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13 Rebels ESB - French Broad Brewing Co.

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
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 Beejay
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky copper orange color, with off white head on top.

S: Bready with a nice hoppiness. Some toffee notes, as well as a floral hop presence. Bready and a faint hint of earthiness.

T: Toasty with touches of toffee, and burnt sugar. some raisin notes, as well as a bright floral hit from the hops. Not overly bitter, good balance between malt and hops, although there is a lingering coffee flavor.

M: Medium light in body, carbonation is medium, and pleasant on the tongue. Fairly light feeling although there is a slight slickness to the finish.

O: Overall this is plenty drinkable. Tasty, and interesting though I don't think I am in love with the flavor, there is almost a light licorice character to it that seems out of place to me.

Beejay, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of ecmoon3
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ecmoon3, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of SamBzkr
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

SamBzkr, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

nickfl, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Lovely85, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Brewsed, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of travishardy929
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

travishardy929, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of mklinger
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ChaseTheAce, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

gregu2, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

PthPndr, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

brotherloco, Jul 04, 2012
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.

McNealc31, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of fastrodney
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fastrodney, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Crevilo
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Crevilo, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better complexity in the Taste after sitting for about 10 minutes if it's been chilled into the 40's F.

A= yellowish ice-tea color, foamy yellowed-white head settling quickly to nice pooling, then rimming and lacing.

S= starchy malts, slight sweetness akin to mild honey. Not very complex when fully chilled but the nose begins to change and grow as it room-warms, adding modest citrus.

T= initially somewhat basic and lacking; a sour bitterness that doesn't remind me of any true English ESB-style (Courage Best is a personal favorite). Slightly watery, with malts lacking complexity until it warms a bit; light citrus. Bready malts begin to emerge as it warms, very nice but a bit late and not quite enough balance overall.

M= bitters, a lack of complexity as far as anything else.

O= not one I'd go out of my way to find. Given to me by a friend from Asheville, a random pick at the store, a much-appreciated effort.

therica, May 29, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus, with some orange and lemon notes. There is also a strong biscuit malt component. The flavor is fairly malt heavy, with both biscuit and toffee. There is also some bitter orange character and a little bit of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 13, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The beer was a clear, deep, rich, amber/copper color with a parchment head. The brittle bubbles made a cap that remained til the end.

The aroma was nutty and fruity. Tea-like.

The taste was of moist wheat bread. Non-descript fruitiness. Juicy. Apples. There was a gentle bitterness, tannin.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin. Mild carbonation. Smooth in the mouth. A pretty solid ESB.

Cresant, May 03, 2012
Photo of ssk
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

ssk, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of mecmd
3/5  rDev -15%

mecmd, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Apellonious
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Black Mountain Ale house.

A - orange with a slight haze

S - malts, slight smoke.

T - more of the same as the nose, some hop presence and toffee-caramel notes.

M - a little on the thin side, although the carbonation is sharp.

O - a decent esb to try, though not very complex.

Apellonious, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Jonmoore89
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Jonmoore89, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of jktedder12
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.
Appearance: clear amber color with a 1/4 inch foamy head, with minimal lacing.

Smell: sweet toasted caramel malt with a hint of hops

Taste: Tart malty taste with hints of caramel. bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light effervescent mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad at all. A bit heavier body would make it nicer, but again, not bad. Very enjoyable.

jktedder12, Mar 13, 2012
13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.