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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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3.2
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
A very fine beer with long lasting flavor and a very bold toasted cocoa/coffee ending. Lacing was fair and head was spare, color a beautiful amber.

3.9
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
I really liked this beer. It had a nice brown color to it. It was not as bitter as I thought it would be. A decent beer.

4
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had during a beer tasting party. Poured a transparent brown and smells buttery. Not bitter for being ESB but very enjoyable.

3.4
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
Poured a translucent burnt orange. Cigar-like sweet malt aroma; buttery and quite bready yeast. In fact, rather like bread and butter. Flavour is pleasantly bitter with a touch of what I would describe as maple.

3.8
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Deep nutty brown with a reddish hue and a small, creamy head. Very full-bodied and surprisingly strong. Malty and spicy with a nutty character and a certain sweetness. Impressive hop composition. 200301

3.2
Habanero (4912) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
Dark amber colour. A shortly lasting white head. Soft aroma of hay and some fruit. Only little a carbonation - but a nice smooth feeling. Flauvour of hops and peach. Nice bitter finish.

3.6
Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2005
Brown. Nice head. Sweet, spicy aroma. Lot of caramel in the taste. A sweet, bitter finish.

3.8
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Available as 500 mL brown bottle from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. ABV 5.98%. Labeled “Best before 1/6/06” and bottle opened on 11/8/05. Clear dark amber having spare white head with no discernable lacing. Notable aroma of toffee and cherry. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied that starts dry with a hint of sweet roasty maltiness with hints of toffee and finishes dry with light hoppy bitterness. A very good drinkable beer.

4.2
artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
A great Bitter beer from england. pours a nice head and stays with nice lacing ( wash yo glass foo!!) nice, slightly sweet smelling with caramel and hops. the flavor is wonderful. roasty, caramely and nutty. finishes with a nice hoppy ting!!! I’ve had this beer in bottle and tap many times and it never fails to put a smile on my face. A classic that proves why it’s still popular. pour one up today, actually I am right now!!!

3.4
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Brown, cloudy with a light tan head that quickly faded. A good body with a nice balance. Nice mouth feel, mellow. It was five months beyond the "consume by date," when I drank it. Perhaps that is why the hops seemed to fade.


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