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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2302   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (650) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
The aroma was nice and enhanced by hops. The flavour was slightly malty and sweet. The hops kicked in again towards the end.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (961) - Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Seymour would love this. It is clearly English. Tasted at centennial beer tasting.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mhenrylaw (3) - USA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
Great combination of subtle bitterness with drink ability. Low alcohol makes this a good session beer

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MisoW (801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 22, 2014
On tap. Pours amber color, lightly beige head. Aroma is hoppy, caramel, some cherries. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, caramel, hints of apples. Bittersweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exeter (196) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Clear darker amber, approaching ruby. Slightly spicy aroma, a little nutmeg. Nice medium mouth feel and restrained carbonation. Flavours are pretty complex and range from allspice through traces of chocolate. Nice floral bittering. Really nice, but not overblown ESB -- may be my favourite. I love Fullerís because they do it right

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LasseVPedersen (175) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle, 50cl. Pours copper and amber color, clear and quite beautiful with a medium two-finger head of beige creamy head. Aroma is rich and of mostly dominated by some citrus/orange peel mixed with a hoppy character. You will find raisin/dried fruits, malt, toffee and malt. Taste follows the note, with the addition of bread, biscuits, fruity, fresh and crisp almost grassy acid in the middle, before it turns again to a subtle bitter finish. A lot of different flavors and sensations, almost perfect mouth-feel with nothing being too dominant. Really good balanced, canít say that enough. Medium to lively carbonation, medium body and finish. I enjoyed it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ken1 (800) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
A nice floral aroma. Flavor is floral bitter with a slight dry aftertaste. Color is amber with a white head.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schŲner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle: Amber-copper hybrid color with nice clarity & pureness, topped with a beige-tinted head that lasts around for a bit but doesnít leave behind much lacing. Aroma is kind of weak, with light notes of toasty malt, bread, faint yeast, woodsiness, nuts, & mild toffee. Opens up just a bit more with warmth. Taste has lots of caramel up front with some woody & nutty notes coming out mid-palate. Floral flavored hops, a touch of citrus & fruit-like sweetness with an earthy bitterness for balance. Wood, nuts, & faint caramel in the finish, not very bitter overall. Thin bodied... Nice flavor, wish the aroma was a bit more boisterous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (164) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Wow, this is some good stuff. Itís not like the overwhelming hop bitter bombs we get here in the US (especially San Diego county brewers). Nose of toffee, caramel, biscuit, and grass. Tawny amber/copper pour with a nice white head and lacing. Nice balanced flavor with the malt shining through, not too sweet or bitter. Flavors of citrus, caramel, earth, and pepper. Clean palate, medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, and long, balanced finish.


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