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Full Sail ESB - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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83
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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-28-2011

'A nicely balanced small batch bitter concocted by our own Barney Brennan, featuring five different specialty malts and aromatic Challenger hops'

35 IBU

Originally a pub-only beer, Re-released in January 2012 as part of the Brewer's Share series.
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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by Aml42000:
Photo of Aml42000
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very appealing. Opaque copper with a thick, off-white head. Lacing all through the pint glass.

S- Gorgeous pine and citrus nose. Fresh and clean aromatics. Could sniff all day.

T- Brioche infused with grapefruit. Excellent, pure flavors. Balanced bitterness on the finish.

M- Good carbonation and it shows the angular aspects of a good English ale. Medium bodied.

O- A lovely pint at the pub. A bit heavy to be a session beer, but a very approachable easy drinking ESB. A wonderfully consistent producer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep amber hue, good lacing that leaves some stickage on the glass. Malty aroma, faint ripe fruit and caramel ... earthy hops in there as well. Smooth, medium bodied. Leafy, earthy herbal hop flavor, balanced bitterness. Grassy with mildly toasted bread maltiness. Hint of sweetness, dried apricots and mild alcohol. Finishes semi-dry.

Pretty big for and ESB, but coming from and American brewer it is nothing new. Balance is this beers most noticeable trait and it works from start to end.

Photo of Mora2000
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for $3.99 at Ben's on Keystone (aka Ghetto Ben's). Brownish color, dark red. Good size head on it, decent lace. Aroma lacked any cognizable lead characteristic, was pretty much just beerish.

Taste, a little bit of bitterness, more than the 35 ibu proclamation would leave one to believe, and its a nice bitterness that isn't grating on the taste buds. So these are Challenger hops? Tastes just like it could be an amalgamen of the usual suspect C hops used in a restrictive manner aiming for style v. hophead trendism. For imparting a discernable amount of bitterness, the beer remains smooth and easy to drink.

Some toffee and caramel malt flavors. Definitely not a flavor bomb type of beer, should be very pleasing to old timers who like tradition and mild flavors.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of 08/16/13

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright red amber with a light tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and with fair stick.

Smell - Toasted malt, hints of caramel. Very light floral and grass notes.

Taste - Follows the nose; toasted bread or biscuit upfront and throughout. Light caramel notes. The hops hit on the back-end with grass and light floral character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - A commendable ESB from Full Sail. Nothing special, but its full flavor and ease of drink makes this a beer I wouldn't mind having again. The kind of beer you'd drink and watch baseball with, or maybe that's just me.

Photo of HugePlume
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A Deep orange witha golden hue on the edges. Thin white head, dissipates quickly, only a moderate amount of lacing.

S- Let down here, advertised as having aromatic Challenger hops, they don't come through like I was expecting. They're there, but not to my expectation. Malt smells are stronger, and quite good.

T- Very good, intricate malt layers; bready and grainy. Nice sweet malt aftertaste too. Very tasty. Quite sweet for the style and it works great.

M- Nice feel, carbonation is spot-on for the style.

O- Well executed, nice to see an ESB as a special edition.

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says, "Enjoy by 7/20/13," and "available for 90 days." That's a shame (about the availability). Mmm. Big malty aroma that's rich enough to remind me of a maibock. There's a mix of sweet toasted bread with mild cherry and a touch of strawberry. Then a mild lemon spice hop character kicks up as the beer finishes to give a lovely balance to the fruit and barley. Very nice beer overall. Fruitier than other ESBs I've enjoyed, but well balanced, if a touch thick. I'd love to try it from a cask.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a dark red colored body.
The aroma is rich malt and caramel. Wonderful.
The taste has a nice malt sweetness all the way through, broken up a little in the middle by some lemon bitterness. Great profile.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of scootpolute
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours burnt, orange, with a nice off-white head...- some good lacing.

S - Malts, bready tones with,Hops and the faint...

T - Smooth...good balance of malts and a nice bit of hops, then ending with bready bits...and some hints of pine spice...

M - Good carbonation... There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much hoppy/or sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out pretty well...

O - This one is good...Although ESB is not my fav (IPA,Porters, & Browns are) this one works out well, comparable to well know Bass, or Red Hook ESBs/Bitters, but hard to compete with 'true' UK Bitters like Flowers, or perhaps Boddingtons...Probably 'WON'T' be looking for this one again, but not bad...Chasing-Cheers :~)

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

8/10 review....Pours amber medium dark, light layer of white. Light malty nose, caramel hints. Toffee sweet, quite toasty. Slight spices in there too. Very light carbonation and a mild hop burn. Starts strong, bitter a little too pushy.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden/orange hue with a thin white head which quickly dissipates. Nose is very subtle with notes of fresh baked bread, caramel, and a touch of piney hops.

Very bready like quality with a touch of grape-nut flavor. Thick roasted malts with a touch of butter dominate the middle of the tongue. Decent sized body with a bit of chewiness. Slightly detectable burnt flavors add a nice balance to the richer flavors of the beer. The savory end of the brew is balanced well with a pine-like hop finish making the beer a well blended and clean drinker.

Good beer but this is something I would prefer in a 6 pack rather than a bomber size. Something I could put back a few of. Session worthy without the session availability unfortunately.

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great deal of carbonation bubbles teamed through the body of bright copper. This was capped by a dense head that thickened across the top and laced well.

The aroma is crackery, almost biscuit like, with barley, and Pilsner cereal malts.

The flavors are dry and malty. I get good barley notes with a cracker, toast, cereal grains and even a rice like taste.

The feel is nicely dry, smooth with a moderate carbonation.

This is a typical example of the style with a good grain profile it simply does not set itself apart from say a Fullers ESB.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good session ESB from Full Sail. Pour a reddish amber with medium white head that dies down to thin clinging lacing. Nose of is subtle with hints of caramel malts, light herbal hops, and some light bread qualities. Flavor is mild caramel malts with light hops bitterness to the back, mellowed out by the malt. Very nice mouth feel with light bittering hops on the aftertaste. Nice all around session beer for the more novice beer nut or a good one for large get-togethers.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 06/24/13-66. Sampled on September 17, 2013.

The pour is a good looking medium amber with reddish hues and a moderate off-white head that becomes a ring.

The aroma has some of the qualities of an ESB that I am used to with caramel toasted malts, fudge, and butter. Hops are downplayed.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste most definitely begins sweet and malty and ends nice and bitter with a quick lingering finish. At the same time it seems to be missing something that I like about ESB's but I can't pin my finger on it.

Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice lightly cloudy honey amber/brown. Thick finger of white head settling to a little lace and thin blanket of head sticking around. Slight reddish hue to the beer as well.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smooth smelling caramel malts, with some lovely bread, roasty brown sugars, light alcohol aromatics, and some pine resin hop with a floral touch to it. Smell is a bit tucked away.

Taste: (4.0)
- Lovely sweet malts, bready caramel and brown sugars with a nice touch of esters. Subtle pine and fresh herbal hops balance it out well. This beer is super balanced and just the right sweetness for the style. Little earthy, yet zesty fresh.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied with a great creamy texture. Slight chewiness from the bitter dryness, yet waters the palate in anticipation for more. Very good.

Overall: (4.0)
- This beer is solid and is something I will certainly be buying more of while I can. I would recommend you do the same. Solid balance, flavor, and sweetness, and doesn't contain Full Sail's flagship yeast character that so many of their other beers have. Certainly a nice change for them.

Photo of Spikester
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had a couple of six packs so far and have a few conclusions to pass along. Tasty beer though a bit on the sweet end of the ESB spectrum. Hops are a bit less prominent than I would have expected. Since Deschutes and Bridgeport have quit bottling ESB's this will have to suffice for now. Always on the lookout for this style of beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia on the way home from work.... Pretty pricey at $5.50ish, but still "new to me" sounded good.

Pours a fairly clear amber... only okay looking off white head... nice lacing.

Aroma is a good mix of spicy/earthy hops and medium caramel and deep toasted bread.

Nice bitterness balances a near perfect malt profile.... caramel malts and toasted biscuits ... Hops are pretty earthy .... a bit of fruity esters on the finish.

Medium bodied with the expected lighter carbonation.

Very very well done... I am impressed.

All 4's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber, nice two finger very light tan head with good retention and lacing. Looks good. Aroma dominated by bready malt with surprising faint hop and Belgian spices. Flavor also full bready and biscuity malt with slightly citrus hops and light fruit. Finishes with malt, a nice hop kick and a bit of drying citrus. Nice mellow flavor progression and finish. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I really enjoyed this take on a ESB.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, drank this one a while back when fresh. 22 oz bottle pours a superbly clear light copper color with a great looking cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a long while.

Toast and astringent alcohol hit the nose first with some sugar coated fruit in tow. Grassy, herbal hop tone is lurking in the background. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

Taste shows none of the astringency I was smelling...just a nice, toasty bread-biscuit malt with a nice sidecar of hop flavor. Finishes balanced and mild. Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer; Full Sail nailed it. Its full-bodied but not sweet and has a awesome creamy mouthfeel. I really like this one. It is one of my favorite beers in the ESB category and also one of the better Full Sail offerings I have had. Good price as well...I'll have another please, sir!

Photo of MarkNoseBeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Great, easy to drink, crisp. Bitter, but not overly so. Great with a burger or sub. One of the better ones from full sail, comparable in quality to the Amber I think.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed dark orange color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention doesn't quite meet average, but a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Solidly malty with a deep toastiness. A touch of yeasty breadiness. Good caramel presence. Fairly simple, but really nice.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this has only a few flavors, but they are done really well. Caramel, lots of toast, malty sweetness. Light bready yeastiness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Savory light chewiness. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Well made beer. No faults and great flavors.

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells of caramel and scorched sugar. Mildly sweet smelling with some grassy hop. Light fruity scent of pineapple. Fainter scent of plum.

Starts out mildly sweet with a sharp bitter finish. Some tobacco leaf and leather with a stout bitter finish. Carmel and some burnt sugars with a little hard water flavor. Grassy hop flavor doesn't taste as fruity as it smells.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty tasty, I will have to get another six pack of this for the weekend.

Photo of shand
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. The "enjoy by" is very muddled and appears to read 12/15/11, which makes no sense seeing that this was first brewed a month after that date. Just a warning to potential purchasers.

This beer pours out a very hazy brown color with a small head. The aroma is a fantastic maltiness, it's got excellent toasty, bready, and caramel notes. There's also some earthy hops in the nose. Very appealing. The taste is, again, excellent for the style. The malt flavors in here are outstanding, it has a very firm malty presence with plenty of caramel. There's also plenty of earthy and slightly fruity hops. Seriously though, this is a malt lover's dream. It's got a nice amount of bitterness to round everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbed, and the drinkability is very good.

Overall, this is a very good ESB from an American brewery. It doesn't stray too far from the style guidelens while still throwing it's own twist into the mix. It also donates some proceeds to charity! Check it out if you see it, it really is quite good.

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- The head is light and doesn't retain for more than a minute, The carbonation seems light. The color is a dark red to amber.
Smell- I can get strong malty notes out of this A rich candy-like malt is what I get followed by a hoppy, resinous or piney, aroma. I also might get some toffee notes, but that could e a result of the malty tones as well.
Taste- Finally! IT's got a good balance for the style. The malt is downplayed by the hoppy finish which takes over the flavor. It tastes like a hoppy beer with a medium long finish but it balances nicely on the palate.
Mouthfeel- Medium light body. It's nice for the style.

Overall- I'd say a solid 7/10. For the most part, I feel Full Sail offers a good quality for a good price. THis beer is just that. It follows the style, is a good beer, but I prefer to drink ESBs in either early Spring or Autumn. I think for the rest of the public, this beer's idea to offer for the summer months may not be as profitable as possible.

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Lamb’s Thriftway in Wilsonville OR. $4.49 Love the label ..with the share motif, very nice. Also proceeds go to educational charity Dark amber/red ale with a very nice looking thick,creamy eggshell white head. Nice aromas of resiny and floral hops..balanced by caramel malts. Taste is very balanced between the hops and the extra chewy caramel/toffee malts..slight bitter after taste. Nice The mouthfeel is were ,for me,this really gets great..its so balanced ,yet so smotth,carbonation just right..slips over the tongue yet still leaves great sensation .Excellent. A tasty well balanced beer very English in its palate that i could drink a few of without doubt

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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.