Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by Thads324:
4.7/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
One of my favorite styles, excited...
A : Pours a very clear copper, light amber color with a very thin white head that disappears almost immediately. Gotta love the english pint bottle, looks regal IMO.
S : smells like a lot of sweet biscuit and candi sugar. A nice toffee-esque aroma with little to no hop scent at all. Although unusual compared to US versions, it smells really enticing.
T : Very much like the smell, except there is hop here. It starts a bit sweet, with a caramel an mild toffee flavor. The sweetness becomes very subdued and yields to a long and very easy going hop flavor that is mild, musty, earthy and then ends with a really nice bite of hop. clean finish that leaves a tingle of hop.
M : seems to have a low carbonation level, but drinks very wet, clean and finishes easy. There is a nice linger of hop tinge on the tongue and lips.
One of the very finest beers I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. I don't often buy imports since no beer travels well, but this stuff is unbelievable. I will be buying more of this, and enjoying it thoroughly. The aroma is very odd and very enjoyable. The taste is complex and balanced. Simply amazing.
The next time I am in the UK I will be all over this...
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2011 03:24:38 | More by Thads324
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2.93/5 rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Wanted to try this for awhile, as I was thinking of brewing an ESB in the near future. Now I am on the fence again. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my tulip glass. Nice appearance with a clear amber body and small, whitish head which left some nice lacing in the glass. Just a bit of hop bitterness (kind of generic hop bitterness) on the nose. It also had a bit of the wet cardboard funk on the nose as well... glad it didn't show up in the taste. They definitely hit the bitterness just right (I like bitter), and the overall taste was just a bit grassy and light. Nice, light, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Quite refreshing to the palate on a hot afternoon. Bit lacking in flavor overall, though I am not sure if this is the style or the Fuller'. From my understanding ESB should be a little lighter and straightforward... what can I say, I am a big IPA fan! This was an ok beer. Probably a nice beer to offer to someone who is not a craft drinker who wants to try something a little different from their everyday BMC beers.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:05:50 | More by Mikus
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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