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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2554   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2086) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2004
Clear orange coloured, lasting head. Aroma of hops and sweet malts. Hoppy, bitter flavour, not very complex. Bitter finish. I expected a lot, but this is perhaps just not really my favourite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4931) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2004
Strong hoppy and malty-sweet aroma. Clear, deep amber coloured with a lasting head. Taste is malty-bit sweet, hoppy, sharp some herbal notes and quite bitter, espicially the finish. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Sharp hoppiness and malty fresh aroma. This is a tasty ESB. Hoppy, flavorful and good. Good job Fullers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1673) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 One of the best ales Iíve ever tasted for adhering to traditional character....bitter with lots of malt punctuation and a clean bitter finish....wonderful! Update: recently had this on tap at EJs....I like it better bottled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2004
On tap. This is a pale ale recipe, with a darker malt for show. Iím not impressed by how thin and sharp this beer is. Congratulations on being bitter, that is the only noticable attribute in the flavor. Abrupt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5699) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Poured an amber color with a large off white head, and left nice lacing. Small hops, large caramel/toffee aroma. Malty taste, sweet caramel. More hops and fruit, this would be nicer. Maybe this gets higher ratings on cask? That is something I would like to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
This is like reaquaiting with a good long time friend when after you leave you say why donít I do that more often! On tap, quite good as usual, superb coloration and does the style proud.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Pours bronze with a medium tan head. Lovely toffee-ish and hopped aroma. Or is it caramel? Nice nonetheless! Taste is smooth and sweet with some lightly bittered notes towards the end. This would be a nice session beer! Good stuff!

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