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

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RATINGS: 2347   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.


3.9
   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

4
   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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002

4.1
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Thick amber color with a small head containing large bubbles at first but getting thicker with smaller bubbles later on. Aroma is of earthy nut and apples. Taste hits you with strong bitterness at first but after the first sip or two it settles down and you begin to notice a bit of maltiness hidden behind it. Leaves your mouth clean with no lingering taste. Good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
A good ale, but the bitterness seems to overwhelm everything else (which I suppose is the idea -- maybe I just donít like ESBs). Its aroma is a bit weak, which is a little surprising considering that it has a nice head. This seems like a quality brew, but it isnít one I care for.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle. Rich amber color. Aroma has a refined fruity hop smell. Some bitter and malt aromas arise as well, very inviting. No head. Nose hits the back of the palate immediately with a rich buttery brown bread flavor. Bitter notes on the finish that leave notes of hops on the palate as well. Very Complex. A very soft but rich, bitter beer. Body is medium-full and flavor does not dissipate quickly. I enjoy this ESB more than any Ive tried thus far as it does not have as sharp or crisp an appeal, but a more round, understated bitterness. As it warmed, wonderful caramel tones presented themselves, while the body seemed to diminish some. To my surprise and vast, vast enjoyment, the beer now tasted like a perfect mix of an English Srong, an Amber and a Bitter. Easily one of my favorite beers. Rerate. Had this on tap and I detected alot of sour notes that were not pleasant. What to make of this, hmm, I have had this on tap at other places and it has had no trace of sourness. Slightly bad batch?must be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3036) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Excellent beer. You notice the bitterness first, but after a few sips the chewy maltiness starts becoming more and more prevelent. I actually understand what chewy malt means because of this beer. Since itís supposedly better on cask over in England, Iím definitely going to have and try it over there one day. It was good enough in a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2002
Quite bitter. I had this beer as cask ale at it was very unique. The bitterness dominates the tase pretty much.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhenry (10) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
A brilliant ESB.


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