Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber with a thin, good-bodied eggshell head that fizzes away after a time and leaves tiny lacing and an incomplete covering.
Kind of funny - while opening the bottle at near arm's length, I was surprised to catch a sudden intense whiff of beer that could only have come from the first release of the cap. I was expecting a very pungent ale, but have discovered that it's quite the opposite. I have a hard time rating the smell because there's just so little of it. What I am lucky enough to catch after a good minute or two of letting my scent receptors relax is a few quick whiffs of carmally malts, then nothing at all. What I catch of the smell is good, it's just almost nonexistant.
I have really been looking forward to trying out this ESB because it's the first beer of the style I've tried and I figured I couldn't go wrong with the "yardstick", as Fuller's seems to be regarded. I like it! That quick whiff of caramel leads to a grainy, malty beginning with a delicately bitter finish that's decently balanced.
Light carbonation; A mildly chewy feel for an ale, with a buttery finish. It's so very very clear in the glass, but not light in body.
All of this leads to the final point - very drinkable. Good body, easy to drink, the tastes and scents don't beat you up; A tasty beer to follow up with a couple more.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2006 10:57:42 | More by Tupperwolf
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