zygomatic99 (17) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Calling this beer an ’ESB’ is kind of a misnomer. This beer has a very minor bitterness when you take the first sip, but is pretty mellow otherwise. Still, this is a good beer and is definitely worth a try.
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The old standard, I think I’d like this beer better if it weren’t the fall back "good beer" for all the parties at the University of Washington, but now tasting it again and editing out all the hungover memories of an esb aftertaste i think it’s still a very good beer.
Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is much lighter than I expected but I enjoyed it! I need to pick up some of their porter's now.
wyanetwhip (17) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Always have this on draft at the local burger spot...Very tasty...full and drikable. Nice maltiness and just the right amount of hops. Has gotten better in recent years. Earlier brews had a "banana like" after taste.
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ESB, I enjoy the sweet malty flavor it has. I’m from Seattle so I’m a little biased with red hook, I tend to enjoy their beers.
wrxkaboom (17) - juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried both bottle and tap, with the tap being far superior. A reddish appearence with a distinctive first falvor and a smooth yet lasting finish, Red Hook’s ESB is a fine beer.
bottles (16) - Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redhook ESB Original Ale has an aroma consisting of toast, pine, and mild pineapple notes. It pours an hazy copper color with eighth inch head but no lasting lace. The flavor is toasty with hints of grapefruit and raisins. It begins with a bitter aftertaste that lessens as it warms. This beer has a creamy, medium mouthfeel with a very mild warming feeling as it goes down. Well balanced. This is a very good ESB, easy to drink, and is recommended!
ConcreteLance (16) - Milton, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bready caramel aroma. Copper colored with soapy head. Smooth, slick texture with nice carbonation. Sweet, malty caramel flavor no real bitterness or hop character. Average beer at best, much better offerings available from Red Hook in my opinion.
CultHero (16) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Nice copper color with a thin head. Hoppy, low to med body and a clean finish.
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Easy drinking beer with not a whole lot going on. Good tasting session beer at a fair price. Carmel malt flavor with a slight hoppy bitterness.