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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
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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Photo of HMTE
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Well out of six, my father had one and I had one and he said, "tasted squirrely". I reply, "always called that skunk".

I am hearing that, yeah indeed it could be. Given that I am in the blast radius of this place, I will hang this here and then check them at the source.

If need be, I'll revise the review.

HMTE, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Tilley4
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....

Tilley4, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of unionturf
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.

unionturf, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of hardrock
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

hardrock, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of quang_dam
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

quang_dam, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Tiklmelmo
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.

Tiklmelmo, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of nick76
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.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

rvajohn, Dec 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

100200300, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

NoCurse2012, Apr 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

dmd627, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

PhatAtUT, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

mecmd, Apr 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

ZEB89, Nov 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

JohnnyChimpo, Dec 24, 2011
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13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.