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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 30, 2002
good bitter, more comlex than London Pride - good beer to have around, but getting too popular to find around here

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Sweet and malty, low hops, and a bit of cider. Quickly dissipating head on dark brown-orange beer. Medium carb and medium body. Tastes like a more bitter version of Fullerís London Pride. More nutty finish and after. This is good, though I like the pale ale a bit better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2003 why do people drink unpasteurized beer that has travelled around the world and talk about the flavors that they are tasting. If you let a wine bottle get warm it is known that the wine is damaged. Due to the fact wine is higher alcohol than beer makes it travel easier and more stable than beer. So why dont beer importers take the same care to handle beer like wine. Because it would cost them money and you would have to pay more. So that is why europeans drink beer made in there hometowns. The stupid Americans have alot to learn about beer, bread and cheese! I would gladly pay the difference for good product, but most Americans dont even know what they are looking for, witness this whole webpage. So wise up and demand the best.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2002
An amber beer with a small but OK head. It doesnít have much aroma. The feel is a little bit flat, but the flavor is fantastic of a great malt blend with an OK bitterness yet only slight. A great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Great mix of the righ amount of alcohol malt and hops for a bitter. the best bitter out there...hans down

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Orange color with fully diminishing head. Good bitter hops bite followed with some maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Blood-orange red, clear, medium head that sticks around a bit. Nose nicely balanced between caramel/butterscotch sweetness and citrusy hops. Flavor unfortunately a bit of a letdown for me, decently balanced like the nose but just not a lot happening. Some apricot, it seems, little bit of orange and rather weak on the malt. Good solid bitter end, good body. Worth drinking, but like their IPA hardly the best of style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Lovely, bright reddish body under a lacing head. Very British mix of hops and malt drying out perfectly. However, not a go-to beer, mostly on account of price. I will admit that I have a prejudice in favor of ESBs with more citric hop qualities. On appearance and palate, however, it canít be beat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Dark and hoppy, it certainly is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Wonderful bready, malty, bittersweet aroma/flavor. Beautiful amber color with a perfect creamy tan head. Great thirst quencher.


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