Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I normally donít like ESBís, but the malty flavors of this made it worthwhile. It was a nice copper color with a good head. Tasted bitter but was masked well by roasted flavors. I enjoyed this one.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Having really enjoyed Fullerís ESB, I was looking forward to trying another from the same brewer. This one is a clear, coppery-amber with a head that vanishes rapidly. Much harder to pin down the aroma than with ESB Ė slightly ďfruit & nutsĒ. Disappointing on the palate Ė watery, almost flat. A somewhat bitter, metallic taste at the back of the mouth spoilt the flavour which was otherwise inoffensive but lacking in robustness. Overall not bad - but not a patch on the ESB.
CapFlu (4855) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a deep amber body and a creamy off-white head. The nose is mildly roasted malt. Not terribly bitter for an ESB, and I definitely prefer the draught, but this is a fairly solid beer. Caramel and toffee flavours expose themselves to the malt-willing, the hops join the ride but cover-up. I enjoy this for a change of pace and scenary but would not be able to make it a staple in my itinerary.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper colour with a tan shortlived head. Mild floral aromas,malt. bitter hops in the flavour as well as some malt, slightly sweet. Less than expected.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first Old World pale ale Iíve indulged in for quite a while. There are quite a few American models under my belt, being that Pale Ale / IPA are probably the most imitated international styles in American microbrews. So here we are with a flagship brand of British pale ale. The appearance of the beer is similar to American brands - short head, filmy lacing. However, the aroma is more complex than most of its overseas competitors, which tend to emphasize floral-hoppiness: Fullers is hoppy but more in a bitter rather than flowery sense; other flavors such as toffee, cream, pepper, show through better here, while caramel and malt type elements show through better in American pale ale. Iím not saying any style is necessarily "better" or "worse". Just that Fullerís Pride is is DIFFERENT than what you will find if you buy the average American pale ale - the rest is left to subjective judgment. I had Pride on tap once and itís definitely better tasting than the bottled version (though the gulf between bottle and tap is not as great as with Fullers ESB, the tap version of which approaches a 5.0). Iíd recommend Pride if not for simply being a readily available example of an Old World pale ale.
oh6gdx (23131) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Copper coloured, small white head which disappears quickly. Sweetish bitter and roasty aroma. Mainly bitter taste in mouth from malt and barley. Rich carbonation. In the aftertaste the bitterness contains a bit of honey.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 How is it that Fullers can brew a beer I donít normally care for, and turn me into a fan? Copper colour. small head. Citrus and Lemon-laced hops with a addit of honey roasted over an open fire. PRetty damn good. ...little bit of a re-rate here. Canít believe I was not a fan of ESB before Fullers...Perhaps politicians should use Fullerís to persuade voters!
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice coppa color, weak head. Smooth malty mouthfeel which seems to be lacking something. Iíd say she needs more hops!
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 NOt bad, but it has the characteristic english flavor at all. Although it has more bubbles than usual, as some may say. It is dark, and bitter.
highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent session ale. Poured an amber colour with a formidable, long-lasting head. The nose is fairly light and zesty, with the distinctive honey notes of Fullersí house yeast, plus some citric hops. Itís light bodied and quenching. Some citric hop characters against a faintly nutty background and some restrained bitterness. Toffee notes, too. Gets more interesting the further down the glass you progress. I found myself raising my initial Overall Impression a notch by the end of the glass. A very satisfying ale. (Bottle)