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

bottled
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpuuk99 (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2003 does not count
The first half bottle is strong in taste. The second half of the bottle is strong in alcohol..... hmmmm, perfect.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Awesomw!!! Beautiful color with great belgian lace. A perfect blend of malts and hops

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kodos (205) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
As my first foray in the world of "bitters" Im thinking I may be an unenlightened noobie. Interesting hoppy profile. I lovew the color of this stuff, deep amber. The taste to me was definately astringent, funky and only slightly bitter. Not something I would drink again. I dumped 1/2 the bottle. This stuff maybe just isnt my cup of tea...heh

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
A very good example of a English ESB. Deep amber in color with a creamy white head. Very sweet caramel nose. Very smooth and malty, bitterness just balances this brew ideally. I would recommend this to everybody.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2002
The first and the best ESB in the world. Not my favorite style but this is a great beer from start to finish. Pours witha a nice creamy head. Copper color and a nose of hops and lite toast. A must for every beer lover.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Bottle. Solid amber color with a small but stable light cream head. Aromas of lightly burnt toffee/butterscotch with a hint of hopsack. Light carbonation that enlivens the senses. Nutty toffee with a toch of yeast and hint of bitterness. Very balanced and drinkable. One of the stalwarts in the ESB style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - DEC 24, 2002
This is a very smooth beer. It feels like it drips down the throat. A beautiful thing. The palate isnít very heavy, and the finish isnít very long, but both are very high quality. A great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Malty and not all that bitter for a íBitterí. This is one of my favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Personally I prefer Alesmith and Schlafly for ESBís. Big malt profile.Front is smooth with a little bitterness coming through at the finish. Good for a session I guess.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2002
Was not overly impressed. Still, a nice pint, with a good palate.


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