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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Penz (1) - London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2005 does not count
Fantastic beer, well balanced with a great hop finish. Heaven in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10523) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle: Amber coloured, thin off-white head, lacing and lasting very long; very fruity (dried plums, marmalade) nose, hints of malts and some floral hoppiness; very soft fruity beginning with a sweet flavour, quickly becoming pretty dry towards the end; big aromatic hoppy aftertaste, extremely long lasting; a very well balanced, well rounded, full bodied ale. Very pleasant !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murawski (160) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
I have had this on tap in the UK, but this rating is for a bottle I picked-up in the US. What a great beer, even in the bottle. Slightly sweet malty aroma, smooth light brown color. Somewhat dry on the mouthfeel, but the flavor is very well-balanced. Excellent!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Strong Dactyl taste (Buttery) Good Malt aroma mild finish seemed to be weak on the hops. Not one of the better ESBís out there. But drinkable! Could have been an old bottle. Will re-try later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Pours a reddish copper, nice head with some lacing. Aroma is fruity with carmel and toffee. Flavor is more fruit, caramel, and toffee, complimented with some nuttiness, breadiness and a hint of lemon. Slightly sweet, but very well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Classic bitter. Semi-sweet carmel malt tangos with a nice spring fruit/cirtrus hop bite. Wonderful and basic beer, it doesnít get much better then this--a perfect session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
pours anamber with redish highlights. with a medium bubbly head that fads to a thin cap. Nice hoppy citrus aroma with some malty punchiness to it. (for lack of a better description) Flavour is nice blend of hops and malt. Some biscuit flavour Not overly bitter Smooth finish. Slight dry lasting bitterness. Excellent ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13889) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
A very goog beer. Mostly lasting nice head, wonderfull orange/nutbrown colour, OK aroma, a bit week perhaps, but fantastic long bitter finish. This is what good beer is all about. A bit too carbonated for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Clear medium copper color with an off white creamy head. Creamy lacing. Has a grassy earthy aroma with a malt background. A well balanced malty flavor with a creamy mourh feel and a earthy hop bite . Very drinkable. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Very good beer. Not unnecessarily bitter like some ESBís. Somewhat fruity, but mostly strong malt with enough hops to give it a bite. Strong hop finish.

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