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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004)
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Reviews by jrallen34:
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark orange with a hint of amber. The head is light white with light retention and lacing.

The aroma is matly not a sweet citrus, just sugar malts with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very watery with just a little bitter. This is very boring.

02-08-2010 02:12:59 | More by jrallen34
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Had this before the Pop the Cap event over at Barleys Taproom yesterday.Pours really light for an ESB I think,a lighter copper shade with not much head to speak of,aroma of fruity malt with a touch of caramel.Taste hit the style better than the appearance nice biscuit malt and big fruitiness with a touch of hop to let u know its there.A decent rendition of an ESB,I have had better but this was solid.

08-15-2004 17:06:10 | More by oberon
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-12-2013 02:15:03 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus, with some orange and lemon notes. There is also a strong biscuit malt component. The flavor is fairly malt heavy, with both biscuit and toffee. There is also some bitter orange character and a little bit of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-13-2012 02:30:11 | More by Mora2000
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mjtiernan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-12-2012 19:20:59 | More by mjtiernan
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Had this courtesy of Ding - much obliged!

Pours a clear orange-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes pretty quickly into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of buttery toasted malts with slight hints of grapefruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells - though with more bitterness. The lightly toasted malt flavors kick things off, giving way to a solid bitterness halfway through the sip. Light hop flavors are there throughout, but dwell in the background.

Mouthfeel is good - good thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I'm not a huge fan of ESB's to begin with, but I could have more than one of these.

Overall this was a pretty good beer - it doesn't go very far off of the path of a traditional ESB, but where it does it succeeds.

02-23-2009 00:41:07 | More by glid02
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-15-2013 18:35:46 | More by LXIXME
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

I picked up this bomber straight from the brewery on a recent visit to the Asheville area.

A - There is not much head on this brew after the pour and what was there was gone almost instantly. This "American interpretation of Britain's Extra Special Bitter" is crystal clear and copper colored with some faint hues of amber lingering throughout.

S - The smell from my pint glass is dominated by roasty maltiness. Some nuttiness in there too, but really not very impressed with the smell.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell. Toasty, roasty, bready, earthy, and malty. Additionally there is some spiciness coming through along with some caramel hints.

M/D - There is a pretty good amount of bite on the tongue from this one, but relatively low in carbonation which confuses me. Overall though very easy to drink. This would be a great beer to have on hand as an "everyday" beer, good but nothing special.

04-26-2009 23:41:34 | More by dashirey
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-27-2011 01:02:12 | More by whitekiboko
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Jonmoore89

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-28-2012 21:46:26 | More by Jonmoore89
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javlin624

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-17-2013 01:46:58 | More by javlin624
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange with a thin layer of soft, white head. The nose is mildly citrusy and has a big toasty aroma. The flavor is pretty one dimensional with big notes of burnt toast with just a hint of citrusy hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with decent carbonation.

This in my opinion was a pretty mediocre beer. It's one dimensional and that one dimension was burnt toast. The hops were noticeable but were unable to tame the intense malt character. I probably won't have this again.

02-24-2012 22:51:39 | More by tdm168
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -2%

Pours a deep golden color with a nice, fluffy white head. Floral aroma of hops with a touch of spiciness. Up front, the palate is almost more like a Belgian ale, with notes of allspice and fresh hops. Finishes very smoothly, with a biscuity malt character that mellows out very nicely. Nice, full-bodied mouthfeel. Interesting, but not quite interesting enough for me to stick with it for a session.

08-26-2004 20:49:08 | More by ElGordo
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a sticky beige head. Smells of butterscotch and toasted bread. Toasted malt dominates the palate with hints of orange and butterscotch. Citrusy hops are noticeable, but not overpowering, in the finish, which is long, dry, and a tad bitter, but pleasantly so. It's a little oily and slick in the mouth, but that dry finish is a nice contrast.

Overall, it's a very solid beer. Plenty of flavor, good balance, nothing overpowering. Fun lacing, too.

06-30-2012 00:51:33 | More by McNealc31
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burnzgtm

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

07-11-2014 18:15:42 | More by burnzgtm
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etownhooligan

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

A: A slight burnt orange hue with an ivory head on the top.

S: A bready aroma greets ones nose, with a faint aroma reminiscent of hops infused with honey.

T: A very pleasant balance between the hops and malt. After the initial tasting came a slight tanginess and lingering bitterness that bites the tongue. I also noticed some pleasant floral after essence. Delightful little brew.

M: Just slightly carbonated and not too heavy of a mouth feel. It leaves a bit of ones tongue feeling a bit dry, but nonetheless pleasant mouth feel.

O: I would like to drink this beer on the back of a beach house, seeing that it already has the skull on the label. I enjoyed this craft brew, it was very surprising. I would not mind having another, it was a pleasant and refreshing beverage on this long Saturday evening.

Serving type: 12 ounce can.

05-04-2014 01:46:50 | More by etownhooligan
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours copper colored with a finger of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, doughyness & mineral/sulphur hop notes

T: Fruittyness, mineral hop edge, sulphur & slight diacehtyl sweetness up front. Butterscotch, some grapefruit & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & slightly cloying

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & decent balance

An alright ESB, a few pronounced flaws hold this one back

06-17-2011 03:43:58 | More by russpowell
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-16-2013 05:30:51 | More by BeerZack
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rworkman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-27-2014 05:11:13 | More by rworkman
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-06-2014 18:33:53 | More by ImperatorScab
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rvajohn

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-20-2013 01:45:52 | More by rvajohn
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-23-2013 15:09:26 | More by sonofliberty2
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rebel1771

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Pours amber in color with very little head.

S: Smell of lightly toasted malt with floral and grassy notes.

T: Flavor is all malt. Toasted grain flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

O: Pretty decent ESB but not spectacular. That being said I would gladly have a few of these.

09-25-2011 20:17:23 | More by rebel1771
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%

There was tons of carbonation which created a fizzy two inch head and tons of bubbling on the edges. There was an Ice Tea like coloring that was not ugly but just above average.

The scent was kind of stale but had a fruity tone; maybe apple or plum.

The taste was sweet, malty and fruity. There was a breadiness to this Bitter but a bit of apple, plum and sweetness that really caught my eye. Not a bad example of the genre but perhaps a bit to bubbly for my liking.

01-13-2013 03:15:27 | More by KYGunner
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pfaucett

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-25-2014 03:12:20 | More by pfaucett
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13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
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