Fuller’s “1845 Celebration Ale” Review (#022)

Fuller’s
“1845 Celebration Ale”

London, England

From The Brewery:

1845 Celebration Ale is a true landmark in British beer history. Although brewing dates back to 1654 at Griffin Brewery on the banks of the River Thames, the partnership of Fuller, Smith And Turner was formed in 1845. In 1995, to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary, Fuller’s commissioned special, celebration bottled ale. 1845 was the result. A more auspicious beginning the brew could not have had; the inaugural beer’s hops were added to the copper by none other than HRH Prince of Wales, during a royal visit to Fuller’s!
Its launch was so successful that 1845 has quickly become the number one bottle conditioned brand in the UK take-home market and is currently the UK market leader among all bottle conditioned beers.
1845 Celebration Ale is a highly acclaimed strong ale and the winner of numerous awards including the CAMRA Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer of Britain (1998-1999 and 2002) and the British Bottle Institute’s award for the Best Dressed Bottle (1996). 1845 was also honored with a Silver medal at the 2003 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in the bottle conditioned beer category.

ABV: 6.3%

Review:

Appearance: This beer was enjoyed in a tasting fluted pilsner glass; it poured an glowing orangish-red, with a creamy dense head that settled in thin and left awesome lacing.

Smell: Right away this beer gives off sweet English malts, dark fruit esters, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: A full flavored brew; it starts off in a malty doughy sweetness, with sweet fruits such as raisins and plums, followed by a sturdy hop backing.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied creamy drink. It is very smooth and the carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability: High

Notes: This is one of those beers that you wish you could have available at all times; a stupendous English beer.

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