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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2439   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2003
malty and roasty in the aroma...really nice smell, with just a hint of hops. it's a very clear amber with nice bubbling, but perhaps a little too carbonated. very dry, bitter finish with the slight taste of alcohol. overall very balanced (nice and malty to help out an interesting bitterness), and very drinkable!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Clear amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves some great lacing. Pleasant sweet & earthy malt on the nose. Slight creamy mouthfeel, solid malt notes to start the flavour, and good bitterness in the finish. A tasty & easy drinking bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Bottled: Fruity-malt taste to begin with which dissipates quickly to a bitter finish. The palate was rather thin. I was somewhat dissapointed. I'd like to try it on tap, maybe I just got a weak bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 dark red color no bubbles small white head. bitter melon and tart smell. bitter cherry citrus flavor and nice bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Pours clear amber with a large fluffy head. A hoppy astringent aroma (alcohol or hops?). Flavor is outstanding. A nice malty start that is not too sweet and a pleasantly bitter finish. Beautifully balanced. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Not too thick or too carbonated. One of my favorites. Excellent beer!!

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Pine smell - very little head or lacing - bitter taste with a slightly bitter after taste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Draft. Nioce coper color with a decent head. This beer always seems a bit thick to me. The alcohol makes an appearance at the end, but I don't think it 'takes over' - just noticeable. Otherwise a fairly malty beer with some good hop flavor, but not overly bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaBeer1972 (1374) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Strong aroma of alcohol hits me first. Unusual for a British brew. Tasty malts, but the ABV just seems to take over. I am not impressed.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2547) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Large offwhite head, plenty-o- lacing, short hang time though. Clear amber color. Somewhat must, malty nose. Medium body. Malty, fruity with some oxydation in the flavor dept.. Finish is dry.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Pale amber, creamy head. Aroma is a bit stale, slightly metallic, EKGs, subtle fruitiness. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, rich and chewy. Flavor hops stand out nicely against a very solid sweet malt background. Perfectly balanced. I've had EKG-hopped IPAs that were less hoppy than this. I'd love to try this fresh on cask. Someday.


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