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style
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: 2647   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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Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Aroma: Lightly sweet, with hints of flowers and clove ... Appearance: Beautiful dark copper with diminishing head. ... Flavor: Crisp/hoppy start, with smooth finish, lightly sweet. ... Palate: A bit light, somewhat dry. ... Overall: Pretty damn good stuff. I’d stock my fridge with it any time.

3.9
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Draft. Dark amber, clear, and flat in appearance. Wonderfully sweet aroma of cherry and apple. Similar taste. Drank a little watery. Very good overall.

3.8
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
I don’t really like ESB, but this was a well balanced ESB; you can taste the hops and crispness.

4
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
(Bottle 0,5L) Lots of lovely hoppy bitterness. Color is copper, with a nice stable head. Carbonated to perfection. Great!

3.6
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours transparent copper with a large head that sticks around and a lot of fine fast rising carbonations. Aroma is slight earthy slightly spicey hop, caramel, raisins, and a slight apple. Flavor is biscuit, raisin, caramel, and a earthy hops coming out in the finish. Medium body with a soft palate. Sample may be old, try a fresher sample.

3
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Clear deep amber colour with thin off white head. Mild carmel malt nose. Mild carmel malt taste with lingering bitter finish.

3.5
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2005
This is a very nice bitter. A good color with a decent head. The aroma is very hoppy. The body is thin but nice on the palate. The flavor is very full of hops, and a nice bitter finish.

4
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Medium amber, thick creamy off white head. Complex nose of butterscotch, citrus fruits, toffee, caramel, and rum raisin, with lesser notes of plum. Flavor is well balanced with buttered fruity hops throughout, all while being layered over a near perfect medley of candy coated malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. This is a true original that would make a perfect session brew...

3.7
KnutAlbert (6772) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2005
This beer has survived the transition from cask to bottle well. Lots of aroma here, full flavour and well balanced between fruitiness and bitterness.

3.8
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Pint+ bottle. Pours a pleasant amber with minimal bubbling / no head. Aroma of malt and a mixed fruit - some darker, some citrus. Taste is malty at first, with a hoppy bitter finish. Good mouthfeel - beer shows some thickness, but not too much. As it’s warming up, it’s becoming more flavorful, with the nutty toffee flavor shining through. A decent drink.


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