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

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RATINGS: 2481   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.


BigBang's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Love this ESB. From the bottle. Aroma is a bit of caramel and nuttiness. Flavor is similar with hops adding the bitterness. Pours a light brown with little head and lacing. Palate is nice - the carbonation and hop bitterness offers nice lingering in the back of your mouth, but it is also fairly refreshing.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (481) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper-ish brown with a small white head. Aromas of nuts, hay, bread, old hops, citrus. Taste is about the same, slightly bitter. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (1016) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
Finally getting that elusive ESB rating. Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Aroma is slightly sweet and malt forward with a good amount of caramel and light toffee notes. Some light nuttiness and moderate toasted bread. Medium light fruit esters, especially raisin, plum and fig. Moderate woody hop character. Pours a clear copper red with some brown hues and a small, thick, slightly off-white head that exhibits good retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Moderate lacing and faint legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some medium caramel and light toffee flavors. Lighter toasted bread and nuts with a hint of butter. Medium light fruit notes of raisins, plums and figs. Medium light bitterness with medium low woody, spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer with quite a bit of malt character and balanced esters and hop notes. Definitely not my preferred hop profile or really malt profile for that matter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2162) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of hops, caramel, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, nuts, hops, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, full bodied bitter - very good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
From tap. Amber color, malty aroma and taste with a hints of esters. Just a normal bitter, nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (55) - - APR 16, 2015
Pours clear Amber with medium white head. Marmalade aroma! Tastes malty, orange honey marmalade, nice malt background and hops finish smoothly. Medium bodied with generous carbonation. Very well done beer, one of the classics. Very drinkable for those who like bitters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmahut (1363) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours in amber clear body with high frosty head. Aroma has malty character with hoppy fruity and earthy notes. Taste has medium low caramel sweetness with long lasting spicy bitterness. Body is full with very high carbonation, almost harsh at first.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (541) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - APR 8, 2015
Mahogany and effervescent. Little to no head. Nice blend of earthy and citrus hops. Balanced bitter and sweet. Pleasant ale

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
bier_fuer_hamm (9) - Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 2, 2015 does not count
Bernsteinfarben. Schaum verschwindet sofort. Riecht hopfig und nach Orangen. Die Hopfigkeit und ein fruchtiger Hauch begleiten den Trinkvorgang von Antrunk bis Abgang.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1294) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2015
The beer pours a very clear copper color with a small off-white ring. The aroma blends earthy and fruity hops with lightly toasted and caramel malts, and this resonates in the flavor: mildly bitter and slightly sweet with earthy and lightly toasted flavors. The aftertaste holds onto the malt backbone with a lingering hop flavor, and the palate has a slick texture, soft carbonation, and a medium-light body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3314) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle. Light amber, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, light caramel and bread with light floral fruitiness, light - some grassy/citrus hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light - some caramel/toffee with light floral fruitiness and notes of biscuits, light grassy hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some toffee with light fruitiness, light bread/biscuits, light - some grassy/citrus hoppyness. Caramel sweetish ESB. OK body but could be drier with more bitterness. For me this fruitiness does not go along with caramel and toffee


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