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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 dark red color no bubbles small white head. bitter melon and tart smell. bitter cherry citrus flavor and nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Pours clear amber with a large fluffy head. A hoppy astringent aroma (alcohol or hops?). Flavor is outstanding. A nice malty start that is not too sweet and a pleasantly bitter finish. Beautifully balanced. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Not too thick or too carbonated. One of my favorites. Excellent beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Pine smell - very little head or lacing - bitter taste with a slightly bitter after taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Draft. Nioce coper color with a decent head. This beer always seems a bit thick to me. The alcohol makes an appearance at the end, but I don't think it 'takes over' - just noticeable. Otherwise a fairly malty beer with some good hop flavor, but not overly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaBeer1972 (1828) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Strong aroma of alcohol hits me first. Unusual for a British brew. Tasty malts, but the ABV just seems to take over. I am not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Large offwhite head, plenty-o- lacing, short hang time though. Clear amber color. Somewhat must, malty nose. Medium body. Malty, fruity with some oxydation in the flavor dept.. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Pale amber, creamy head. Aroma is a bit stale, slightly metallic, EKGs, subtle fruitiness. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, rich and chewy. Flavor hops stand out nicely against a very solid sweet malt background. Perfectly balanced. I've had EKG-hopped IPAs that were less hoppy than this. I'd love to try this fresh on cask. Someday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Bottle. Poured beautiful copper color with a small off-white head that left nice lacing. Slightly fruity aroma among the roasted malts and hops. Flavor is good, rich malts and lots of hop bitterness. Lingering bitter-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is round with creamy carbonation. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Had a pint at Oduffey's in Kalamazoo. Amber color. Nice cream head. Smells quite light and tastes very light as well. A little nutty and sweet. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2003
1 Pint Bottle, pours clear amber with an off white head. sweet hop aroma, light/medium palate with a lively feel. taste starts sweet and moves to a crisp bitterness in the finish. very good.

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