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


on tap

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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.

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Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 16, 2009
on tap at Volo - Toronto as Gales Best Bitter
Appearance: clear amber , good shade , hint of brown on wall , fizzy light top.
Nose: Citric , sweet malts , clean , approachable , caramel malt , honey. 6+.
Flavor/Palate : Sweet , caramel , citric , light leafy character, bit watery at finish. Drinkable lighter malty brew with some bitter side to it.

BlackHaddock (7327) - 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.

mjs (7259) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2008
(Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki, on 2008-09-25) Golden. Clear. Medium sized white long lasting head. Yeasty, seawatery and fruity nose. Quite light palate, dryish, litte carbonation. Yeast, bitterness, salt water, malts and bit of fustyness in taste.

VastActiv (7040) - 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.

McTapps (6889) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2014
On cask at The Union Inn in Lewes. Pours out in a brown colour with low head and flat body. Aroma of hops and straw. Taste of light but bitter hops, citrus, nuts and spruce. Crispy finish. Not a bad one.

HogTownHarry (6823) - 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.

KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
Cask at the George and Devonshire, next to the brewery. Lots of maltiness, rather fruity. Some grassy hops. Not very exiting, really.

AshtonMcCobb (6590) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2015
On cask at the Haymarket. Appearance - golden with a proportionate head. Nose - light green notes, flowers, lemon. Taste - more of the same. A light stalky note intrudes with a cardboard note abreast. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - this was part of three thirds and the other two were muchmore chilled which makes me think that this was the ffirst pour of the day and that it was sitting in the run overnight. It was still good though but it needs to be revisited

MichaelAwesome (6519) - 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.

berkshirejohn (6497) - 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.

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