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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.


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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...........................................


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lladnar (4) - Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
Poured from a can. Copper color with a thin off white head. Aroma: bready, malty, carmel and a bit of citrus tartness. Taste like it smells. Dry finish with a bit of a tart aftertaste. This was my first ESB so I don’t have anything to compare it with but I thought it was good and will definitely buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2861) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Can. Tastes like bready cereal malt, straw, caramel, corn. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty, buttery caramel, toasted grains, straw.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (4046) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Can. Pours copper with off-white head. Aroma is bready and caramel, light toast, floral and grassy hops, light citrus, and faint pear. Flavor is dry malts, light bitterness, and faint apple and pear esters. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
13 Rebels ESB is a slightly hazy honey golden brew with barely any head. Nose is an almost wine like bouquet of fruit varietals and maybe a touch of sweetness. Taste is initially dry but cloyingly sweet on the back end. a touch of bitters. an interesting beer. a bit of a lively body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1425) - 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 (7787) - 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 (562) - - 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 (3548) - 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 (1101) - 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 (5343) - 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.


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