Full Sail ESB | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail ESBFull Sail ESB

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: 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

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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of FairyFunBoy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Burt orange with a crisp white two finger head. Decent lacing down pint glass.
S- Toffee and carmel grains, finished with a light orange citrus.
T- Sweet malt with orange and raisin notes.
M- Abundant micro bubbles with a lingering mouth coat.

O- A great ESB that is paired nicely with the hops. The sweet toffee and carmel balance the orange citrus bite of the hops.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep amber hue, good lacing that leaves some stickage on the glass. Malty aroma, faint ripe fruit and caramel ... earthy hops in there as well. Smooth, medium bodied. Leafy, earthy herbal hop flavor, balanced bitterness. Grassy with mildly toasted bread maltiness. Hint of sweetness, dried apricots and mild alcohol. Finishes semi-dry.

Pretty big for and ESB, but coming from and American brewer it is nothing new. Balance is this beers most noticeable trait and it works from start to end.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into hourglass glass

look is a medium caramel color, small sudsy head. smell is sweet and savory with herbal piney hops. taste follows, semi sweet enjoyable amber style malts/grain, with a good amount of very bitter herbal hops. feel is light and syrupy.

solid beer, but nothing to write home about

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Photo of jmilo64
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of blackcloud
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, nuttiness, fruity english yeast, and some citrus hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness, citrus hops, and bitterness. Through the middle, some fruity english yeast comes through with a bit of floral hops and a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of fruity english yeast, caramel malts, nuttiness, and bit of hops.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a fruity and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice ESB with a bit of extra hops flavor.

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Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed dark orange color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention doesn't quite meet average, but a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Solidly malty with a deep toastiness. A touch of yeasty breadiness. Good caramel presence. Fairly simple, but really nice.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this has only a few flavors, but they are done really well. Caramel, lots of toast, malty sweetness. Light bready yeastiness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Savory light chewiness. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Well made beer. No faults and great flavors.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange, quick cascading bubbles effect. Cream colored head looks soft and creamy. It settles into a nice quarter inch crown. Not much lacing left on the glass, just a small spot here and there.

S: Caramel, toffee, and a light grainy scent. Orange marmalade, cedar chips, slight vanilla impression. Grassy and floral hops.

T: Orange marmalade and orange peel, tea leaves, wave of toffee and chewy caramel. Honeyed sweetness. Slight flavors of wood and ghost-like peppery spice. Hops are floral and grassy. Drying finish is a bit abrupt with toffee, woody, nutty, and grainy tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Very full and creamy with a soft and slightly chewy texture. Low carbonation. Very smooth. Great mouthfeel.

O: This is a great beer, and a very good representation of the style. Very tasty, and high marks for drinkability. This is an absolute steal at $3 a bomber. Now I wish I'd bought a case. I'd love to see this in regular production someday.

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Photo of corby112
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a strong malt character and a subtle crisp hop presence. Hints of bread/biscuit as well as some caramel and toffee countered by slightly grassy hops.  As it warns, a subtle fruit character comes forward.   Not bad smelling but kind of bland.

Medium bodied and much more flavorful and interesting that the aroma suggests.  Surprisingly hop forward providing a nice dry bitterness that counters the strong malt sweetness. Resinous with a grassy/piny flavor along with a slight citrus character.  This is countered mid-palate by sweet malt with hints of caramel and toffee.  As in the nose, the fruit notes become more apparent in the finish as it warms.  Decently balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish.  

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Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of bonz696
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 05/13/12

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden amberish color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with a hint of hops, with a nice touch of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a touch of hops, bready. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a nice brew for a HOT day.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Colour was a beautiful amber to copper colour with a smell of malt and balance. There was no head, but that's OK with me.
The taste was not quite what I wanted. It's more bitter than I'd like for an ESB. I prefer more balance. The variety of hops is not one I'm particularly fond of either. However, given some breathing time, I got a bit more malt flavour out of it. It went well with pork. So, it wasn't at all a bad experience. I just wasn't particularly impressed with it either. It's just got that typical American craft hoppiness to it that annoys me.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yay! Impulse buy. Grabbed this, along with many others, for my nieces graduation gathering at OSU. Listened to a great commencement speech given by our First Lady Michelle Obama, and followed her advice about "being present" with those who are special to us.

Well, I was very present sharing this ESB. Very well recieved, which I enjoyed because I was explaining the differences betwwen the beers I brought ranging from this easily approachable treat to Parabola.

This beer pours a beautiful dark copper meets brown. Slight head retention. Nose is light and mildly sweet...caramel, maybe a hint of fruit.

The taste comes through with a pleasing malt, a bit of caramel coupled with a hint dark brown bread. Mouthfeel is fairly typical of this type, but I prefer a a bit more of a fullness--just my bias. Finishes clean with a lightly sweet aftertaste that makes you want to lick your lips again.

Very good session beer. Very approachable and good to meet the range of a broad beer audience. It went over well, and now there are a few more people who declare themselves interested in ESB's. My job as a BA was done.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, drank this one a while back when fresh. 22 oz bottle pours a superbly clear light copper color with a great looking cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a long while.

Toast and astringent alcohol hit the nose first with some sugar coated fruit in tow. Grassy, herbal hop tone is lurking in the background. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

Taste shows none of the astringency I was smelling...just a nice, toasty bread-biscuit malt with a nice sidecar of hop flavor. Finishes balanced and mild. Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer; Full Sail nailed it. Its full-bodied but not sweet and has a awesome creamy mouthfeel. I really like this one. It is one of my favorite beers in the ESB category and also one of the better Full Sail offerings I have had. Good price as well...I'll have another please, sir!

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Full Sail ESB from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 245 ratings