170th Anniversary Celebration Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

170th Anniversary Celebration Ale170th Anniversary Celebration Ale
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Average: 3.97 | pDev: 10.08%

Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29

English Strong Ale | 7.00% ABV

Wants   Gots 

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
170th Anniversary Celebration Ale170th Anniversary Celebration Ale
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29
Photo of eric5bellies
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Mane liquor tulip

A - Pours a deep honeycomb colour with a White head that retains well
S - Sherbert citrus malts, lemon, lime and honey
T - Well the flavour is much likethe smell with big malts and citrus combined to make a complex beer
M - Full body with medium carbonation
O - Well overall another masterpiece from Fullers. I just cannot mark this brewery down.

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Photo of bark
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2015.

The colour is deep gold with a tint of brown, the liquid is unclear. The finger thick beige head is airy; it sinks down to a thin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is strong and sweet with oxidized notes of raisins, ripe plums, butterscotch, fortified white wine, green apples and banana peels. A touch of chloride in the background.

The taste is lighter than expected: Clean semi-sweet notes of orange peels and butterscotch meets raisins, ripe plums, shortcrust pastry and some citric bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing hot alcohol, dried fruits, light floral hops and barrel-aged wood flavours. The dry finish got buttery notes and fruit drops.

The carbonation is mild, the many small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is somewhat harsh.

A 3.5 year old strong ale that have aged with dignity. A bit too dry in the finish, though.

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Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 1 1/2 years
Very nice complex flavored beer
( London Pride on steroids)
Medium mouth feel, smooth, good carbonation
Fruity-sweet, peach-orange aromas
Taste, follows aromas, lite breaded malt, no alcohol presence
O/A very enjoyable

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Photo of vinicole
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnished gold. Frothy head which quickly dissipates.
Fruity aroma with the breaded malt that is common to most Fuller's beer.
Taste follows the bouquet with added marmalade. Very well balanced.
Alcohol is noticeable and it feels more carbonated than a standard bottle conditioned beer.
Improves as the temperature rises and I have altered my scores accordingly - becomes more drinkable.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Pours prim clear orange/golden bber with sterling 2-finger off-white head, frantic retention.
Smells like golden ale - sunny malts, zesty, floral hops, moderate fruitiness.
Taste is also heavy golden ale - citrus, other yellow fruits, marmelade, resiny, tad spicy.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Truly interesting and uncommon ESA. Recommended.

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hopefully this continues to improve with age. I didn't think it would be as cellerable as the vintage ale, and I probably wouldn't keep it for years, but the modest alcohol has really mellowed. Lots of sweet marmalade, but still has a very drying finish.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a nice white head. Smells of caramel, pine hops and bitter English ale hops (in lack of a better description). Tastes like caramel, lime zest, pine resin and something else I can't really put my finger on. Smooth and oily texture, low carbonation, but still present, and a bitter-sweet aftertaste. One of the better English ales I have had.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- As always I love the solid bottles Fullers uses...still like the older style better but the slimmer style works lol. Upon opening, the foam slowly finds its' way out of the bottle before pouring....the beer itself is a golden-orange color that almost leans towards copper....the head is thin right off the pour and is nothing more than a thin layer over the beer itself....it is slightly chill hazed and the carbonation is mild looking....lacing is decent as it clings to the glass.

S- This is a nice bitter, and the added orange peel provides a deep citrus quality to the overall smell. Caramel malts are present and the finish is slightly bitter......marmalade, muted spices, toasted bread....possibly buttered and Earthy tones are noted too.

T- Orange blossoms, various fruit pits/kernels (apricot, pear), citrus rinds, very slight ginger flavor, caramel malts, toasted bread with marmalade spread, wild flower honey, and Earthy, grassy hop cones to keep things crisp and refreshing on the end!

M/O- Light/medium bodied, and champagne like carbonation, this is a very easy to drink golden ale! The alcohol is well hidden but creeps up on a guy, which I don't mind.....the orange peel adds another dimension to this style and it gets better as it warms. Highly drinkable and this would make a nice ale to sip on throughout an evening. Here's to another 170 years for Fullers!

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Photo of JackieKu
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Best before end 2018.

A: Clear amber. Poured with thin foam.
S: Hints of ginger and roasted fruits.
T: Moderate malty. Some toasted flavors. Semi-sweet. Ginger. Somewhat orange and earthy. Finish is dry and the bitterness remained.
M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
O: The taste was rich and unique. But given a beer is that pricey, I'd expect something bigger.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, a pleasant new find of late. I suppose the name pretty much covers any necessary expository for this one.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar roiling and boiling steam lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp, biscuity caramel malt, warm apple pie, orange preserves, mildly earthy spice, vanilla crackers, and slightly astringent floral and grassy hops, with a wee cold & steely alcohol measure. The taste is more old-school orange jam, bready caramel malt, red apple skins, still subtle savoury spice, crackery toffee, a very tame and ethereal mustiness, hints of treacle, and very soft earthy, grassy, and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are well-sorted out, what with their genteel frothiness, the body a sturdy, stiff upper lip middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hovering and prodding booziness kind of kiboshing a nascent creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the suggestion of overwrought sweetness just that - a specter, one that duly flits away when faced with the inherent bitterness.

Yup, this is strong British brewing all..the...way - fruity, malty, sugary, not really all that hoppy, and yet somehow balanced when all the votes are in and counted. Maybe not quite as complex as this brewery's venerable vintage ales, but enjoyable all the same, as the cutely elevated ABV keeps things all prim and proper. Methinks sitting one of these down in the cellar for a spell wouldn't be the worst of ideas, either.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber colored beer with almoust a one finger high, white head that dissapears fast. Just a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, vanilla, orange marmelade, citrus, spice and white bread.
Taste: Orange marmelade, malt, some sweetness, toffee, grass and honey.
Body: Medium body, light carbonated. A dry finish with a bitternes that increase at the end.

Very elegant, like an English gentlemen :)

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170th Anniversary Celebration Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings