Skrip99 (82) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do enjoy Red Hook, and never a dull moment. On tap or in the bottle, pretty good bar beer.
kingstratego (82) - Grävenwiesbach, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice and fresh. Just a little bit to malty in the palate.
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty hard to judge. As it is to style and no infections or stuff like that with smaller places. I am just not to impressed but again it is an ESB and not an XXIPA. Typical earthy hops slightly bitter and hoppy and decent malts. Judge for your self it us everywhere.
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2001
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good appearance, aroma, flavor on the mild side. Not bitter at all.
Better than average, not great.
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing bad to say about it. It’s average! If it’s the special at the local joint I’m alright with drinking one or two.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like it! Tasty mix of earthy, bitter caramel. Aftertaste is a bit odd, but I like the flavor over the tongue a lot.
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.