BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing bad to say about it. Itís average! If itís the special at the local joint Iím alright with drinking one or two.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nicly done, I really enjoyed this one, in fact it was my first ESB Iíve ever tried.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does itís job as far as alcohol goes, but itís a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isnít a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, donít start reverting to Sam Adams! ;) I wonder what this beer would taste like on Nitro as they did with their IPA, (on tap) . . .
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Widely available on tap here in the Bay Area, Iíve avoided it in the bottle. Stringent hops on the tongue with not a whole lot in the nose. The effervescence could probably be a bit higher to push the more volatiles in potential malt aromas. Quality hopping. This is a good beer and did get me out of a pinch in New Orleans. This was the only good beer on tap I could find.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent, but not overpowering. Interesting malt taste with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. I enjoyed this but was expecting more from it. Re-rate: I sampled a fresh version of this beer and enjoyed it more than I had previously. Fullers ESB is still better, but this a nice try.
phoenixgoa99 (11) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a hearty weekend beer, light enough to socially drink, but enough alcohol to do the trick.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not that bad actually. Not really bitter like an ESB should be, but this had a decent malt flavor. Not comparable to a great ESB like Fullers.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Light amber color with decent white head. Clean nose with some light sweet malt and grainy notes. Flavors of light malt and a well-balanced and pleasing bitterness. Medium-light body, very smooth palate, almost lagerlike .A good American ESB.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its ties to Bud means that you can find this quite good beer on tap all over the place. Always a reliable pick, with medium hoppiness (a bit less than youíd expect for an ESB) and good balance.
Davhgbrew (722) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burst of grain flavor with the first sip that is a bit overwhelming, although it starts to grow on you. Nice bitter amber.