overall
94
100
style
Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2669   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Coppery amber w/ an almost non existant white head. Iíll blame the glass. Caramel and herbal hop aroma @ first. Biscuity & bready malt w/ a hint of diacetyl as well as lightly yeasty. Toasty malt as it warms. Well balanced but lightly to bitter from start to finish. Bready and yeasty w/ some grassy herbal hop notes in the finish & aftertaste. Moderately fruity(green apple). Medium body, low carbonation, smooth! A good beer w/ some nice complexities for a moderate alcohol beer. Easy drinking and flavorful, but not over powering.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
Bottle. Fruity malty flavours on the nose but unfortunately crystal malt was overly noticeable - a turnoff for me. Vaguely balanced and drinkable but in an unexciting way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pours reddish-brown with small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Medium bodied. Flavor has notes of caramel and nuttiness with just the right balance of hop bitterness. Pretty good example of this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (808) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2005
Aged 18.6oz bottle. Best before 20/Dec/03
Pours out clear amber with reddish tints. Doesnít quite fit into pint glass on one pour. Head is small. 1" tall and quickly fades to a thin cap. Sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel and toffee with an underlying scent of dirty socks.
Palate is kind of thin , but it has nice flavors of caramel, toffee and some piney hops.
Short bittersweet finish. Not too bad for a beer 16 months past itís prime. didnít age as well as the IPA but still did well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2005
Nice clean crisp amber color. Aroma reminded me of cookie dough. Nice bitter flavor. I will need to try it again.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2005
Kids of my generation were given a spoonful of malt every day. I donít know why. Perhaps they thought it was good for us. The aroma and flavour of this beer brought back memories of a British childhood in the nineteen fifties. It looked pretty good in a straight sided glass and I enjoyed the bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2005
Deep amber in colour with quite a malty/toffee aroma. The palate is well balanced but as previously said, there just wasnít the hops Iíd hoped for. Its quite a malty brew and the alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - APR 14, 2005
bottled. mild malty aroma, medium bodied. the flavor is malt w/ bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11516) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Initially the bitterness I was looking for, but then seems malted out and wasnít so drinkable and refreshing as I wanted. Nice amber colour. Some toffee carmel nut. I heard this is awesome on cask or keg and would forward. Until then, average bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a light ruby color. Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet. Flavor is quite malty and a little roasty up front. Has a slight hoppy bitterness. Finish has some roasted malt qualities.


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