13 Rebels ESB | French Broad Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
frenchbroadbrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HMTE
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Well out of six, my father had one and I had one and he said, "tasted squirrely". I reply, "always called that skunk".

I am hearing that, yeah indeed it could be. Given that I am in the blast radius of this place, I will hang this here and then check them at the source.

If need be, I'll revise the review.

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Photo of Givensmatt
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Tilley4
1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my SA Perfect Pint..

Pours a dark golden appearance without so much as a whiff of head at all... Nothing... Nada...

Aromas of rancid malts and a slight floral hoppiness.... Hmmm..

Yep, this ones toast.... Oily and buttery with a strange slick finish... No hops to speak of... slightly sweet I guess but not in a good way...

Drain pour after a few sips... Not what I was hoping for here....

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Photo of Wasatch
2.42/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from gford217.

22oz Bomber

This is my first BIG TIME GUSHER! What was left.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color, tons of carbonation, HUGE foamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with lots of caramel, and some spice notes. The taste is malty, slight spice note, and some caramel. Medium body. Not Drinkable, would not seek out again. Very dissappointed in this brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.47/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's a funny thing, beer. You hear the name French Broad and you think to yourself "Gee, the brewers must either be hot or sexist pigs". And then you find yourself driving through Asheville and crossing the French Broad river. I guess not all breweries rely on gimmicks.

Pouring a beautiful golden orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a ring, leaving a little lace, this is a pretty nice looking beer. The nose, however, is rather unpleasant. Rather prominently hoppy in the English vein, this initially has a very noticeable soapy, mildly cleaning-solution like aroma. Once it breathes for a bit, it does become better, changing to a rather pungent EKG aroma. A mild toasted white bread-like malt sweetness is present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of the moderate malt sweetness and a rather big hop character. As with the nose, the hop character just isn't to my liking. Moderately soapy, intensely earthy, almost mineral-like, this is very, very green. Bitterness is on the lower side of medium, there's an almost resiny hop character here. Grain and yeast are secondary here, especially the latter. Medium-light in body with fairly high carbonation, this finishes with plenty of hop flavor on the finish. Decent, though not particularly enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of unionturf
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured for a 22oz bottle into pint glass. Color is dark gold, clear, decent lacing and a very malty smell. Taste was ok but not that impressed, all malt taste with hardly any noticeable hops...not that bitter either. Had a very sharp and not pleasant taste that almost makes me think I got a bad bottle. Might try again if at a tasting but not impressed enough to spend $5 for a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of tillmac62
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy medium amber pour that is a brownish orange. Outstanding head volume and retention, fair lacing.

Medium intensity nose that has a slight biscuit sweetness, a touch of citrus (orange) and a hint of EKG.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture. Poorly carbonated with no effervescence.

The flavor profile is unique, and not in a way that supports the style. It begins with a weak flavor that is similar to an orange citrus tea, but is not quite pleasant. This flavor permeates throughout the tasting experience. The middle typically expresses bitterness, but this brew delivers only a hint. The finish is a continued lingering of the initial odd flavor. I've had many ESBs over the years and home brewed with EKG as well. This beer is a poor example of the style and use of EKG hops. No BOD on the can.

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Photo of hardrock
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of quang_dam
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Mattyb79
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good at all. Had a strange metallic taste to it. Aroma was decent, but completely fell apart when I tasted it.

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Photo of twage04
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like cucumbers and bananas? Very lacking in malt and english character, not sure if if my can was infected or if the beer was supposed to be like this. Oddest ESB i've ever tried.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very murky burnt orange to reddish brown. Fairly foamy...not a particularly pretty beer.

S - Slightly musty bready caramel malt. Something odd in the aroma ... not bad but nothing special.

T - Bit of a mess of flavors here. Toasty malt with hints of chocolate and then some fruitiness and crispness from the hops as well. Comes across a bit jumbled. Not very cohesive flavors.

M - Thin and bubbly where some of the more roasted malt flavors could stand to have some more body behind them.

D - Light and refreshing, but a bit too odd to drink too much of.

Not very impressed here...definitely a lot of flavors happening, but they all tend to clash with each other. I've had any number of better ESBs.

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Photo of nick76
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is odd for the style. It is grassy and paper like with some biscuits, fruit, and yeast. The appearance is deep gold with an amber hue and a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and astringent. The palate is thin. Overall this beer has some good qualities but the negative ones bury them.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark orange with a hint of amber. The head is light white with light retention and lacing.

The aroma is matly not a sweet citrus, just sugar malts with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very watery with just a little bitter. This is very boring.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of rvajohn
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of NoCurse2012
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dmd627
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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