First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Brewed at 5. 5% ABV in cask and 5. 9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such. ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.
Pours a medium golden/brown colour, with a decent amount of creamy white head. Smells yeasty, hoppy and a little woody. The taste is very hoppy and fairly bitter, again some woody notes. There's a little bit of citrus in there too, and the mouthfeel is very creamy.