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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2371   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
It has a great malty/chocolatey taste and also a great smell to it. Not as bitter as they'd like you to believe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Pour is a nice coppery orange with a light tan head. Aroma is kind of sweet. Start is hoppy, with a taste that mellows out and goes down very easily. The palate is well balanced and is characteristic of an English Pale. I like this stuff! 8/5/8/3/16-4.0-----re-rate tap at Streets of London Pub in Sacramento, CA. Light, candy, sweet, malty nose with some light floral hops present. Transparent amber body with a nice, creamy light tan/khaki head and nice lacing. Bitter, earthy, piney hops to start. Becomes a little sweet, malty, and with a sugary chocolate middle. More dry, earthy hops in the end. Quenching and tasty. Total score is based on this rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Man, I’m going to have to re try this beer, it gets such high marks but I really don’t think it is all that wonderful. This is one of the more bitter ESB’s that I have indulged in; nonetheless, it has medium body, small fizzy head, amber color, heavy hopped aroma, and a dry finish. Not that this beer is undesirable by any means, but if the next Fullers ESB is not more appealing, I’m really going to be let down.

9/13/03 – Rerate: Much better, big notes of caramel, not all that bitter, actually, rather sweet. A grand beer that helped uplift my spirits as the Buccaneers lost in overtime to the Panthers, Son of a B……..!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2003
had this at the "flying saucer" in Raleigh. for a place known for having over 200 beers, they only had this in bottles. i was there with 2 guys and like 6 girls. the guys LOVED it and the girls crinkled their noses at it. does that tell you something?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
(Cask version, drank at The Old Bank of England in London) Clear copper color, almost no head. Fresh bread and yeast aroma, some caramel. Resinous hops come out a bit as well. Omnipresent hops linger on and on and on, not too bitter, just a nice hoppy taste mixed with a bit of fresh bread.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Very nice medium amber color.Small white head that faded quickly.The aroma is mildly malty sweet,Slight lemon grass tones and fairly well hopped.Nice smooth tasting brew mildly sweet malty and well hopped but not in an over powering way.The after taste is malty with a mild hopp bitterness to it but it's very mild.This is a highly drinkable brew,and worth a few more IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Well, it took me a whole week of drinking cask beers in London to find one that at least had a bit of distinction from the rest. While they all were good, this is the first one that really stood out! Poured a slightly reddish brown. Fair amount of head to it: it really depends on how it is pulled. Fairly good aroma of malts and hops. The taste actually has some hop bite to it, with maybe a hint of chocolate? Very smooth. If you are going to be sold in a pub called "Hung, Drawn & Quartered", you better be good!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Great beer, the best bitter I've had. It's balance is great, and it drinks very smooth. I'll definitely try this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Good. Very drinkable. Sweet malt flavor with light hops notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Upon pouring an amber color with a fair amount of carbonation is evident. Mildly aromatic(malty, a little sour). Quick burst of maltiness transitioning smoothly to a mild bitter hops. Clearly worth enjoying again!


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