All notes on beers brewed by

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Organic Honeydew

500 mL bottle as depicted in the BA database. $3.99 from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is an impressive, bright golden color with some lovely clarity, good carbonation, a nice, tight white head with some good retention and lace. Attractive no doubt with some great depth of orange color in the golden hue. Nice. The nose offers a little breadiness amongst the sweet malts and a a hint of toasty grains. Tastes give more of the toasty grain character and a honey elements that is more on...

Discovery Blonde Beer

Mmm, quite why this is classified as a Pale Ale I'm not sure. Golden Ale on the label, and a golden beer in the bottle - fair enough! Yellow pour with a small, well formed head. VERY light in every department. You can tell it is a real ale - JUST - but in terms of taste, aroma and general character there is almost none. A cross between a watered down wheat beer and a lager, the beer quickly loses its way and falls into nomansland. Light, floral notes and not much else. I think that this is a...

Fuller’s Vintage Ale

=== Review 01/10 ('05) === 2005 Vintage, over four years old. Bottle #47750. The aroma that is produced as soon as the bottle is opened is very intense. Quite a lot of sweet alcohol rises into the nostrils and it seems more potent than I remember in years gone by. Pour still gives that slightly clouded, iced-tea look with a large bubbled head. The sweet, toffee, caramel seems to have intensified and again I'm surprised by the presence of alcohol and how it makes such a strong appearance. There...

Fuller’s London Pride

Updated notes: 07/14/2022 Fresher and in the bottle, this beer blows away the keg version that one usually finds in the USA (see notes below). The malt biscuitness is irresistible, and the beer breaks over the tongue time and time again with beautifully balanced malt notes. Light hops slightly dry things out in the back end, a classic English bitter, even if I'm not supping from the cask. Lace remains great in the glass, and the drinakbility is impossible to ignore. Original notes: 09/09/06....

Fuller’s London Porter

Pours dark brown, almost black, with some minimal lacing, but a nice spotty film and some lacing. Solid looking beer. Mild, cold sweet coffee in the aroma, very reserved, not overpowering and lots of creaminess in the mouthfeel. Taste reflects the smell; creamed coffee and some light smoke. Slight bitterness in the finish, a classic English Porter feel, reserved but absolutley solid. This is simply a confident and well established beer, and an excellent example of the style.

Fuller’s India Pale Ale

Much more of a classic, English IPA than the hoppier, stronger American versions, this is yet another example of a finely crafted brew that, if it is to be appreciated fully, one needs to understand the style and understand the art of subtle beer brewing. The flavors here are much sweeter and maltier than many American drinkers expect from an IPA, and as a result, many Stateside will probably not enjoy as much as others. Lovely balanced nose and hops, with a certain earthy, organic quality. I...

Fuller’s 1845

Beers as good as 1845 remain few and far between. I think of this as a classic English bitter. It's a dark beer, with loads and loads of taste and complexity, but above all else it has SUBTLETY! Beers like this aren't brewed much in the USA, where the liking is still for beers of this nature to be either enormously hopped or have massive ABV's. The aroma starts the experience. It reminds me of Celebrator Dopplebock, with layer after layer of fruity alcohol. The first tastes are all encomposing...

Fuller’s ESB

12 oz bottle from the $9.99 six pack. Guess what? Real beer. Not as good as drinking it only a few yards away from the brewery in Chiswick from a cask, but a pretty decent alternative out of the resplendent brown bottle that we get here in the US. Fuller's ESB provides the quintessential biscuit malt base with fruit overtones and a gentle kiss of hoppy character that caps the whole thing. The beer produces a great head that lasts and gives some fantastic retention. Definite extra points for...