GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 weak aroma, not enough complexity. nice looking beer, though. Real nice Belgian lace and lots of tiny bubbles. light on flavor though, the beer lacks complexity alltogether. some bitters on palate and a some maltiness on the finish.
Treehugger (8) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummmm. Great balance of malt and hops. Not extra Bitter, just Extra Special.
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
LOVE IT. Tasty stuff.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid bitter with a good balance of hops and malts, however, I was under the impression that a bitter was suppossed to be bitter, and I am just not feeling it. It has a nice coppery coloration that is slightly more yellow than orange. It is nothing exceptional, but a good run of the mill beer. Not that great for in-depth tasting puposes, but good to drink a few of.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and malty aroma with a nice bit of hops. Very little head that dissipates quickly over an orange-amber hazy beer. Medium-vibrant carb, med-heavy body. A bit sweet to start but nice and bitter. Slight nutty finish with pleasant bitter,sweet after. Smooth and refreshing. Decent beer.
mogo (38) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Difficult to judge due to the context in which I have sampled this brew. At the ballpark, it is nothing short of abrosia compared to the Budweiser option (which is no option at all). Possesses a rich golden color and offers more flavor than what you’re used to having with a hot dog and Cracker Jacks.
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...