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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2371   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2002
dark amber, malty. and a little sweet. didnít taste the nut flavour ??? minimal carbonation

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2468) - 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.

   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.

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Rerate - Cask - Velvety smooth mouthfeel, taste of butterscotch , much better than what I remember. Could drink this all night. Original - 3.9 - First impression was a bad smell I could only liken to snuff - but it mellowed to a spice-like clean aroma. Small head that disipated quickly. Very tart, hoppy flavor that lasts throughout with a smooth, clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10144) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Amber colour. Aroma spiced. Balanced flavour, and a smooth bitterness in the end. My first ESB and definately not the last.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2002
Not as interesting as I had expected. Mild bitterness, medium level of hop flavours, but more malty than anything, which I usually like, but this one just didnít do it for me.

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