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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2460   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Pours a clear reddish-amber, no head really, just a thin layer. Nose is mostly malt, though the hops are definately there. Malt flavors, slightly woody/nutty, finishing bitter. A bit of a weak mouthfeel as it seems a bit watery.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
not a whole lot different from the London Pride except for a bit more hop presence. Out of the bottle it came across to me as weak and watery, on tap it had a great bite to it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1993) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Bought in the1 pint 2.6 ox brown embossed bottle..nice simple ,yet impressive label Pours a wonderful crystal clear dark amber colour with a good sized slighly off white head..fades fast. Some marvelous smells of hops and slight malts pretty good stuff Well balanced flavour to the beer..nice malt sweetness and a good bitterness ( but not over the top)..leaves a buttery taste on the back of the tongue,which I liked. Pretty good on the palate.not dry at all..nice aftertaste that lingers An excellent drinkabkle ESB..one to sample again and again

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Light copper colored body with a light khaki head. The nose is very buttery with hints of leather and caramel. There is also some faint orange. The taste is again very buttery with notes of caramel and toffee. There is also some maraschino cherry as well as a little but of leather. This is sweet and buttery. At one time I found this to be great, but now I find it annoying.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Had this on tap and boy what a great beer. Has a nice white head that leaves some impressive lacing. Emits a fresh hoppy aroma. I don't know much about ESBs at this time but I will definately be trying more of them when I can. This beer has a really nice mouth feel. Nice alcohol content. Unfortunately I didn't take notes while I was drinking this but I will definately be trying Fullers ESB again; next time with pad in hand.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2003
an aroma of caramel and sea water. deep copper colour, with an off white creamy head. this is bitter-sweet. slightly roasty, and very caramelly. pretty sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Opened the cap and it blew out, still had a small head. Had a very rich grainey malty aroma. Had a wonderful malt hop balance, with a lovely carmel aftertaste. This honey carmel sweetness lasted right to the end. An outstanding brew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2003
a good beer. pretty bitter which is a plus in my book. dark golden color with a small, more like nonexistant head. good beer, but i also bought a rogue brutal bitter which im thinking will be better. we shall see.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2003
Dark golden, ok head. Aroma is sweet, some perfume in it.Flavor is bready and very pleasant. Not much bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11937) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Golden/amber color, with an ok head. Aroma is malty, sweet and a little fruity. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, some cocoa, and it turns into a nice bitterness. Some toffee in it as well, very nice.


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