Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.41/5 rDev -16.2%
Other reviewers mostly seem asleep at the wheel on this one, which is supposed to be the ESB standard. It's mid-pack and the ESB style is not my bag anyway. Here goes....
A: Nice color, clear amber like SN Torpedo, but lacking in head, lace, energy, head retention.
S: Lacking also - perhaps my bottle is flagged. Nice balance of 80% caramel malt, English pub style, and 20% hops.
T: Follows smell and there's more of it. But it's basic old ale / strong ale malt but weaker and more tea like, with a weak bitter finish. Flattish flavor arc and feel.
MF: Thin, flattish.
Always ready to try another ESB, but I dont find them particularly bitter or interesting, and I'd move in direction of old ale or strong ale as a preference.
08-10-2014 00:43:09 | More by Act25
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Served from bottle in a tulip glass. The foam is thick and it looks golden yellow/amber. The smell is very fruity with hints of blackberries, cranberries and a bit of malt. The sip stick to your tongue and has some delightful bitterness, it's has a nice full body and it simple taste a lot of berries, malt and hops in a great combination. I think this ale s one of the best I had in a long time
08-08-2014 21:47:16 | More by Svart
3.94/5 rDev -3.2%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass.
A-orange to cherry in color, pouring lively with 1-2 fingers of suds gathering on top and dissipating to a thinner layer of foam in the first 30-60 seconds. Crystal clear with fine bubbles climbing up for minutes after pour.
S-malty for sure, carmel and some spicy, earthiness.
T-classic English maltiness, spicy, with hints of vanilla.
M-low carbonation, finishes pretty clean, lighter than you'd expect.
O-First time having this and it's really pretty good. Whenever I make it to England I'll be comfortable knowing that it's there to catch me.
08-08-2014 01:29:41 | More by BTodd
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
March 2014 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Beautiful copper clarity sustains a substantial head of sparsely lacing foam. Balance of bitter & sweet keep this on my list of favs.
05/26/12 On tap At Beer Authority , NYC. IMO this is as bitter as I like my beers to be. On tap it's nice & polite. No need to slap me across the face to get my attention, I can be impressed with subtlety and this one did just that.
08-06-2014 05:04:39 | More by seedyone
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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