adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2001
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full-bodied for what it is, but goes down easy otherwise. Short-lived burst of grains in the middle. Tinge of alcohol in the finish.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clear copper color with fading head. Seemed a bit thin, but I had an SN Pale Ale before it. I like the hop finish, but it could be a bit better. This is a very easy to drink beer. It has a great maltiness and slight alcoholic bite. Very enjoyable.
ted99 (10) - USA - DEC 5, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like it. Its like Sam Adams. Its a good ole beer.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-tinged copper colored ale. One of the first ’macro’ micros I’ve tasted. Although this beer is their ’flagship,’ it’s not their best. While it is easy-drinking (for the masses), I found it rather watery on the palate and light in the flavor; although somewhat nicely bitter in the finish. Decent mass-appeal session beer. I’ll give it that, but it’s missing some ’fullness’ and some ’hearty bitterness.’ I yearned for a slightly fruitier malt base and a more bitter hop bite. Other than those gripes, I found it fresh and clean and decent.
jakeb4299 (25) - sometown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but often too bitter for me.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as much flavor as some ESBs, but definitely drinkable. Good touch of bittering hops, maybe some more aroma hops would do the trick.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faint malty aroma. Smooth taste with mild hop bitterness. Not as flavorful as Fuller’s but quite refreshing.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2001
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
What do they think an ESB is? This is crap!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the best that Redhook has to offer. I havent tried too many ESBs, but I am told that they are better than this. More hops maybe?
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
As with their IPA I just re-rated, my current tasting notes don’t match my older ones...hmmm. Anyway, it is currently a light amber color, with a medium head and pretty heavy lacing. Malty nose but not fruity. Nicely bitter flavor, but again with clean malts. Its not nearly as Britishy tasting as I’d like to find in an ESB.