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100
style
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: 2704   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
IMtheOptimator (1170) - 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 I’ve had.

3.6
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
Pours an orange brown colour with an off white head. The aromas are malt, caramel and hops. Tastes of hops and malt in good balance nice dry finish. A good beer.

3.6
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
this is very nice looking brew.beautiful copper color with little bubbles rising to the top.typical "beer" smell and average head.the taste is very good.not very bitter as the name states,but smooth with a little toffe flavor.overall very nice.

4.2
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 isn’t my number 1 style but this beer makes me think about a re-evaluation. Very satisfying

3.8
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
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Nice bitter. Sweet aroma with a nice full flavor. Pleasing color and sufficient head.

3.6
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
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
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
TheFnTexan (14) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I really wanted to like this beer. It’s 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.


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