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

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BA SCORE
83
good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
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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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3/5  rDev -18%

10-28-2013 12:27:17 | More by HRamz3
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Svendozen

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-04-2013 05:13:15 | More by Svendozen
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper with a dense off-white head

S - Sweet bread, caramel, very sweet and bready, tangy fruit, apple, nutty yeasty, hints of alcohol, very British aroma.

T - Hops upfront, grassy with a hint of citrus, caramel malt rushes in providing a full balanced sweetness, notes of toffee and toasted grain as well. Some weird artificial notes come up but are very faint. Hints of apple and creamy vanilla come in giving way to a strong tea tannin bitterness. Grassy and herbal hops sing into the finish. The finish pushes heavy tannins that linger on the palate long after.

M - Low carbonation, medium full body, creamy feel with a tannin dry finish

Great stab at the style. Nice homey caramel malts that showed grain notes with some fruit notions. Everything worked except for the hints of artificial flavors that faintly showed up. Very good but not quite what you'd find in the UK. I would pick up a six of this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:20:43 | More by StaveHooks
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-20-2013 03:59:56 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 06/24/13-66. Sampled on September 17, 2013.

The pour is a good looking medium amber with reddish hues and a moderate off-white head that becomes a ring.

The aroma has some of the qualities of an ESB that I am used to with caramel toasted malts, fudge, and butter. Hops are downplayed.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste most definitely begins sweet and malty and ends nice and bitter with a quick lingering finish. At the same time it seems to be missing something that I like about ESB's but I can't pin my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:21:09 | More by puboflyons
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Stevotex

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-15-2013 21:04:03 | More by Stevotex
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-13-2013 21:17:18 | More by Jame515
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-13-2013 11:51:17 | More by tommy5
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fivetime

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-07-2013 05:27:11 | More by fivetime
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-03-2013 20:40:34 | More by csfcmitchell
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-29-2013 03:35:56 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-05-2013 23:13:53 | More by mpalestino
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-02-2013 06:04:18 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-02-2013 01:22:31 | More by DerwinWentworth
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afrokaze

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2013 16:31:35 | More by afrokaze
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kennymule

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Red amber with one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing.

Smell - Slight caramel nose.

Taste - Caramel sweetness right up front leading into some biscuit and finishing with a semi-dry hop dryness. Pretty well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - I'm not an expert on ESB as a style, but I tend to rate beers on how they taste, not if they have held to tradition for the style. FS ESB is a good beer that is easy to drink and definitely can have more than one without feeling bombed, boozed and busted. Buy it, drink it, share it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:36:00 | More by kennymule
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-26-2013 01:52:36 | More by bluckbeyes
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Eighty

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-24-2013 22:32:04 | More by Eighty
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JusMicRus

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-18-2013 23:18:42 | More by JusMicRus
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-14-2013 11:55:59 | More by jrfehon33
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Spikester

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had a couple of six packs so far and have a few conclusions to pass along. Tasty beer though a bit on the sweet end of the ESB spectrum. Hops are a bit less prominent than I would have expected. Since Deschutes and Bridgeport have quit bottling ESB's this will have to suffice for now. Always on the lookout for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 08:47:52 | More by Spikester
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-11-2013 05:17:48 | More by artemh
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-08-2013 21:04:28 | More by RedneckBeerz
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BobN

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured into a pint glass. Honey colored, pillowy cream-colored head with very good retention throughout tasting.

S - starts with a nice biscuity profile, sweet caramel and toffee, and maybe a floral hint

T - malty, sweet caramel which is balanced with a nice clean hoppiness that trails to nice lingering bitterness

M - light to medium carbonation

O - Very nice ESB, Would definitely enjoy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:04:32 | More by BobN
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TheSixthRing

California

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:44:27 | More by TheSixthRing
Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.