MaBeer1972 (1641) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Somewhat red color, no head at all out of the bottle. Drinkable, but not very interesting at all. Bitter? Not really. I will pass by this one next time.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer, a bit light for an ESB, and not very bitter either. Tastes more like a hoppy red than a true ESB.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Coppery red in color with a small head that quickly dissapates. Good lacing. Smells pretty similar to other beers I've had. Doesn't taste at all bitter to me, despite the genre it's in. Not much taste to this at all; not what I expect from a micro.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange/brown body. Mild aroma, slightly sweet start with a fairly bitter finish. Nothing outstanding, but a decent session beer
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad at all. Nothing outstanding, but I'd gladly drink again. I like the color, nice head, good flavor. It's bitter, and I like bitter! Seems to get more complex as it warms...and that's a good thing!
slaterock (11) - USA - JUN 25, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I found it to be a decent amber. It has a small head but a fair amount of lacing. Very tart/citrusy 1st go but after that it just got boring. It was pretty highly carbonated too. Decent, won't buy again.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange in color with a small whitish head. Sweet/malty aroma. Has a mild sweet malty flavor. Kind of thin for my liking. Mild bitterness. Nothing really stood out to me with this one. Kind of boring and unsatisfying.
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 (204) - 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.