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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: 2675   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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4.3
CourageBest (51) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2001
Excellent brew. Superb out of the tap, very much like it's more successful and palatable UK brother, London Pride. Drink cool, not cold, to appreciate the flavor.

3.6
JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2001
Fine beer. This is probably the ultimate 'pub' beer. Always good & even better on tap.

4.3
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
I sorta consider this the archtypical ESB by which to judge all others. Is that too extreme?

4
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2001
Real good stuff. Strong malt flavor gives way to a whole world of tastes. I get a strong--get this--sense of strawberry icecream on the palate. Very enjoyable, even out of a bottle that was dated 'best by May 1999' (gotta stop going to that store).

4.5
carsten99 (5) - London, - AUG 24, 2001 does not count
One of the Great Classic Strong Bitters. Phenomenally hoppy aftertaste, esp. when well matured. Avoid the Keg bottled version. It is a very poor shadow of the proper stuff(if you have to drink bottled Fuller's try 1845)

2.5
joet (2680) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2001
Near well balanced with the significant bitter besting a heap of malt. This is the opposite of a bright beer with all the flavors reduced to hues. Some oxidation. I'll look for this on cask next time I'm across the pond.

4
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2001
There is no reason to be scared away by the 'bitter' designation; this is a wholly satisfying beer, flavorful but not *too* intense, and a perfect introduction to the ESB style.

5
Ageers99 (4) - Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2001 does not count
The best beer I have ever had...............................................

3.8
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 24, 2001
A very nice ESB. Not overpowering as many bitter ales can be. Copper color, with a light head. Slight sweet smell. Starts out very mild and a slight bitterness builds with warmth. Slightly bland with a light to medium mouthfeel. Very pleasant, yet subdued earthy/malty flavor. Would probably accompany food well.

3.6
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 23, 2001
Beautiful, dark amber color. Smooth head with slight lacing. This beer is devoid of sweetness, with a bitter finish that had a strong presence in the back of the throat. Very little hop flavoring with a grainy, slightly alcoholic aroma. A pleasant drinking experience.


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