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

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BA SCORE
83
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
'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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-28-2011)
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Reviews by Sarmartay:
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Sarmartay

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-15-2013 19:10:09 | More by Sarmartay
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-17-2013 02:46:02 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

08-28-2012 02:45:56 | More by Mora2000
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-27-2014 19:43:03 | More by Seattle_Suds
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

02-28-2012 00:22:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-24-2012 23:53:33 | More by valkyre65
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-18-2013 19:37:26 | More by acurtis
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switzer

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

01-18-2012 00:15:09 | More by switzer
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-30-2012 06:29:37 | More by InfernoBoss
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Aml42000

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-11-2012 17:03:37 | More by Aml42000
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TheSixthRing

California

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

07-06-2013 00:44:27 | More by TheSixthRing
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HugePlume

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

02-18-2012 03:12:38 | More by HugePlume
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KenC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2012 02:10:49 | More by KenC
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bona2vada


4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-25-2012 00:48:39 | More by bona2vada
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-01-2013 02:57:20 | More by tempest
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cdavis71


5/5  rDev +37%

07-12-2014 23:07:43 | More by cdavis71
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-04-2014 20:22:12 | More by Fatehunter
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scootpolute

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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 :~)

04-13-2012 23:29:15 | More by scootpolute
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-17-2013 05:17:06 | More by Glibber
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DOCRW

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-26-2014 06:34:35 | More by DOCRW
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

09-01-2014 13:10:19 | More by KTCamm
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-02-2012 06:42:51 | More by GRG1313
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

02-09-2012 04:48:44 | More by jtierney89
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -3%

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.

05-16-2014 22:42:20 | More by KYGunner
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Brutaltruth

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

07-25-2014 21:46:48 | More by Brutaltruth
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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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