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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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13 Rebels ESB13 Rebels ESB

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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004

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Photo of jpro
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a mug...

A: light copper; light beige, pinky-width head; thin retention leaves a few strands of lace; looks pretty good. *there may be an error on the label... 142 IBUs?!

S: toasted malt; nutty; bready; typical ESB aroma.

T: bready malt flavor; peanut skin; crusty; somewhat abrasive hop finish.

M: pretty average feel.

O: not bad overall; kind of a hoppier Fat Tire (but not at 142 IBUs); a nice traditional ale to throw back.

*from notes 5-13-13

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GPHarris
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to light amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a medium thick medium sized patch of medium bubbles, a very thin film that covers the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of bready malts with some light notes of apricot. There are also some faint hints of grassy hops.

T: Moderate amounts of bready malts with some lighter amounts of light fruit (apricot) sweetness and light amounts of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish with light amounts of lingering.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a very light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, with a nice flavor and a low ABV - a little sweeter than other offerings in the style but definitely one to try (or have again).

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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.

13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.