Redhook ESB

Redhook ESB

Rated 3.259 by BeerPals

Brewed by Redhook Brewery

Woodinville, WA, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

5.8% Alcohol by Volume

24 International Bittering Units

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Redhook ESB is modeled after the premium Extra Special Bitters found in English pubs. Brewed since 1987, this full-bodied amber ale is Redhook's signature brew with its toasted malt flavor and pleasant finishing sweetness. It's eminently drinkable style has established Redhook ESB as a benchmark brew in the amber ale category. Redhook ESB is made with a careful blend of two-row Klages and Caramel 60 barley malts and two hop varieties: Willamette and U.S.-grown Tettnang. This rich, copper-colored ale is styled by a complex balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of a heavier caramel malting. A late addition of hops highlights the fresh aroma. The well-rounded finish of our ESB makes it a wonderful companion to all manner of fowl and is great with grilled meats, game and cheeses.

ID: 476 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank13841
Overall Percentile74.1
Style Rank170 of 735
Style Percentile76.9
Lowest Score1.1
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.267
Weighted Score3.259
Standard Deviation0.536

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  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Review from old paper notes sometime 1998. brown Bottle with bottle date -1-30-97 and drank on 04-01-98. Brewed and bottled Redhook Ale Brewery, 35 Corporate drive, Portsmouth NH 03801. deep amber ale nice head and lacing. malt/caramel taste, hops, biter and citrus. abit of a bitter finnish

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I picked this beer up from the Kroger on Brambleton in Roanoke, Virginia. It was part of a mixed case. This beer was a nice take on a very favorite style of mine. While it was good, the Brits OWN this style.

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pour was a medium amber with a yellow hue and an average sized white head that receded down to a thin layer and small collar of residue with poor lacing. The aroma was rather strong of toasted caramel malts and a mildly sweet yeast with notes of toffee, butterscotch and citrus. The taste was very malty and a slightly sweet with a hint of toffee early on and then had a mild citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel was light in body with a mildly syrupy texture and a lively carbonation.

  • SLYFOX 2 reviews
    rated 1.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 3

    bitter,has a nice head.There is a strong flavor however this strange beer has very little character and has inspired me never to taste it again.Just to bitter with very weird after taste

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    I was hoping for more. This beer has a thick pour with an aroma of malt and hops. I wouldn't call this an ESB but instead a pale ale hybrid. It's a macrobrew for sure. It's way too hoppy to be called an ESB, IMHO. Thick and foamy mouthfeel. Plenty of hops in the taste. Finish is weak. At least the bottle is cool.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Another bad American variation on a British classic style. A light rust coloured pour with an off-white head. The aroma is weak hops, and caramel malt. The flavour lacks balance, a bit too malty for this style.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bought at 2am after landing at SeaTac to make the 5 hour drive back to Canada. For a beer well available at gas stations, this was decent. It was a standard micro brew US ESB. Bready, but thicker than a Brit one would be, gentle spice that might be wet old cumin, touch of hops, of the piney variety. I would be interested in finding more RedHook, it seems to be like the Western US version of Canadas Kieths and Rickards.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a burnt-orange/amber with an almost inch-thick white/light-brown head and rather copious lace surrounding the head. An aroma of bready caramel malts, faint hops, orange and citrus, bitters, some brown sugar and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange and citrus, bitters, bread and yeast, some tea, and spiciness. A solid, action-packed brew.

  • SLAYER02348 223 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours out an amber color with a small head that is gone fast. Aroma is a bit citrusy and slight scent of hops. Taste is a bit on the bland side with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    A light amber colored beer. Small head. No hang time. And no lacing. This has got to get better. Buttered bread and citrus hops on the nose and in the flavored. A light to medium, syrupy body. Subtle enough in character that it could be a decent session beer.

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