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

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BA SCORE
83
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18%

03-12-2012 01:24:00 | More by nmann08
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marct

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-11-2012 06:24:09 | More by marct
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kickerofelves

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:07:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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KenC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:11:25 | More by StoneTSR
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AndrewK

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-28-2012 05:56:30 | More by AndrewK
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:27:36 | More by videofrog
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:21:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-25-2012 07:10:29 | More by shelby415
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

02-20-2012 18:31:27 | More by TheBigBoy
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JustinQ

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 18:01:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Aml42000

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured copper-orange with a trace of off-white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, and grassy lemon.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Bready caramel up front followed by a hint of banana, sweet lemon, and some lingering pine.

Nice blend of bitter and sweet -- very tasty and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:19:47 | More by grittybrews
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-05-2012 22:46:26 | More by Travisnin
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color, decent head slowly falling to a bubbly film around the edges of the glasses. Carbonation looks active.

Lots of hops in the nose...heavy grapefruit, bitter citrus. This is coupled with notes of warm bread, rolled oats, black pepper, and white grapes.

The flavor offers caramel up front, followed by citrus, and ending with a cereal, oat-like finish. Rounding the beer out, though, is a nice, slightly pungent bittersweetness that really lingers. Somewhere in there, too, are notes subtle notes of banana, though not too prominent.

The body is nice and light, actually, even though there is a lot going on across the palate. The beer is drinkable, giving a slight astringency along the way.

Overall, a good , well-rounded beer...not a bad E.S.B at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:30:47 | More by movingtrain
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Docer

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 05:38:22 | More by Docer
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-30-2012 07:47:07 | More by gkunkle
Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.