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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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French Broad Brewery’s interpretation of the classic UK Extra Special Bitter. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. French Broad has made this classic public house session beer a cult classic with its skull and crossbones artwork.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NachlamSie (2856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
draught. Pours a dirty orange hue with a pretty good white head. I don’t smell a whole lot on this one, some faint malts and bark. This is definitely an esb, I discover after tasting. It’s quite biting with some mild plasticity and the malts are not all that full or sweet. There’s a little orange peel in the mix and tree bark.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhliesen (759) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Growler from the brewery--pours a soft copper color with a small froathy head, medium carbonation. Leaves a smalll amount of lacing on the glass. A mix of aromas, first malt then as the glass is drunk the hop aroma takes over. Mouth feel and taste is hoppy, more so than other ESBs.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
A good example of a bitter. Good color, aroma and hoppy finish. Touches of malt flavors in the taste. All-in-all a pleasing beer to drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Draught. This seems to be a "safe" ESB. Nothing very original. Hops that resemble grapefruit zest and a bit of maltiness. Kind of one dimensional and not something I would order again, but not terrible for what it is.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DDD (1) - USA - AUG 18, 2005 does not count
Draft, Barley’s Taproom, Asheville, NC and again at the French Broad Brewery Tasting Room The BEST ESB I’ve ever had! Wonderful hoppiniess with a crisp finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Draft, Barley’s Taproom, Asheville NC. Slight malt sweetness and intense bitter hops on the nose. Dark copper color and very bubbly. Mild citrus hops flavor along with some apple over a medium alcohol and bitter malt body. Dry finish. A great ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Had this one on tap at The Federal in Durham. Served it at cellar temperature. Light copper color with tenacious head. Low to moderate carbonation. Malty aroma and flavor with mild hop bitterness. Smooth finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Tap. Hoppy, floral, and citrus aromas. Pours copper with a frothy white head; good lacing. Citrus hoppy flavor, hidden malt. Medium bodied and creamy palate.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours a golden yellow with a nice head. Flavor is nice but way to bitter for me. Not something Ill ever try again

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Draft. Coppery, with little white yead. Smells a little hoppy, but the bitterness was lacking. It tasted underhopped and malty. Crisp finish, but not a particularly noteworthy beer.


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