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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2480   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
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2004
You can never really go wrong with Fullers it seems, and this is indeed a solid ESB. Malty and slightly fruity aroma. Characteristic long and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Nice amber/red color, off-white head. Very little carbonation. This is what I think of when I think of an English Bitter... Mostly malty with a lot of hop bitterness, but no hop aroma/flavor. Sweet flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Good beer, but nothing really distinct about it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Bottle. An orange-brown ale with a sweet malt and hop aroma. Light to moderate carbonation, with honey and malt sweetness up front, and a dry, minerally, hoppy dryness that dominates the finish along with a hint of alcohol. Enjoyable and above average, although it doesnít really have enough character or distinctiveness to warrant the huge reputation that it enjoys. That being said, it does impress me every now and then.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Very metallicy in the start, but that diminishes after the first few sips. However it it is quite carbonated foaming in the mouth after every sip. Nice light body, large white frothy head, Quite tasty!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
Sample- Half pint. Poured with a rich, thick, off white head. Colour was a dark amber. Tasted malty and almost like a choclate bar. Went down smooth, with a great aftertaste that kept me coming back for more. Recommended!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1086) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Nice light red color. Little head retention, but it still looks pretty good. Wonderful aroma.. strong malt and a little butterscotch and earth notes. Taste is fantastic. Malty with a slight hop bite to it. Very smooth, with a barely discernable bitter finish. The wonderful taste of this beer lingers long after drinking. This is a damn good beer... worth the 9 bucks I paid for the sixer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Nice hop and malt balance, with the hops giving a distinctive kick to the tastebuds.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (7252) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2004
This beer has a lot and a lot of beer in it. Pure and strong. Malty and a fine, neutral hoppyness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 On tap at Fullers Brewery, Chiswick 2004: Amver color, fruity nose, soft carbonation. Kind of a bloomy taste. Cereal taste. This is one of the beers that get"s the dry hops added at the end that comes through as it is more bitter than the IPA (where this is not the end procedure).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Crisp, very drinkable, wonderful aroma, perfectly balanced. Much better than some of Fuller's other items.


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