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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2004
On tap. This is a pale ale recipe, with a darker malt for show. Iím not impressed by how thin and sharp this beer is. Congratulations on being bitter, that is the only noticable attribute in the flavor. Abrupt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Poured an amber color with a large off white head, and left nice lacing. Small hops, large caramel/toffee aroma. Malty taste, sweet caramel. More hops and fruit, this would be nicer. Maybe this gets higher ratings on cask? That is something I would like to try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
This is like reaquaiting with a good long time friend when after you leave you say why donít I do that more often! On tap, quite good as usual, superb coloration and does the style proud.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Pours bronze with a medium tan head. Lovely toffee-ish and hopped aroma. Or is it caramel? Nice nonetheless! Taste is smooth and sweet with some lightly bittered notes towards the end. This would be a nice session beer! Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Redish pour with a thin white head. Aroma is crisp and fresh. I definitely didnít smell any carmel in this. Not sure where people are getting that from. Woody yes. The flavor wasnít what I expected. Slight bitterness with nothing too abrasive. A very drinkable brew with good flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Aroma of caramel, malt, and slight green apple. Appears a deep copper color with crystal clarity and one to two finger head that rapidly dissipates but that leaves some lacing. Caramel molasses flavor that is a bit on the sweet side, followed by the slightest tinge of hop bitterness at the finish, and a slightly spicy aftertaste. Palate is somewhat thicker than expected, possibly enhanced by the sweet caramel taste. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
Not too keen on the earthy aroma. Nice malt flavours, not very bitter for an esb and little hop aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours a rosy gold color with a fluffy white head. Smells strongly of smoke and wood, tinged with hops. Bitter woody flavor that ends with a sort of rough maltyness. Tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
A good, solid overall beer. Nice color, good head, good taste and mouthfeel. Very malty and bitter, as advertised. Probably one of the best, if not the best, of the style.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
madquacker (1074) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2004
After a promising aroma this beer quickly falls into a caramelly morass of unpleasentness. Predominating flavour is medicinal. They are trying a little to hard with this. Very disappointing.


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