Gale's Festival Mild

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: Mild Ale
Chiswick, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Originally regular. Relegated to a principally Spring seasonal since production moved to Fullers early 2006. Has also been available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Floor malted Maris Otter pale ale malt, black malt and Crystal malt; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger hops.
Full-bodied premium mild ale brewed to 4.8% ABV with a careful blend of malt and hops for a complex, moreish character that has won this famous ale many awards. The palate is rich with blackcurrant, raisins and raspberry, with citrus notes in the finish.

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fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2007
Cask @ GBBF 2007, London. Dark black color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate roasted, dark chocolate, light vanilla, raisins. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat to soft.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Gale’s Festival Mild
Date: 04/22/1999
Mode: Firkin
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta

dark, ruby highligts, whispy head, sweet malt aroma, big sweet malt flavor, complex fruityness, winey, 4.8%, 1053og, 25ibu
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Date: 08/14/2003

high carbonation, iots of foam, still sweet an winey

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: **4
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oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
[email protected] Very dark amber colour, close to black. Small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, fruits, raisins and some slight vanillaish notes. Flavour is the same thing along with burnt wet wood. Excellent balance.

cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
Cask, GBBF 2007 ... Deep black ... smokey malts ... sweet fruity malt ... little sweet coffee ... maybe touch overly sweet but tasty.

RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF. Dark brown with a tan head. Caramel malts dominate, with some espresso and dark chocolate also present. Mouth is again roasted malts with some dark fruit and some chocolatey bits too. Some grainy mouthfeel about it. Bit standard really.

Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF. Pulled by some girl who had no idea what any of the six beers at the Fullers bar were. Ended up with her pointing at each tap handle in turn (me shaking my head no) until we got to the right one way down at the end. Caramel brown, a bit of tan foam. Bell-toned caramel, a bit of butter, milk chocolate. Soft malty chocolate flavor, a bit buttery. Alright, but in the company of so many really impressive milds, this is fairly dull.

BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle. Dark opaque brown color...minimal tan head. Not much aroma....maybe some light malts, fruity, raisins?. Flavor is better than I expected...light toffee, more dark fruits, and a growing roastiness that I didn’t get in the beginning. Lightly dry in the end...tasty...better than expected.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Pre-RBSG 2007 beer buying trip. Bottle kindly opened by the staff at Blue Max. This bottle had been sitting in their cooler for 3-4 years. Clear black body with a large creamy brown head. Fruity aroma with raisins and slightly sour. Light sour flavor with some nice light fruity malt. Very smooth and easy to drink. Excellent mild all around.

pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a thickish tan head. The nose looms large with prunes and raisins. Sweet with berries. Some fruity floral hops over a gently sweet malt. Very low carbonation, but that somehow seems appropriate. Lightly sweet malt, big in the prunes and raisins again with a blackberry tartness. Big buttery diacetyl, lingers into the aftertaste and I swear I could smell it too! But here it’s fitting. A bit more roast than I expected, though I’ve never had this style before! A bit of tartness lingers into the finish, becoming roasty in the aftertaste. Kind of reminds me of Fuller’s London Porter, which I also enjoyed. This isn’t half bad, I could see drinking quite a bit of this on cask... but for now the bottles are just too pricey to make this regular.

dwyerpg (6498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2007
A little sour lactic aroma. Definitely has some old ale characters and is both sweet and sour at the same time. Questions existed before the tasting as to the handling and date of our sample - I feel it is safe to assume that this one was not cared for so well.

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