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

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RATINGS: 2460   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz: (Bottle Conditioned Special Edition, N<sup>o</sup> 03071): dark, golden amber. Clear with red hues. Mostly diminishing white froth. Sweet, piney hop aroma with a nice, sourish malt component as well as some brown sugar. Piney flavour on top of a molasses like consistency. A large sweetness tries to balance this heavily hopped ale, but doesnít quite cut it. The traditional English malt flavours are pushed into the back sweet by the astringent & bitter hops and a strange SweetTart flavour. Long lingering bitterness that really was overpowering in this oneÖI will return with another rating in 6-8 months, hopefully the bottle conditioning with subdue the hops and let the malt come to the for frontÖ8/3/6/4/15
1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle (regular version): Sweet malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Wonderfully clean and smooth. Great balance on the palate, leaves the mouth watering for more. 7/4/7/4/16

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
On tap: Amber color. Not much of a head. Hop and malt aroma. Citrus hop and mild spice flavor with hints of toffee and malt sweetness. Nutty soft finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Mellow, hoppy aroma emanating from the light copper body. Slight citrusy hop flavor, which the malt overpowers until the more bitter finish. Definitely one of the better ESBs on the market.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9846) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is very malty. Notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, sugar cookie (a Twix bar, basically). Lightly floral. Perfect, sparkling amber hue. White, medium sized rocky head. Fully lasting with excellent lacing. The flavor is to die for. Lightly sweet and hugely malty. Big time caramel flavor up front. Well balanced on the backside. Itís like drinking liquid caramel or butterscotch without the lingering and annoying sweetness. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. Clean, dry finish. Great, great beer. MaltHeads Rejoice!!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbrock81 (309) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 This beer is sweet and malty all the way through. Thick mouthfeel, not very hoppy really, great malt flavor. If youíre a malt lover (like me), this beer is great for you.

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 (3800) - 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 (29989) - 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


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