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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2703   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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3.5
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
I love a good bitter beer, and this had me popping it with anticipation. Rich orangey-brown with a nice white/slightly off-white head. Good malty tones combine with some hoppiness in the initial impression. Lightly malty and some bitterness emerged but not nearly enough for my preferences. Solid but not spectacular.

3.6
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Draft at Ramsi’s on Bardstown. Amber with thin white head formed by tiny bubbles. Low carbonation. Toasty malt initial taste. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild bitter finish, but floral hops are more apparent in the aftertaste. Good, but keg quality is questionable. Will have to rerate in a bottle.

3.3
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Poured with a nice sized, off-white head that lasted for a while. Deep Orange color. The aroma was strong but hard to pinpoint, maybe some light grains or straw, yet hoppy. The flavor started with a light sweet but ended slightly bitter. Light to medium body that was somewhat oily.

3.7
clippo66 (3) - DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2005 does not count
Bought this one in Dan Murphy’s, Hornsby, Sydney. Great store for imported beers at a great price. I liked the strong tag and wasn’t disappointed. A rich malty beer with a nice fine head a moderate hoppy aroma. The flavour and finish were heavy enough to suit my palate and I thoroughly enjoyed every 500ml. A fine beer and one of the better in its class. You can certainly tell you have drunk 500ml @ 5.9%

3.6
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Translucent copper pour with a healthy white head and wonderful lacing. The aroma is sweet fruits and yeast, somewhat Belgian-like. The body is smooth and quaffable - highlighting caramel/butterscotch maltiness, making this an easy drinker. Moderate bitterness does appear in the finish.

3.2
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Draft at Shakespear Pub. Not too bad, Mostly malty and yeasty aromas with a little bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Decent, but not the favorite for the night.

3.5
ABUSEDGOAT (2757) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Tap: hard to desribe the relatively weak aroma - a little hoppy with hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor was mostly malty with a caramel presence. Felt doughy and there was some hop bitterness in there too. Bittersweet finish.

3
bubbleflubber (2226) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Sweet prune and malt to the nose.... Pours a nice dark amber into the glass, with good carbonation (as opposed to the head). Flavor is ok for an ESB... hops kick in on the backside of the pull, in the mid-palate. Goes down fine. Not too overly-impressed, but I won’t throw it away.

3.5
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
How can you go wrong with Fuller’s. This beer is very smooth, not too bitter on the finish, just enough. There are better beers out there, but this is worth it.

3.7
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 A classic that I have finally got around to trying. Amber color, not much of a head and no lace. Very slight sweet smell of rum and butter-scotch in the nose. Bread, alcohol, and faint caramel taste. Bitter finish, as expected. Ok, but not worth the price.


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