weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable amber, but really nothing special. It's a good beer to have when nothing else sounds good at the time...inoffensive is a good word.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber-orange body topped with a medium thick white head leaving behind a good amount of lace. Slightly sweet and citrusy aroma with a good balance of malt and hops. Slightly bitter hop flavor with a sweet amltiness underneath. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head, rather bubbly. Not bad, but not fantastic either. The taste wasn't as strong or rich as I expected. Not a bad beer though
Incarpathia (21) - Edmonds, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A NW classic as far as I'm concerned. Red Hook's ESB is a "staple" among micro's here in the NW.
toucan4can (1) - USA - FEB 12, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love the creamy dairy notes in this one. Caramel, caramel, caramel. Another good bottled stand-by.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh, how I love this beer. Poured an incredible amber color. The Smell was great, all leading up to an excellent taste. Definately something I'm going to be drinking on a regular basis.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was remarkable in neither a positive nor negative way. A little watery, but a decent hoppiness and nice color make it an acceptable, not to mention cheap and widely available, purchase.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad bitter, but not exceptional either. Good color and aroma, but fairly thin and weak tasting. Alesmith Anvil is my benchmark ESB, and this is not in the same neighbourhood.
Diablokev (163) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 (2Feb2003--draft)
A test piece for the use of specialty malts! Small head, fine-bubbled, lacy, mostly receding. A very appealing deep reddish-amber in color. Unoffensive aroma of honey, with caramel/crystal malts. Sweet, malty flavor, medium/low bitterness, same wonderful specialty malt presence, much like Deschutes Jubelale. Great full mouthfeel, aided by the very persistent carbonation. Overall, a very fine effort that could benefit from a hair of additional bitterness.
Interestingly, I was surpised how good the beer tasted on tap. My previous experiences with the bottled variety have been less inspiring.