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

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BA SCORE
83
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tempest:
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-16-2014 02:12:03 | More by ToddKehoe
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Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-13-2014 20:27:35 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting, white, fluffy head. Aroma is of piney hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Piney, earthy hops dominate the flavor, with caramel malt and some fruity esters in the background. Finish is long and hoppy. Overall it is good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 14:03:57 | More by mikeg67
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-08-2014 01:29:20 | More by ChaseBeer
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thebeergeek

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, Full Sail. What went wrong here? I am a fan of your "amber ale", so, I was expecting something good with your ESB. I've been a homebrewer since 1992, so, I can tell when something has gone wrong in the brewing process, The beer starts out well enough, fairly malty and dry. But, then, uh oh. What is that WEIRD after taste, that lingers and lingers? I can only figure the brew was fermented at too warm a temperature, or something is not right with the yeast strain. I was hoping for an English style (Fullers') or American (Anderson Valley) ESB taste. Not even close. Please reformulate your recipe.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:17:07 | More by thebeergeek
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Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-22-2014 15:46:44 | More by coopdog1000
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Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-14-2014 01:18:17 | More by dbarny76
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-11-2014 01:51:48 | More by ShepardCommander
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EF4

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-07-2014 00:58:36 | More by EF4
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Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-03-2014 23:47:29 | More by StArnoldFan
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-22-2014 03:25:34 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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arizcards

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine (received by Total Wine on 7/8/13) in late September for $1.49. Best before 8/16/13...oh well.

Beer poured orange with an off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is very well balanced, caramel malts and citrus hops merge nicely. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a really smackable beer despite it's age. Ages well LOL! The brewers at Full Sail nailed the style on this one. Definitely worthy of a shot and I will look for this next spring!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:24:35 | More by arizcards
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.