ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Re-rate: 4/18/05: I didnít do a full re-rate on this, but had it on tap this past weekend. Just wanted to add that this is a very pleasurable brew on draught. I was ecstatic to see it on tap at Cragunís resort in Brainerd, MN, and had several glasses throughout the weekend. This is perhaps the most glaringly underrated brew I can recall seeing on ratebeer. A very good represenation of the style, has a moderately sweet, moderately bitter profile. Session quality. Original rating: 11/21/02: Without remembering that ordering "a Redhook" generally means a Redhook ESB, I ordered one at Santoriniís Greek restaurant in Minneapolis and immediately identified it as a Bitter, and quite a good one at that. Granted, it doesnít stand up to Fullers, but what does? This brew is intensely quaffable, quite tasty and is perhaps the ultimate session beer. The folks rating the non-draught version donít appear to be all that complimentary; perhaps this brew is just that much better on tap.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
from a very popular micro and having the "special" designation this beer fails to impress at all levels. Bland, and even on tap I have never had one that wasnít a bit stale and oxidized. This style should be all about the play of strong malt and powerful hops. This beer has neither.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma a little stale. Weak flavor. A slight bitterness.
Canít really taste much in the way of any malt at all.
Overall, this is not worth repeating.
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall a great bitter. Amber in color with a small white head that finished with a hint of hop bitterness.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a little bitterness, tastes pretty good after Iíve finished half a beer and my mouth has become acclimated to itís slightly sharp taste.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too weak all around to be called an ESB. There is not much here except easy drinking swill.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 weak aroma, not enough complexity. nice looking beer, though. Real nice Belgian lace and lots of tiny bubbles. light on flavor though, the beer lacks complexity alltogether. some bitters on palate and a some maltiness on the finish.
Treehugger (8) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummmm. Great balance of malt and hops. Not extra Bitter, just Extra Special.
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
LOVE IT. Tasty stuff.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid bitter with a good balance of hops and malts, however, I was under the impression that a bitter was suppossed to be bitter, and I am just not feeling it. It has a nice coppery coloration that is slightly more yellow than orange. It is nothing exceptional, but a good run of the mill beer. Not that great for in-depth tasting puposes, but good to drink a few of.