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

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BA SCORE
83
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 22, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

arizcards, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

humulusphile, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Glibber, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

TaborTime, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

beaverapproved, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Zach122, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

vcoggins, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

deadliest, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

RHVC59, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

justinbrown, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

HRamz3, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Svendozen, Oct 04, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

StaveHooks, Sep 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 20, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

puboflyons, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Stevotex, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Jame515, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

tommy5, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

fivetime, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

csfcmitchell, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

bigbluebeerguy, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.