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 (3179) - 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 (5355) - 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 (1046) - 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.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer. Nice aroma,
though not overwhelming. Nice ambr
appearance in the glass. Has a nice bitter
flavor with more depth than othr Redhook products.
Is at least two dimensional, which is more
than I can say for Redhook’s IPA or Porter.
Worth more than the $4.99 I paid for six.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A classic, deep amber hue, rich malt sweetness, mildly hopped easy to drink.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Classic beer taste. Pretty good stuff, solid body and nice finish.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. Kind of an odd smell to it, but the light taste is nice. It’s also kind of a drawback, as it doesn’t have much bite to it.