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

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RATINGS: 2366   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw colored body. The aroma is a faint dry malty smell. Nice. The taste is quite sweet with a chewy texture, some mild bitterness but sweet overall. The body is heavy with low carbonation. Itís a on the sweet side for me, but not a bad ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (90) - ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle 330ml. Clear light amber, small quickly diminishing head. Sweetish toffee and light hoppy aroma. Nice light sweet flavor and great bitterness, well balanced. Long bitter finish. Medium body. Very nice beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1499) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle @ White Horse, Parsons Green. Pours amber, with fruity caramel aroma. Sweet full bodied character with a great sweetness from those classic English hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2014
DAA; Bottle 500ml. Pours clear cobber with a off-white lasting and lacing head. Nose is light roasted malt, caramel, fruit, grass and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, light bitter, light spicy and lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nightswimming (16) - TURKEY - JUN 19, 2014
330 ml bottle in turkey. a classic ale with a very fine / bitter taste. finish is also bitter and long. a very good choice if you like ale!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AtronSeige (555) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 19, 2014
Aroma: medium malt: caramel, Medium hops: fruity, Appearance: Clear copper body. Thin off-white head. good retention. Flavour: Medium-high bitterness, medium sweetness. medium hop flavours, fruity. light malt flavours. Well supported. caramel. lingering bitterness Palate: Medium-full body. Creamy. Medium carbonation, soft. Balanced towards Overall: Perfect! I can understand why this is one of the best beers in the world! 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja! 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (415) - CROATIA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle, amber pour with a white head, nice smooth light bitter taste of toffee and caramel, nice balance and easy to drink, good ESB

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coolmac (53) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 16, 2014
Slight citrus in the aroma. Clear amber with thin head. Slight spice with good caramel flavours, ends with a strong bitterness. Delicious!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ej (695) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a clear coppery with a small head. Aroma of malts, caramel and butterscotch. Taste is well balanced, but finishes fairly dry and bitter. Body is medium to medium-light. Decent mouthfeel and medium co2 levels.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
S_Side_Smitty (441) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours copper-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy malts (maybe a little caramel). Taste is a nice blend of malted grains and bitterness throughout the palate. All of this is balanced with the sweetness. An easy beer to drink and enjoy.


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