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

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RATINGS: 2645   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.


3.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2005
Wonderfully flavoursome English premium bitter. Poured a dark orange colour with a 2cm head. The nose is dominated by honey-like esters but there are also tea-like notes there. Medium body. The flavour opens with smooth honeyed malt, then opens up into a big bitter hop middle and a long, satisfying finish. At 5.5%, itís an excellent ale for short sessions. (Bottle)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2005
Orange with brown tones. Decent white head. Spicy aroma with notes of soap and bread. Roasted. Roasted flavor with notes of honey, apple and spices. Firm bitterness

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottled. Poured a deep copper colour with a blink-and-you-will-miss-it head.Flavours dominated by malt (as youíd expect) with some caramel and bready notes in there as well. Well rounded but not exceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Mmmmm. Quite a nice ESB- kinda sweet, kinda, uh, bitter, and full of flavor. A nice beer for leisure time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Clear amber color. Hoppy dry aromas with notes of alcohol. Slight hops tang with dry smoky malted barley. Just enough sweetness to keep it from being too dry. Very good session ale. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Poured into a pint glass with a nice 1 inch head. Great hoppy aroma. Sweet for a split second then bitter with a hint of sweetness at the very end of the finish. A superb beer that needs to be poured into a glass! One cannot fully judge any beer by drinking it from a bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Decent ESB straight from the bottle. A bit too dry for my taste, though. A little more malt than most ESBs Iíve tried, plus some wheat/grain flavor. Good with pizza!

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pouler (10) - Ňrhus V, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2005
Dark amber colour and a shortly lasting white head. Not a very strong aroma -earthy and some fruit. Only little carbonation, but a nice smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of dark bread, hops, and peach? Followed by a nice bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (979) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Dark orange color. Slight head that unfortunately goes away almost immediately. Not much aroma. Taste maltier than I expected giving away to a dry slightly bitter flavor. Not my style but I can see where lovers of an ESB would really like this one. I just tried it to try it.


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