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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glip (21) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Hand-pumped from keg - Malty, full of flavour, delightful nose and creamy head, slightly sweet... mine was served much too cold for this style, so the barkeep brought me a pitcher of warm water to bring up to temperature, which opened up the aromas a bit more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Light Brown body with a bubbly off-white head. Sweet, carmel malt nose with a little hint of citrus. A nice balance of sweet malts an sweet citrusy hops making for a sweet tasting brew. ("Somebody buy this guy a thesaurus")

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6017) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of hops peaking thru. Pours a dark transparent orange with a half inch head that is short lasting. Initial sweet taste with a hoppy finish that comes on rather quickly. Hops are the strongest flavor but the sweetness never goes away. Good balance. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Nice pour, great amber color. Excellent floral hop aroma. This is a deliciously balanced beer, with a nice malty sweetness with a touch of honey, that blends seemlessly into the pleasant hop finish. Delicious. Will drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2004
A very typically english brew. Draught. Dark copper hue a little lighter than the color of the bottle with a creamy off white head that quickly dissapears. Smells like a British brew. Very malty for an ale. This is obviously a very American thing to say as we drink our brews with burlap sack loads of hops. Hops balance well with the malt, making the brew sweet, florally and refreshingly bitter at the same time. Aftertaste is earthy and woody. Good brew but this style is just simply not my cup of tea. Grat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Taller than your average bottle. This is a bitter ale with a plesant aroma. Semi-sweet taste and slighty dark in color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
onebarrel (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004 does not count
Nice lasting head with a good solid density to it. Aroma is classic english pint which is more than inviting. Always gets drained rapidly... one of my favís.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5968) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2004
Clear orange color, small off-white head. Aroma is of typical english hops, some amber malts. Very bitter taste. Nothing special about this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2004
Bright clear reddy/amber body with a rather disappointing head. Light aroma of hops and malt. At least the taste was ok, good balance of malt and hops, liked the peasant bitterness. Had a touch of honey in there as well as being fruity and had a good long dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 While a bit more modest than I expected, it is truly a good beer. It has an amazingly lasting white head and a creamy, smooth taste of lightly brown-sugary/cherry malts, breadiness, and a pleasant, bit light and lasting bitterness.

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