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

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RATINGS: 2297   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
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 isn’t 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 don’t like this one!


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 øl. Kjempegod ettersmak og man merker ikke at det er en sterkere øl. Dette er en øl 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 (126) - 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 (228) - Sønderborg, 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 (57) - 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 (1103) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Augdraught1981 (107) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2014
Dark brown pour with floral & caramel on the nose. Good bitterness with citrus notes, overall a good drinker.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pricey290483 (78) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
when i started off drinking beers this is one that i always liked drinking haven’t had a bottle for a while now but i can still remember it lovely fruity tasting beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badazito (29) - - APR 4, 2014
Aroma muito agradável, citrado (com notas de limão e laranja), caramelo e floral. Coloração vermelha acobreada, com boa carbonatação e média formação de espuma, com boa retenção da mesma. Sabor amargo e citrado, com notas de caramelo e torrefação. Retrogosto bem citrado e com torrefação, levemente lupulado. Boa opção de ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (341) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2014
500 ml bottle Appearance: clear mahogany body with a slight ring as head. Aroma: marmelade, floral notes and caramel, Taste:: Starts with some sweet caramelised malts, .then some earthy notes, before it finishes is with marmelade and some biscuite notes. Below moderate sweetness, medium bitterness.. aftertaste has a good lasting mild bitterness. Medium body,average carbonation. Good in it’s stle, but just lacks the extra complexity to make it unique.


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