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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%

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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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty golden in color, white head caps it off, slightly creamy with decent retention, fading into a ring within a minute or so and leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Pretty nice smell. An earthy, musty hop presence. Grassy and lightly floral. Hints of fruit, toasted bread, and grain.

More complex in taste than expected, though it comes to an abrupt end. At first it seemed pretty bitter and hop forward but the malts came through as it warmed. Again, very earthy. Floral hops followed by a nice fruity twang and even a touch of caramel. Bready with light grain and a dryness that lingers until the next sip.

A bit too sharp in the mouth and a tad too dry on the tongue. Probably the low point of this brew for me. I think it's the bready aspect that causes the dryness just as much as the hops could be blamed.

Fairly drinkable but not my favorite within this category by any means.

*Note to self: revisit Blue Point's ESB...seems light years ahead of any in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 21:07:17 | More by ncvbc
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy amber color, no head (and cannot jiggle one up) and no lace

Smell: Modest stone fruit aroma with a touch of earthy hops

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit flavors up front with an earthy hoppiness appearing after the swallow to complement the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice flavor profile, although closer to a Best Bitter than an ESB; could stand a bit more malt and hops to take it to the next level

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 02:24:01 | More by brentk56
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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The boys and I poured this ESB from the growler into the souvenier mini-pilsners from the Brewgrass Festival the day before. It poured a golden hue with a tad of oranginess to it. Tons of head but I think that this was due in part to the mini glasses that we were werving them in. However the head did hang around for a good amount of time. This was the first ESB I had ever tried so I'm not totally sure if it was 100% true to its characteristics. Overall though it had a great mouthfeel and a good maltiness to it with very sweet overtones. Not much on the aroma side but did have a distinct hop character in it flavor.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2007 00:33:39 | More by dojobrewco
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright lighter gold with a low off-white ringed head and low, slow carbonation. Decent earthy English hop aromas with maybe a touch of sulphur. English hop character dominates the malts. Light-medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

A bit too light for the style ... nice enough as a session beer but not a regular go-to brew.

Per FB website: 4.8% ABV

Tasted: 09/02/06

($9.99 / Growler)

Serving type: growler

09-19-2006 19:50:02 | More by RBorsato
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a standard pint glass @ Union Jack's English pub. A: Light cuperic orange with mild carbonation and light head, but decent lacing. S: Not a lot there very mild, light malts with a few finishing hops and florals. T: A mild ESB that doesn't overly disappoint nor impress, a little light in the ass compared to what I usually expect from an ESB. This isn't a bad beer, just nothing too memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2006 14:07:00 | More by veech
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish amber with a massive head and good lacing. Smells very feint of anything at all. I was reviewing this beer in a smoke free bar as well and I still could barely detect any scent at all. Taste is watery with the flavor of spice and wheat. Somewhat bitter but mostly just watery mouthfeel. Overall nothing I would order on a regular basis. Perhaps trying from a bottle might change my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 21:38:25 | More by rustymoore
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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the staples at the Federal, and on the first real nice weekend in Durham this spring, I couldn't help but give this a try while taking in the good weather out on their patio. It poured a light golden body with no head to speak of. It did, however, leave good lacing about the glass. The smell was of honey and possibly some hops but everything was very muted and mild. The taste was extreme on the hops, both bittering and floral up front. Honey, some malts and alcohol followed which faded into a pleasant semi-sweet finish. The mouthfeel was bitter at first with a very smooth aftertaste, mild carbonation and a good round semi-sweetness that tied things together well. Overall a very drinkable local brew and a great way to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 05:13:09 | More by sinistrsam
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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
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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
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good ESB. Very clean and easy on the palate. Aromas are bready and biscuity on the malts end and pleasantly herbal and floral from hopping. Color is solid copper with moderate carbonation and and off white persistant head that laced well. Tastes biscuity and toasty without becoming yeasty. Mildly grassy and piney with a floral, spicy roundness to the taste. The body is medium but softens (without weakening) into the finish, leaving a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2005 19:51:28 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar murky yellow golden with a white long lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light caramel note and a citrusy and earthy hop presence.

The flavor was fruity with light caramel flavors and more of the citrusy and earthy hop bittering and flavors.

The finish was dry with a light lasting bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium and very appropriate to the style. This could be a bit more to style with more bittering and more malt, but it was easy to drink.

Pint at Speakeasy in Carrboro, NC.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2005 18:08:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2004 20:49:08 | More by ElGordo
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2004 17:06:10 | More by oberon
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper beer with a light off-white fluffy head. Clear throughout.

Aroma: Sweet, with a slight note of sourness. Hints of vegetal hops in the aroma. Breadiness in the smell is pleasant.

Taste: Sweet almond maltyness. Nutty and bready. Slight vegetal bitterness, through a quick finish. Mouthfeel is smooth. Maybe a slight hint of butteryness is noted in the flavor.

Notes: A good beer, nice flavors that seem to lead your tongue in different directions. A pleasant mouthfeel makes this beer an easy one to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2004 14:46:36 | More by beerinator
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with very little head. There was a little bit of lace on the glass as I drank it. Smell is slightly fruity and flowery. Taste was a nice biscuity malt followed by a slight sourness and a nice dry hoppy finish, which was slightly herbal and flowery. Mouthfeel was medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer seemed pretty easy to drink. I suppose I would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2004 01:22:46 | More by Bierguy5
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