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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2647   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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4.4
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Very dark orange colour with a foamy, short-lived off-white head. Sweet, carmel malt nose with a little hint of citrus. Nicely balanced between malt and the hops. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, refreshingly bitter finish. Bottle or cask, a classic.

2.6
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
(on bottle)Nice aroma of caramel, wood and some fruit. Nite brown/orange color. But the taste itself is not for this tounge. Hard burnt malts and too bitter finish, but bets it could be nice with some ageing.

3.8
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poored an amber color with a slightly foamy white head. The aroma was a mix of flowers and apples. Only slightly bitter, but a good hoppy taste.

3.5
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Perfectly amber color, under a big, bubbling, bone-white head. An indistinct aroma, that cast off hints of flowers and honey, but also strains of coppery flintiness. A sly hop attack occurs on the tongue, which fades back fast. Light body, faint texture. Nice, but unmemorable finish. A very un-bitter "bitter", a textbook session ale. A good fruitiness comes out the middle, and the taste overall is pleasant, but it’s largely forgettable for my taste.

3.6
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The aroma made me think of apples. It had a good taste, not too bitter. It’s an amber liquid and the hops is mild. I would recommend it to my friends.

3.8
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Bottled. Aroma of apple, caramel, mild hops. Appearance is amber, clear, white head with nice lace, lasting head. Body is medium, fairly dry, clean, crisp and regreshing. Flavor is apple skin, caramel, bitter finish of apple skin, wood like toothpicks, pine and oak, rather mild, pleasant. Refreshing. I like a little umph with an ESB, but this is very nice, true to English style. Balanced, on the malty side, but well balanced, truly. Very drinkable, sessionable.

4.4
wildmanzero (12) - USA - AUG 22, 2004
Malty nose previews the full flavor nicely balance with the bold yet smooth bitterness. Another great Fuller’s beer

3
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2004
Bottled. Orange/amber body, rocky white to ablink and you’ll miss it head. Caramal nose, desperatly average flavour saved from rank mediocricy by a sweet nuttiness that outdoes its stablemate London Pride for balanced complexity. Hope it’s better on draught as I don’t yet see the justification for such a high score.

3.7
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Another good Fullers beer. Pour a deep orange, copper color with a small white head. Nice floral, malty, caramel aroma. Flavor started off kinda plain basic ESB, but ends superb. Nice caramel, bitter, sweet finish. Good.

4.2
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Had this one at volo italian cafe on August 18th. Was told that I had the absolute last bottle of the brand in town since they were switching over to fullers premium as a tap brew. Kept the bottle. A nice dark rust color... don’t let the name fool you though -- a tad bitter but full of caramel, cherry, and sweet malt flavors. I will be very sad if this one is disconitnued.


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