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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.

   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 (4961) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
layyze (28) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Nice copper ESB. I think that I probably enjoy the name more than the beer, but it tastes great in the spring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Creamy off-white head, Pale golden, clear color. Slight sweetness and malt in aroma. Yeasty wheat aroma. Slight bitterness in the middle. Grainy flavor. Slightly bitter in aftertaste. I thought this was a summer beer when I drank it and of course the idiots at Flying Saucer told me it was a IPA--why do they hire morons who think that Michelob is a premium beer to work in a place that has 200 taps? It is very counterproductive for the consumer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Not bad at all. Cloudy almost opaque gold coloration. Nice dry and somewhat citrusy. Floral notes were detected also, bitter finish and quite crisp. Better E.S.B’s are out their but this was still pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5369) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Cloudy Goldish Orange, Small head. Clean, savory spicy aroma. Sharp piney hop flavors up front, thin but certain malt flavors. Crhisp, earthy finish. Not what I think of when I think ESB, but I like it, nonetheless.

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