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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2345   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Well, it took me a whole week of drinking cask beers in London to find one that at least had a bit of distinction from the rest. While they all were good, this is the first one that really stood out! Poured a slightly reddish brown. Fair amount of head to it: it really depends on how it is pulled. Fairly good aroma of malts and hops. The taste actually has some hop bite to it, with maybe a hint of chocolate? Very smooth. If you are going to be sold in a pub called "Hung, Drawn & Quartered", you better be good!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Great beer, the best bitter I've had. It's balance is great, and it drinks very smooth. I'll definitely try this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Good. Very drinkable. Sweet malt flavor with light hops notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Upon pouring an amber color with a fair amount of carbonation is evident. Mildly aromatic(malty, a little sour). Quick burst of maltiness transitioning smoothly to a mild bitter hops. Clearly worth enjoying again!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Very nice bitter. Yes, it seems to have the perfect balance between the malty smoothness and the slight hoppy bitterness. These two sides meet in the middle of your mouth and provide a wonderful experience.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Has a really nice amber color with some carbonation and a little malt smell. Taste is smooth malt/caramel at first and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Overall a great beer, so far I have not been disappointed with Fullers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Dark amber in color with a small fizzy head. Slight malt aroma. Slightly sweet and moderately hoppy flavor. Lightly carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Light whiffs of malt and hops creep out, it smells like a fresh glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. Pours a shiny penny copper with just an touch of head. This is just a well rounded pleasant beer. Hints of tea leaves and brown sugar with a little bit of hops. There is a slight yeasty bump in the middle, but the rest just rides along smooth and easy to the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2003
rich english nose all the way. malt balanced, moderately hopped, solid body. a great beer, nothing too special but really beautiful

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Probably the best ESB I've tried to date! Well rounded smooth finish and a very nice combination of malts and complex hops!


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