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

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

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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of KYGunner
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was tons of carbonation which created a fizzy two inch head and tons of bubbling on the edges. There was an Ice Tea like coloring that was not ugly but just above average.

The scent was kind of stale but had a fruity tone; maybe apple or plum.

The taste was sweet, malty and fruity. There was a breadiness to this Bitter but a bit of apple, plum and sweetness that really caught my eye. Not a bad example of the genre but perhaps a bit to bubbly for my liking.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BigGingDrinker
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger dense frothy head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured toasted biscuit malts and herbal and slightly piney hops.

The taste was extremely well balanced with a sharp toasted breadiness complimented by a clean herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean with a vigorous carnonation.

Overall a very good and balanced ale.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky copper orange color, with off white head on top.

S: Bready with a nice hoppiness. Some toffee notes, as well as a floral hop presence. Bready and a faint hint of earthiness.

T: Toasty with touches of toffee, and burnt sugar. some raisin notes, as well as a bright floral hit from the hops. Not overly bitter, good balance between malt and hops, although there is a lingering coffee flavor.

M: Medium light in body, carbonation is medium, and pleasant on the tongue. Fairly light feeling although there is a slight slickness to the finish.

O: Overall this is plenty drinkable. Tasty, and interesting though I don't think I am in love with the flavor, there is almost a light licorice character to it that seems out of place to me.

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Photo of ecmoon3
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SamBzkr
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of travishardy929
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mklinger
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a sticky beige head. Smells of butterscotch and toasted bread. Toasted malt dominates the palate with hints of orange and butterscotch. Citrusy hops are noticeable, but not overpowering, in the finish, which is long, dry, and a tad bitter, but pleasantly so. It's a little oily and slick in the mouth, but that dry finish is a nice contrast.

Overall, it's a very solid beer. Plenty of flavor, good balance, nothing overpowering. Fun lacing, too.

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Photo of fastrodney
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Crevilo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Much better complexity in the Taste after sitting for about 10 minutes if it's been chilled into the 40's F.

A= yellowish ice-tea color, foamy yellowed-white head settling quickly to nice pooling, then rimming and lacing.

S= starchy malts, slight sweetness akin to mild honey. Not very complex when fully chilled but the nose begins to change and grow as it room-warms, adding modest citrus.

T= initially somewhat basic and lacking; a sour bitterness that doesn't remind me of any true English ESB-style (Courage Best is a personal favorite). Slightly watery, with malts lacking complexity until it warms a bit; light citrus. Bready malts begin to emerge as it warms, very nice but a bit late and not quite enough balance overall.

M= bitters, a lack of complexity as far as anything else.

O= not one I'd go out of my way to find. Given to me by a friend from Asheville, a random pick at the store, a much-appreciated effort.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus, with some orange and lemon notes. There is also a strong biscuit malt component. The flavor is fairly malt heavy, with both biscuit and toffee. There is also some bitter orange character and a little bit of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 33.6% out of 100 with 244 ratings
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