Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A very clear pouring ale. I've had this in the past on tap, but this time from the bottle (500ml - freshness dated best before Dec 5, 2003) and find it somewhat unappealing. It's extremely clean and crisp, with a somewhat fruity aftertaste. Not quite as bitter as I would like from a traditional English bitter, but it does fit the bill.
Quite a high level of carbination which keeps the head perky throughout the tasting. Pours with a big, rocky head before dispating with considerable lacing -- something that is consistent around the glass and makes the collar pop up consistently about 1/2" above the top of the beer itself.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2003 18:40:25 | More by 49degrees
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3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
London Pride has the looks to warrant a little bit of hubris. Clear and resplendent, this English ale looks especially lovely when properly showcased in full sunlight. Its colour is that of the flesh of an acorn squash but is tinctured with a bronze sheen. Bubbles pack the glass top to bottom as if it were a hot, new nightclub.
The mineral contents of London water and the combination of Fuggles and Goldings make this ale easy to identify as being British. It is chalky, with what a quality I'd describe as a 'coppery' and like a slate rock, and also has the leafy, herbal pungency of the hops. To my nose, I find it more distinctive than appealing, but it can certainly be both.
The 'cooked greens' kind of herbal leafiness of the hops is a flavour that never fades (not even in the aftertaste, which is persistent). As it warms, however, the malts play more of a role and can develop nutty, nougat-y, and even butterscotch pudding notes. Combining bitter and sweet, this taste profile, unusual though it may seem, really works.
That said, the most striking impression is neither caramelly malt nor by pungent hops, but heavy water and abrupt minerals. Abstract though that may sound, anyone who's tried a Burton-on-Trent ale will be familiar with the effects high alkalinity and sulfates can have on a beer's overall profile. These are for true ale drinkers, no fairweather friends.
Still, there is a reason this was once the exclusive beer for British Airways. Indeed, 'London Pride' is a name fully warranted for use by Fuller. This is a brewery that should rightfully derive satisfaction in its own achievements and whose beers are widely admired for the qualities they possess. And good as this is, I think they make even better.
Serving type: can
07-28-2014 22:56:08 | More by biegaman
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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