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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2005
Kids of my generation were given a spoonful of malt every day. I donít know why. Perhaps they thought it was good for us. The aroma and flavour of this beer brought back memories of a British childhood in the nineteen fifties. It looked pretty good in a straight sided glass and I enjoyed the bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2005
Deep amber in colour with quite a malty/toffee aroma. The palate is well balanced but as previously said, there just wasnít the hops Iíd hoped for. Its quite a malty brew and the alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - APR 14, 2005
bottled. mild malty aroma, medium bodied. the flavor is malt w/ bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11175) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Initially the bitterness I was looking for, but then seems malted out and wasnít so drinkable and refreshing as I wanted. Nice amber colour. Some toffee carmel nut. I heard this is awesome on cask or keg and would forward. Until then, average bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a light ruby color. Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet. Flavor is quite malty and a little roasty up front. Has a slight hoppy bitterness. Finish has some roasted malt qualities.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
On draft. Amber in color with a big white head. Floral aroma with a little funkiness in the smell and taste, would like a stronger malt presence. Good though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2005
nose is malty with a little fruit, plums, some toffee, a little butter. very slightly thin mouthfeel, but a pleasant hoppy bitter finish, that leaves a slight toffeeness lingering.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Not bad, but the cask version is better. Quite a smooth Fullers mouthfeel, with some alcohol and hop bitterness. A little sticky at times.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
amber color with light colored head. plentiful hoppyness as to be expected. a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. Deep amber, light tan head and some lacing. aroma is full and malty, some sweet fruitiness. plentiful noble hopping balances out the significant residual sweetness.


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