13 Rebels ESB | French Broad Brewing Co.

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13 Rebels ESB13 Rebels ESB

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

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

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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 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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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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass a clear, light amber color. A white head forms of about two fingers in size but is quite airy and not really dense. Falls as slowly as a feather from the sky leaving generous lacing.

Aroma is a bit off with this one. Sour and grainy. Chalky as well. Not a whole lot oaf caramel or biscuit which I expect from as ESB.

Pretty decent flavor. Some fruity sweetness in the beginning. A good dose of caramel and a touch of sweetness with the hops contributing the slightest bit of bitterness making this one fairly balanced. Slight touch of hop bitterness in the end as well. All of these profiles are completely seperate from each other and offer no uniformity or cohesiveness. Erratic.

Pretty thin on the body; too thin. Finishes really dry as well. Extraordinarily ordinary. Nothing special here.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. LIght copper see-thru body with a modest bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of patchy lacing as it disappears.

Nose is pleasantly toasty if lacking in earthy and leafy qualities. Malty flavors dominate, toasty and nutty (rather reminiscent of wheat toast with peanut butter at times, actually). A bit of fruitiness, a quick hit of bitterness and a flush of carbonation at the swallow, but otherwise a fairly smooth drinker. Not bland, but not exciting.

Overall impression: Really like the malt profile, but really would love to see an injection of earthy and leafy hop goodness.

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Photo of dojobrewco
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The boys and I poured this ESB from the growler into the souvenier mini-pilsners from the Brewgrass Festival the day before. It poured a golden hue with a tad of oranginess to it. Tons of head but I think that this was due in part to the mini glasses that we were werving them in. However the head did hang around for a good amount of time. This was the first ESB I had ever tried so I'm not totally sure if it was 100% true to its characteristics. Overall though it had a great mouthfeel and a good maltiness to it with very sweet overtones. Not much on the aroma side but did have a distinct hop character in it flavor.

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange with a thin layer of soft, white head. The nose is mildly citrusy and has a big toasty aroma. The flavor is pretty one dimensional with big notes of burnt toast with just a hint of citrusy hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with decent carbonation.

This in my opinion was a pretty mediocre beer. It's one dimensional and that one dimension was burnt toast. The hops were noticeable but were unable to tame the intense malt character. I probably won't have this again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Pours a clear amber/burnt copper hue with a thin cap of buff head that retreats to a ring of bubbles. Average lacing & carbonation. The aroma is faint and uninspiring, with notes of wheat & raw grain husks. Lots of pale malts are balanced by a slight presence of earthy, peat hops.

The flavor is much like the aroma: underwhelming. It does get tastier after a few bites of food, however. Some grainy, breaded malts and a mineral note reminiscent of sourdough give way to a bit of sweet fruity esthers from the yeast that add pear and mango. Finishes very dry and bitter. All in all, a fairly unimpressive beer. Goes down easily, but there aren't many memorable or distinguishing qualities.

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Photo of ordybill
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Not bad
Appearance- Pours a copper color with a small white head.
Taste- Bitter with a citrus bite, not that enjoyable
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An average ESB. The artwork on the can is the best part of this beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into nonic.

Dark amber, bordering on copper. Slightly hazy from tiny bits of sediment floating in the beer. A two finger off-white head slowly settles to a thin cap, with a thick bubbly rim along the glass.

A little bit of caramel mixed with a slightly complex hop aroma, mixed with sweet fruit and a bit of orange citrus.

The flavor has a good amount of caramel in it, along with some highly toasted malts, with a slight cocoa presence. The hops are barely there, adding a little bit of a grassy flavor in the background. Full bodied. The overall flavor seems a little stale and papery.

Nothing horrible, but nothing outstanding either. It has maybe suffered from a little too much time on the shelf, but I think there's more to it than that. Worth a try.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Black Mountain Ale house.

A - orange with a slight haze

S - malts, slight smoke.

T - more of the same as the nose, some hop presence and toffee-caramel notes.

M - a little on the thin side, although the carbonation is sharp.

O - a decent esb to try, though not very complex.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of trying this one on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville tonight. Ordered as my second beer and served in a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/08/2008.

The pour was relatively decent with a very hazy and cloudy yellow hued amber. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up inside the glass. A small head of maybe an inch was present on first pour, but this quickly subsided and left a bare top.

The aroma was light, a mixed bag here of light grain, some touches of bitter hops and a light, somewhat grape like fruit aroma. Not much carried over to the flavor as it came off a little bland to me to be honest. Light grain and a bready malt like flavor coming through, but the hops were too muted. Almost watered down in their nature. Mellow finish on this one left almost no flavor at all and really just was less then inspiring to be honest.

Overall it was decent, ok maybe, but nothing i would really go after again anytime soon. I have had worse though, and much better as well if I am being honest.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with very little head. There was a little bit of lace on the glass as I drank it. Smell is slightly fruity and flowery. Taste was a nice biscuity malt followed by a slight sourness and a nice dry hoppy finish, which was slightly herbal and flowery. Mouthfeel was medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer seemed pretty easy to drink. I suppose I would have another.

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Photo of ivanovichi
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz Bomber into a tulip pint

A- Orangey yellow very cloudy color, minimal (1/4 inch) cream colored head. Very little lacing.

S- Very citrusy to the nose, nothing else much...

T- Now with the taste we're getting somewhere! very hoppy, the citrus comes through here real well. Although the proposed IBU's of this brew were way off the mark I believe.

M- Light, the taste did not last very long but the little bit of coating I did get was nice, earthy feeling.

O- I will be trying the rest of what French Broad has to offer. The regular IPA was twice, if not more-so, as bitter as the 13 Rebels so it begs the question what has French Broad done with the rest of their brews? For the record, though, I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, creamy white mousse that makes no effort to stick around any length of time. The beer, itself, looks good, but the lack of head retention underwhelmed me.

S: Very malty on the nose with generous notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and marmalade. I didn't pick up on much in the way of hops.

T: Opens malty and smooth with notes of orange marmalade, lemon jelly, brown sugar, toffee, cream, and caramel. The finish reveals a bit more in the way of hoppiness with gentle citrus flavors joining the toffee, cream, and caramel notes contributed by the malt.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, relatively dry, and crisper than expected. Drinkable, but not all that memorable. I would be curious to see what this beer is like out of the bottle.

O: 13 Rebels ESB is not a bad effort. In fact, it displays many of the classic traits of English ESBs. Unfortunately, the lack of head retention and the lack of a heavier hop profile are not forgivable. In the end, it's not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A: copper colored, clear, with half inch white head

S: bready aroma with some fruit typical of an English ale

T: bready, toasted malt with a smooth mild bitterness (earthy, herbal, floral)

F: medium to light body. No noticeable ethanol warmth. Medium carbonation.

O: nice, balanced ale. Well done.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber in color with very little head.

S: Smell of lightly toasted malt with floral and grassy notes.

T: Flavor is all malt. Toasted grain flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

O: Pretty decent ESB but not spectacular. That being said I would gladly have a few of these.

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Photo of Merkur
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Village Pub in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice rich amber color, with a small amount of tan head.

Beer smells of sweet caramel and toffee.

Beer starts off tasting very malty, followed by bitterness with just a small amount of caramel sweetness.

Rather thick.

Overall an OK ESB

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