spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
An exceptional ale. RH is well balanced while being not-too-heavy. It's one of the best american ales that I have had. BeerManDan (21) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
I thought that it would be a lot heavier, but still very good. Good bitter taste, nice lasting head. bizzutch6 (4) - St Pete, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
I live in the Tampa Bay area, when I attend Devil Ray games (more reason to drink) I’m fairly convinced that this is on tap under the name of "Devil Ray Red".
Sturdy flavor, has a good punch, after just a few you could care less how the Rays are doing. wobblestik99 (2) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2001 does not count
i really enjoy this well crafted beer. beb5000 (23) - Avon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Just the right amount of bitterness and malt. I really like this beer.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Oh, how I love this beer. Poured an incredible amber color. The Smell was great, all leading up to an excellent taste. Definately something I'm going to be drinking on a regular basis. splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
This esb was definately not what I had expected, but I was not disappointed. It tasted quite sweet. awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
A great bitter in my book. Good hop character with a clean finish, not overbearing dryness. Copperish/amber appearance. Delightful! cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
I’ve been drinking this beer basically since I’ve been a craft beer drinker, but I haven’t rated it, and I haven’t had it in a while. The ESB smells like a brewery: seriously, it smells like mash (in a good way, of course). Color is copper to light brown. Head is perfect, consistent, and persistent. Mouthfeel silky smooth. Flavor is rich caramel sweetness with a fresh hop kick--really a mild bitterness in the finish, but great hop flavor/aroma. Overall, this beer demonstrates outstandingly drinkable depth of flavor while retaining a beautiful balance. I’m surprised how much I like this, as for a while I had passed it off as boring. I guess it’s a classic of American craft for a reason.