SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
For being an Extra Special Bitter, they sure have the bitter part down. This beer is almost too much hop wise and seems to be lacking any thing to balance it out. Nasty Copper aftertaste that stay with you way too long.
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must say I was a little wary of this ESB because I thought it may be too bitter for my liking. But I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma was very subtle, pouring a deep gold color rather than bronze with fairly high carbonation and light head . The taste was clean with a slightly bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Not quite as bitter, however as I would like. Altogether a good yet unremarkable ale.
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.
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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 I’ve had, but that’s not saying much since i don’t like the ambers. Flat and not very complex, but very drinkable.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good ESB that is slightly behind Fuller’s taste but much easier to find.
DrPiva (96) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was my entry in Redhoook many years ago. The draft still outshines the bottle but even it just cannot compete with many other ESB’s on the market. Why - hard to explain but tastes weak (weak malt, weak hops), just tastes watered down. Finish like many Redhooks is somewhat funky.
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours out alight amber colour with a nice bubbly white head with patchy lacing. Scent is pretty standard fare for an ESB... grain and sharp hoppiness unfortunately accented with a metallic tinge. Taste is smooth and hoppy. Starts out with a velvety texture and then proceeds independently into a sharp hoppiness. A light flavour of grain and metallic taste is left on the palate as it goes down. A very mild ESB that unfortunately has some unpleasant metallic qualities. Drinkable but not an outstanding example of its type.
Oycpff (93) - USA - MAR 30, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The bottle poured a copper colored lightly carbonated beverage that was not quite crystal clear ... slightly hazy. It had an ample head that dissipated within 5 minutes and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The aromas of bread and malt predominated with notes of dried sweet fruit. It had a medium body with a watery texture and average carbonation. The finish was long and somewhat bitter as it should be. There was a good balance between the strong malt initial taste and the growing bitterness as the flavor matured on the palate
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colored with a good head and good lacing. A definite aroma of hops. A bitter taste the hops that leaves a bitter aftertaste.