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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
More malty than I expected from an ESB, and lacky a strong bitter flavor. However, it was still a very enjoyable beer, very smooth and easy to drink, with an overall very pleasant flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Golden copper in color. Smells good with some malty breadlike characteristics. Body is medium and defines this style of beer. The bitterness is present and is quite strong but this beerís true nature shows up after a few sips and after it has warmed a bit. There is somewhat of a metallic quality in the finish that keeps me from rating this one a bit higher though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
This is a beautiful beer to behold, not only because Fullers spends about $1 per bottle, but it looks fantastic in a glass. Very malty, mildly bitter flavor. Tastes more íalcoholyí towards the beginning, but as the beer warms, the malt character takes over and finished chewy. Fairly decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2002
this one just wasnt as bitter as i would have liked. i noticed the malt characteristics more than anything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2002
So far the crooked River ESB is the only one I have ever enjoyed. The Fullers version is just a bit too thick and the flavor is super strong. A good complex beer - but just not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2002
I was lucky to get the draught version. Dark amber with a decent off-white head. Hops aroma very conspicuous. On the scale of ESBís I have had, this was better than average but it doesnít beat the Crooked River I had not too long ago. It just didnít have the bitterness I was expecting. As a matter of fact I think the London Pride has more bite. There is more malt in the mix here, which doesnít make it a bad beer, just less íESBí than I was expecting. All that aside this is still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snyderceo (7) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2002 does not count
I enjoy drinking this ESB everytime Iím in London

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bearfoot99 (1) - - JUL 25, 2002 does not count
A very good bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Maybe the best bitter Iíve had. Very pretty beer with a wonderful head. Bitterness is not overpowering.

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