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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours clear and reddish amber. Big dimishing beige head and sticky lace. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavor is sweet, malt, and slightly bitter finish. Very mild overall and very little carbonation. Has a nice lingering flavor. I probably need to taste some other ESB to see if this is the style for me. I probably wonít be buying this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Transparent ruby orange color with a very nice white head. Excellent aroma of sweet tobacco. Matched by a wonderful flavor of carmel, merlot, and some subtle spicy hops. Far better than my expectations!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 If I vas brewink zis bier in Chermany I vould not be changink a ting. It ist perfect for style unt eben usink Hallertau hops vould not be betterink it. Zis ist ein ov mein favorite Englander biers unt yet Helga zhe zay,"It hast ZUM malt schmell." Oy Vey!!
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2005 Total Score: 4
Ahhh, Fullers ESB, what makes this an "extra special bitter" is the Golding hops. The marriage of Goldings and malt is a thing to behold. Like Hallertau and Saaz, Goldings is top class. Combine this with a great roasted malt, caramel flavor and you got yourself a winner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Copper colored, with aroma of malt, some hops, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and merlot. Tastes of caramel malt, toffee, and some finishing hops. Smooth palate and a delightful finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Andyís on tap. This poured golden with nice fluffy head, Aroma of hops and grapefruit. This was smooth but quite hoppy. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Redish-amber color with descent head off-white. Smells sweet and fruity. Almost a grape and caramel-honey combonation. Does have a light to meduim bitterness. Overall darn good with smooth aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwik-lime (1692) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 Pours reddish-brown with a smallish white head. Tastes mostly of roasted malts with a little nut and caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobBarley (12) - CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
Unlike many people who enjoy a hoppy beer, I appreciate the balance in this fine product that some may find not bitter enough to their liking. This tastes like a loverís bite on the tongue, not a rabid dogís bite on the ass. I heartily endorse this event or product.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours brown/amber with an average white head leaving nice lacing. Malty aroma with a dry malty taste. Hard to catch any hop flavor in this one. Earthy sense to it. Not as good is i wanted it to be.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
12 oz bottle. Amber pour with a creamy ivory head, and some lacing. Sweet malty nose. Flavor is smooth sweet malt (not too sweet) with a bold dose of hops and a bitter finish. Really smooth. Strong caramel flavor. Nice full body. Very good.


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