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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2003
A creamy hop taste, blended with malt amd a but of fruity undertones. A good beer, but nothing I will search out again, not my favorite style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Clear amber with medium light-tan head. Soft floral/earthy hoppy aroma. Taste is that supported by nice malts and mild fruit (peach?) sweetness. Finishes medium bitter. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 biscuits & sugar cookies floated in the air above this bronzish mass, lightly covered in a frothy covering..biscuity malts and english hops are harminously joined..alcohol and bitterness show up in the finish..starts sweet and ends bitter..but since thats how the tongue is configured, it makes sense..mouthfeel might be a tad thin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
alyor (1) - Sonning, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2003 does not count
Liquid copper, clear as crystal, with a smooth creamy-white head that stayed till the end. Caramel sweetness at first with a hint of vanilla possibly before a long bitter finish. Good clean malty aroma. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Great looking beer. Rich brown, nice tan head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Sour grainy nose. Green silage rather than roasted, toasted. Doesn't come through to the mouth, though. The flavor is strong Fullers malts cut by enough hops to cut the softness to a reasonable level. Short finish for such a rich beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2003
Very tasty indeed. The colour and appearance of this beer is top class, and the head foamy and persistent. The aroma has a nice, rich caramel maltiness, and this carries through into the flavour. The finish has hints of spicy plum and more caramelly flavours, with a long bitter palate. Very impressive.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Beautiful deep copper color with a medium head. Malty aroma with a fair amount of fruitiness. Some caramel notes. Some butterscotch. Earthy hop aroma. Firm bitterness. Nice malty caramel flavor. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Nice medium body. I'd prefer a bit less diacetyl and a touch more sweetness. Update: By the end of the pint, the beer had warmed slightly and the diacetyl/butterscotch flavor began to add to the complexity of the beer. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Poured a clear copper with an off-white head that had lasting retention. Malty, bread-lie aroma with some caramel and light diacetyl. Complex flavor with malty, bicuit notes and a moderate bitterness. Creamy with a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinhume (4) - USA - JAN 27, 2003 does not count
The original and still the best ESB by far. Full flavored and excellent balance with slight bitter finish. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Aroma of malt and a hint of hops jumped out of my bottle and into my glass after the pour. I also noticed a scent of nuts in the aroma as well...strange!!! It poured an orangey red mix...almost perfectly clear, with heavy carbonation apparent and a very small layer of creamy white head that did make its attempt at lacing here and there. The taste was all malt upfront, with heavy emphasis on the carbonation attacking the palate. Very clean finishing however, as most English beers i have found are. Its only in the aftertaste that the true effect of those bittering hops arises. Its actually a very subtle bitterness, highly subdued by the malty content. All i could really pick up were those damn Goldings hops which are everywhere these days. Mildly dry aftertaste but not overdone in any respect. A nice ESB, but probably not worth what i overpaid for it!


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