wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it
tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy
at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing
happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook
and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Typical Redhook house taste. Kind of thin, with decent malts and mild hopping. Strange metalic taste, why? Other than that, a pleasent finish. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Heavily heavily spiced. Extremely anisey with a fat sweet finish. Yuck.... AxeMaster221 (342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Poured a dark redish brown with a tan head. Malty with a roasty finish. This is a good beer, but not really a high enough ABV to compete with some other strong ales out there.
PhillyBeer2112 (2924) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Deep red-amber with large beige head. Buttery spicy aroma (cinnamon? mint? spruce?). Smooth and malty with chocolate and caramel notes and a strong earthy finish. Lingering butterscotchiness. A little twangy in the finish as it warms. Fun to drink. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2002
clear reddish-orange color, thin head dissipating almost immediately. aroma is a bit fruity with some apple and pear flavors. overall a thin beer, one i'd hardly call "robust" beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 2005 Vintage
This English strong ale pours a copper red color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized head. Aroma is slightly malty with some floral hops. A light to medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Some vegetative and cardboardy flavors as well. Better than the 2000 sample I had, but still can’t recommend this one. Bland, boring a touch thin and watery tasting. I recall when Redhook made decent beers, oh how times have changed. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Dark red copper color, large head. Medium malts, medium hops. Roasted malts, robust/full flavor. Somewhat spicy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, very slight bitterness. Tastes better when slightly warmer, flavor has a smoother feel. Taste is a little thin? Need to re taste?? Giving it the benefit of a doubt, but its not a very good beer. (4-2-4-2-10)
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 6, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 used to be a big fan of this beer - but wow has it gone downhill.
used to be a stronger dark ale. then it became more of a typical but decent brown. now it seems like they’ve just added some food coloring to their watered down IPA.
light brown color. moderately hoppy. fairly thin bodied. nothing interesting or tasty going on. nothing "robust" about it.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
This is one of those beers that you are sitting around waiting for it to get cold again so you can partake.