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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2004
A very well known but very overrated UK beer. The colour is the best bit, being reddy gold, but it's all downhill from there. A spirity, caramelly malt nose then a cloyingly sweet sugary taste with some high-alpha hops lurking around in the background. The finish is short and too sickly sweet. As far as UK beer goes, there's loads better than this rubbish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14173) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Bottled
Dark amber color. Off-white creamy medium head. Same time fruity and crisp. Full-bodied: lots of hops, malt and hints of honey. Finish is dry but pleasant. You can't get better bitter than this!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
Pours amber with a big creamy off white head. No aroma other than a slight toasty caramel. Very good mouthfeel. Toffee, soft malt notes, burnt sugar balancing with hoppy bitters. Quite enjoyable. Moderately bitter with a dry, roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Crystal clear coppery red appearance with a creamy off white head. Effervescent character and lively carbonation lends this beer a slightly rough mouthfeel. Aroma screams of roasted malt goodness and English hops. Tastes dominated by malt with hints of chewy caramel, buttery toffee, lightly roasted nuts, and faint smoked wood. Medium mouthfeel drying on the palette. Understated and graceful hoppyness. Very drinkable beer that embodies quiet elegance and charm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
Head is small and off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty with a nice flowery hor to it. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is nicely bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, dry and creamy texture, soft carbonation. A strong example of a good esb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Bottled: Just as wonderful. Still has the pleasant velvet creamy mouthfeel and most of the rich aroma and flavour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Hand pull - beautiful medium amber color with off white head. Slight mustiness in the aroma. Excellent balance of hop bitterness and malt. This is a beautiful beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2004
One of the true classics. May be overshadowed by the many "over the top" micro ales, but this subtle, incredibly well balanced brew will stand the test of time. Smooth, creamy body, carmel like flavor. Hops kick in with the after-taste. Very full mouthfeel. Overall, this is one of the real standard setting beers of the world.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2004
You can never really go wrong with Fullers it seems, and this is indeed a solid ESB. Malty and slightly fruity aroma. Characteristic long and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Nice amber/red color, off-white head. Very little carbonation. This is what I think of when I think of an English Bitter... Mostly malty with a lot of hop bitterness, but no hop aroma/flavor. Sweet flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Good beer, but nothing really distinct about it.


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