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

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RATINGS: 2301   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.


aplus01's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Appearance: Pours a light copper color. Aroma: Caramel, toffee Taste: Big malt presence here, lots of sweet toffee and caramel flavor Palate: medium bodied with average carbonation Overall: Best bitter Iíve had to date.Sweet enough that I wouldnít want more than one in a sitting though.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rodriguez (220) - Quito, ECUADOR - APR 21, 2014
Malty aroma and flavor, some orange, dry, with a subtle pungent aftertaste. Full body. Lovely beer. I still donít know why bitter is I the name of this beer style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeebon (142) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Picked a bottle up in Tesco as a part of a 4 for 3 offer, I hadnít tried it before so thought I would give it a shot and am glad I did! It doesnít look much, just a standard bitter with a minimal bubbly hed which soon goes. Taste wise though itís very enjoyable with citrus and cherry notes along with caramel malt and leading to a slight bitterness on the finish. I will buy again for sure!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (97) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
Cervesa molt equilibrada tant pel que fa a maltes com a llupols. Cerveza muy equilibrada tanto por las maltas como por los lķpulos.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (166) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2014
Brown body, very small light head which quickly dissipates away. Looks very lively. Aroma hints of bitterness, has some yeast and cherry notes. Taste is nice and soft. Itís not strong at all but still fairly well balanced. A hint of bitterness with a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is easy, light carbonation. Altogether itís pretty nice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomivar (8) - - APR 17, 2014 does not count
En meget god Ýl. Kjempegod ettersmak og man merker ikke at det er en sterkere Ýl. Dette er en Ýl for alle med god smak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (65) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
Toffee, citrus and malt in aroma. Copper colored beer with nice silky head. Taste has caramel, malt and nice hops. Dry balanced aftertaste with some grass, toffee and honey. Bitterness is balanced also. Nice beer for every situation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (136) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Appearance- amber, clear, plenty of bubbles rising, fizzy white head which diminishes quickly. Really nice aroma- orange, marmalade, tangerine, creamy malt, Jaffa cake, toffee, fruity, currants, toasted tea cake hints. Taste is smooth, lots of fruitiness, orangey, bitterness, tangy marmalade, nutty hints, fruitcake, medium bodied, like an amped up London Pride. Lingering finish. Really good, and delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (238) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
Clear amber, rocky white head. Hoppy, caramelly aroma. Taste the same, soft mouthfeel, a little citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Underdogs88 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Floral hop aroma with caramel notes and medium fruity esters. Copper color with a white head with average head retention. Flavor is more towards the bitter side with floral hop flavor and a caramel, toffee malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry on the end. Overall, it's a pleasant sessionable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1107) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Pours amber medium amber white head Aromas of bread, sweet fruis, caramel, gay, hints of corn Nice caramel sweet taste with good hoppyness of sweet fruits. Good malty backbone


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