Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: Bitter
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
Cask; Regular. Introduced June 2004 to replace GB.
Palate : Gales is a bright golden coloured bitter with a clean palate and satisfying hoppiness that has a long, moreish linger.
Aroma : It has a fresh hop aroma with a hint of lemon that complements the balanced malt and hop flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
Cask conditioned at The Saye & Sele Arms, Broughton, Oxon. Golden brownish colour with short lasting head. Low flavoured, low impact boys bitter, no more than a standard session bitter but without much interest. A sweet fruity hoppiness, but not enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
Straw coloured, hoppy bitter. Easy-drinking and a good session beer without having any remarkable features.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
Cask at Wetherspoons, Ashford, Kent. Golden brown, grassy hoppy nose, nice hoppy flavour with plenty of flowery/herby flavours. Dry fizzy palate. Hops dominate throughout, with dry, tangy finish. White head that lasts well. Light acids Good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 This beer is now pretty much marketed under the minimalist style "Gales"; you’ll have to look pretty closely at the pump clip to see the miniscule words "Best Bitter" at the bottom. And whilst it might be styled Best Bitter, it’s really a fairly standard ordinary session bitter. But I don’t mean that as a criticism. Gales seem to have realised that their long usual fruity, sweetish house style doesn’t suit all palates and have injected much more hop bitterness into this brew. Once I tended to find Gales beers a bit cloying for a session, but I could down a few pints of this one with no problem. Nothing really stands out; it’s just a jolly decent session bitter. Which is nice. Cask (handpump), The Wykeham Arms, Winchester.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2005
Hand pulled at the Anchor, Birmingham. Light Bitter, but a nice flavour. Orange with a fluffy head. Nice golden malt feeling, with a pleasant dry finish. Some hops but subtle and palatable. Good balance. Drinkable and nice (ahhhhhh).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2004
Frog & Toad, Gillingham. Mmm. Lovely drop in excellent condition. Soft and fruity. Orange jam. Some demerara sugar. Citric tang. Stands up well throughout the pint. An excellent modern best bitter. Some tea tannin in aroma and late in the finish. The Gales brewery has really impressed me this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
Cask. Golden with thin white head. Sweetish maltly beer with a slight apple flavour with hoppy bitter finish. Not bad but not that exciting, could do with more hop flavour for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2004
Cask at Charlies Copenhagen. Hazy light amber clour with small head. Aroma is hoppy bitter with a sour note. Flavor is also very hoppy and bitter, but also a malty fruityness to it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ungstrup (34703) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2004
[Cask at Cockney Pub, Århus] A hazy orange beer with next to no head. The aroma is sour with notes of diacethyl and oranges, while the flavor is sour, flowery, and fruity with a dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2004
Cask conditioned. Flowery yeasty aroma. Slightly watery body but refreshing bitterness. This beer is the replacement for GB, which is no longer being produced, and is in fact a different beer despite seeming rather similar to my memory of GB (slightly hazy as it is probably 4 years since I last tried GB).

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