SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very acceptable, mellow, sweet flavor if you can find it fresh. Confusing because there is really no bitter flavor.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber brown, minimal head. A surprisingly plesant malty aroma, with some sweet caramel and oak. Great balance and a clean finish. Very drinkable even if it isn't all that interesting - at least there was an effort here to give the beer some flavour.
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red Hook ESB Rich Amber Ale: I thought this was pretty decent. Even though AB ownes this now, I doubt they've played around with the recipe. This bottle had a bottled on date of April 30, 2003. This poured very nice color, deep copper with rapidly diminishing head, but leaving some lacing along the way. Decent carbonation and nice flavor with a nice bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff and worth a try. I would drink this again.
thefatguy (34) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well Done. Served on tap in Safeco Field. Nice body, full flavor. Good. For a bitter, missing the extra bite.
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent enough, but a bitter? More like an amber to me. I had it on draft and it is quite drinkable. No head to speak of. Dark amber in color. Wouldn't it be nice if all future Michelob products were made by Red Hook?
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Aroma: Had a really nice caramel malt aroma.
Appearance: Poured from the bottle with barely any head and therefore left no lacing. It had an orangish hue to it.
Flavor: Very nice malty/caramel flavor that carries over from the aroma. It could use a few more hops for my liking, but it is a very delicious beer.
Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer was just average.
Overall: A very tasty brew. However it could use more bitterness, and it definitely needs a head.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eh.. Not sure where's the Special or the Bitter but this was a very drinkable brew. Not anything bad about it, perhaps unspectacular would be the best description. If it's a choice between BMC, Flat Tire, or Drop Top, then I say go for it!!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I used to drink this one often a few years back.On draft I remember it being very good.Well I purchaced a "fresh 6'er" bottled on 4/21/03.Poured out an average amber.Weak head,slight lace.Smells of a standard slightly above average ale(slightly cheap).The taste is much the same w/ a sourness more than a bitterness.(ESS)Not too bad on the palate but not much of a "session" beer if ya ask me.Give me a real bitter or better yet an IPA(sorry).Reminds me of a cherry wheat w/out the cherries.They get distribution through AB(boo)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light amber color with a very thin, white head. The aroma is lightly malty with notes of dry grain, cereals, dough and caramel. The lightest aroma of citrus and resin to represent the hops. A rather decent flavor to this bitter. Nothing too outstanding, but fairly solid. A decent mouthfeel but a little abrupt in the finish. Decently malty with caramel and bread. The hops are a bit strong and attempt to dominate the entire beer. It tastes alright, but I don't really think its that true to the style. Eventhough it's no West Coast IPA, it's just too damn hoppy.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color, malts in the nose. Faint hops in this "ESB". Where's the "B"? Drinkable though.