MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The London Pride is a good beer, but lacking when compared to the usual high standard of Fullers. Itís better than your average bitter, however. It had a bracing bitterness that is balanced by a lovely caramelly/butterscotch flavour. So yes, this is an alright beer, but if Iím going to go the way of Fullers, Iíll stick with the London Porter, 1845 or Vintage.
ALLOVATE (2551) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another beer I tasted, before I knew about RateBeer. Years ago it displayed fine character, with a sweet full bodied palate and rounded fruity hop bitterness. This sample faired along my rating for ESB (in fact I have the recipe for both, and this did not come close), disappointing. I must have had bad samples because the aroma in this one was like the seaside, with little malt sweetness. Palate was generous with a little malt sweetness, roast grains about the side, and a short slick aftertaste. No hop tones, fruity esters or malt driven definition. Hopefully, just a bad batch!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber with red hlghlites underneath a fluffy white head. Very pleasing hoppy aroma with a touch off apple. Flavor of hops and then more hops but in a layered sort of way. Clean, bitter hoppy finish. This would be great for an afternoon of football on the TV so long as there was enough of it to last through the late games.
Foxbush (1463) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pale ale pored with a nice frothy head that quickly disappeared. This ale was well balanced with hops, malt and some sweetness. The color was light copper. My only other Fullerís was their porter, which was very special. This was good but not remarkable.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Bright amber color, white head. Earthy aroma, mild hops, hint of mildew. Overall this beer has a tightly focused caramel sweetness, maybe some honey, all malts. A well balanced and tasty ESB.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, rich gold color with integrated red and a very well-developed, white head. Hop aroma is amazing. Reminds me of Goldings in its spiciness but is too floral and intense (intense spice from Challenger and spice/floral from Target me thinks) with a nice, toasted, honeyish malt in the background. Flavor has the distinct ale yeast fruit of Fullers, a perfect spicy hop flavor, toasty malt, a nice but short sting of hop bitterness on the tongue, a little sulphur in the finish, and one of the most solid bodies on a beer of this low an alcohol content. This beer is one of the biggest reasons I love English ale...tons of flavor and lower alcohol repeatability. American brewpub brewers should take a lesson from a beer like this...it could keep their customers in the pub longer or atleast get them to buy just one more pint.
schuim (36) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice bitter. Light fruity in the beginning and anding with a hugh bitterness. Drank it from keg.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liquid caramel corn. Sweet, sticky and decadent. The malting is substantial, and the body is solid. The hops offer little competition to the English malts. The finish represents more carbonation than what shows in the glass.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour small off-white head. Malty aroma with a bit of sweetness, some caramel. Flavor has some sweetness and a nice hoppy bitter finish.
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good sized off-white head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation and decent lacing. Malt and bread aroma with a good helping of hops. Color is a dark orange amber. Flavor is sharp and pretty bitter with more malts, hint of caramel and roasted grains. Finish is bitter and pretty smooth. Little bit of a corn aftertaste which brings the brew down a little. Otherwise a good ESB.