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George Gale & Company
(Fuller, Smith & Turner)
Portsmouth Road
Portsmouth PO8 0DA


Opened: 1847

Closed: 2006

U.S. Importer: B. United International

Gale was acquired by Fuller for £91,000,000 in 2005, and closed by same in March 2006. Gale's beers will be brewed at Fullers Chiswick brewery.

Updated: November 29, 2013

Beer List

  • 5.50% abv.

  • 9.00% abv.
    • Date: March 7, 2009 (#7714)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Place unknown
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Incredibly bright amber-brown. No head. Good legs.
      Aroma (3½)
      Grassy English hops. Oak, vanilla, leather. Richly malty.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Big and smooth. Malty, with a resiny grassy hop flavor. Moderately bitter with lots of oak character, some whisky. Big resiny-hoppy finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Good clean complex strong beer. Thanks to Todd Wyatt and Stephanie Ahlschwede for the taste!
    • Date: May 1, 2001 (#3826)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Steve's Liquors, Madison WI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright deep golden, high carbonation, good head. Lots of pale malt aroma, estery, some alcohol. Big smooth body, very malty, mildly alcoholic. Presented in a corked bottle.

  • 4.50% abv.

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  • 4.40% abv.

  • 4.30% abv.

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    • Date: January 21, 2003 (#4614)
      Package: draught
      Place: Ship Inn, Milford NJ
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Bright brown, thick head. Spicy, fruity, English hop aroma. Light body, fairly creamy for a CO2 beer. Very nice mixture of Kentish hop flavor, fermentation fruitiness, and toasty-sweet malt flavors! Bitter-sweet, toffee notes. Remarkably complex and flavorful beer.
    • Date: April 14, 2002 (#4312)
      Package: real ale
      Place: TrimB's Restaurant, Appleton WI
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright brown, thick head. Fresh fruity Fuggle aroma. Light body, lots of caramel malt flavor. Hops come through as metallic. Fruity-sweet finish. Much better than the cask I sampled just six weeks ago!
    • Date: March 1, 2002 (#4259)
      Package: real ale
      Place: Real Ale Festival, Chicago IL
      Score: 11 points
      Overall Impression (2)
      Bright amber, thick head. Cheesy odor. Medium body, sweet, malty, cheesy flavor with some oxidation.

  • Barley Wine-Style Ale
    10.00% abv.
    • Date: March 26, 2004 (#5256)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Flanagan's Stop and Shop, Appleton WI
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, hazy, still, no head. Tart, horsey, malty aroma...mildly Gueuze-like. Remarkably light body. Hugely malty, with lots of tartness, Brettanomyces, green apples. As a Lambic, it's really tasty. As a Barleywine, not so much.

  • Old Ale
    9.00% abv.
    • Date: June 22, 2003 (#4908)
      Package: real ale
      Place: TrimB's Restaurant, Appleton WI
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Deep bright amber. Big dense head. Smells very tart, with some acetaldehyde, and lots of wood. Medium creamy body. Fiercely warming. Richly malty with a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Fairly tart, with quite a lot of Brettanomyces, and also fairly phenolic as it warms. As a Dubbel, it's fair; as an Old Ale, it's infected. Bob Packwood, owner of TrimB's Restaurant, holds this hypothesis: "old ale" in this context means "pre-single-strain fermentation", and that would explain the Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces character. He also notes that his casks of Horndean Special Bitter didn't taste like this, so it may very well be intentional. Michael Jackson's notes don't clear up the mystery.
    • Date: October 7, 2001 (#3913)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Deep dark red, good head. Strongly alcoholic aroma. Medium-light body, not a lot of malt, faintly sour. Thanks to Steve Olson for the sample!

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    Old Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • Summer Hog
    Ordinary Bitter
    3.80% abv.

  • Trafalgar Ale
    (Special) Best Bitter
    4.20% abv.

  • Winter Brew
    Old Ale