Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Pours a nice copper colour with a considerable amount of a white smooth head. The Nose is pleasantly Hoppy. After the initial Hop assualt which is quite impressive, there exists a sweetish finish in the palate. A veritable grapefruit explosion. This beer when chilled reveals a balanced combination of sweet Malts, and bitter Hops and some other overtones that make this brew a genuine Gem insofar as an all around good swilling brew. This brew is comparable to others in higher price categories. Try it you will like it. Kudos to Redhook Brewery.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer is fine. I’m not a huge fan of amber ales like this, but it drinks well. A very solid beer, but not my preference.
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 I like this beer. Poured out a medium amber, light notes of fruit and malts. Semi dry finish with nice lingering bitterness. Overall a very drinkable brew!
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red Hook ESB is a decent beer. If you like bud light at twice the cost, then this is your beer. I was not impressed with the ESB as I am with the Red Hook IPA.
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours light amber with frothy head that quickly vanishes. Light, clean, almost metallic aromas of some malt and hops. The palate was heavier than I expected with medium carbonation. Flavor is somewhat one-note flavor of a mixture of hops, caramel, and some malt that aren’t bold enough to either offend or impress. If this beer were a little lighter it would be more refreshing, but the heaviness of the palate and the light flavors seem somewhat incongruous. Finishes quickly with a little hops, caramel, and spice perhaps. Overall interesting but not enough there.
anticop (79) - Porterville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i like this beer, good taste, i got with a chick who was drinking this stuff, good job
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An exceptional ale. RH is well balanced while being not-too-heavy. It's one of the best american ales that I have had.
jodyperkins (78) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a slightly cloudy amber without much of a head. Not much of an aroma and very weakly bitter. It was ok to drink but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have another.
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #72 for 2012. 7/5/12, 12 oz bottle cold from a Guinness pint glass. Dry hoppy beer aroma. 1/2 inch tan head over a classically colored reddish brown liquid and creamy tan lacing. Bitter and hoppy ESB style beer, the high level of bitterness blends well with the carbonation. Palate, medium body and medium carbonation, finishes dry with a bit of bitter citrus.
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light aroma, light head not lasting, amber color with a touch of haze, clean taste with a touch of sweetness, a nice easy drink.