KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
7/19/02 Aroma tangy, slightly yeasty, light...not bad, but not flattering either...Color an extremely clear orange-whisky color with a nice, lingering head...Taste features understated hoppiness, a bit less than expected in this style; however, bitters express themselves more successfully in dry finish. Overall, this is quite drinkable stuff, but just not assertive enough in any aspect of its taste profile to earn any distinction. Re-Rate 8/16/02: On this ’second-chance’ tasting, previous judgments generally hold...This brew is simply understated to a fault...not enough ’oomph’ or complexity... drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Floral hoppy aroma with an equally crisp bite. The Redhook ESB is adequately hoppy but lacks body. A touch more malt may do the trick. I may tend to disagree with the site on the ’amber ale’ style description, as this lingers on the palate more as a bitterness than a maltiness, but I may be alone on this. A consistent hoppiness that makes this refreshing beer pleasant to drink regularly. slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Not half bad... not bad at all. Great hoppy flavor with a nice mix of maltiness... looks great, and I love the smell. Definitely not the best bitter (in fact, it’s not that bitter, and I see it’s technically an amber ale. Okay, you’ve sold me) you can get your hands on, but satisfying as well as reasonably priced foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Sweet and toasty aroma. Bitter and malty, well balanced. A little thin. Could use just a little bit more flavor. Not bad at all for the price. A good middle-of-the-road beer, when you don’t have enough money to buy the good stuff but don’t want to buy the cheap crap either. This is a beer I can sit down and drink a lot of without regretting it. I guess they call that a ’session beer’.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2002
This is my not type of beer, extremely bitter. tried it at a a baseball game , anything over a Bud.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
A classic American craft stand by.Slightly bitter with a dry finish. bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
easy to drink. smooth texture. Bitterness comes out if you drink too quickly. Something I can enjoy on any occasion. pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Nothing special here. Middle of the road as far as ESB’S go. Malty but light on the hops. Easy to drink but just not much flavor. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Kinda yukky, too many beers with red in the name. I thought it was a tad harsh. GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2002
A good common ESB that won’t steer you wrong. The full malted body goes down smooth and awards you with a refreshing bittersweet finish. This stuff is great on tap, and I highly suggest drawing yourself a pint should you have the means.