92. Redhook ESB

The first thing you notice when you buy Red Hook is the old school short bottle. Very unique and while I usually drink my beer from a glass the bottle just feels good in the hand. I had not had Red Hook in some time and was looking forward to trying it again, found a variety 12-pack in my local grocer this week so decided to stock up. The first of four from Red Hook was the ESB and while this beer is quite simple it is still a good example of ESB and very easy to drink. Great color, minimal aroma and a good balance of malt and hops. Almost no aftertaste.
Pros: Color, smooth
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 28
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers 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.

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