Fullers & Friends Galleon | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Fourpour Brewing Co.

We've used lashings of Loral, a modern American hop, to give Galleon its unique character. There's bucket-loads of floral, citrus and delicious dark-fruit flavour in this crisp, refreshing lager. Dry-hopped for extra punch.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
10
Ratings:
11
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 11
Photo of KooVee
2.44/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

33cl bottle, bb in 10m.

Very light and clear golden colour, plenty of foam that leaves a fluffy mass for a while.

The description in the label speaks of buckets of aroma and flavour, what you actually get as aroma is a teaspoon. Stone fruit, a bit of tropics and citrus, the faintest whiff of grain.

The disappointment does not disappoint when you get to the taste. Thin and dry body, carbonation is limp but still one gets the feeling of a soda. The tree fruit becomes peach with a bit of passionfruit. As there is no malt to speak of, a cloud of peachy aroma hangs in mid-air as the aftertaste. Instead of robust bitterness at least to provide counterweight and complexity, there appears a soapy astringency that almost feels like grape seeds once it is all that is left. Label claims a lot of of "dark fruits". They were clearly taking something else in the marketing dep.

If you drink this lager cold, I guess this makes for a summer beer, but warm it becomes just a featherweight apa. Pass. Totally off the mark marketing on the label might be a factor but nobody forced that on them. As collaboration the sum is less than its parts.

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Photo of janubio
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at Las Buenas Pulgas. Clear golden colour, small head that fades soon. Small lace. Aroma is mostly citrics, with herbs and fruits. Medium body, light palate, normal carbonation. Dry citric finish. Taste of oranges, bread, malts, herbs Really good, refreshing, easyly drinkable lager beer.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.12/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L- Very pale indeed, clear, pours with 5mm pure white head, that slowly recedes to lacing.
S- Very slightly fruity, perhaps a touch of peach.
T- Subtle, but then into quite a sour edge with the 1st mouthful. On the end is a faint perfumed edge (peach again perhaps).
F- It's overall quite dry, and it feels quite thin, ie hard to register any alcohol, never mind a quite robust 4.8%.
O- To enjoy this more the weather would have to me much hotter, and not late October as now. The S/T+F^ combine to make a rather underwhelming whole for me.
Bought as part of a 6-pack box of 'Fullers & Friends' beers that are a shop/breweries tie-ups. This one is Fullers & Fourpure. Sold exclusively by Waitrose supermarket. BB: 31/12/19, my, over 2 years.

ps. The lable refers to it having 'Bucket-loads of dark-fruit flavour' but I don't see that AT all. In fact that is the kind of 'deeper/meatier' facet that is missing for me.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. At dinner, after futsal match. With papas aliƱas. A bit more floral than the standard lager but nothing mindblowing

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2019 (!). Purchased as a box set from Waitrose a little while back. This collaborative brew is between Fullers and Fourpure, resulting in a dry-hopped lager with a fruity aromatic character. Hopped with Loral.

A: Poured into a tulip. A bright golden hue with light carbonation and faint floating sediment. Produces a smallish head of creamy white foam that lasts for a moment or two before collapsing and dissipating. Lacklustre.

S: Aroma of sharp, fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon, floral notes, stone fruit, mild tropical fruit, subtle grass, earthy yeast and faint pale malt. Definitely favouring the hops, but very nice.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with notes of white grape, melon, stone fruit, floral hints, subtle tropical fruit, grass/hay, vague earthy yeast and pale malt. Very dry, followed by a crisp, understated bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Some mild hop action on the palate. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, white grape, melon, grass/hay, earthiness and faint malt.

O: Rather good - I find the crisp, fruity hops compellingly tasty. Subpar looks; carbonation and head retention both need work. The aroma is great and the flavour a close second - lots of white fruit on offer. Body is OK but could be more textured. Goes down a treat, perfect for a warm day. Worth sampling.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow in colour. Small white head. Malty; toasty malts, grainy. Hoppy; light hops, floral, grassy. Fruity; lemon and grapefruit citrus. Mildly spicy; peppery. Medium sweet malty hoppy throughout. Quite dry. Light, mild, drinkable. Bit disappointing

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw colored with smallish head and just spotting and not lace. Nose is pleasant floral hops along with some grainy character. Taste is very light and crisp...somewhat forgettable, but also very pleasant with some citrus added in the mix. I'm a bit torn, as I like the hop additions, but it is really just a decent lager with a +1 hop addition. Above average, and certainly crushable, but not special. Would be an excellent hot summer day lawnmower beer. I'd probably rate it lower except I feel I need to put it in context of the "American Pale Lager" category. In that case, it is certainly a pretty good representation.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Clear straw. Somewhat watery looking. Bubbling nicely.
Immediate aroma of citrus hops and fruit.
The taste is a subdued reflection of the aroma with added cereal.
An under carbonated feel for a lager.

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Photo of Spike
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Collaboration with Fourpure. 330ml bottle.
L: Clear, pale gold, no carbonation. The total absence of a head (nothing at all, not even a spot or a bubble) is off-putting.
S: Light, spicy, floral & lemon.
T&F: Smooth mouthfeel. Hints of rose hips as well as citrus. Some carbonation.
O: Gentle, low carbonation lager with a unusually floral hoppiness. Appearance is disappointing but it gets better after that.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright straw, nice wee head

Floral, gooseberry, apple and candy floss on the nose.

Tastes a bit underwhelming. Missing much in the way of malts, it's more like drinking carbonated water with some added flavourings - some citrus, bit of cereal grain there.

med body, decent carbonation, some dryness on finish

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Fullers & Friends Galleon from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 11 ratings