Fullers & Friends Flora & The Griffin | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fullers & Friends Flora & The GriffinFullers & Friends Flora & The Griffin
Fullers & Friends Flora & The GriffinFullers & Friends Flora & The Griffin

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Thornbridge Brewery.

This punchy red ale is made with a diverse range of ingredients including spicy rye malt and bold, floral American hops. A beer named after the symbols of both breweries, Flora and The Griffin.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 14
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Med>dark chestnut brown. Pours with 5mm white head, receding fast as I type.
S- Quite mild but some fruity notes perhaps something towards apple? Surprisingly subtle for 7.1%
T- Hmmm, fast develops from quite fresh into rich with a distinctly toasty aspect to it.
F- Checking the ABV% on the bottle I see it's 7.1%, wow I'd have estimated lower at up to say 6.5% or so. But I suppose that is what carries the richness through.
O- Nice, interesting, different. An enjoyable winter-warmer I would buy again.
Bought as part of a 6-pack of 'Fullers & Friends' beers that a shop/brewery tie-ups. Sold exclusively by Waitrose supermarket. BB: 31/12/19.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. Smells like children treat. Doesnt translate to the taste much, which is a bit flat, with some toasted caramel notes but nothing specially interesting

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Photo of janubio
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber colour, big creamy head with long retention , sticky lace.
Aroma of caramel, hops, notes of dried friits, apples, grapes zest.
Medium body, sticky palate, good carbonation. Dry and sweet finish.
Taste of caramel, hops, nuts, fruits.
Really good. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark copper with thick, creamy head.

Smell is malty and spicy with peppery and floral notes.

Taste is malty, and a bit sweet to start. Continues with floral hops, citrus and some pepper and spice.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good rye ale, nothing special, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2019. Purchased a little while back from Waitrose as part of a box set. Described on the label as a red rye ale; hopped with American hop varieties.

A: Poured into a tulip. A rich coppery-reddish hue with some floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of grain, barley sugar, mild rye, subtle pine, faint citrus peel, ale yeast and a twinge of spice in the background. Rather nice.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt with notes of barley sugar, grain, subtle rye, mild pine resin, a hint of weed, faint peel, vague leafiness, ale yeast and a touch of spice. Quite sweet, followed by a modest, resinous bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Creamy on the palate. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, grain, faint rye, resinous hops and ale yeast.

O: Pretty good - not particularly rye-forward but certainly tasty. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are a blend of sweet malt, faint rye, resinous hops and ale yeast. Lovely body; thick and not too fizzy. Drinkable and satisfying - worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours aa rusty iron nail coloured body with good slightly off white head
aroma is sea air dynamics and mygatroyd
big grain flvour with rust and cylophoid

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown/medium amber with a medium off white head that left a little lace. Nose was somewhat understated compared to expectations...slightly hoppy (floral/earthy) and some malt/caramel...honestly it smelled like a regular bitter. Taste was somewhat the same. It is amped up from your average bitter, but I certainly expected more for a 7.1% brew. Nothing really wrong with it, but I couldn't help but wonder what the point of this collab was. I also wouldn't have guessed there was any rye in this beer. I didn't get "spicy" or "bold floral American hops." Maybe on cask this would be special?

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Photo of Spike
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes sweet and malty and looks, smells and feels light & thin. Rye characteristics are invisible. What is the point of packing 7.1% ABV into such an understated brew?

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Photo of vinicole
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Clear chestnut. Thin head.
Sweet hop discernible in the aroma.
The smell continues into the taste. Caramel and toffee now becomes apparent. Fruit and floral mix.
Medium feel and somewhat sticky.
Both Fuller and Thornbridge can be detected in this one and as such becomes an uneasy amalgam of flavours.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Moor brewery - Pours dark amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Hoppy forefornt - light citrus notes, hints of caramel/toffee apple, brown bread hints. Taste - Sweet, slicky forefront, hints of caramel, light hop notes - citrus, light bitter finish with a hint of warmth on the mouthfeel, Not bad at all,

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Photo of Hanglow
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, Waitrose, part of the six pack. Another whopping 25 month BBE

Pours bright, reddish amber. finger head dissipates quickly to a light froth.

Overripe fruits, sweet floral aroma, a bit of toastyness there too. Nice, restrained.

Pretty sweet in taste some red berry in there too without the tartness. Barely any bitterness although the touch that is there lingers for ages.

med carb, med/light body for strength

Not sure what to make of this to be honest, it's getting a touch saccharine as it warms up too. Not bad, but not one I'd buy again

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Fullers & Friends Flora & The Griffin from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 14 ratings