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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (661) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2004
this is the best bitter i've had. the aroma grabs you and says stop smelling and start drinking, very well balanced, flavor bvut has a strong bitter flavor that is great. has a it has a fresh not quite lemony taste that is great. so good you have to order a second to make sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
On draft at Anthony's old city pub. Nutty aroma, and really nutty flavor: Bass Ale's big brother. Big full round mouth feel. Empty pint glass coated with lace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
Very very tasty. A hoppy flavor that is incredibly smooth. I recently included it in my collection of my favorite beers I got for my friend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
Bottle. Doesn't come this way in the pub. Bitterness and beer. What's the fuss? Another Newkie Brown - all fur coat and no knickers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2004
on my top ten list - scrumptiously hoppy flavor and wonderfully smooth mouthfeel - love the bottle too - fits just right in the hand. london pride is its classic kid brother

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
Amber in color with an ample head of bubbly white froth. Slightly funky dirty malt aroma, and a medium smooth mouthfeel. Sweetness followed by a mild bitternness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
A nice amber color. My favorite staple beer in London. A little bitter with a great balance of hops. I'd drink it everyday if I could. Nice head.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle. I'm sure it was a mistake to get it in the bottle, I'm sure it is much better on tap. It poured from the bottle looking pretty good, nice amber color and not much of a head. Aroma was really nothing, smelled a little like old bottled beer. Taste was not what I was expected, my tap water is more bitter than this. Again it just tasted like old bottled beer. How I would love to try this on tap.

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