AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Has a medium foamy head that remains intact filming the top. Lovely lacing. Light in color, but has a happy feel. Fast coursing bubbles treading through amber drink. Subtle hoppy smell, slightly fruity, with very little accents of alcohol. First impression is creamy and gentle, followed by a pleasing barley and fig combination. Soothing and refreshing. A nice everyday beer.
Beerguys (50) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer had a reddish/copper color. You could taste the bitters but had a nice smooth taste. Stayed fizzy from start to finish
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, this would have to be my favorite amber. Very crisp, and unique flavor. I love the sweet taste at the end.
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good ESB. Not great, but good.
Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Adverage beer. Light copper colour. And a very light sweet flovour. Itís not a remarkable brew. However, to me itís a middle of the road beer. Probably be good at an outdoor BBQ
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 ben came back to the republic of texas squawking about the glory of this beer. for my friend, i want to like it. he gave me a bottle. i like the retro red and gold bottle cap, the simplistic label design. it pours into the pint glass coppery, burnt orangy. very few bubbles. no dimensional pizzazz. i become nervous. my friend was so sincere. there is little to no aroma - small hints, as if from another personís campsite over the ridge, waft up in the glass of maybe sweetish malts? the flavor confirms the possibly sweet aroma. perhaps some chocolate here. perhaps some harsh toffee. metallic hopheads spin from the malt edges like pennies on a tabletop betting ring. i feel chagrinned looking ben in the eye: i did not like this beer so much.
perhaps it needs to saddle up beside a spicy sausage pizza slice. thatís what iím feeling here. this is not a stand-alone beer.
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer use to be my favorite ESB until I discovered Fullerís ESB, I have to admit that this beer holds its own against Fullerís. Fortunately I live just minutes from where its brewed and am able to get the freshest beer whenever possible. The beautiful bitterness and smoothness that this beer has and the aftertaste is superb. Redhook certainly puts out fine products. This and their wheat beer as far as Iím concerned really hold there own against competitors.
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - JUN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden amber with a white head. Malt and fruity hops on the nose. Bready taste with sweetish malts and done fruit. Doesnít really taste like a lot of british ESBs but I liked it.
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid ESB pour, bright brass amber--like a freshly polished doorknob--with a surprisingly retentive white head.
Smells of dull caramel and surprisingly potent dry cascade hops. The hops are rather plain--no fruit or spice complexities--but for a bitter they are quite strong.
The dull, sweet caramel is present in the start, followed by a rush of the surprisingly strong, dry hops, and then ending sadly on an adjunct grassiness and a bittersweet rice flavor thatís similar to that of Bud or original Coors.
The poor finish is hardly enough to ruin the flavor, but it doesnít help it. I really donít know what to expect from a good ESB since the majority of the "authentic" ones imported here from the UK taste either stale or pasteurized by the time I get to drinking them, and since the majority of the ones made in the USA are usually just bland APAs. Reedhook seems to capture what Iíve been led to believe is a solid ESB: flavorful with a definite hop character, but not so bitter as to inhibit pounding.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nicly done, I really enjoyed this one, in fact it was my first ESB Iíve ever tried.