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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10910) - San Diego, California, 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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
draft. orange, clearer, small white head. aroma of oily piney hops...i like that...very hop dominated character, not a typical ESB, a little light, reminds me of a typical IPA, good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2005
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville. Hoppy with a good tongue bite. Amber in color. Good head with nice lacing. Mild in carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Slightly hazy golden color with no head. Spicy hop aromas lead to a very hoppy beer all around. From the bitter floral flavors in the beginning to the dry, smooth aftertaste, this is less balanced than other ESBs. Not much malt flavors to speak of. Some crisp citrus flavors, but not enough to round this out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5174) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Hazy amber coloured body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of english malt with some toffee and caramel sweetness. Medium-bodied; Strong caramel and english hoppiness flavours roaming well in the palate. Aftertaste lingers long with that good english maltiness and a subtle hoppiness (low a.a.) showing well. Overall, a nice bitter-good for the style, but not outstanding. I sampled this pint on draught at Barley’s in Knoxville, Tennessee on 03-October-2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Good beer. Tried it a week or two ago. Good ESB, though I prefer Fuller’s. Good bitter!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trigeek (9) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2004 does not count
Had it poured on tap at the Westville Pub in Asheville. It came to the table with a thin head. The body was orangish to light copper. The aroma’s were citric: lemony, orange. This beer was far too hoppy for an ESB and hardly enough malt profile. Tasted like a west coast pale ale only rather watery and weak bodied as if brewed from extract. The beer was not to style and even without trying to maintain style standards this beer was not very good.

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