bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redhooks signature beer that I have seen on the shelves for years, but never actually tried. Well, tonight is the night.
hawthorne00 (3544) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a white head. Gentle aroma of bread crusts, peach, vague but pleasant and quite bright "other" fruit, mild spices. Just a little sweetness in the bread and biscuit malt, light floral and vague fruity notes. Quite dry and moderately bitter at the end. A little strong for what it offers, but decent enough.
superspak (4757) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/11/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good ESB style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. This was a lot cleaner than I expected from the yeast character; but was still a nicely enjoyable offering, and fit the style well.
MetalNHopHead (1463) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Red Hook ESB has a bit of a following and I’m pretty fond of this style, so I was expecting great things. I was let down. In fairness, this is an average ESB with above-average looks (especially that perfect snowy head). Flavor is pretty one-dimensional. Sweet malts and that’s basically it. Oh well. At least I can finally say I’ve had it.
alex_leit (2602) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber yellow color with good white head. Malt aroma: nectar and floral. ,Taste: honey sweetness of the malt, toffee and slightly porto, good balance, floral hops.
johnnymusky (935) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent beer not as bitter as some esb beers....very drinkable...a nice change once in awhile....
Spab (3438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Rockhead. Pours a clearish orange colour with average whiteish head. Aroma is gently toasty with caramel, fruity malt and a gentle citric note. Flavour is big on sweet caramelly and fruity maltiness, and has some lightly toasted bread and subtle citric hops. Relatively gentle carbonation. Pleasant.
DomD (278) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malty cereal. Pours a hazy light amber with white head. Taste is light to medium bitter. Medium bodied, with thin texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. An average ESB.
tmoreau (3769) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a clear & bright, medium gold hue, with a fairly persistent head of off white/ light cream colored froth, and clingy patches & spots of lacing. The nose was slightly dank, then soft malt, light citrus as lemon & orange, a bit of pit fruit, and a touch of sweetness that was candy and preserves-like. The esters and less sweetness continued in the taste, accompanied by a modest earthy & peppery bitterness that was conveyed well with the average carbonation. Light bodied, and decently sessionable.
artemb (715) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: caramel, toffee, malts.
Taste: light to moderate sweeteness, light bitterness.
Flavour: malts, toffee, caramel, some metall notes, some spices.
Overall this is pleasant and very drinkable.