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

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BA SCORE
83
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.7%

BeerKing510, Aug 06, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

creeperjones, May 17, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

jmilo64, Apr 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of thebeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

thebeergeek, Apr 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

edwardkersh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of vkv822
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a very slightly hazy, copper with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma is of mostly biscuit upfront, with faint bitter, spicy, grassy hops backing.

The taste is of more biscuit and grassy hops, though well pronounced then the aroma overall.

It has a medium body, but finishes a bit watery, which also takes away from the flavor profile on the palate. Appropriate carbonation.

The taste could have been a bit stronger, and the mouthfeel finished a bit watery for my liking. Not worth the price, nor do I want 22 ounces of it.

vkv822, Jan 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

djrn2, May 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Available for 90 days only." Doesn't trouble me, as given the style and brewery I'm expecting it to be subpar. Orange label and standard branded pressure cap. FS Pub Series. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Trader Joe's Culver City and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of beige colour. Slight cream, nice thickness, nice (~2-3 minute) retention. No bubble show Light even thin lacing as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper. Translucent. Fair vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's rather average.

Sm: Badly executed toffee and candy floss. Heavy diacetyl. Sweet malts. Minimal floral hop character. Some cream. Extremely light toasted character. Bubblegum. The general character of the beer is a turn-off. Not looking forward to trying this. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Mild in strength.

T: Toffee, candy floss, and bubblegum right off the bat. Malt body is mainly caramalts and pale malts. Balance is okay. No complexity or subtlety. Not very flavorful. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I'm not a big fan. Nice cream. Quite underwhelming. Too sweet.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of decent carbonation. Unrefreshing. Okay thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile in a generally okay sense. Not oily.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unimpressive. I wouldn't bother with it again. Another disappointment from Full Sail. Hides ABV decently. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Underwhelming. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, even at its relatively low price point.

C

kojevergas, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

JohnyFriday, Jun 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

TheBigBoy, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

msturek, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

StArnoldFan, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

HRamz3, Oct 28, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Eighty, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

bluckbeyes, Jul 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

kyager2000, Jun 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 20, 2013
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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.