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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
28
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that has good retention properties and never completely disappeared. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are fruity aromas of apricots in the nose along with some hints of bready malts and grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and fruits; there is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink because of its low alcohol content; the sweetness provides for an interesting taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good ESB. Very clean and easy on the palate. Aromas are bready and biscuity on the malts end and pleasantly herbal and floral from hopping. Color is solid copper with moderate carbonation and and off white persistant head that laced well. Tastes biscuity and toasty without becoming yeasty. Mildly grassy and piney with a floral, spicy roundness to the taste. The body is medium but softens (without weakening) into the finish, leaving a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy amber color, no head (and cannot jiggle one up) and no lace

Smell: Modest stone fruit aroma with a touch of earthy hops

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit flavors up front with an earthy hoppiness appearing after the swallow to complement the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice flavor profile, although closer to a Best Bitter than an ESB; could stand a bit more malt and hops to take it to the next level

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz can.
Either over-carbonated or some sort of QC problem here as the beer over-flowed the can upon opening, and filled my glass with more foam than liquid even many minutes later on the second pour. Smells and tastes a bit off but not bad. Both a touch sweeter and a bit hoppier than a typical UK ESB, this does have a solid, medium dark malt base.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before the Pop the Cap event over at Barleys Taproom yesterday.Pours really light for an ESB I think,a lighter copper shade with not much head to speak of,aroma of fruity malt with a touch of caramel.Taste hit the style better than the appearance nice biscuit malt and big fruitiness with a touch of hop to let u know its there.A decent rendition of an ESB,I have had better but this was solid.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to light amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a medium thick medium sized patch of medium bubbles, a very thin film that covers the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of bready malts with some light notes of apricot. There are also some faint hints of grassy hops.

T: Moderate amounts of bready malts with some lighter amounts of light fruit (apricot) sweetness and light amounts of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish with light amounts of lingering.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a very light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, with a nice flavor and a low ABV - a little sweeter than other offerings in the style but definitely one to try (or have again).

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, mahogany-hued body with a thinnish, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted bread crumbs marked by notes of English hops and caramel (though light) and fruit (though even lighter).

Taste: Lightly sweetish toasted malts with a touch of dry caramel. Slight fruitiness. Earthy, lightly herbal English hop character with a medium-plus bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a recurrence of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a wee bit thin for my liking. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A worthy attempt at the style and an okay, perfectly drinkable beer. Personally, I'd prefer a slightly bigger body and greater inclusion of caramel flavor, but, again, that's just me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored with a finger of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, doughyness & mineral/sulphur hop notes

T: Fruittyness, mineral hop edge, sulphur & slight diacehtyl sweetness up front. Butterscotch, some grapefruit & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & slightly cloying

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & decent balance

An alright ESB, a few pronounced flaws hold this one back

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny copper penny with a fair amount of orange as well. Several steady bubble streams lead up to a thick slice of foam the color of fire-toasted marshmallows. As it descends, the cap leaves an attractive collar of lace that is gradually turning into shredded sheets. Good looking beer.

The nose is more toasted grain-like and earthy than I usually like. It would be great if the hops (East Kent Goldings, among others) were more prominent. Hopefully, they'll make more of an impact on the palate.

13 Rebels ESB is the first Frech Broad beer that hasn't impressed me. It isn't bad, it just isn't as delicious as Rye Hopper and Altbier. The short version of the flavor description is that the beer tastes like it smells. When did I ever settle for the short version in a beer review?

Balance is more or less achieved in terms of sweetness versus bitterness. However, even if they aspire to be true to their English roots, most American-brewed ESBs are hoppier than this. 42 IBUs seems overly generous. Malt flavor versus hop flavor, on the other hand (and unfortunately), favors the former.

The flavor profile includes toasted whole wheat bread, baked peanuts, woodsy herbs and bitter tea leaves. Munich malt (a guess) wasn't a good choice since it overpowers the hop flavor that should be showcased in a beer of this style. The silver lining in this only slightly dark cloud, if FBBC chooses to take it, is that improvement is but a malt bill tweak away.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is above average as well. It's at least medium for the style, only faltering a fraction on the somewhat loose finish. A few more well-buried bubbles would fix it right up.

French Broad Brewing is a credit to the state of North Carolina. That said, 13 Rebels ESB is not one of their better efforts and is not a beer that I would buy a second time. Coming at it from a different direction, most craft breweries would kill to have a 'worst beer' that's this good.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.

From the CAN: “13 Rebels ESB Ale is an Ameri[CAN] interpretation of Britain’s Extra Special Bitter.”

I would love to know the story behind both the beer’s name and its label, but it was time for more important things, like the Crack! I love a brimful CAN and when this one revealed itself, I was ready to go. I initiated an inverted Glug, leading to a near-rebellious two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. I sat back as the battle raged, sticky lacing appearing in the wake of the fighting. Rebellion should not be without casualties. The first rule of The CANQuest ™ is to talk about The CANQuest ™. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = 7.3, thanks to the brewery for providing that bit of 411). Nose had a grassy honey-sweetness that really put me more in mind of a lager. Mouthfeel was medium and although I was still getting that honey flavor, it was accompanied by an earthy maltiness and an intensely grassy hoppiness (IBU = 42). Holy rebelliousness! I CAN drink this all day! The grassy bitterness was offset nicely by the biscuit maltiness on the tongue. It was on the finish that it really came together, though. It was like summer in the country with biscuits and honey after mowing the grass. I really am a fan of this one and wish that it were more widely available.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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 Tone
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of yeast, slight hops, hint of tea, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight subtle hops, and a hint of yeast.

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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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