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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004)
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Tilley4

Tennessee

1.85/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my SA Perfect Pint..

Pours a dark golden appearance without so much as a whiff of head at all... Nothing... Nada...

Aromas of rancid malts and a slight floral hoppiness.... Hmmm..

Yep, this ones toast.... Oily and buttery with a strange slick finish... No hops to speak of... slightly sweet I guess but not in a good way...

Drain pour after a few sips... Not what I was hoping for here....

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:54:12 | More by Tilley4
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Wasatch

Utah

2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from gford217.

22oz Bomber

This is my first BIG TIME GUSHER! What was left.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color, tons of carbonation, HUGE foamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with lots of caramel, and some spice notes. The taste is malty, slight spice note, and some caramel. Medium body. Not Drinkable, would not seek out again. Very dissappointed in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 19:21:07 | More by Wasatch
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's a funny thing, beer. You hear the name French Broad and you think to yourself "Gee, the brewers must either be hot or sexist pigs". And then you find yourself driving through Asheville and crossing the French Broad river. I guess not all breweries rely on gimmicks.

Pouring a beautiful golden orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a ring, leaving a little lace, this is a pretty nice looking beer. The nose, however, is rather unpleasant. Rather prominently hoppy in the English vein, this initially has a very noticeable soapy, mildly cleaning-solution like aroma. Once it breathes for a bit, it does become better, changing to a rather pungent EKG aroma. A mild toasted white bread-like malt sweetness is present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of the moderate malt sweetness and a rather big hop character. As with the nose, the hop character just isn't to my liking. Moderately soapy, intensely earthy, almost mineral-like, this is very, very green. Bitterness is on the lower side of medium, there's an almost resiny hop character here. Grain and yeast are secondary here, especially the latter. Medium-light in body with fairly high carbonation, this finishes with plenty of hop flavor on the finish. Decent, though not particularly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:23:34 | More by DefenCorps
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

11-01-2012 15:26:59 | More by sendbeer
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unionturf

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured for a 22oz bottle into pint glass. Color is dark gold, clear, decent lacing and a very malty smell. Taste was ok but not that impressed, all malt taste with hardly any noticeable hops...not that bitter either. Had a very sharp and not pleasant taste that almost makes me think I got a bad bottle. Might try again if at a tasting but not impressed enough to spend $5 for a 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 14:57:32 | More by unionturf
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hardrock

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

02-18-2013 17:59:36 | More by hardrock
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quang_dam

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-17-2014 22:49:48 | More by quang_dam
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Tiklmelmo

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very murky burnt orange to reddish brown. Fairly foamy...not a particularly pretty beer.

S - Slightly musty bready caramel malt. Something odd in the aroma ... not bad but nothing special.

T - Bit of a mess of flavors here. Toasty malt with hints of chocolate and then some fruitiness and crispness from the hops as well. Comes across a bit jumbled. Not very cohesive flavors.

M - Thin and bubbly where some of the more roasted malt flavors could stand to have some more body behind them.

D - Light and refreshing, but a bit too odd to drink too much of.

Not very impressed here...definitely a lot of flavors happening, but they all tend to clash with each other. I've had any number of better ESBs.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 05:53:00 | More by Tiklmelmo
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nick76

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is odd for the style. It is grassy and paper like with some biscuits, fruit, and yeast. The appearance is deep gold with an amber hue and a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and astringent. The palate is thin. Overall this beer has some good qualities but the negative ones bury them.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:01:10 | More by nick76
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

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

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -15%

02-15-2013 18:35:46 | More by LXIXME
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javlin624

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

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

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

12-20-2013 01:45:52 | More by rvajohn
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15%

01-29-2014 21:42:18 | More by 100200300
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

07-17-2014 03:31:50 | More by DrMindbender
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

02-11-2014 00:55:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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NoCurse2012

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

04-11-2013 00:26:19 | More by NoCurse2012
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

03-12-2012 00:53:29 | More by UltimateLivewire
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dmd627

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

11-29-2011 23:24:03 | More by dmd627
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mecmd

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15%

04-25-2012 00:26:58 | More by mecmd
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

11-29-2013 20:35:55 | More by ZEB89
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JohnnyChimpo

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

12-24-2011 21:21:14 | More by JohnnyChimpo
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jak

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

12-08-2011 20:39:06 | More by jak
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. LIght copper see-thru body with a modest bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of patchy lacing as it disappears.

Nose is pleasantly toasty if lacking in earthy and leafy qualities. Malty flavors dominate, toasty and nutty (rather reminiscent of wheat toast with peanut butter at times, actually). A bit of fruitiness, a quick hit of bitterness and a flush of carbonation at the swallow, but otherwise a fairly smooth drinker. Not bland, but not exciting.

Overall impression: Really like the malt profile, but really would love to see an injection of earthy and leafy hop goodness.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:45:47 | More by PDXHops
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13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.