overall
94
100
style
Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2685   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Appearance: Pours a light copper color. Aroma: Caramel, toffee Taste: Big malt presence here, lots of sweet toffee and caramel flavor Palate: medium bodied with average carbonation Overall: Best bitter Iíve had to date.Sweet enough that I wouldnít want more than one in a sitting though.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tony_Grayne (272) - Borisov, BELARUS - MAR 19, 2017
500 ml bottle. Clear amber pour. Thick thin off-white head. Flat carbonation. Aroma of grassy hops, tangerine oils, apricot jam, lollipop, toasted malts. Flavour is juicy tangerine, fruity hops, toffee; mild and velvet. Pleasant long tangerine hoppy finish. Well-hidden alcohol. Astonishing for a classic ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (432) - - MAR 17, 2017
Light copper color, low carbonation. Fruity aromas, little bit of marmalade, caramel, grass, some earthiness. Taster is fruity and malty. Some caramel, stays balanced through the middle, but finishes nice and bitter, earthy and hoppy. Medium body. Very good ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonBlok (424) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: clear deep golden, almost reddish, with medium off-white head. Aroma: malts, grenadine sirup, caramel, spices, fruity. Taste: medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of malts, caramel and hops. Finish is slightly dry-bitter. Palate: light bodied, watery texture and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLieutenant38 (30) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 11, 2017
Nice reddish colour with a small off-white head. Nice malty toffee on the nose. Good balance of fruitiness and bitter flavours. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. They call it íExtra Special Bitter,í and it deserves the name.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
japppp (96) - FINLAND - MAR 7, 2017
50cl bottle. Copper color witv quickly disappearing white head. Aroma has toffee, nutmeg and oak. Taste is very smooth with nice bitter finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WaddlingPlatypus (171) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2017
500ml bottle. Amber with a thin bubbly white head. Bitter citrus, along with a slightly plastic aroma. similar flavour, with bitter citrus being edged with a taste akin to the scent of dead leaves.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (157) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2017
Biira dal colore ramato intenso scuro. Schiuma fine e persistente. All?olfatto sentori fruttati e maltati. Al palato corposa con note di malto e prugna. Tutto con un sottofondo amaro da luppolo che si ripropone ad ogni deglutizione. Una buona birra che si accompagna ad aperitivi e formaggi.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maar (28) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
330 ml bottle. Light, fruity, and dry aroma. The taste is bitter and fruity with a somewhat dry finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel and goes down easy. Itís a refreshing beer thatís still full with flavour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Khosrove (22) - LATVIA - FEB 18, 2017
Clean malty taste, pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweet but balanced, very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinnIckler (265) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle from maruhn. Pours clear reddish brown. Nose is honey, Citrus. Palate is smooth, honey, wheat, Malt backbone. Quite nice, not very exiting, but not every beer has to be ;)


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