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

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RATINGS: 2474   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.


johnnygm's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnygm (55) - Santiago, - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 A very nice beer. Small white brownish head. Roasted aroma and enough carbonation. On palate, fruits and a lot of caramel. It´s a bitter beer, but bitterness feels more roasted and caramelized, which I love.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1242) - 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 (3238) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (115) - ITALY - MAR 31, 2015
Super questa premium bitter. Colore ambra e la schiuma di media persistenza non scompare mai del tutto. Aroma erbaceo molto interessante, ma sorprende al palato con il suo corpo rotondo, una leggera amarezza in un insieme appena dolce. Carbonazione leggera. Una splendida bevuta

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
meireteixeira (12) - - MAR 29, 2015
Cor marrom claro. Aromas de caramelo e toffee com um toque de cereja. Paladar intenso com um leve amargor e um retrogosto levemente adocicado.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (85) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Very sparse head. Color is amber but more orange to it than a pure amber. Very clear (free of haze or particles). Aroma is interesting - orange aromas, caramel/butterscotch, a bit of bread. Taste is mildly sweet with a fairly low level of bitterness. Medium body; texture unremarkable; carbonation just a tad low; finish is fairly long, with carbonation, sweetness and lingering bread and orange. Alcohol is low to medium, at least by craft beer standards. In summary, I really like the unusual orange aromas, with interest added by the caramel and bread notes. For my taste, it is a little on the thin side and not super complex, which suppressed my rating a bit. However it is a fairly unique and quite interesting beer that I would recommend and will enjoy again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Roger60 (62) - - MAR 21, 2015
SB Hultsfred, flaska. Fin lite försiktig arom. Frukt aprikos enbär. Påfallande mycket malt som väger ut bitterhumlen. Inte som USA IPA...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlfredoGarcia (72) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 12, 2015
500 ml bottle. Very strong hops and frugal smells. Amber color with a white head that quickly fades. Bitter taste with soft carbonatation. Long aftertaste that is creamier than it taste, some herb stays in your mouth maybe, like mint. A very balanced beer, excelently made.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
geologyguy (871) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Light slightly peppery smell, slightly reddish color, taste has that spice again...medium peppery, very low hops, all malt, not much else to this beer though...waters down with quick drinking

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
26.7.2014. Malts, fruits, slight bitterness. Good in summer day, otherwise not that special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (164) - ITALY - MAR 11, 2015
50cl @ bottle. Classicone inglese: ambrata, beverina e con un amaro non troppo forte e persistente. Ottima, davvero.


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