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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2385   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4631) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2003
Copper coloured. Minimal but lasting head fueld by light carbonization. Bouquet of the air after a summer rain. Palate is smooth and very pleasing. Smooth malt taste with medium hops. My new favorite bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
IMHO this beer defines the style. Out of a bottle is no comparison to it on a cask in an English pub but it is still wonderful. Malty spicy aroma. Sparkling red with an off-white head. Wonderful mouth-feel, medium body but leaves an almost numb feeling from the bitter hops. Pretty bitter for an English beer. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
I had expected a lot from this one but was dissapointing.Nice copper apprearance and plenty of body as you would expect from a beer of this strength. But no real depth just a pleasant bitter with no outstanding qualities.Take the label of it and it could be one of many pleasant bitters you can buy from most supermarkets.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
A wonderful brew. I agree with many of the other reviews 100%. Damn near perfect in every way imaginable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Beautiful copper color and perfectly carbonated with a nice, thick head. Chewy, toffee malt flavor, but in no way could be described as sweet. Very easily drinkable, appreciated and enjoyed.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 borderline perfect. don't know about the bottle, and you have to be smart to get it good on draft (the dove, near hammersmith bridge). oh my god, possibly the best smelling beer, this one time wow. turned me on to real ale like nothing else. smelled of wonderful malt, and yeast, and like...angel food cake. strong enough to get your money's worth of buzz after a few too. yummmmmmm

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Pours a very clear and deep amber color, with lots of fluffy off white head. Very malty, with a little bit of hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
Another fine beer in the English style. Great copper colour and a good toasty nose of malt and English hops. the balance is great and the taste rich and mouthfilling.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (443) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Nice amber color. Compared to American pale ales (which I'm more used to) this is very sweet, rich, and malty, with a flavor of caramel & a dash of honey. Not as hoppy as I expected, but still very good.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
nothing extra, nothing special, not very bitter, pretty disappointing since I'm a big fan of Fullers. will get another and rerate, because maybe this batch was bad.


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