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

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RATINGS: 2297   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - JAN 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Excellent stuff. the classic ESB. enjoy it cask-conditioned if you can. the bottled version is good but lacks the subtle tastes that make this a classic

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2002
Wow! This beer is like a party on your tongue! Excellent flavor at first. As it goes down you get the sensations from the hops accompanied by a long, pleasant aftertaste. I used to not be a big bitter fan, but this beer might make me reconsider.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2002
What a well-rounded beer! The hops and malt blend perfectly. There is a nice subtle bitterness that is balanced out by a slight sweetness. I could seeing making a serious session out of this one. Iíd like to try it on tap now. Redhook only dreams of making an ESB as good as this. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2001
The best ESB i have had. Excellent flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2001
A well-blanced, amber coloured ESB from Fullerís. The aroma was nice and enhanced by hops. The flavor was slightly malty and sweet. The hops kicked in again toward the end of the swallow with a sustained bitter. Pretty decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2001
What a fine brew this is! Starts malty, then the hops hit you, with a lingering and satisfying finish. More!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
This is a grand drinking beer. The hops provide a delightful bitterness in the finish.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
Its hard to stop drinking these. A flavor that invades your brain matter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HammerHead99 (12) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
One of my favorite ESBs. Could be a bit hoppier for my taste, but whoís complaining (especially when itís going down). When I get a hankeriní for it, I get it at the local Bev N Mo. I also like the other Fullerís line as well. Overall a very, very satisfying ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 Bottle. Amber bronze, initialy good white head soon thinning, good condition. Excellent hop resin aroma right at the beginning that slowly gets overtaken by a solid sweet maltiness. Sweet malt and peppery hops fill the mouth, and linger long into the finish with a big but restrained bitterness coming through at the end.


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