French Broad 13 Rebels ESB

French Broad 13 Rebels ESB

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Brewed by French Broad Brewing Co.

Asheville, NC, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

5.2% Alcohol by Volume

42 International Bittering Units

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French Broad Brewery’s interpretation of the classic UK Extra Special Bitter. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. French Broad has made this classic public house session beer a cult classic with its skull and crossbones artwork. SRM: 7.3 • IBU: 42 OG: 13º PLATO 5.2% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

ID: 9819 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank22313
Overall Percentile58.3
Style Rank274 of 735
Style Percentile62.7
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score3.8
Average Score3.271
Weighted Score3.190
Standard Deviation0.492

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  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 2.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Ruddy gold and clear, deep cap leaves lots of lace. Yeasty, musty, bitter aroma-- pepperish. Quite bitter flavor, too, like bread yeast. Dry finish, malt but no balance. Slight metallic tinge. Not dense or sticky, carbonation on the large side.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Acoppery colored beer with a small soapy textured, light tan head with no hang time. There's not much lacing when it settles. Light nose of grassy-citric hops. Some fruit and sugary malt add to the hoppiness in the taste. Light, nearly watery.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A clear copper pour with a decent head and some lacing. Sweet malts, sweet tart fruits and a good dose of hops in the aroma. Taste is smooth and slightly bitter with the sweetness from the malts upfront, some apples and fruitiness and a nice hops bitter finish. Well done.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This was just a solid beer and nothing special. The aroma is sweet with hints of spices. The appearance is bronze to rusty orange in color with a white lacy head that is minimal and discipates quickly. The mouthfeel is spacy and watered down and light-bodied. The flavor is sweet with some spice with not much kick and not bitter at all; it doe not seem to be a very good ESB to me. Overall, not impressive and watered down, however smooth and easy to drink, with no bitter and not so good of an example of this style. When compared to others, this one does not cut it and no where near fuller's ESB.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Comes out of the bottle a clear coppery amber with a decent but not very persistent light tan head. Aroma is mainly malty with a good hoppy undertone and just a hint of apples and yeast. Flavor is malty with a good bitter undertone, not complex but still satisfactory. Texture is fairly smooth and a little fizzy. Not too shabby.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.1 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Tasted on tap at Mellow Mushroom, Nashville. This ESB pours a light copper color Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and caramel, with a hint of hops. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are caramel and toffee. Hops are slightly bitter and earthy. At first I was guessing an cross between an amber and a pale ale, an ESB seems about right. Hops are bitter but not aggressively so, and the malts are not overly sweet. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Would make a nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A copper colored beer with a moderate white head. The aroma is malty with some citrus showing through mainly oranges and a bit of perfume. The flavor starts a bit malty with some caramel flavors. The bitterness begins to show up with some orange and grapefruit flavors. A nice session beer.

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