Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2424   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciriliox (6) - SPAIN - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
Bottle. App: White head, fading out quickly foam. Amber to copper color, perfectly clear. Aroma: Biscuit and toffee, orange and apricots with an herbal background. Caramel and some cotton candy/bubblegum. Flavor: Toffee, orange and some herbal hops in the background. Palate: Medium bodied, medium-low to medium carbonation, slightly bitter (well, a present bitterness masterfully balanced with the sweet malts). Maybe my favourite english pale ale, excluding strong ales. A masterpiece, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDesmadre (1716) - Mikołów, POLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle. A classic ESB that couldn’t be more classic. Biscuits, apples, strawberries, some caramelly and resiny notes. Medium bodied, sweetish, medium bitter. Flavourful, balanced, well crafted. Suitable to be drunk in greater amounts. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (997) - USA - OCT 29, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle in Dani's bar in Cala Millor, Mallorca. Hoppy bitter beer. Pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (555) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
A lot of earthy bitterness with a bit of fruity notes. A bit unpleasant. Olfactif qui rappelle l’orange, les bonbons aux fruits, la cerise. Un olfactif sucré et fruité. Visuel: Ambré, cuivré, limpide. Mousse d’un demi-pouce assez dense et au maintient moyen. L’attaque est terreuse, agrémentée de notes de fruits: orange, cerise, jujube. Les notes de terre sont prédominantes. On y retrouve également un peu de poivre, des accents de sous bois; écorce, vieilles feuilles, le tout, donnant une amertume sèche et tranchante. De texture rondelette, son effervescence est douce, légèrement piquante, et son équilibre penche vers l’amertume avec un fruité qui n’arrive pas à tirer assez de son côté. Excellent exemple d’une amertume terreuse. Mais pas impressionné par les saveurs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dawit1969 (29) - SPAIN - OCT 26, 2014
De botella. Como ámbar oscuro con tímida espuma . Aromas a malta de caramelo y toques de frutos negros . Sabores picantes y hierbas con caramelo , malta y lúpulo . Muy fina

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sulticune (1) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014 does not count

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (260) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
I’m not sure how this stuff maintains such a high rating here. For starters, I don’t see how dark gold is a synonym for mahogany, unless I really don’t know my colours. This beer is "rich mahogany" when it’s in a backlit brown bottle, as in the picture above. In a glass it’s a light caramel at best. Nose is caramel/toffee and sweet fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with a bit of lingering backwash bitterness. It’s not bad stuff by any means, but I can think of about six micro bitters I’d choose over this. And I’m still searching for the grapefruits, oranges and lemons described above.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (131) - - OCT 19, 2014
A dark amber ESB with low head. Aroma is malty, maybe a bit caramel. Taste is bitter, longlasting. A good beer, but can't drink a lot of them. Low carbonated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"i wouldn’t say it "explodes" with flavor, but it fits the style quite well (i expect no less from Fuller’s) as is a nicely balanced, entirely enjoyable brew."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber-brown pour, medium head with little lacing. Heavy malt aroma, bit of spice too. Taste is malt dominate but there is a mild hop presence as well. Heavy body, low carbonation. The best bitter I’ve tried.

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