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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2351   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2003
Amber color. Caramel aroma. Nice head. Steady bitterness on the palate and finishes a little malty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 Copper-amber color. Nose very caramel. Flavor is very much what I associate as a British ale, very nutty and bready. Caramel and toffee malts predominate. Well-balanced stuff, very nice, full stickiness to it. Yum.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
As it says, this one is a bitter beer. Not being a fan of bitters, I didn't care too much for it. If you like bitter beers, you may like this one more than I did.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
(Bottle) Thin, quick dissipating head with a copper body. Slight hops aroma. Caramelized hops flavour with slight malt finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2003
Brown and clear with a small white head. Smells slightly hoppy and alcohol. Taste slightly bitter and hoppy. As it sits can smell and taste carmel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours with a nice clear amber body topped by a thick breamy head that leaves lots of lace. Sweet strong malt aroma with buttery notes and nice fruity accents. Slightly sweet but mostly bitter flavor with buttery notes and slight malt accents. The finish is bitter with a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and slightly oily yet dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
A clear copper pour with bubbly, frothy deminishing head. The nose is malty caramel, some citrus and hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, but not sweet, and bitter hops. Nicely balanced, refreshing and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
solid malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty with some sharp hoppy bitterness, flavours are held together by honeyish esters from the house yeast, excellent bitter

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Medium amber in appearance. Nice hop and malt balance with caramel and slightly roasted flavors coming through. Good hoppiness and very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Not very "bitter" by any means. Very well-balanced and soft on the palate. Damn tasty indeed. I am originally from Cleveland and the Cooked River ESB is the only brew in this category that tops Fuller's classic version IMHO.


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