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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 2398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arrachtas (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
In my view, THE definitive British bitter. It has everything and lacks for nothing, save for the fact that since I no longer live in Europe, I cannot get it on tap; even in the bottle, though, this brew shines. Brilliant, well-hopped aroma with a citrusy scent, backed by firm malt. The palate is decidedly full-bodied, and bursting with rich flavours of floral English hops, and a nutty, bready malt character. The finish is exceptionally long. I realize this is intended as a session beer, but it is so very good and so very flavourful that I prefer to just have one (or two), and sip them slowly over some time. Apart from the fact that it can be pricey to find, there is no reason not to recommend this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikedevilsfan (155) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2014
almost no head on this. Great aroma. Taste is one of spices and malt flavors. Very pleasant and at 6 percent is a great beer for the pub.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste lightly sweet, caramel, bready. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Can. A very nice classic bitter. Lots of caramel, very smooth, a little dry. Classic Fullers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
salvaticas (442) - - SEP 8, 2014
On tap at Ashley's. Pretty weak palate, very malty, decent flavor. Smooth and light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (825) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, rich brown with thin cream coloured that doesnít last. really nice malty, nutty and hoppy aroma. smooth malty and hoppy taste. bitter throughout unsurprisingly.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
luisfelizola (47) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 7, 2014
Cor cobre, pouca espuma. Frutado, erva. Meio amarga, ůtima acidez, pouca carbonataÁ„o, seca a boca

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MNAle (30) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Amber color. Pleasing malty aroma. Light carbonation. Slight hop bitterness is present, but this is dominated by the slightly sweet malts. Excellent body. Wonderful bitter, even considering this was the USA import version rather than the cask version. Very nice malty finish with some hops presence. Interesting fact: English Bitter, despite the name, is not particularly bitter. All of the American bitters I have tasted thus far are too hoppy to be a true English bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nano142 (14) - - SEP 6, 2014
The beer pours a very nice deep orange/amber color with a nice small head with a off-white color. The taste is full of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5421) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of butter, malt, toffee, orange. Flavour is light moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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