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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2344   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Poured with a small head that quicly faded. There wasnít enough malt for my liking, but overall it was still a good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Now this is a beer! I love this friggin beer and im not quite sure why... creamy, fruity, with a great sensation as it glides down the throat... cherry licorice, banana and some slight raspberry... floral, fruity aroma and a great maroon appearance. great on tap... malty as hell, and i still canít understand why this style is referred to as a bitter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
The best ESB and a standard for others to follow.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2002
My first ESB. Really enjoyed it. Poured with a creamy head, although it didnít stick around for too long. Nice sort of hazy copper color. Medium bodied, long aftertaste. A nice brew, will buy again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5274) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Medium brown color, medium head. Medium bodied ale. Matly and hoppy. A nice full malt finish excellently balances the hoppyness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is matly with a very slight bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2002
dark amber, malty. and a little sweet. didnít taste the nut flavour ??? minimal carbonation

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Draft:Clear,oarnge,with slow carbed,white,milky head.Huge caramel,nutty,grapefruit aromas.Gentle hop aroma but not lacking.Aroma is not misleading.Palate is full and clean as can be.Huge caramel,nutty,flavors and gentle hoppiness round out perfectly.Not just hops in this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Draft: Very English aroma of grape-like malt, soft hop charcter, and deep notes of caramel and nuts. Only trace of carbonation in this extrmely delicate, round palate. Flavors match aroma. Only a touch of bitterness in the finish. Needless to say, off draft, this is dangerously drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 This one pours a clear copper color with about a fingers worth of off-white, lingering head. The head leaves good lacings on the glass. It has a nice English aroma of malts with just a hint of hops. The flavor is all malt, with a lingering sweetness and just a tad of hop flavoring in the finish. This is a great ESB, good and malty, which I like.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002


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