DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 (12 oz bottle) Is Redhook trying to hide the fact that they are the brewers of this beer? The only way to tell is to read the fine print on the edge of the label that says Redhook Ale Brewery. Well, if this were my beer, I’d be trying to hide that fact too. This is a mediocre effort at best. It is dominated by a floral, peachy flavor, and is moderately sweet, but pretty light on maltiness. Sweet, peachy nose reinforces the characteristics of the flavor. Light in body, kind of thin on the palate. Golden in color, and cloudy, with small particles suspended in the beer. Small, whitish head barely maintains a thin rim around the glass, but there are many streaks and irregular patches of lace on the glass. Not a fan. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 17, 2004
This is not a very good beer at all. Even at 2.99 rating it is still overrated. No reason I can think of as to why you would want to partake of this. Its almost more offensive than the crappy macros. IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottle Poures a clear medium amber with a modest off-white head that quickly disolves leaving very little lacing. Aroma is of bread and yeast, and very little hops. Flavor has a little more of the hoppy slant. Otherwise it is somewhat bitter, not pparticularly interesting. Feel is pretty thin and the aftertaste is just slight bitter woody flavor. Nothing special...Gllad I’m thirsty ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2003 or 2004 bottle. Lovely medium-orange-amber color, with a touch of sediment floating around. Decent white head. Appearance looks great so far. Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit, orange marmalade and some more fruity spiciness compliments of the hops. Flavor is moderately bitter, but well-balanced (relative to the style of course). Which by the way, how is this an amber ale??? Anyways, it’s got a good dry toffee/caramel like malt that dosent get too sweet but holds the bitterness in check. The finish had plenty of orange zest, grapefruit and a hint of bitter pininess. Body is medium, lively carbonation, hint of thinning and very drinkable. Loved it, actually, but then, I havent had a West Coast hopped beer for a while, so maybe I was just missing them. Thanks so much for the beer, Andre. JoeMcPhee (10136) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
Hazy amber colour with very little head. Malty aroma with noticable citrus hops and some faint fruitiness. Flavour is both spicy and citrusy. Crisp finish with decent body.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2004
I was expecting a beer much hoppier (and using NW varieties... it is described as a northwest style beer after all). However, it was good overall, having a quality similar to a slightly watered-down Anchor Steam. Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 10, 2004
I wasnt too impressed with redhook brewery in making this beer. Amber ale is still a good choice OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 8, 2004
Not bad stuff but it doesnt have much taste to it. You gotta love ales that still have yeast in the bottom it adds nice flavor to the beer in my opinion 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Bottle pours amber with a medium sized off-white head.   Decent carbonation, good lacing.   Lots of very fine bits floating about, almost appears unfiltered.   Aroma is grain & malts.   Taste is much the same, but with a sweaty sock & ashtray finish.   Definately thin on the palate.   I can see why this is what they offer to BMC drinkers at Redhook. wulfhere (218) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Nice middle amber hue, pours a massive creamy head with good retention and decent Brussels lace.
Nose is malt, noticeable hop bouquet, and an off, phenolic wang.
Taste is hops to the front, with what the brewer terms a piney character--and they're right about that. But the hops are very vegetal, without subtlety--like a club to the tongue. The brewer used Saaz, Tetnanger, and Hallertauer--a weird combination for a bitter, but there you have it. I find the hops to be very one dimensional, without any interesting character--no fruitiness, no floral esters--just a base bitterness that lasts and lasts on the tongue.
I like most hoppy beers, but this beer is just too thin, to simple to deserve much attention.