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

bottled
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on tap
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Bottle. Poured beautiful copper color with a small off-white head that left nice lacing. Slightly fruity aroma among the roasted malts and hops. Flavor is good, rich malts and lots of hop bitterness. Lingering bitter-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is round with creamy carbonation. Nice

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Had a pint at Oduffey's in Kalamazoo. Amber color. Nice cream head. Smells quite light and tastes very light as well. A little nutty and sweet. OK.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2003
1 Pint Bottle, pours clear amber with an off white head. sweet hop aroma, light/medium palate with a lively feel. taste starts sweet and moves to a crisp bitterness in the finish. very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
On draft @ Firewaters in AC, NJ. Clear amber color with little head. Nice mouthfeel, perfect carbonation with a crisp dry finish. Good hop aroma and subtle malt flavor, Well balanced and a good example of an ESB.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shleep (6) - ICELAND - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
good hoppy aroma, a little sweet flavor, but not overly so. nice balanced flavor, a good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarsHolmer (112) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2003
This must be what Ushers had in mind when they created their Tawny, rich in the nose, full of extracts and bitterness in the palate, and another one please!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2003
Nice hoppy nose, with a medium head. Beautiful red/orange hue. Wonderful malt and hops in mouth, very well rounded, with some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2003
Clear amber/copper in colour. Aroma was of floral hops, quite earthy. Flavour was a little sweet, grassy, some caramel. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2003
Amber brown colour with off white pillowy head that lasts. Honey malt toffee caramel aroma. Flavour of caramel hop and malt. Dry mouth feel boardering on creamy. Great bitters on the back of my tounge.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
Dark amber with hints of ruby. Long-lasting thick, creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of toffee and caramel with some grassy hop notes. Bitter and sweet flavour. Roasty notes with toffee and caramel. Long bitter finish with some notes of burnt sugar.


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