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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004)
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Photo of burnzgtm

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

07-11-2014 18:15:42 | More by burnzgtm
Photo of ssk

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

04-30-2012 17:34:57 | More by ssk
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good ESB. Poured with a small head. The color is a very cloudy orangish yellow. The beer had a citrus like bitter smell. The taste was very hoppy. I also detected citrus in the taste. It is a very smooth beer for the style. A very drinkable beer. My growler did not make it through the night. Probably my favorite beer from French Broad. I will have it again. Top of the style in my book.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2006 04:38:22 | More by Enola
Photo of drunkboxer1


4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this, the first time was a few years ago out of a growler, and this time its out of a bomber. Pours a hazy brown/copper. Thin head. Smells faintly like sweet malt and caramel. Earthy flavors from the hops are very prominent with a warming sweetness and mild alcohol. Fairly malt forward and really on target for the style I think. I feel like a lot of other breweries overhop their bitters, which doesn't really make sense to me. This ones an exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 19:43:16 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of tbmurphy89

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-copper color with low carbonation and a non existent head.

S- Sweet malt with a floral-fruity aroma

T- Slight bitterness with pronounced earthy hops

M- Coats the mouth but finishes smooth and clean at the finish

O- an easy to drink beer. Not as heavy on the hops like an IPA but they still let you know they are there.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this interpretation of an ESB
and would add this to my "must try list"

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:27:24 | More by tbmurphy89
Photo of jharris0624


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-15-2014 04:09:39 | More by jharris0624
Photo of Brianbosox

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I may not be getting too deep into details, but this tasted really good - a hoppier version of the ESB. Great color, great taste. It really made folding the laundry, doing the dishes, and making lunches for the kids go smoothly. Overall, I would say that you will enjoy this and be happy. It's the golden age of American brewing!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 12:28:17 | More by Brianbosox
Photo of maximum12


4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for this bomber, along with three other from French Broad. The first was one of the better kolsch's I've had, so I was looking forward to this one.

Amber golden and such & so forth. Smell is oddly hopped, forest fire, mixed with a faint background of acrid bitterness. Never smelt anything like it.

Never had a beer like this. The taste is over-ze-top burnt toast, & not just the toast, but more like the black stuff you scrape off when your kid moves the lever too far to the right. The caramel biscuit is burnt too, & the hops are muted, coming in a distant third, just to add another layer of dryness to a pile of dry on the tongue.

Luckily, I love burnt stuff - toast, pizza, brats, dinner rolls, I always felt the darker the better (my wife often says "THAT one is for you..."). 13 Rebels fairly rolls down my throat & leaves my yearning for another sip, right away.

Very, very good beer! I can see how this would not appeal to everyone, it's unique & quite a bit off the beaten path. I'll be sad to see this glass go, & it's moving off at quite a pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:12:13 | More by maximum12
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on cask at The Borough during Raleigh Beer Week, dry hopped with Cluster hops. Served in a standard pint glass a very murky dark orange with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was a nice amount of floral hops with sweet malts noticeable as well. The taste was a very nice balance of sweet caramel malts, Earthy mild citrus hops and a dash of sweet fruits. The beer is very well balanced, smooth, and enjoyable. As much as enjoy a good hoppy cask IPA, like the 2 Hearted cask I tried the other day, this is what cask beer is truly all about!

Serving type: cask

09-02-2010 15:06:46 | More by atsprings
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger dense frothy head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured toasted biscuit malts and herbal and slightly piney hops.

The taste was extremely well balanced with a sharp toasted breadiness complimented by a clean herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean with a vigorous carnonation.

Overall a very good and balanced ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 20:19:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color with a rocky white head. Very nice lacing coats the glass.

S - Mild aroma of bread and sweet malt. Just a touch of earthy hops in the background.

T - Toasty and sweet, with just enough hop bitterness to balance things out. The finish is very clean. Not a lot of strong flavors here.

M - Creamy and smooth, but the moderate carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Really coats the mouth for an excellent mouthfeel.

D - With the low ABV and mild flavor, I could put away several at a sitting. Nothing amazing with respect to the flavor or aroma, but this is a solid ESB that I'll likely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:13:39 | More by gabe23
Photo of whitekiboko

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-27-2011 01:02:12 | More by whitekiboko
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-16-2013 05:30:51 | More by BeerZack
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-03-2011 23:48:51 | More by tclapper
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-02-2013 23:06:50 | More by claspada
Photo of pathman


4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-10-2013 02:38:46 | More by pathman
Photo of Lovely85


4/5  rDev +13.3%

09-30-2012 21:20:01 | More by Lovely85
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured copper and was average in appearance. It had a very bitter feeling throughout. As described by a friend also drinking this brew, it has the qualities that you crave in an IPA…minus the sweetness and syrup qualities. I really like this beer as a session choice. It was an easy to drink medium bodied bitter beer that provoked continuous sipping. It is a great beer, and great for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:16:34 | More by beerdown77
Photo of PorterLambic


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brownish-orange color, transparent. A light tan head with good retention fades to a thick ring and some small islands of foaming. Some lacing remains upon quaffing.
Smell is a decent balance of malt, caramel and hops.
Taste is of roasted malt, a somewhat more assertive hop note with the caramel aspect less pronounced.
Not a harsh bitterness but more of an assertive hops astringency with a drying finish. Medium bodied with a medium effervescence.
A good example of the style, not a heavily hopped Americanized version. Good stuff. I had several bombers of this over several days.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:31:45 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-04-2012 22:04:01 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of Reagan1984


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Newton Farms while on Kiawah Island.

Pours with very little head and what’s there fades immediately. The slightest haze and a straight amber color with a touch more sunset orange. Head vanishes and no lacing left behind.

Aroma is of light toasted malt a touch of pepper and some fruit. Peach or nectarine perhaps.

Pretty fruity along with a toasted bread crust flavor. Fairly assertive bitterness comes in for the second half of this flavor profile. More fruitiness here towards the end. Pretty well balanced beer.

A tingle of carbonation with medium body.

A pretty decent ESB… It’s no Rye Hopper, but not too shabby

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 20:37:22 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of GPHarris


3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and billowy head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bright copper.
s - caramel and toasted bread.
t - caramel, bread, toffee, spicy and grassy hops.
m - creamy and medium mouthfeel.
o - one of my favorite ESBs and i think this is FB's best beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 18:28:26 | More by GPHarris
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color. Small fading white head that leaves a rim of white lace on the top of the glass. Smells fruity and bitter in a citrus way. Taste is very mild up front and then the bitterness hits you in the back. The malts balance the bitterness out well. It leaves a citrus aftertaste. Feels very good in the mouth with a very nice mild burn and bite on the palate. It's a very drinkable ESB. ESB is not one of my prefered styles, but I could drink a few of these. One of the more balanced ESB's that I've tried.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2006 19:30:58 | More by wcudwight
Photo of gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Beers pours a hazy dark golden color with a 2 finger head. The nose has malt, fruity esters, and some hops. Taste has upfront malt with some background notes of banana and apple. The backbone of this beer is a delicate hop flavor, that is not overly aggresive. The mouth is nice with a medium level of carbination. A good and very drinkable ESB.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:14:02 | More by gosurfobx
Photo of McNealc31


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:51:33 | More by McNealc31
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13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.