Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Not a bad winter ale; it’s just not as bold or richly flavored as some others. Has a pleasant roastiness with toasty notes of bread crust, nuts, and a nip of tar and char. Subtle brown-sugar and toffee sweetness. Easy-drinking beer.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average head, nice deep copper color. Minimal hops, but good malt. Nice little bite of an after taste.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it
tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy
at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing
happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook
and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical Redhook house taste. Kind of thin, with decent malts and mild hopping. Strange metalic taste, why? Other than that, a pleasent finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heavily heavily spiced. Extremely anisey with a fat sweet finish. Yuck.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark redish brown with a tan head. Malty with a roasty finish. This is a good beer, but not really a high enough ABV to compete with some other strong ales out there.
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Deep red-amber with large beige head. Buttery spicy aroma (cinnamon? mint? spruce?). Smooth and malty with chocolate and caramel notes and a strong earthy finish. Lingering butterscotchiness. A little twangy in the finish as it warms. Fun to drink.
igneous1 (1509) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear reddish-orange color, thin head dissipating almost immediately. aroma is a bit fruity with some apple and pear flavors. overall a thin beer, one i’d hardly call "robust"
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 2005 Vintage
This English strong ale pours a copper red color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized head. Aroma is slightly malty with some floral hops. A light to medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Some vegetative and cardboardy flavors as well. Better than the 2000 sample I had, but still can’t recommend this one. Bland, boring a touch thin and watery tasting. I recall when Redhook made decent beers, oh how times have changed. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Dark red copper color, large head. Medium malts, medium hops. Roasted malts, robust/full flavor. Somewhat spicy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, very slight bitterness. Tastes better when slightly warmer, flavor has a smoother feel. Taste is a little thin? Need to re taste?? Giving it the benefit of a doubt, but its not a very good beer. (4-2-4-2-10)