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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Red Hook - ESB

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Red Hook - ESB
Red Hook Ale Brewery
35 Corporate Drive
Pease International Tradeport
Portsmouth, NH USA
14300 NE 145th St.
Woodinville, WA USA

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.8 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 (On Tap) 

Postmortem Brew Review
Amber with orange tint.
Bitter hops aromas, some malts coming through.
Soapy head; off-white color.
Lace coats glass well.
Tart, bitter, dry hopped taste.
Medium body with drying finish on the palate. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
A long time ago, I had a Red Hook beer.  It was in a bottle, had a 10 month old date on it and probably hadn't been handled very well during its shelf life.  At least not to Cicerone levels of expectation. But, as I said, that was a long time ago.

Walking into a new restaurant, the greeter gave us a choice between the tavern or the dining room.  Actually there was no choice.  It was going to be the tavern if I had my way, and I did.  Strolling by the tap selections I noticed the ESB handle and thought, "'s been long enough to try a Red Hook again."  After all, it wasn't their fault the first one was bad.  But still, just the memory of it haunted me. Yes, me.

Well, the ESB, (Extra Special Bittering), was fresh, and it was bitter hopped and it was damn tasty.  So glad that I made that selection.  And although this wasn't the very best example of an ESB, it was very good indeed.  Now I must admit that I should go back and review that Long Hammer IPA sometime, to be sure it was just an aberration.

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