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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Bitter
London, England
Serve in English pint

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common

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Exported as George Gales Best Bitter
A new beer created from an old recipe in the Gales brewing book. Originally available as a seasonal in September, now a regular. A delightful beer full of spicy hop notes with a fruity maltiness.
Five pence from every pint of Seafarers Ale sold will be donated to Seafarers UK, a maritime charity.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (6448) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2014
On tap at the the Union Inn in Cowes. Starting off with a bit of crispy hops and some malty nuts. Bit dull and lacking some carbo. This s maybe a picture of a perfect ale but it could be more crispy , hoppy and fresh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (6414) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2011
Cask @ Angleterre, Helsinki. Poured hazy copper color with a soapy white head. Bready, fruity aroma. Flavor is slightly bitter and nutty, malty. Slightly bitter finish. Bit watery, still quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2007
Cask. At The Eagle, City Road, London - yes, THAT Eagle, the one from the nursery rhyme. Top shape pint. Clear gold-amber with a decent creamy off-white cask head. Dry, almost chalky wildflower/marigold hop aroma, light wheaty grain, dusty, sneeze-inducing yeast (okay, that’s a stretch) - not too sweet at all. The taste was very smooth, dry, light but decent grainy malt, very lightly toasty, with a firm pungent floral hop finish. Average cask bitter body, more than average astringency, quite soft on the palate, with a reasonably long bitter slightly chalky linger. Very good, this really stood out for me among the same-samey bitter crowd - nice little bit of alpha acidity going on as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Hand pulled pint taken at the lovely ’Faltering Fullback’ in North London; Oct 2011: UK pint sleeve glass, unmarked. The beer was a pale copper colour, clear and bright. The head a good showing of off-white bubbles which settled and stayed. A lot better looking than the bottled version I reviewed some years back. Good healthy aroma of hops and malts, no overpowering smell, just enough to let you know it’s a beer in your hand. Very easy to drink, I had three pints and wanted more, but the wife needed food. A really good blend of flavours, like the nose nothing powerful, just a subdued pleasantness all round.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Cask at Artillery Arms Moorgate. Post-exam commiseration/celebration with classmates, so short review. Amber gold, still, clear. Aroma - toned down malts. Body is medium, smooth, carbonation low. Taste is almost entirely orange squash and apple. If I were blindfolded I’d say that it is some sort of fruit cordial. Bitterness is mild. There’s something a bit sickly about it but it’s OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2011
Cask at the Salutation, Hammersmith. Amber with a loose white head; aroma of lightly roasted malts with a faint whiff of Vimto; light and fruity flavour with some dry biscuit towards the end; then some gently assertive English hops.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (5670) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask at Kittys, Helsinki. Originally rated 24082012. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops, malts and bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Cask at Mad Bishop and Bear. Amber body with a slight head and buttery nose. Taste of bread, malts. A nice bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2008
Cask at the brewery after a cellar training course in the pub attached. Alround rating: Pale biscuity sweet malts, floural and grassy hops. The bitterness is there but could do with more. Still a decent peppery session bitter.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016
June 2009 Cask at Lewes Arms, Lewes, during the RateBeer Harveys Brewery Tour Boring and unattractive with a green apple taste. Like drinking a regular bitter through a dirty sock. [2.2].
April 2016, Prince Consort, Netley. Green apple and soap. Not the most attractive beer I’ve drunk. [2.3]


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