StLsportsfan (61) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good, average ESB. Special, but not extra special.
Red Hook’s ESB is a good beer, but some of the micros that have come out lately have raised the bar.
Whids (60) - - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sessionable beer. Great balance and taste. Can’t wait to drink a few more.
molsonfan9000 (59) - geneva, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi fruity smelling beer. Color is amber with a thick head. Taste is sweet amost orangy tasting with a A good beer, worth a taste any day of the week.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy copper with small fine head. I need to pull pretty hard to get much aroma but the smell is a relatively pleasant sweetness of light caramel malts. Little in the way of hops to round out the rather light beer. Dry finish doesn’t have enough clear hop range to really impress.
Casteel420 (59) - Bristol, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber/copper almost red, with little head. Sweet taste with bitter aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinking. Aroma is musty, caramelly.
MonsterMash (58) - North Tonowanda, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 A nicely balanced though somewhat unremarkable beer. A good session choice.
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2000
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
As you can see, not one of my favorites. Does Red Hook make anything better?
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m frankly surprised this is Redhooks flagship beer. It seems really harsh. It does it’s job as far as alcohol goes, but it’s a difficult way to get there. Not anywhere near as smooth as their seasonal NutBrown, or the Blackhook. Still, by all means, if there isn’t a Rogue or Bridgeport alternative, don’t start reverting to Sam Adams! ;) I wonder what this beer would taste like on Nitro as they did with their IPA, (on tap) . . .
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Nice dark orange hue with constant carbonation. Smells maybe a little of hops, not much though. Some nice pine/ hops flavor with a tad of sweetness. I think this is a great session beer. Very drinkable, consistent, smooth. Granted, this is my first ESB.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clear copper color with fading head. Seemed a bit thin, but I had an SN Pale Ale before it. I like the hop finish, but it could be a bit better. This is a very easy to drink beer. It has a great maltiness and slight alcoholic bite. Very enjoyable.