock that has been iced for more power. Scent and taste were enjoyable but not great. The body was ok, but the alcohol was strong, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Age may help improve, but this will probably never rival the top eisbocks like Aventinus.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scarlet red body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of dense off white froth. Lacing is quite full. Rich malty sweet aroma with a little hint of booze on the sniffer. Rich malt flavors as well. Rich texture. Vanilla and a little rum. Caramel and nouget. Smooth and near full body. Alcohol is really held in check nicely. Very drinkable and quite flavorful. I'm impressed.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange brown with a slight tan head.

A slight hint of citrus that's overpowered by malt and caramel. A bit of heat from the 11% alcohol, too.

Lots of toffee and caramel that and loads of malt balance pretty well with all the alcohol. Not all that complex though, ends slightly hot.

A pretty mild drink for 11%. Malty and smooth.

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Photo of bonkers
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. The pour is deep amber with a sticky 2 inch white head. Lots of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol on the nose. The beer has lots of caramel and alcohol, and it finishes with some lingering heat. The beer is medium in body and kind of a sticky feel to it. To me more of an english barley wine, decent beer.

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Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a straight tulip glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany, with about 3/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet, some spicy yeast, but mostly a benign scent. The flavor was also sweet, with some alcohol, but otherwise not much was noticeable.

The body was OK, a bit thin and a little sticky. Drinkability was OK, but nothing special. Worth a shot if you see it, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of BDJake
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear copper-brown with a finger of beige head that faded slowly and laced well. Somewhat grassy notes and subtle malt sweetness. Malty caramel notes are magnified by the booze, and it's got a bit of earthiness and light hops adding to it's bittersweet flavor. Thick, chewy body, with light carbonation and a naturally boozy finish. A single bomber is enough for one sitting, enjoyable but too much and too rich to consume all the time. Still, a solid offering from a brewery often criticized for boring everyday beers, but has found a niche in it's Reserve series.

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Photo of vince4953529
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suggest to have this at near-room temperature. I had it a bit cold at the beginning and couldn't discern any taste except the booziness. As it warmed up around 55-60 degrees F I can taste the subtle hop and grass among the big malty taste.

A good sipper for the autumnal weather, but remember to serve it warm.

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Photo of Buckmaister
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees, date on bottle: Aug. 30, 2010

a beautiful medium dark amber color with some very small carbonation bubbles seen rising to the surface. An inch and a half head which quickly dissipates to about a quarter inch...little lacing left over.

This brew smells smooth! There is definitely a malt presence there with the faintest hint of bitterness.

Very smooth. You can taste the bitterness of the malt right away, but it does not offend. Just enough to tease the taste-buds and make you want another swig.
If this were water it would be Fuji. It is exceptionally gentle on your tongue. It almost takes an extra effort to swallow a mouthful just because your tongue doesn't want the flavor to leave!

Drinkability is outstanding! Do be cautious with how much you drink though since this beer is 11% alcohol.

This is just a fine beer all around. There is nothing I really dislike about it all...and the bottle is kinda cool too!

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Photo of zimm421
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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 FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Vibrant tawny color with a slightly above average sized, foamy, creamy, off-white head. Average retention with only a slight ring of lace.

S - Alcohol is pretty hot in this one. Also a good amount of sweet fruit (sweet ripe cherry, pineapple, apple, pear, apricot and tangerine). Touch of spices and bready aroma. Toasted caramel also present. Overall it is sweet and alcoholic on the nose.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweet toasted caramel and bread malt. Plenty of sweet, ripe fruit (same as above), and plenty of alcohol heat. Slight Jagermeister alcohol presence, probably due to the strong cherry taste as stated in the fruitiness. A touch of spices are present, but get overpowered by the other aspects. Sweetness and alcoholic heat are the two strongest point.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation, maybe a little above average. Smooth and has a definite warming finish. Pretty nice for a winter beer.

D - This is just a little to much to be all that easy to drink. Too much sweetness and alcohol.

Notes: For a winter beer, it is not bad. Strong, sweet, and warming. It's not an amazing eisbock or an amazing beer in general, but it can be a nice beer to share with family and friends inside on a cold day.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 mothman
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a clear copper.

Aroma: Cereal grain and malts. Caramel and toffee with some sweetness. Not much here.

Taste: Huge cereal grain flavor and malts. A decent amount of booze. Some caramel and toffee. Sweet dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm and malty.

Overall, not the best eisbock in the world. Rather boring for the style. Might be nice for the winter, but I would rather pick up something else.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Sweet, caramel, dark fruit.

Taste: Big sweetness, fruity, sugary candy flavor. It's right on the border of being too sweet, but stays drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Light for a strong beer, not coating.

Drinkability: The bomber went down really quickly for such a strong beer.

I like eisbocks so picked this one up. Very sweet but not cloying, sweet fruity candy to the taste buds. A nice change-up from the usual hop dominated beers I usually have.

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Photo of champ103
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an attractive hazy ruby red color. At first a to finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Initially I get a lot of fruits that I really enjoyed. Though that quickly faded to just sweet malt. Kind of a dank woody aroma as well.
T: Really sweet malt again. Dank woody flavors and plenty of fusel like alcohol.
M/D: A medium to full body. This has moderate carbonation, and not to heavy. The alcohol is very powerful. Very slow sipping. To much for one person to finish.

The huge sweetness and alcohol punch just wears down the palate. Initially this is very enjoyable, if a little simplistic. Though overall just to much, for me anyway. Cheers to Redhook for doing something different, and something that is worth a try however.

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Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is easily managed to desired appearance.

The description on the bottle is very accurate. It hits the marks for an Eisbock and it also has a winter warmer spin to it. I could compare it to aventinus eisbock mixed with a spiced warmer. A real treat and the best offering I've had from redhook. Alcohol is up front and personal. It runs a bit hot is my only slight complaint.

Notes: A couple of bucks cheaper and it would be an easy pick up over and over till its gone. For this kid one more pickup will have to do.

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Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a brownish mahogany color with a modest frothy white head. The head had some decent retention to it with a bit of lacing as well.

The aroma has a big maltiness to it with some caramel, darrkfruit and a good amount of spice coming through. A bit of alcohol is there but not too bad for the abv%.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a big malty profile to it. caramel and a little dark fruits come through in it. It shows a moderate spice to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Moderate bitterness in the finish as well as some warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad overall but not great either. It had some decent malty flavors but the spice coming through didn't really help it for me. Not a bad beer overall but one I'd probably try only once.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gots me a 22oz bottle today at Ayotte's for $7.99. OK, Redhook, let's see what ya got...

Filled my small DT tulip with a clear, rich amber liquid. Carbo was minimal, and slowmoving where present. Head was quite thin, bordering on be negligible. Mostly found some light beige bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Lacing was thin at best. Aroma has a decent dose of malt, as well as suggesting it carries some "heat". Body is medium, and the feel is verrry smooth as it slides easily down the throat.

Flavor has lots of malty sweetness, coating the tongue with sugary pleasure. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar are present, with only a slight hint of hops present in the finish, contributing some bittering balance to the proceedings. Maybe a suggestion of vanilla... maybe... The "heat" is present here, warming the innards all the way down. A fairly straightforward, simple bier. Not bad if you're looking for a malty kick of alcohol to warm you up. Otherwise? Likely a one and done.... Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
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