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

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RATINGS: 2344   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1233) - Victoria, British Columbia, - JUN 13, 2012
Lots of ratings already so I’m just a drop in the bucket... but I’d like to mention that craft breweries usually have some fruit beer on the line, and I’ve yet to taste one that works as well as the berry flavour in this drink. Stop brewing fruit beers and make better ESBs! Thanks for listening.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (490) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Nice mahogany color with big off-white head (quite fluffy). Fruity (apple, some berries) with lots of sweet grain, caramel, some corn in there, some grass, citrus, light roasted touch and some hazelnuts. Good hoppy finish, quite aromatic and light bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVah (101) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
På flaska från systemet. Bärnstensfärgad vätska. Fruktig doft. Lättdrucken med inslag av passionsfrukt och en mild beska.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Isimunov (2) - - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
Doña Ale. De las mejores en su clase. Nada más que agregar. Inmejorable relación precio/calidad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (211) - NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Pours clear dark golden with a slightly tanned head. Aroma is malty with bread. Taste is malty as well. Associasions to bread dominating.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Inbreak (1858) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Old rating rerated 05.07.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Small bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is kind of neutral, leafs, caramel, sap, grass, bark, wet hops. Taste is kind of harsh and metallic, sap, grass, light malts, minerals, cardboard, leafs, caramel, bark. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Meh!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BungEye (20) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2014
My favourite session beer. Good drink this ale night after night. Toffee and Golding hops on the nose. Marmalade and beautiful caramel maltiness with incredible sweet fruit. Absolute perfection for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1479) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
50cl bottle bb07/2014. Pours a luminous mahogani, nose of peach liqueur and fine caramels. Taste is a register caramelised orange sweet, with a very tasty, edgy helping of almost Saaz-spicy hops to reign in the butterscotch biscuit body. Minty finish, dry, lingering earwax coating the palate in a beer pause, with some fennel. Headstrong full-on Fuller quality.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (7) - - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
0.5l bottle. Amber-orange colour with small head. Malty caramel in the nose, with moderate fruitiness. Taste is rather sweet and also bitter, but sweetness dominates. Medium-to-full body and sweet all the way through without losing the bitterness. A decent ale with low carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1178) - 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. It’s 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 (16) - 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!


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