Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting gold color, not pale, but not a red. Hoppy with just a hint of bitterness. Works well with barbeque.
igneous1 (1477) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
excellent aroma..true to an ESB, but the flavor is quite disappointing.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As I stood in line for a beer at the Blackhawks game, I was getting upset at the thought of yellow fizzy miller light, when I saw a few bottles of Redhook ESB! How can this be? Did they know I was coming? The hops was there and the taste was refreshing and balanced. It is hard not to rate this higher just on the simple fact that I was so happy to have them!
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good but not outstanding. Noticeable maltiness, nice color, avoids being too sweet.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad for an American macro. Hops finish is crisp but short lasting.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 9, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I hope that I had a bad bottle, because the head was just plain pathetic. By default all beer looks cool, I think that this is the first ’1’ I’ve ever given for appearance except when bashing American beers advertised on football commerials. Anyway, it was pretty thin, watery and unremarkable.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It comes on sweet and smooth with a distinctive flavor ... the hops catch up as you go until they move for a take over take over on closing, not quite getting there. I’m left a bit confused - something entrancing here but I’m not altogether sure I enjoyed the experience. I likely won’t drink another.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 early '02: Bottled. Color a bit darker than the IPA - amber/pink - with a thick persistant head. Nose malty and slightly lemony. Flavor very malty and full for an ESB, with relatively low hop presence. Very sweet and 'rich' tasting, but like the IPA rather one-dimensional. Very smooth quick finish. Recommended but not enthusiastically.6/4/7/3/14=3.4
early '04: re-rate. Tastes changed, or beer going downhill? Either is possible with this company. Little to no head this time, nose just faintly caramelish, unbalanced overly sweet finish with a somewhat over-hopped, dry finish. Little fruitiness, little real ESB character, though I wouldn't call it terrible.
Skrip99 (82) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do enjoy Red Hook, and never a dull moment. On tap or in the bottle, pretty good bar beer.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Esb are not for me.