Sunday, May 18, 2008

Redhook Brewery - ESB

Bold and Basic.

Redhook Brewery is another Northwest stalwart, creating signature craft brews since the eighties. Though now distributed by the monolithic Anheuser-Busch, they have retained their own brewery and brewmeisters in Woodinville, Washington. Redhook ESB is a rather nice medium-hopped ESB. Originally my favorite as a "beer neophyte" some years ago, I still consider this ESB as a great "everyday" brew. This brew pours a clear amber-red and presents a light nose of floral hops with a touch of green apple. Intial hoppy tartness on the tongue gives way to a light, yeasty body. The finish is tart but does not linger. For those of you trying to get a pilsner-loving friend to try an ESB, this Redhook would be a great introduction. This beer would go particularly well with whatever is on your favorite channel after 10:00pm...and popcorn of course. Say "hi" to Joel and the Bots for me, will ya?

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