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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=387

Spring Ale, 4.0%

This year’s spring beer from Fullers, served at the Royal Oak, Oxford. A semisweet and hoppy ale, with a pale golden colour and low and fairly fine head with moderate retention. Initial flavours a malty and sweet, with slight aroma hopping lending some floral characters and bitterness. The subsequent mouth feel is, however, very thin, and doesn’t cope well with the bittering of the hop. I could pick a few odd fermentation flavours, but not enough to be a real problem. Overall I found this beer thin and limp – the bitterness was definite but blunt in flavour, and it didn’t have a particularly refreshing finish.

Overall score: 5.0/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=49

Blonde, 4.5%

Comments: A golden blonde beer, clearly aiming at the warm weather session drinker. Golden colour with fine head and some retention. Aroma is mainly driven by the fruity hop, which also carries into the initial flavour,  giving a light start to the beer. Sweetness is well controlled, and is not allowed to dominate the hop, which remains fruity with only a little bitterness. Mouth feel is quite harsh, but the finish is crisp and fruity. Overall, this is a pleasant warm weather beer, if not particularly extraordinary.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=51

Bitter, 4.8%

Comments: A strong bitter, with full malt flavours and definite hopping. Initially quite fruity, with the sweetness of the malt coming through, before giving way partly to the bittering hop. The main flavour is coming from crystal malts, giving a moderately light but full mouth feel. A pleasant beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=57

Old Ale, 6.3%

Comments: This is a full flavoured strong old ale, with definite malty flavour, moderate hop, and a well rounded mouth feel. Tan coloured with a fine white head and moderate retention, the initial flavour is quite sweet, however this quickly yields to a more sour character, with a vague touch of darker malts. Hop mainly develops towards the aftertaste, giving a balanced and reasonably clean finish, with out excessive bitterness. This is certainly a strong ale, with a big robust flavour, but I’d be happy to have it again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=296
Served at the Eagle and Child, Oxford http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_and_Child

IPA, 5%

Comments: This is a tan IPA, stronger than most modern interpretations, but still not a really traditional IPA. Sweet and light malt flavours, with moderate aroma. Appropriately bitter aftertaste, but not a hop driven beer. Fine white head, with good retention. A pleasant, easy drinking round flavour, but not an outstanding beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=58

Served at the Harcourt Arms, Jericho, Oxford

Bitter, 3.5%

Comments: This is a hoppy, low strength bitter. The overwhelming character of this beer comes from the hop, which is very strong in aroma, with only moderate bittering. (According to the site, Northdown and Challenger hops were used, with the aroma coming from Goldings dry hopping.) Very moderate malt character, with a creamy head but little retention. This would be a very pleasant on a warm day, and could easily be drunk in quantity, but besides the hop aroma this beer lacked a developed character.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.fullers-ales.com/london_porter.php
Served at the Harcourt Arms, Jericho, Oxford.

Porter, 5.4%

Comments: This is a classic, dark, malt driven, porter. Strong but not overpowering use of dark roasted malts gives a definite flavour, with moderate bittering hop and little aroma hopping. Little head and carbonation, with a lingering malt aftertaste. A fine example of the style.

Overall score: 7/10

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