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 didn’t have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadn’t had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but here’s the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isn’t 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 (5699) - 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 it’s 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, it’s 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.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
7/19/02 Aroma tangy, slightly yeasty, light...not bad, but not flattering either...Color an extremely clear orange-whisky color with a nice, lingering head...Taste features understated hoppiness, a bit less than expected in this style; however, bitters express themselves more successfully in dry finish. Overall, this is quite drinkable stuff, but just not assertive enough in any aspect of its taste profile to earn any distinction. Re-Rate 8/16/02: On this ’second-chance’ tasting, previous judgments generally hold...This brew is simply understated to a fault...not enough ’oomph’ or complexity...
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Floral hoppy aroma with an equally crisp bite. The Redhook ESB is adequately hoppy but lacks body. A touch more malt may do the trick. I may tend to disagree with the site on the ’amber ale’ style description, as this lingers on the palate more as a bitterness than a maltiness, but I may be alone on this. A consistent hoppiness that makes this refreshing beer pleasant to drink regularly.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not half bad... not bad at all. Great hoppy flavor with a nice mix of maltiness... looks great, and I love the smell. Definitely not the best bitter (in fact, it’s not that bitter, and I see it’s technically an amber ale. Okay, you’ve sold me) you can get your hands on, but satisfying as well as reasonably priced
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and toasty aroma. Bitter and malty, well balanced. A little thin. Could use just a little bit more flavor. Not bad at all for the price. A good middle-of-the-road beer, when you don’t have enough money to buy the good stuff but don’t want to buy the cheap crap either. This is a beer I can sit down and drink a lot of without regretting it. I guess they call that a ’session beer’.