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

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of LaPlaya


4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-25-2012 17:11:09 | More by LaPlaya
Photo of bona2vada

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-25-2012 00:48:39 | More by bona2vada
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: pours a very cloudy orange / amber color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down immediately.

Smell: caramel and a load of fruity sweetness is detectable.

Taste: grainy malt profile. Caramel, ripe fruits, and a hint of earthy tones arrive late. Decent bitterness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is very short.

Overall: an easy to drink beer that leans a bit on the sweeter side, but is brought a bit into check with the bitterness. Sessionable beer.

03-24-2012 18:13:09 | More by Gavage
Photo of pjeezus

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2012 06:12:24 | More by pjeezus
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-21-2012 02:18:06 | More by mcorwin
Photo of beertunes


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, bright, gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was a very well balanced blend of sweet, grainy malts and nice floral hops. The flavors were pretty much the same, with the hops having a bit more noticeable of a presence. The body was clean and fairly typical, but had a somewhat sticky finish that I didn't care for.

The drinkability was pretty, I like a nice ESB and I'd happily drink a couple of these. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Full Sail isn't among my personal favorite breweries, but every so often they put out a brew I really like a lot. This is one of those brews. Try it when you see it.

03-19-2012 17:36:09 | More by beertunes
Photo of Nerudamann


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Look - amber in color, a little hazy, with about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - mostly malty in its aroma, which seems to match what the label claims. Not much else in the smell.

Taste - surprisingly hoppy and bitter, but it's only surprising, not strong. The hops are tasted at the beginning, but the bitterness doesn't strike until the late middle. Oddly there doesn't seem to be much of a malty taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but if it leans anywhere, it might be on the watery side.

Overall - actually a pretty interesting beer to consider. Not a bad taste either.

03-17-2012 03:41:39 | More by Nerudamann
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

03-12-2012 04:26:18 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-12-2012 01:24:00 | More by nmann08
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-11-2012 06:24:09 | More by marct
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2012 05:46:22 | More by kickerofelves
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

03-06-2012 04:07:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2012 02:10:49 | More by KenC
Photo of DavidST


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a copper color with a nice off white head. The smell is a little malty, some bread and caramel malts, with a little hop presence. The feel is medium. The taste has a little bit of hop bite, the taste is of bread and caramel malts, a little citrus, some more bitterness on the way down, light bitterness though.

03-05-2012 03:55:07 | More by DavidST
Photo of StoneTSR


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

APPEARANCE: Nice, orange-copper color, almost like caramel with a slight haziness that hides the bubbles that spring up from the bottom of the glass. It is topped with a stark-white, quarter-inch head that settles quickly into a foamy cap. Sadly, there is not much lacing.

SMELL: The E.S.B. has a malt-forward nose with a big, bready smell. Some caramel creeps in as well and a swirl of the glass provides a strong banana aroma. A touch of spice and citrus is present as well, rounding out a very complex nose.

TASTE: A rich, sweet, malty caramel hits the palate right off the bat. Spicy and citrusy hops pull the taste buds through the middle of the sip while the finish is a pleasant combination of malt and hops that provides a slightly bitter rye-like bready flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy with a medium body and light to medium carbonation that allows this beer to go down way too smoothly. Spot on for the style although a little richer than other American versions.

OVERALL: This is a very easy-going, exceptionally well-balanced E.S.B. It is the strongest offering I have tasted from Full Sail so far.

02-28-2012 06:11:25 | More by StoneTSR
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-28-2012 05:56:30 | More by AndrewK
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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
Photo of videofrog


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. "Enjoy By" is on the back of the label, but the stamp is no longer present.

A: Really nice orange to reddish orange hue with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Piney hops and sweet malt aromas. Slight fruity esters from yeast.

T: Great balance of hops and malts. Piney and citrusy hop flavors up front with bready, grainy, and caramel malts.

M: Slightly thin mouthfeel, but spot-on for what I've had of other examples of the style.

O: This is my first Full Sail brew, and I enjoyed it. I like the ideas of single-hop beers for educational purposes, and the label indicated Challenger (UK) hops with 5 malts. Worth a try.

02-27-2012 01:27:36 | More by videofrog
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Strong aroma is malty with fruity, earthy and woody notes. It pours a clear coppery with a pale yellow-tan head of about average thickness and persistence. Flavor has a woody core with a fairly, but not fiercely, bitter overtone and hints of caramel, grass and horehound. Smooth, firm texture is quite fizzy and lively. This "initial pub offering" is worth an investment!

02-26-2012 20:21:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-25-2012 07:10:29 | More by shelby415
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-20-2012 18:31:27 | More by TheBigBoy
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

02-19-2012 03:25:08 | More by JustinQ
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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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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

02-17-2012 22:40:55 | More by richbrew
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +9.6%

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. The printed date near the Enjoy By section of the label is, regrettably, illegible.

Appearance: Very lightly hazed, golden-amber body with a finger or so of just off-white foam. A few smudges of lacing here and there.

Smell: Esters interlaced with hop accents smelling of spice, citrus, and dried flowers atop a bready, biscuity, crackery malt base given a flash of toastiness and a hint of light brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted bread slices and biscuit tops with lightly sweet hints of caramel light-colored brown sugar. Then, some moderate esters before the spicy, earthy, lightly hinting of lemon zest hop profile. Medium bitterness. Things dry out rapidly, in plenty of time for the lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, faintly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: It's just a nice, balanced, tasty beer. Sometimes, it's a long, wearying road to finish off a bomber, but not the case here, as it was gone before I knew it.

02-17-2012 18:01:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.