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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: 2626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poored an amber color with a slightly foamy white head. The aroma was a mix of flowers and apples. Only slightly bitter, but a good hoppy taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Perfectly amber color, under a big, bubbling, bone-white head. An indistinct aroma, that cast off hints of flowers and honey, but also strains of coppery flintiness. A sly hop attack occurs on the tongue, which fades back fast. Light body, faint texture. Nice, but unmemorable finish. A very un-bitter "bitter", a textbook session ale. A good fruitiness comes out the middle, and the taste overall is pleasant, but itís largely forgettable for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The aroma made me think of apples. It had a good taste, not too bitter. Itís an amber liquid and the hops is mild. I would recommend it to my friends.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Bottled. Aroma of apple, caramel, mild hops. Appearance is amber, clear, white head with nice lace, lasting head. Body is medium, fairly dry, clean, crisp and regreshing. Flavor is apple skin, caramel, bitter finish of apple skin, wood like toothpicks, pine and oak, rather mild, pleasant. Refreshing. I like a little umph with an ESB, but this is very nice, true to English style. Balanced, on the malty side, but well balanced, truly. Very drinkable, sessionable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildmanzero (12) - USA - AUG 22, 2004
Malty nose previews the full flavor nicely balance with the bold yet smooth bitterness. Another great Fullerís beer

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2004
Bottled. Orange/amber body, rocky white to ablink and youíll miss it head. Caramal nose, desperatly average flavour saved from rank mediocricy by a sweet nuttiness that outdoes its stablemate London Pride for balanced complexity. Hope itís better on draught as I donít yet see the justification for such a high score.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Another good Fullers beer. Pour a deep orange, copper color with a small white head. Nice floral, malty, caramel aroma. Flavor started off kinda plain basic ESB, but ends superb. Nice caramel, bitter, sweet finish. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Had this one at volo italian cafe on August 18th. Was told that I had the absolute last bottle of the brand in town since they were switching over to fullers premium as a tap brew. Kept the bottle. A nice dark rust color... donít let the name fool you though -- a tad bitter but full of caramel, cherry, and sweet malt flavors. I will be very sad if this one is disconitnued.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2004
On tap at BBC in Hyannis: Pours to a deep, clean amber with a thick, small tan head. Tons of malt in this aroma, caramel, toffee, pepper, and fruit. I wasnít expecting this beer to be very good, although now I donít know why. There was a very full feeling to the palate that I really enjoyed coupled with the dry finish and bitterness. The assertive malt characteristics were nicely balanced by the bitterness from the hops. Very nice ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
A wonderful full rich malty ale. This is one of fullers finest and should be appreciated rather than just drunk. Malt predominates and is well balnced with just the right amount of bitterness. Not an ideal summer ale this is one to be savoured on a cold winters night.


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