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

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RATINGS: 2458   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.


potbeerjob's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Copper orange with lasting but thinning tannish head. Aroma is caramel bomb with grass, earth bomb. Flavor follows suit, deceptively full palate to start (low bicarbonate, high chloride water?), all caramel sweet, touch toffee maybe, then goes dry as a bone bitter as hell lingering finish. It isnít american bitter but the shock and awe it gives after that malt nose and all over caramel sweetness and malty full body is shocking. A timeless classic! Fruity aromatics go peach and other fruits as beer warms. Grass hop also comes forward from dry-hopping. Earthy, floral, just Goldings all over it. Burn in hell if you donít like this one!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheThe (2) - - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Chilled. Great appearance and distinctive smell. Taste of caramel and toffee - slightly too sweet for me

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McSherman (72) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2015
Bewertung importiert von von bier index: 8 / 7 / 8 / 7 / 4 / 4 / 7 / 6 / 78

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (141) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
Pours a clear copper with medium off-white head. Butterscotch, caramel and slightly roasted malts on the aroma. The palate is medium bodied, towards the sweet side with big malty backbone and subdued hoppiness. The finish is medium with low to moderate bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fajry (865) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2015
Vycap Nervosa. Jantarova farba, biela pena. Vona karamelova, cukrikova, ovocna. Telo lahko osviezujuce, sladke, karamelove, ovocne, cerveny pomaranc.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (401) - Krakůw, POLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Copper colour, quickly disappearing head. Aroma of malt, caramel. Light bitterness. Soft carbonation. Ok, but lacks character a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ikigai (52) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2/20/15 from bomber. Copper carmel colored without much head. Malty Carmel aroma and taste. Smooth and not very bitter. Drinkable but not that impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budedou (466) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - FEB 17, 2015
Amber color with long lasting creamy foam layer. Very mild and balanced tasted. Slight bitterness in the rather short aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (15) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2015
From bottle in an English pint glass. This was my most memorable beer from an English pub tour during my first trip to the UK 20 years ago. Lots of subtle flavours to enjoy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (532) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2015
Golden brown color, tan head. Caramel nose, malty, toffee, grassy and light citrusy hops. Rich malty taste, caramel, light bitter finish, well balanced. Medium body, average to soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wozap (100) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Angielsko. Słodowe, karmelowe, owocowe, przyjemna goryczka, zdecydowanie pijalne.


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