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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2706   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Slightly "stale ale" aroma. This is a positive descriptor that describes a smell found in some ales and old pubs that combines a musty wet cardboard smell with some caramel and lactic aromas. Clear orange color with a dense white head fed by very good carbonation (especially for an English ale.) Full bodied and full of fruit, caramel and a floral flavor that is reinforced by the aroma while drinking it. A bit of ligering bitterness at the end. An exceptionally well balanced ale that impoves the fresher you can get it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 It has been quite some time since I last had this beer, and I am still not sure that I have ever had the bottled version. Recently I tried a draft of this one to reacquaint myself with it. The beer poured a nice caramel color with a large creamy white head. The aroma had fruit and a nice hop bitterness. The flavor was malty with hints of caramel, nut and a light hop bitterness on the finish. The beer had a nice creamy smooth texture.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Dark ruby, very minimal head. Aroma is lightly cherry and malts. The first sip is the best, with lots of toasty malt flavor and caramel, but it gets a little boring thereafter. Thick enough but too sticky. Absolutely overrated, but tasty.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
Amber color, medium hoppy aroma, medium dry bitter sweet taste, medium body, dry bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Aroma is hops, toffee, honey. Nice amber coloration with lasting light tan head. Taste is sweet, caramel, sugar, noticable hops to keep the sweetness in check. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
I fell in love with the draught version of this beer at a fag-free bar in San Francisco (now thereís a law that ALL bars in that city have to be cigarette-free). Not nearly as good out of the bottle as it is on tap - indeed, if the draft version was rated separately as it is with some beers it would approach a 5.0! Bottled version has a somewhat faint though pleasant doughy, floral aroma. Thick-bubbled head dissipates quickly but leaves ample lacing. Flavor is quite malty with a touch of cinnamon/cloves and a great hoppy kick in the aftertaste. Still worth the $3.49 for the bottled version, but would like to see the on-tap, unpasteurized version rated separately. (A note: itís interesting to learn that this beer has been around since 1971 - as an American itís amazing that just about all our nation drank at that time was stuff like Miller High-Life and Pabst - thankfully weíve come into the Light!)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2004
On tap...flying saucer. very nice beer. smells great and goes down even better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours deep amber with a tan head that slowly diminishes. Nose is initally apple and pear, then subsides to creamy malts. Tastes of malt and hops nicely balanced, with the malts carmelized and fairly creamy, the hops apple blossom. Alcohol rushes the mildly bitter aftertaste that lasts quite a while.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured a loverly amber brown. White head with not much action, but that doesnt matter. A soft roasted aroma of sorts to compliment the signature bitter bang. Even though bitter, its smoothe and malty. Very clean brew. Ill buy this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pourds a amber/light brown color with a large white head that left a thick lacing on the glass. Very attractive. The aroma is hoppy at first, but closer inspection reveals rich malt undertones. Taste has the expected bitter bite, but is surpisingly smooth and malty at the same time. Rich, clean finish. The best ESB Iíve had.


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