Blind tasting review
Redhook ESB
Redhook ESB

Family Pale Ale Style American ESB
Country USA (WA) ABV 5.8%
Producer Craft Brewers Alliance
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle
Characteristics Bitter, malty

Overview Redhook was founded in 1981 in the quirky Seattle neighborhood of Fremont, but its first efforts— estery, Belgian-influenced beers—didn’t get it very far. It wasn’t until 1987 that Redhook ESB was introduced, and it’s now their best-selling beer.

Flavors and aromas Mild honey and nutty notes with ample caramel frame the nose. In the mouth, this beer is lively, with good carbonation, mild yeasty fruitiness, citrusy flavor hops, and a mild body. Bitterness isn’t strong, but it’s definitely there, giving this easy-drinking beer definition. A nice beer, but perhaps not more than that.
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