Panzuriel (1626) - 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.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better amber ales Iíve had, but thatís not saying much since i donít like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.
achtungpv (244) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had half of one. Nothing special. Had a funk when it got remotely warm.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sized head with some staying power atop a brownish brew. There is a bit of caramel in the nose with an earthy hoppy bites as well. More earthyness on the tongue with some spicyness as well. I also seem to detect some cinnamon flavor. Bitterness around the tongue and a nice hop aftertaste. The brew seems a little too watery in the mouth, however. Still, a good beer.
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 didnít have any, and I noticed some Redhook ESB, a beer that I hadnít had in a while. Bought a sixer, bottled on 5/28/02. Two of the bottles had mold on the label, but hereís the kicker - one of the moldy bottles was completely empty! Anyway, the beer isnít 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 (6711) - 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 itís marketed for the masses so that is understandbale. Good trustworthy standby.