Seafarers | George Gale & Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 06-26-2005

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver in London.

Straw coloured, clear, with a patchy cap and no lacing.

Faintest lemongrass smell (may have imagined it though).

Tastes light, faintly lemon, soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin with some washing-up liquid and faint carbonation.

Overall, a light, easy drinking ale. A bit like drinking a pint of air

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3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of robotiks
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is wet grains and lemon.
The taste is mild lemon bitter and malty.
The texture is softer.
It's fine enough.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwjd
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fastwalker19
1.45/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poor form of the art of brewing. Almost tasteless.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seafarers has a golden colour and glistening amber hue. It can't really be considered either dark or light. Despite its deep tone the clarity is perfect and its head, which sits atop the beer like a clump of mashed potatoes, is smooth and steady - looks like smooth sailing tonight!

Fireworks are as unlikely to find in a traditional English Bitter as they are at a funeral; these ales are intended for everyday consumption which, by definition, means that there's nothing characteristically all that special about them. The Brits customarily brew a simple, straight-forward ale; the most distinguishing factor is often the mildness.

Seafarer follows in this tradition and doesn't have a tremendous flavour profile by any means. Still, what's there is nothing if not pleasant: biscuity and toffee-laced malts, dried fruit esters, a brisk rash of herbal hoppiness. It has an agreeableness that matches that of its alcohol content (3.6%).

The recipe features a prominent fruitiness that is partially attributed to its malts and partly the ale yeast esters. It is most appreciable in the aroma which has distinct notes of plum, apple, raisin, and apricot (both dried and fresh). These fruity flavours compliment the faintly floral, herbal qualities of the hops. There's nothing especially overt, but all the flavours come together nicely.

For me, my enjoyment of certain styles can be contingent on certain factors (i..e, whether it's fresh, whether I'm in the particular mood for it, what time of year it is, etc) and, in my experience, English Bitters seem best in social settings where copious consumption is a likely possibility. What I mean to say is that one pint of Seafarer isn't as satisfying as two (or more).

On-tap at Beer Bistro in Toronto.

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Photo of FLima
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma of fruity English hops and caramels.
Flavor follows nose, sweet malt with fruity and caramel notes and hints of herbal tea. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Traditional English ale, a bit thinner given its lower alcohol. Nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GreggBarton
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the big nonic pint. Color is a clear medium amber, the classic low foam and modest carbonation. Light body.

The classic English Bitter flavor. Minerals, a touch of salt. Flavor is a mouthfilling, warm, browned biscuit malt with a tart finish. Ends on a bitter note. A little dark roast flavor, something brambly, with a touch of fruit. Very pleasant and drinkable.

From the handpump at the Swan Hotel on the Thames in Staines, Surrey, for my birthday, a beautiful clear evening and first night in Europe.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typical pale tan colour with a thin, but persistent cap of froth. Extremely smooth and bready. Not much in the way of malt intensity, but plenty of grain and bread. Hops provide a nice balance - gentle citrus flavours and a nice bitterness. Medium bodied and extremely sessionable. Nothing special, but very nice.

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4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint taken at the lovely 'Faltering Fullback' in North London: 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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear light amber, has an off-white firm head with some lacing.

The smell is typically pears, nuts and some hay.

The taste starts with brown bread, then some pear and lemon marmalade, and a sprout of lemon zest.

Light carbonation, a freash feeling, a small body and a dry finish.

A good standard quality ale!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Old Mitre, London.

Rusty gold with no head to speak of.
Faint toffee and orange oil nose.
Sour cherry and barrel malts with bark and tobacco hops. Berry finish and sour oaky linger.
Medium, sticky, drying.

Very much a bitter pint of bitter, but aroma hops are hidden. Some tart notes. Too much wood.

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