bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad beer considering its mass production. Decent hops, not much malt ... just doesn’t have much of a complex flavor which I prefer. I do drink it on ocassion as its usually the ’best’ beer on tap at most mainstream bars.
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice initial floral hoppy nose and nice color. The flavor had a nice sweetness with a little bitterness, but both were too small for this style. The body was a little thin, but all in all a pretty decent beer.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A mild and fairly flavorful beer. Aroma was decent and the appearance was a good orange-amber color with a decent head that stayed. Not as bitter as I expected, in fact, not really bitter at all. An easy drinking tasteful brew.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice floral hops and a bitter bite but not assertive enough for an ESB, it tastes too much like a pale ale.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hello hops??? Where are you? I thought this was supposed to be an extra special bitter, but obviously I was wrong. Very plain, dull aroma and flavor... slightly sweet, and bitter hops are virtually non-existent in the finish. Geez, I hope this doesn’t turn me off the whole damn style.
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not really impressed with this beer. It had the maltiness I expected, but there was a slight unpleasantness that you wouldn’t find in a good ESB like Fuller’s.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent. Ok aroma, but good amber color with a decent head. Flavor was pretty plain with a nicely bitter finish. Crisp, but with a fairly thin body. Typical mediocrity from Redhook.
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good, Not Great. I probably judge RedHook product a little more hardhly becaude of their involvemnt with AB.
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Poured from bottle. Not catching much in aroma. Clear amber, head persists. Mostly caramel in flavor, fresh feel, drinkable. OK finish. Not bad but loses points for lack of bitterness.
toad6399 (3) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I recently visted the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, WA. That was my first taste of Red Hook ESB and I must say that I was very impressed.