Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 13/Feb/04.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 4.7% in bottles.
Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines
Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: A vibrantly glowing orange-amber. Fine, gem-like clarity. Generated a very loose, moist head with large gauge bubbles; which didn’t last long. A curtain of copious, large-gauge bubbles coated the side of the glass, and there was a great deal of carbonated activity.
Smell: A truly classic, panoply of mild ale aromas: grain, moderate hops, toasted bread, and buttered toffee. Nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.
Taste: This is a study in malts, with an excellent supporting cast of hops (Northdown, Challenger, and Target). Remarkably complex for a session beer, providing the classic British “biscuit,” butterscotch, crisp fruitiness, and slick diacetyl butteriness. Never relinquishes its crispness through the moderate, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Perhaps this example’s only weakness. The carbonation exhibited a certain amount of coarseness I don’t recall in previous bottles. The 550 ml bottles of this (which I haven’t seen recently) have typically been better; and cask examples are reliably superior. This is a light-bodied beer.
Drinkability: This beer is the definition of drinkable; light- to medium-bodied, complex, refreshing, with a moderate ABV. One of the top session ales of all time, especially on cask.
Drinking this was like a visit with an old friend; warm, welcoming, and delightful. I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. Partly prompted by a post about “overlooking the obvious,” I picked some of this up. Having been introduced to so many new things by BA, it was nice to return to an old favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this in the 550 ml bottles recently; where I remember its being somewhat smoother. I still prefer the ESB and 1845, but this is a superb ale and not to be missed, especially if you get the opportunity to try it on cask.
Bottom Line: A quintessential British mild ale, perfect for quaffing.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2003 13:37:40 | More by Dantes
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