Supaflyfresh99 (97) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Above average........................................... freekyp (2408) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Great session beer. Pours slightly hazy amber with a frothy one finger head. Nose shows toffee, berry fruitiness and a bit of must. Good balance of bitterness and malty. A good example of the bitter style. Finishes with a nice biscuity fade and a bit of bitterness floating on top. SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
On tap, this would have to be my favorite amber. Very crisp, and unique flavor. I love the sweet taste at the end. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
an average ESB - nowhere near Fuller's... It is nicely hopped, spicey, good carbonation. baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2002
The most swilling swill that I am willing to swill and still enjoy/tolerate. OK bitterness and a little malt flavor as well.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A very good ESB that is slightly behind Fuller's taste but much easier to find. Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
medium amber,lasting dense creamy tan head. Tantalizing nose. Nutty and well balanced with a medium hop finish RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 Nothing 'special' here. A very safe brew, nothing too extreme. Overall a good beer though. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Re-rate: 4/18/05: I didn’t do a full re-rate on this, but had it on tap this past weekend. Just wanted to add that this is a very pleasurable brew on draught. I was ecstatic to see it on tap at Cragun’s resort in Brainerd, MN, and had several glasses throughout the weekend. This is perhaps the most glaringly underrated brew I can recall seeing on ratebeer. A very good represenation of the style, has a moderately sweet, moderately bitter profile. Session quality. Original rating: 11/21/02: Without remembering that ordering "a Redhook" generally means a Redhook ESB, I ordered one at Santorini’s Greek restaurant in Minneapolis and immediately identified it as a Bitter, and quite a good one at that. Granted, it doesn’t stand up to Fullers, but what does? This brew is intensely quaffable, quite tasty and is perhaps the ultimate session beer. The folks rating the non-draught version don’t appear to be all that complimentary; perhaps this brew is just that much better on tap. Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2002
from a very popular micro and having the "special" designation this beer fails to impress at all levels. Bland, and even on tap I have never had one that wasn't a bit stale and oxidized. This style should be all about the play of strong malt and powerful hops. This beer has neither.