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: 2654   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Fully Toasty aroma, full head and a sparkling amber glow from the glass. First sip starts sweet fills the mouth with doughy flavor and finishes sharp and clean. ESB isnít my number 1 style but this beer makes me think about a re-evaluation. Very satisfying

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Tap at Sanctuary, Iowa City. Slightly hazy amber, nice, thin head. Aroma is spicy malt, nice toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Hops, yesat, malt, all mingle well. This was really enjoyable after a long drive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Nice bitter. Sweet aroma with a nice full flavor. Pleasing color and sufficient head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Red amber in color. White head. Tast from toffee. Has a sweet ramoma. A well bodied beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Deep copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Has a toffee, caramel aroma with a nice bitter taste. Good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A good looking brew, light brown color with a full, off-white head. The aroma is caramel malts, some sweetness, and a solid spicy topping. Very smooth in the mouth. Tasty sweet malts blanced with pome fruits, herbs, and a nice hop bitterness. Slighty sour aftertaste, but not offensively so. A good ESB.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheFnTexan (14) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I really wanted to like this beer. Itís pretty when poured and has a wonderful aroma. The taste ruined the whole thing though, unfortunately. Horrible aftertaste that made me not even want to take the next drink.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Beautiful color especially in the La Chouffe glass. The head is large and thick and coats the glass nicely. The aroma is awesome. Sweet hot buttered toffee with caramel and honey along with a very herbal hop profile. I am considering this as a learning experience and not a tasting because I am really trying to understand this style. Iím struggling to identify flavors and get through this one. Nice sweet carmelized malt taste with a lot of light fruits but I am struggling with the hops and the yeast in this one as both give the beer an herbal/mineral/antibiotic flavor. This tastes like mineral water....not beer. Blah.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2004
One of my favorite ESBs. Attractive amber color, with a nice creamy head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Malty, sweet tastes w/ a bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 On tap at the Pub Italia in Ottawa. Redish brown color. medium, creamy white head and nice lacing. Very interesting aroma of spicy hops, precisely Golding hops, and caramel. Great, crisp, balanced flavor of spicy hops (Golding) and strong caramel malt. Moderate bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture. This beer is simply amazing, very well balanced.


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