Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.
barroso2501 (65) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank from bottle. Very good taste. Not much aroma, but very smooth and slightly floral.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very comparable to Bass pale. Ample white head, good lacing, moderate-good activity. Excellent color, soft, full mouthfeel, bitterness just right. Strong across the middle, medium finish, decent after taste. Medium-light body and underwhelming character insures hop-heads and beer snobs will piss all over themselves dissing this beer. Just ignore them. Solid, well rounded selection that’s widely available.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow, what an utter ripoff. Waited years to review good beers in front of this, anyway, let’s roll. Great label, great description on label, decent ESB color, I guess. Slight aroma, slight taste, no character. Good ESB is a fine style, so I stubbornly tried this stinker many times over the years, telling myself that the last beer was too assertive, ruining my palate for Redhook. BULLSHIT ! This is dyed red Budweiser (ie, Buttwiper). Jesus, Killian’s tastes passable next to this corporate "product".
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2000
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite smooth for such a dark beer. Almost the perfect amount of bitterness at the end....not to bitter, not to weak.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In answer to your question (WISEGUY527 "I used to love this. Did they change or did I?", a friend of mine just told me that they have been bought out by Anheiser Bush (this is one of his favs - and I just told him about this site - expecting Vince to join soon)
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours out nice copper color with a little head. Kinda rich flavor from malt. A little hoppy flavor. Not bad, but I had better ESB.
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.
teamsale (60) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a semi-cloudy copper with a minimal white head and light lacing. Has an aroma of copper and fruit. Decent flavor deep in both hop and malt, with a great bitterness and outstanding aftertaste. The second half is tasting even better as it warms up and sits out a bit. The granddaddy of craft inspires us all...