kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 (draught) slightly reddish amber. Not much head. Not much flavor up front--bitter hops finish with metallic aftertaste. Not as good as I remember it.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, deep amber color with a white head that does not linger. Aroma of hops, with some piney and grapefruit notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is hoppy with lots of citrus and pine up front and a big, lingering hoppy finish that has a nice underlying malty sweetness. Not bad at all, a great ESB.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a light copper with little head. Some malt in the nose, some caramel.
Small bitterness in the flavor and finsih. Not bitter enough.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 I liked this way more than that crappy ass Red Hook IPA. I would consider buying this again but I prefer many different amber ales to this one.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colored body with a small, off-white head. Fine smell of strong hops and spice. I was really surprised when I took a sip of this. I tasted both anise and mint in the background of the bitter and sour hops. This caught me off guard and was really good. Odd thing about this beer is that the more I drank of it, the more it began to taste like a boring IPA. Aftertaste is bitter hops. I really can’t explain where the interesting flavors came from so I will most likely have to try this beer again. I recommend this beer for a try, if not for the out of the ordinary flavors, then for it being just a solid beer.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color, creamy head. Rich, smooth, malty toffee flavor with a dry and ever so nice mild bitter finish. English style bitters aren't my favorite, but this one is a good representation of the style. The best Redhook has to offer IMO. A delicious beer, but I would increase the bittering hops at the finish a bit if I were Redhook.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear dark gold hue with a white head. The aroma is a touch sweet with some matiness and hops. The flavor is bitter up front with some malt that is sweet with caramel.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had hoped for more out of this. It had that metallic tang. I'll give it another try because I thought for sure it would be at least okay.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A very safe choice. Not much head, coppery amber appearance. Served too cold. Once it warmed up a bit, aroma of general hoppiness. Taste was hoppy, but not overpowering. Not as sweet as some ESB's, which I consider a good thing. Not spectacular, but enjoyable for the style.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's quite good and a beautiful looking brew. Very well balanced with a slight bitterness and a good amount of malt. An all around good beer.