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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
Amber color, medium hoppy aroma, medium dry bitter sweet taste, medium body, dry bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Aroma is hops, toffee, honey. Nice amber coloration with lasting light tan head. Taste is sweet, caramel, sugar, noticable hops to keep the sweetness in check. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
I fell in love with the draught version of this beer at a fag-free bar in San Francisco (now thereís a law that ALL bars in that city have to be cigarette-free). Not nearly as good out of the bottle as it is on tap - indeed, if the draft version was rated separately as it is with some beers it would approach a 5.0! Bottled version has a somewhat faint though pleasant doughy, floral aroma. Thick-bubbled head dissipates quickly but leaves ample lacing. Flavor is quite malty with a touch of cinnamon/cloves and a great hoppy kick in the aftertaste. Still worth the $3.49 for the bottled version, but would like to see the on-tap, unpasteurized version rated separately. (A note: itís interesting to learn that this beer has been around since 1971 - as an American itís amazing that just about all our nation drank at that time was stuff like Miller High-Life and Pabst - thankfully weíve come into the Light!)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2004
On tap...flying saucer. very nice beer. smells great and goes down even better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours deep amber with a tan head that slowly diminishes. Nose is initally apple and pear, then subsides to creamy malts. Tastes of malt and hops nicely balanced, with the malts carmelized and fairly creamy, the hops apple blossom. Alcohol rushes the mildly bitter aftertaste that lasts quite a while.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured a loverly amber brown. White head with not much action, but that doesnt matter. A soft roasted aroma of sorts to compliment the signature bitter bang. Even though bitter, its smoothe and malty. Very clean brew. Ill buy this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pourds a amber/light brown color with a large white head that left a thick lacing on the glass. Very attractive. The aroma is hoppy at first, but closer inspection reveals rich malt undertones. Taste has the expected bitter bite, but is surpisingly smooth and malty at the same time. Rich, clean finish. The best ESB Iíve had.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
Pours an orange brown colour with an off white head. The aromas are malt, caramel and hops. Tastes of hops and malt in good balance nice dry finish. A good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
this is very nice looking brew.beautiful copper color with little bubbles rising to the top.typical "beer" smell and average head.the taste is very good.not very bitter as the name states,but smooth with a little toffe flavor.overall very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Fully Toasty aroma, full head and a sparkling amber glow from the glass. First sip starts sweet fills the mouth with doughy flavor and finishes sharp and clean. ESB isnít my number 1 style but this beer makes me think about a re-evaluation. Very satisfying


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