celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well the label says "Outstanding" Pale Ale. Well it just missed outstanding IMO, but it was pretty decent. I didn't notice any significant aroma. Pourd dark copper but the head evaporated almost immediately, and virtually no lacing along the way. Malty taste with slight bitter aftertaste. Carbonation was decent. Nice brew but not over the top. It was good with my hamburger.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Clear pale copper hue underneath a fading and fluffy head. Flinty and bready nose with ripe apricots and a dash of sulfur. Bready flavor with a little sweetness by way of apples, then fruity bitterness with a mineral-metallic dryness at the finish. Lean bodied, soft carbonation, oily and mildly astringent.
The mineral sharpness and astringency is a bit too much over time and the raw fruitiness seems to obscure the malts.
50 cl bottle, best before 28 April 2009.
18.6 oz bottle, pint glass. Pours a nice amber shade of iced tea - much like their India Ale - with a small, creamy white head that is quickly diminishing. Pleasant, warm hops smell of herbs and grass. Perhaps cookie and caramel malt? Taste starts of mildly sweet and finishes mildly sweet, mildly bitter. Slight acidity in the short, quenching finish. Medium consistancy, watery texture, flat carbonation. Overall not a bad effort, except: flavors are watered down and it reminds me of drinking iced tea.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nicer than most, but not fuller's best, imo. pale tan/rust color, very smooth, but underhopped, and sort of characterless. unoffensive and totally drinkable, but nothing spectacular
Shag (2531) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is faint fruit and hops. Appearance is a darker orange. Flavor is good. Bitter with some sourness in the background. Its not the most full bodied beer but a nice one to sip on. Overall its a good one.
shorlin (573) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish orange amber. Solid rocky foam. For me, 5's in ppearance are usually reserved for Belgians or big stouts, but this beer just looks perfect. The colour is complex, so let's get on to the rest of it. Aroma is malt, then hop, then malt again, on the first sniff. Getting feelings of it being smooth, and easy-going. Malt is a sort of candy and cookie dough feel. Good taste. Pretty mild with not a lot of oomph, but very nice. Lasting malty finish. Go drink this beer!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a glowing amber with a small tannish head about a finger high and has good frothyness. Smell is floral hops with a honeynut malt background. Taste is very crisp, sharp, and clean with big time fresh,bittering floral hops and has a caramel-nutty malt balanced in. The feel is very light and somewhat lightly silky/oily -not what I was expecting, but fits the style. This beer is made for drinkin, and drinkin alot. Goes down easy with a well balanced bitter bite and smooth malt backing.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After finishing a bottle of Fullers ESB, I decided to try the pale. The characteristics of this ale are similar to the ESB but not as intense. Appearnce is similar, clear amber with a head slightly less than the ESB but yielding better retention. Aroma is hoppy and sweet but not overpowering. Palate is lighter and flavor also lighter. This is an ESB light in my opinion and not outstanding as it's label states. Session beer? Hmmm, I think the ESB would make a better session beer, and I know this from spending hours throwing darts and throwing down hand pulled pints at Churchills Olde English Tavern.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/26/03, can, British Airways flight. Sheesh, 6 hour flight from London to NYC and I bet they only serve the crap beers - wait, a Fullers bitter? Things may be looking up. This poured golden amber from the can (thank God it wasn't a nitro can) and lifted a large, creamy white head. Malty, mellow aroma with butterscotch, apricot and oak. Smooth malty and fruity with a nice balancing of hop bitterness. Palate was slightly flat and watery, though light carbonation eventually made its' presence known. Pleasant surprise on a transatlantic flight!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Among the most fragrant beers I can name: fruity and herbal, with hints of peach, mild cheese, tarragon and toffee. Reddish gold. Pours a huge fizzy head, but it seemed to thin the beer out too much. Warm and nutty, nice lingering taste that ends just bitter enough. Very drinkable, but what isn't? I would love to try their porter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, at the Artillery Arms, London. I was actually stopping in to try Fullers summer ale but alas it was off. No harm done though as I realised I hadnít rated this big name star. In beautiful condition, this better then most bitter was a deep amber colour with light beige head that fell away quickly. Full bodied with a succulent mouth feel. Smooth hops flavour complemented by fragrant bitterness. Lovely.