Full Sail ESB | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Full Sail ESBFull Sail ESB

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Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
'A nicely balanced small batch bitter concocted by our own Barney Brennan, featuring five different specialty malts and aromatic Challenger hops'

35 IBU

Originally a pub-only beer, Re-released in January 2012 as part of the Brewer's Share series.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a hazy yet mostly transparent bronzed amber color. The head was about a finger and a half’s worth of white foaminess. There’s a light somewhat speckled lacing trying to show its face, but the head must last for at least a good minute before the lacing can actually be seen. The smell has a fairly decent light apple with a light vanilla and light English maltiness running about my nose in a powerful sort of way. The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to balance with a slight bitterness very underneath (Fuggles hops, I think, I could be wrong, but I think that’s what they are). The aftertaste is very bitter and dry and has a decent crisp feel into the finish. On the palate, this one really wanted to sit at a light, but somehow showed a quality that wanted to sit at medium. Sessionable, kinda yeah, I could see it. The carbonation is really smooth if that helps. Overall, in my opinion, well, this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber ale with thin beige head. faint malty aroma with some piney hops. taste has hops take a more prominent role, and lingers on the palate. Pretty good approximation of the style

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 4 – ( color, haziness, lacing, head and color of head, density of head etc)
Pours amber/copper in color, very little off white head. Leaves little vertical lacing.

Smell – 4 - ( Hop smells- citrus, pine, grapefruit, earthy - Malt smell – toffee, caramel, bread, nutty, cinnamon, chocolate, Yeasty spicy, )
Smells of a different kind of bitter, like a malty goodness kind of bitter that I'm not very familiar with.
Taste – 4 – ( Hop flavor, bitterness, sweetness, malt flavor )
Giving very malty flavors up front with some biscuit and toffee. Has a nice bitter kick to it in the end.

Feel- 4 – ( light-heavy body, light-heavy carbonation, smooth, rough )
medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall- 4 – For my first Bitter, it was pretty good.That being said, I am unsure on how to properly evaluate a bitter, please excuse the large deviation. This makes me want to look into trying more bitters in the future.

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Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Comes out darker than I remember, brown. Aroma was muted hops, northwest c hop variety.

Taste was a hearty bitterness, grapefruit, a little bit of caramel. Finishes pretty dry. I bet your grandpa would be cool with drinking one of these. I am, its good, especially in the springtime.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker copper, pinkish hues, clear. Very fluffy, pillowy, tan head. Great retention, ringlets of lace. Smells like resin, pine, and raisins. Taste is like this as well, but a bit more leather, dried leaves, with floral to soapy notes. Medium-bodied, slick, sloshy, spritzy and crisp.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint jar. Beautiful deep red-gold color with a nice thick head and great lacing. A sort of grassy sweet smell. Taste is crisp and malty but not overly bitter. An enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Satsuma
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foyle
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that falls quickly with just a hint of lacing. Color is mostly clear copper with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma: malt dominate -- bread dough and a bit of toffee. Hops are floral with a little citrus rind as well. Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a fluffy ale mouthfeel. Finish is dry and somewhat boozy. Flavor: toasted bread, toffee, raisin and other ripe fruit. WIth a lingering floral, citrus rind, and even a bit of pine hops. Overall: a very good and enjoyable ESB -- although the 6.5% is a little high as the BJCP guidelines top out at 6.2% -- thus the beer is a little too boozy and would be limited for sessionability.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Light lacing wove around the glass adequately.
The smell had some breadiness with a mild earthy to grassy hoppiness sliding into some citrus.
The taste was bready sweet with the earthy and grassy hops becoming a bit mild. The citrus part shows the bitter side and that is pretty good. There's a light grassy to earthy aftertaste and mild finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs good with a creamy smooth sweet feel clinging to my tongue.
Overall, for the most part, I'd say Full Sail did a good job with this one. I'd have this again.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color. Begins with a modest caramel and bready malt taste. Followed by an earthy/citrus flavor. A bit of pine at the end. Finishes with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of monk2021
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark, orange brown with a very thin, foamy head. The nose is full of caramel and butterscotch. Is bready and nutty and sweet. The flavor is nice. It's similar to the nose but with an added roastiness and more emphasis on the caramel notes. The mouthfeel is buttery and delicious. This is my favorite beer from the folks at full sail.

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one got lost in the cellar. 2012.

Aroma is caramelly sweet, with light fruity specialty malt character and floral hops accompanying.

Flavor is very caramelly and slightly oxidized, with notes of cardboard and sherry throughout.

Rating set to average due to age.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malts, toffee, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more caramel and toffee flavors, with the sweetness balanced out with just a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a slightly bready smell mixed with a moderate showing of a hop aroma of a citrus and light grassy nature. Along with these smells comes some dank notes of pine and a decent fruity aroma, which when mixed with the caramel, bread, and hop create a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice creamy bready taste with a decent showing of a caramel sweetness. Upfront there is also a bit of an earthy and citrus hop, which create a nice hop taste to complement the sweet. As the taste advances the sweeter and malt stay strong, but the lighter hop upfront is joined by more hop of a floral and grass nature, which create a nicely moderately hopped and balanced taste overall.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The feel is fantastic for the malty sweeter flavors of the brew and make for a rather nice sipping brew overall.

Overall – This was a quite enjoyable and rather tasty brew overall with a nice blend of hop and malt with a sipping feel overall. A rather tasty and enjoyable ESB.

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Photo of troymonty
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewing Company
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