ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber with a nice frothy head. The aroma is rich malt and was the highlight of the beer. Flavor is more hoppy with a blend of malt, not particulary bitter. Overall a mediocore beer that I would drink again, but will never look for.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As Redhook has grown, they seem to have lost what made them special in the beginning. This was pleasant enough, but seems to me to be toned down from what it was in the early days, for mass marked consumption. Mildly bitter, not the crisp bracing bitter that many small NW brewpubs create.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a few bottles while watching the Miami/Denver game. Soft nose of perfume, flowers,
alcohol, toasted malt and earth. Pours clear medium orange amber. The mostly lasting
fluffy white head is large with fair lacing. The flavor starts balanced with a sweet, warm
alcoholic middle. The finish is sweet and malty with no acidity. Not terribly deep, but
balanced. The medium body is soft and creamy. The finish feels moderately alcoholic.
Not outstanding in the world of ESB (I’ve had a few knockouts in this category), but a
decent brew. Must be allowed to warm for full flavor.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pleasant, mild ESB. A good beginner ESB, but no where near the best ESB’s like Fullers...
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good ESB not very bitter. Goes well with everyday meals. Nice balance of hop and malts.
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow - Very bitter. It’s the kind of beer that you can’t have after a clean or light beer because it is SO bitter. Taste is good but I think I had it from a bad tap.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. Medium hopped and malted. Smooth beer, some malt sweetness. Light taste full flavor. Excellent balance of hops and malts. Full smooth round mouthfeel. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.On my top 10 list of ’everyday’ beers.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I could taste the bitterness, but I have had more bitter beers. It only vaguely reminded me of an English bitter ale. I prefer the Blonde ale by redhook, but this is descent.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really special or bitter... I prefer the extra bite of their IPA.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I get bored of this before I can finish a glass. I wouldn’t call it an ESB if I were making it. There’s nothing special, nothing bitter, and they didn’t put anything extra into making this. The one benefit is that a lot of pizza restaurants and diners serve this, and it’s a step up from Coors.