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

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RATINGS: 2425   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Low carbonation, thin head, and bronze color. Pleasant malty smell and faint hop aroma. Moderate hop spiciness that leads to a subtle bitter aftertaste. This is a decent session brew and an excellent gateway to introduce neophites to good beer (ditto for the London Porter).

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
This is pretty mild, but actually tastes good though not much hoppiness at all. Malty with OK but not great carbonation. Poured with nice head which evaporated quickly with no lacing to speak of. Definitely worth a try if you're in the mood for something not so "pilsner-like"

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Color is amber, with a off-white fluffy, foamy head about two fingers high. Left some patches of lace. Smells of strong floral hops, very bitter sweet. Also has a honeyish note and yeast-like notes. The taste is a nice bitter hop, very crisp and sharp, somewhat citrusy and a light yeasty malt that rounds out with a small honey-like hint finishing a mostly medium to light bodied feel and a tight dryness. There's alot of bitterness to this and alot of punch. Very indicitive to the style. This can be a very drinkable beer but the 5.9% sneaks up on you soon after taking many swigs. Which is easy to do, cuz this stuff is pretty darn smooth for being pretty darn bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Great aroma.. a little sweetness and banana peel. Medium head, goes away quickly. Rich malty taste with a large bodied mouthfeel, and of course just the right amount of bitter. Although I prefer an American Pale to an ESB this is a benchmark ESB.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
This is a superior ale that has been in my opinion a most consistent one. I used to drink this one hand-pulled in an English pub years ago, and the bottled version is nearly as good. Super clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is outstanding, sweet, hoppy and malty all at once. Boy is this ale balanced! Smooth and full bodied with an incredible mixture of English hops that bitter so tenderly. Malt is sweet and fresh providing a perfect counter to all of the English hops. The original and in my opinion the best ESB out there.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Rich amber color. Bready, toasty malt aromas with generous hop notes. Follows through with caramel malt and toffee notes that give way to rich hop flavors. Delicious and assertive.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Beige head. Nut-brown colour. Aroma is dominated by malt. Taste is mostly warm and pleasent malt with a bitter finish. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
Not the bitter bite to it that I was expecting, a very good ESB with a nice head. Very good, but I was expecting more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
ESB's are quickly becoming my style of choice. Typical in that taste that only Fuller's can provide. It looks classy, tastes great, a very enjoyable summertime beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2003
Bottle: Pours lovely clear amber with short beige sudsy head. Strong toffee aroma (crystal) with a hint of grassy hops and grapefruit. Silky smooth, absolutely brilliant mouthfeel. Lovely hoppy flavour, lots of IBUs, balanced well with sweet crystal malt. Very impressive ESB.


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