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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2484   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2004
Pours nicely in a color I would describe as armageddon sunset. No head, no bubbles and the body looks really creamy; looks great! Very nice mouthfeel, initially it is quite sweet but blossoms into a cornucopia of hops and malts and finishes dry. Great palata like a good english ale should have. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (658) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2004
Bottled. Aroma is WOW floral berries and strong berries to boot! Apearance is dark red heading toward brown but unfortunately no yeast I could find. Tiny fast dissipating head but so what! Light mochery flavours mixing with some crystal malt and general malt sweetness giving way to a wonderful bitterness at the end. Pretty good mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not a bitter drinker usually but this is now an exception!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This is my first ESB. I have a preference of Pale Ales/English PA & Ambers. This isn't as hoppy as I expect it would be. Nice warmer upper though. Will consume more to see if my opinion of this catagory improves.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
On tap. Light amber color. Not much hop flavor, but very well balanced on the malt vs. bittterness. A little disappointed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Clear dark amber in colour with a frothy head. Nose is malt, flavour is well balanced and moderately bitter. A well balanced and solid beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2004
On tap. Poured a deep red-brown color with virtually no head. Flavor was very malty with some hops in the aftertaste that balanced it out nicely. Be that as it may, I didn't think it was THAT good - nothing memorable here whatsoever.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2004
A very well known but very overrated UK beer. The colour is the best bit, being reddy gold, but it's all downhill from there. A spirity, caramelly malt nose then a cloyingly sweet sugary taste with some high-alpha hops lurking around in the background. The finish is short and too sickly sweet. As far as UK beer goes, there's loads better than this rubbish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Bottled
Dark amber color. Off-white creamy medium head. Same time fruity and crisp. Full-bodied: lots of hops, malt and hints of honey. Finish is dry but pleasant. You can't get better bitter than this!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
Pours amber with a big creamy off white head. No aroma other than a slight toasty caramel. Very good mouthfeel. Toffee, soft malt notes, burnt sugar balancing with hoppy bitters. Quite enjoyable. Moderately bitter with a dry, roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Crystal clear coppery red appearance with a creamy off white head. Effervescent character and lively carbonation lends this beer a slightly rough mouthfeel. Aroma screams of roasted malt goodness and English hops. Tastes dominated by malt with hints of chewy caramel, buttery toffee, lightly roasted nuts, and faint smoked wood. Medium mouthfeel drying on the palette. Understated and graceful hoppyness. Very drinkable beer that embodies quiet elegance and charm.


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