tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better amber ales Iíve had, but thatís not saying much since i donít like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.
achtungpv (211) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sized head with some staying power atop a brownish brew. There is a bit of caramel in the nose with an earthy hoppy bites as well. More earthyness on the tongue with some spicyness as well. I also seem to detect some cinnamon flavor. Bitterness around the tongue and a nice hop aftertaste. The brew seems a little too watery in the mouth, however. Still, a good beer.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice supermarket beer, though not a great ESB. Rerate: So I really was in the mood for a Belgian ale, but the supermarket didnít have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadnít had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but hereís the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isnít all that good, and I see that my early, naive rating was too generous.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
straight forward amber/esb. moderate bitterness (light by esb standards), slight tang with a bit of malt backbone. has it thinned since getting more commericial? not sure - still well balanced and an easy drink.
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Rerate Still a decent session, does not blow me away like it did before after a much more experienced palate. Decent mild bitter qualities. No faults, all around solid. Very light amber, light head, brief fresh lake water aroma Mouthfeel a bit spritzy for a bitter. Original 3.7 Tangy, full bodied. Hoppy aroma. Not quite as bitter as an ESB should be - but itís marketed for the masses so that is understandbale. Good trustworthy standby.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent, but beware, itís budweiser in disguise! Tread lightly.
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good ESB. Not great, but good.