klaing (282) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
A lovely crisp ESB. A nutty maltiness followed by a balanced hoppiness. Finishes dry and lingering. This brewery makes classic beers. Always well balanced. Never try too hard
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12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark orange color, some off-white head, not much lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and faint floral hops. Flavor is crisp and bitter, with a malty aftertaste. The palate feels thick and chewy. Look out, this one packs a wallop. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
22oz bottle. 2006. Light brown color, khaki head. Rich hoppy aroma. Crisp malt background. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Extra Special Bitter--Seasonal. 2000a 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Clear auburn golden color. Nice hop front. Earthy lightly roasted rich malty body with rich hop accents. Finishes with mild malty hop spice. Classic smooth ESB. Best of Full Sail Styles? Sampled 6/7/2000.
Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Purple Background, Orange Sail. 2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Clear thin copper color. Light floral hop front. Light, but rich flavored slightly toasted earthy malty caramel malt ESB body. Mild sweetness. Strong characteristic earthy Full Sail hop finish. Sampled 4/4/2000. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
Tap at the Steelhead Grill in Seattle. I’ve been looking for this beer for something like five years, and finally managed to just stumble upon it. Nice copper pour, decent head. Rich and proper ESB depth, fruity and enjoyable, with an abundant c-hop presence, leaving the beer both undeniably an ESB and at the same time decidedly a PacNW brew. Very good!
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2013
ESB pours my absolute favorite golden amber color with a cream colored frothy head that dissipates to a thin film that remains for the session.
Caramel, toffee, sugar candy, and sweet malts delight the nose! This stuff smells just as beautiful as it looks!
The "bitter" is comprised of a roasted malt front that comes in strong, followed by caramel, sugar, and a note of honey that mellow the flavor nicely. Mild hops sweep in on the finish, balancing this brew perfectly. Roasted malts linger long on the palate. This is a proper Bitter that rightfully claims to be "Extra Special".
Light to medium weight and hardy carbonation make this beer lively and refreshing. This beer can be enjoyed in Spring, Summer, and Fall. It has characteristics that would compliment all three seasons.
Overall, this is easily one of my favorite Bitter styles. It’s robust roasted malts and lack of over-the-top sweetness make it manly as hell. This concoction reminds me of unfinished wood, tough leather, and black iron. WARNING: This beer may accelerate mustache and/or beard growth. emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
This beer was absolutely wonderful.
Clean and soft copper tinted pour with a one finger beige head that quickly collapses. Very nice aroma, upfront and refined malt character with earthy and bready notes leading a fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. Excellent flavor, clean and fruity sweetness with a bready malt profile and earthy hops. DenverLogan (1214) - LA, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber-copper with small head and lace. Aroma of rich grains and malts. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich grains, malts, caramel, straw hops, minerals, roasty malts. Overall rich, bold, flavorful with some bitterness. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours amber with a short beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a carbonated slightly bitter finish. onceblind (9662) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Clear bright penny copper with a thin foamy white top. Big lovely toffee pale english malt on the aroma with a slight grassiness. Smooth and slightly bitter flavor, perhaps the most bitter ESB I’ve had in a while (not that bitter overall but probably similar to how true Brits taste ESBs back in the day) with quite a bit of grassy hop flavor, English Marris otter pale malt biscuitiness, and a smoot nutty finish with a quiet grassy bitterness on the aftertaste.