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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Nice version of an ESB. Earthy with good balance...........................................


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexgrimm (88) - SPAIN - OCT 23, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1281) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 23, 2014
French Broad 13 Rebels ESB has a fairly thick cream colored head with heavy lacing and a murky, bubbly, orange appearance. The aroma is of toffee, light fruits, English hop resin, a slight nut, and citrus acidity. Taste is of all that, with mild bitterness, sweet bread dough, and a grass or weed note. Mouthfeel is medium, and French Broad 13 Rebels ESB finishes fairly crisp and odd. It’s one that the drinker would really have to try to appreciate, because it’s difficult to describe. RJT

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7034) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Draught at the Barley's, Asheville, NC. Clear deep golden colour with a tiny white head. Nutty dry, sugary sweet, syrupy sweet and malty aroma. Nutty dryness, syrupy sweetness, mild hops and hops in the flavour. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (386) - - JUL 31, 2014
Half pour at the source. Not particularly satisfying, but that is more a function of the style. Solid example of an ESB. IMO ranking is too low- scored much beer at BeerAdvocate. Pours a orange copper color- almost no head. Typical for FB. Taste is malty, bready, toffee/caramel sweetness up front but finishes really bitter and dry. It is an ESB, after all. Definite resin and mineral qualities to it. It is what is is supposed to be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Strykzone. Pours amber with a beige head. Nose of roasted malts. Medium body. Flavor favors malts, and there is a nice bitter finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bomber brought by April and Bentley, thanks! Pours orange brown with a sllight off white head. Aroma of wet bread, caramel, a touch of mineral. Flavor is also bready, slight caramel, slight mineral. Very minimal carb. Unlike the bitters More noticable grassy citrus hop in the finish than is traditional.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sample @ French Broad during RBWG, Asheville. Amber pour with a small off-white head. The nose is quite toasty. Burnt brown bread. Almonds and trail mix. Light raisin. Taste has a mellow herbal hop accent. Plenty of toffee. Chewy malt. Light body, strong carbonation for the style. Serviceable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TylerGreenDC (335) - - MAY 28, 2014
In a 12 oz can. Not sure why this doesn’t rate much higher. Rich caramel flavors without being sweet or sticky, thanks mostly to some citrus hoppiness at the end. Could drink this for days.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
I’m not huge fan of the ESB style, but this one is rather enjoyable. Soft carbonation, right amount of hops to malt balance, creamy head, beautiful to look at. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft at the brewery during RBWG. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, grains, mild caramel/toffee notes with some mild fruity character, light resin and earth. Mild bitterness to the finish.


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