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.
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.
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
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a clear medium amber with lots of bubbles. Average-sized, fuly lasting creamy off-white head, excellent lacing. Aroma is a nice balance of doughy yeasty, pine hops, and honey malts. Some earthy cheese smell too. Pleasantly, I found the flavor to be as well-balanced as the nose. Lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Hops and malts are well alligned, never in conflict. Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh, how I love this beer. Poured an incredible amber color. The Smell was great, all leading up to an excellent taste. Definately something I'm going to be drinking on a regular basis.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had this beer while visiting providence. It was pretty refreshing and I enjoyed the beer.
Bammers54 (90) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good effort at a strong English style best bitter, great malt at first and then lovely hoppy flavours coming through as the beer warms up a little bit in the glass, a good around beer. (would be interesting to taste from a cask rather than keg)
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber color with white head. Aroma of cereal and bread. Taste is malty up front with mild bitterness to finish it off and a rather dry finish