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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2365   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
I had on draft at the factory. It is a full bodied dark sweet malt with Fullersí signature chestnut color and plenty of hops. It is not quite as bitter or as malty or as mouthfilling as their seasonal 1845, but it is a superb brew from a full scale commercial brewery. made from the first sparging, unlike their Chiswick bitter, which is made from the second, and the difference is clear in every sip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Malty nose, good head. A nice mouthfeel. Good bite to it in the finish. A nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 19, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 Creamy, friendly light aroma. Color of light amber. It wasn't to dry, I would rather say it was soft. Great pub drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2002
The hops really stand out in this one. A pleasant beverage that get better with the more that you drink.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
achtungpv (210) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Suprisingly not that bitter. Very smooth and drinkable however.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Very dry and somewhat hoppy. A little astringent tasing in the flavor/palate. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Starts with a bitter hop kick, then develops a slight tartness, finally ending with a mildly sweet, malty flavor. Nice lacing on top that leaves traces on the sides of the glass, resting on a burnt copper colored brew with an inviting aroma that reminds me of the better IPAs (The smell reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA the most.) Iíll certainly be drinking more of this, but probably not until the weather gets warmer. Itís more of an early spring or autumn beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Great flavor. Not real bitter, but with fairly complex flavors. Will have again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2002
It was neato, it wasnt like a hop bite bitterness though where it kind of washes over your mouth like say sierra nevada. The bitterness was just "there" in that very bhuddist kind of sense...pretty good and enjoyable. Malty nose with some florals going on.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Excellent color and clarity. Not too bitter but what bitterness there is from the hops lingers for a little while after drinking. A definate enjoyment to drink. I have not had many bitters but this stands at the head of them all. Oh, and a decent head also when poured from their different bottle.


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