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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - JUL 26, 2004
bottle. Nice mild hoppy aroma. Carmel color, moderately size beige head that didnít last terribly long. The flavor is definitely bitter, but a bitterness that is seems to have a little bit of grapefruit to it. Smooth palate, with very little carbonation. A definitely hoppy aftertaste. A very satisfying drink at the end of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Tried on a friendís recommendation, and I really enjoyed it. Poured an attractive red-tinged amber with substantial white head. Aroma was a wonderfully malty, sweet caramel scent, somewhat different from the following flavor. As expected, the predominant flavor was a crisp hop bitterness, but this taste was accompanied by a well balanced malt sweetness. This beer is simple in the most delightful way: easy to drink, but full of well-balanced flavors and a great aroma. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle: BBD 13/Dec/04: Fruity, floral, musty aroma; solid sweet malty base, slighty nutty, tangy, slight oxidation; solid caramel and toffee notes; bitter floral finish; nice balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Itís about time I tasted this one.. This isnít my favortie style, or one that I would normally try, but this brew was a very nice change for me. Pours a golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head. Aromas of malts, caramel and a little brown sugar, and the flavor follows the aromas. Semi-full mouth feel with a sweetness that lingers, yet is not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2004
poured amber with a med. size light tan head.aroma fruits, the fuzzy kind like peaches, malts, some caramel and butterscotch. flavor.malts and caramel, toffee hint of cherries. a nice mouth feel on this one with a nice bitter finish. one of the better esbs I have had

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a medium reddish/amber color witha small white head. Malty smelling and very watery tasting with a slight bitter aftertaste. Did not hit me as anything special

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
50 cl. bottle. Served in snifter. Reddish amber; moderate head. A deliciously complex and balanced beer: nicely bitter with a solid, malty background. Impressive, lingering, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2004
Bottle: Poured a darkish amber with a medium head that lasted some minutes but eventually dissapeared entirely. Pronounced and complex hop aroma with some savoury notes, toffee, and very faint stewed cherries. Beautiful caramel/toffee and sweet hop flavour, with some fruity tones and a touch of aclohol noticable. Not as bitter as I had imagined, yet bittered very nicely indeed. Apealing and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2004
I have had this superb ESB both on tap in NYC @ St. Andrewís pub and more recently I picked up a 6 pack at Shoprite liquors in Neptune NJ. This has the appearance of a classic. a nice frothy head with a lovely toffee aroma. Once it crosses the lios you get the pleasentdose of hops with a lovely creamy texture. An excellent ESB. As a parting note here I brewed a batch of the Brewers ESB at The Brewers Apprentice in Freehold NJ, which is a solid knock off of this fine ESB. I enjoy them both.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1855) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2004
23 April 2004 - Needs slight more mouthfeel, pronounced malt hop aroma, pleasantly malingering flavour and palate that stays with you like and old freind.

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