JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow - Very bitter. It’s the kind of beer that you can’t have after a clean or light beer because it is SO bitter. Taste is good but I think I had it from a bad tap.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. Medium hopped and malted. Smooth beer, some malt sweetness. Light taste full flavor. Excellent balance of hops and malts. Full smooth round mouthfeel. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.On my top 10 list of ’everyday’ beers.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I could taste the bitterness, but I have had more bitter beers. It only vaguely reminded me of an English bitter ale. I prefer the Blonde ale by redhook, but this is descent.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really special or bitter... I prefer the extra bite of their IPA.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I get bored of this before I can finish a glass. I wouldn’t call it an ESB if I were making it. There’s nothing special, nothing bitter, and they didn’t put anything extra into making this. The one benefit is that a lot of pizza restaurants and diners serve this, and it’s a step up from Coors.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
it tastes a little bitter, but then, it’s supposed to. very smooth for a "bitter" beer, great strong flavor, not bad aftertast. had it out of a keg just the other day.
Panzuriel (1698) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good dark golden color out of the bottle nice head. Good malty aroma with moderate hop tang noted. Very fruity but restrainedly bitter flavor following through to the aftertaste and finishing nicely. Decent texture.
albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colored Ale, Head dies off pretty quick. Hops and Earthy flavor. Unique bitter roasty aftertaste.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a keg: Dark, copper/brown hue. Clean, white, mostly diminishing head. Aromas of earthy malt, floral hops. Nice sweet earthiness first. Medium bodied, clean bitter ending. Not the best bitter, kinda bland in the middle and everything. A little loose around the edges. Im not a big redhook fan.