DetailsDon't be afraid of the abbreviation ESB. (Extra Special Bitter) This copper colored ale has a medium body and mild malt flavor. The hop flavor is well balanced with a complex finish. This recipe is a great alternative to pale ale.
Our ingredients for this recipe include 3.15 lb Gold LME, 4 lb. Light dried malt extract, 16 oz. Caramel 60, 3 oz. Tettnang, .5 oz. Willamette pellet hops, grain bag, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.9 / 5.025 ReviewsGreat All AroundI was looking for a decent all-around regular every day drinking beer. My wife was looking for a break from the IPA after IPA I generally like. We found a great compromise in this brew._x000D__x000D_It's nothing outstanding in any way, just great all around. Great malt flavor. A little hops I notice, but not too much it eeks out the wife. Clear copper color, and clean finish. It's just good beer, something you can drink every day and love._x000D__x000D_I would love to say it gets better with age, but it never lasts that long.February 1, 2010Red Hood ESB less hoppy than Red Hook ESBThis was my first kit. The hop aroma in the homebrew is not as pronounced as the current Red Hook. (I don't think the Red Hook has been as good the last few months.) I need to do another side by side tasting myself. I like it just fine as a session beer and wouldn't mind always having it on hand. Took a pint to the local beer store (they also sell homebrewing supplies). They liked the homebrew more than Red Hook. I know them well enough to know they weren't simply patronizing me. Had a friend over and he also like the homebrew version more than the Red Hook._x000D__x000D_From looking at other reviews, I think you may as well change your star ratings. The consensus is that customers are very satisfied with the pricing and quality (freshness, consistency, accuracy, packaging) of your products._x000D__x000D_How about some sort of a version that has the customer compare her/his results to the long description for the recipe? One rating should also be, "to what extent I followed the recipe"!.February 28, 2010Better than I expectedI was not expecting too much from this as I like Red Hook ESB, but it's far from my favorite. I was very pleasantly surprised! This beer is fantastic. I carbed it with Munton's Kreamy X and will probably never carb with anything else again. Leaves a light creamy lacing all the way down. The beer is not overhoppy and has a great taste and even better aftertaste. Could possibly be my new favorite. If you are on the fence about ordering this kit - DO IT. I left it in secondary for about a month and warm (Room Temp) conditioned it for 2 weeks and after one more week in the fridge this beer is hard to beat.March 11, 2010A truely good brewExcellent results with this kit. Flavor improves if kept more then 6 weeks after bottling - not to say it's not really fine prior to that. I tried this, as did my son, in a head to head with Red Hook - very impressed with the result. As some reviewers have also stated it's better than Red Hook on more than a few occasions._x000D__x000D_Enjoy!June 1, 2010This one will be reordered (MANY TIMES)The ultimate judgment of a good beer is when your friends request a bottle or two for home._x000D__x000D_I will be reordering this very soon.November 28, 2010This was my first brew.This turned out to be a fantastic beer. I forgot to add the malt until late in the boil, however, this turned out to have great flavor. 1 week in the primary and 2 1/2 weeks in the secondary. Finished in bottles 2 weeks at room temp. I will brew this one again.May 26, 2011it is about time i reviewed this one.consistent - Exceptional taste and balance - 4th batch - need to order more. _x000D_July 4, 2011Not Red Hook... But better!Turned out nothing like the Red Hook I get in bottles here... tasted way better! I just finished off some bottles that have sat for 3 months and it is amazing. I'm brewing more this weekend to enjoy over Thanksgiving with my brothers.September 28, 2011Never forget your first!This was my first HomeBrew & it turned out great! Followed directions to a T & used the wyeast 1056. 1 week in primary (fermented a little high @ 75degrees for 24 hrs, then lowered temp to 65. reached Fg of 1.014 in 4days), 1 in the secondary & 3 weeks in the bottles. Came out clearer than expected. It came out great! My discerning dad has already asked me to brew this one again.May 24, 2012Best So FarI'm new to homebrew and have had good results so far, but this was the best of 5! It has a great balance of malty rich flavor with a bit of hoppy bite. It's just a nice, drinkable beer. Will order again soon!September 2, 2012
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