BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Not bad at all. Nothing outstanding, but I'd gladly drink again. I like the color, nice head, good flavor. It's bitter, and I like bitter! Seems to get more complex as it warms...and that's a good thing! slaterock (11) - USA - JUN 25, 2003
I found it to be a decent amber. It has a small head but a fair amount of lacing. Very tart/citrusy 1st go but after that it just got boring. It was pretty highly carbonated too. Decent, won't buy again. DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Orange in color with a small whitish head. Sweet/malty aroma. Has a mild sweet malty flavor. Kind of thin for my liking. Mild bitterness. Nothing really stood out to me with this one. Kind of boring and unsatisfying. SoylentBlack (148) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Very acceptable, mellow, sweet flavor if you can find it fresh. Confusing because there is really no bitter flavor. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Amber brown, minimal head. A surprisingly plesant malty aroma, with some sweet caramel and oak. Great balance and a clean finish. Very drinkable even if it isn't all that interesting - at least there was an effort here to give the beer some flavour.
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Red Hook ESB Rich Amber Ale: I thought this was pretty decent. Even though AB ownes this now, I doubt they've played around with the recipe. This bottle had a bottled on date of April 30, 2003. This poured very nice color, deep copper with rapidly diminishing head, but leaving some lacing along the way. Decent carbonation and nice flavor with a nice bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff and worth a try. I would drink this again. thefatguy (34) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Well Done. Served on tap in Safeco Field. Nice body, full flavor. Good. For a bitter, missing the extra bite. Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Decent enough, but a bitter? More like an amber to me. I had it on draft and it is quite drinkable. No head to speak of. Dark amber in color. Wouldn't it be nice if all future Michelob products were made by Red Hook? mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Aroma: Had a really nice caramel malt aroma.
HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Appearance: Poured from the bottle with barely any head and therefore left no lacing. It had an orangish hue to it.
Flavor: Very nice malty/caramel flavor that carries over from the aroma. It could use a few more hops for my liking, but it is a very delicious beer.
Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer was just average.
Overall: A very tasty brew. However it could use more bitterness, and it definitely needs a head.
Eh.. Not sure where's the Special or the Bitter but this was a very drinkable brew. Not anything bad about it, perhaps unspectacular would be the best description. If it's a choice between BMC, Flat Tire, or Drop Top, then I say go for it!!