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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: 2605   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Great stuff. Love the malty aroma and sweetish medium body. Small bubbles, true to style. The dark golden color, almost tarnished brass look of this one is appealing. Great beer, but I love ESBís.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
(Bottle) It's been several years since I last had this classic ESB, and I'd comletely forgotten how good this beer is; Or maybe I just didn't appreciate it back then; The flavor is wonderfully rich, mildly fruity and sweet, very malty, woody and lightly toasty toward the finish; The mild bitterness isn't the first thing you notice, yet it balances the malt nicely with a nice, delicate touch; The malt remains strong right through to the long-lasting finish; There's a moderate flavor of alcohol that kicks in toward the finish; Very smooth and luxurious on the palate; The assertive nose is woody and malty with a mild aroma of dry mushrooms; Copper in color; Nearly perfectly still, with only a few tiny bubbles randomly and slowly rising through the beer; Off-white head turns quite rocky very quickly, and it has excellent retention; The large patches of lacing are so thick and three-dimensional, it resembles the foam you use to wrap delicate objects when you pack for moving

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Brown Coloring. Sweet Tasting. Pretty tasty beer. Had in Bottle. Not a bad Fullers

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glip (21) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Hand-pumped from keg - Malty, full of flavour, delightful nose and creamy head, slightly sweet... mine was served much too cold for this style, so the barkeep brought me a pitcher of warm water to bring up to temperature, which opened up the aromas a bit more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Light Brown body with a bubbly off-white head. Sweet, carmel malt nose with a little hint of citrus. A nice balance of sweet malts an sweet citrusy hops making for a sweet tasting brew. ("Somebody buy this guy a thesaurus")

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of hops peaking thru. Pours a dark transparent orange with a half inch head that is short lasting. Initial sweet taste with a hoppy finish that comes on rather quickly. Hops are the strongest flavor but the sweetness never goes away. Good balance. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Nice pour, great amber color. Excellent floral hop aroma. This is a deliciously balanced beer, with a nice malty sweetness with a touch of honey, that blends seemlessly into the pleasant hop finish. Delicious. Will drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2004
A very typically english brew. Draught. Dark copper hue a little lighter than the color of the bottle with a creamy off white head that quickly dissapears. Smells like a British brew. Very malty for an ale. This is obviously a very American thing to say as we drink our brews with burlap sack loads of hops. Hops balance well with the malt, making the brew sweet, florally and refreshingly bitter at the same time. Aftertaste is earthy and woody. Good brew but this style is just simply not my cup of tea. Grat

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Taller than your average bottle. This is a bitter ale with a plesant aroma. Semi-sweet taste and slighty dark in color.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
onebarrel (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004 does not count
Nice lasting head with a good solid density to it. Aroma is classic english pint which is more than inviting. Always gets drained rapidly... one of my favís.


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