ESB – Redhook Brewery

From Redhook Brewery in Seattle Washington comes their “ESB”.  This extra special bitter pours an orange copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel and bready malts, citrus and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of orange, citrus rind, earth, caramel and some more spicy hops than bitter.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 28.  This is a really easy drinking ESB although maybe a little off of style (but I look at style as a guideline not a rule anyways).

Commercial 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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3 comments on “ESB – Redhook Brewery

  1. First time I had this was at one of their brewpubs about 10 years ago, it was a fantastic craft on draft for the time. Other’s have risen above if since, but still a decent beer that I occasionally will revisit.

  2. cturton says:

    Much too high ABV to be traditional, what I’m really digging about the UK beers are the full flavours and low ABV’s.

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