Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
If this bottle is to be believed, this ale is not only the pride of London, it's also outstanding and premium. My interest is piqued and my expectations are high.
Fuller's London Pride pours a deep orange, amber body a viscous, frothy head. Carbonation is light but present in the glass. The head sticks around a while before settling into a beautiful pattern of foam-glaciers that float on surface and cling to the sides of the glass.
The nose is delicious. The toasted caramel malt sings; I had to stop myself from upending the glass after the first sniff. Grassy aromas are present up front. Citral fragrances follow. A bit of patience, repeated sniffs, and a swirl of the glass bring out the latter; I detect a bit of orange peel and some cantaloupe. This is a beer worth sniffing for a minute or two before tasting.
The beer is soft on the palate and yields a gentle, thick foam. But it is also a bit thin. My first sip almost seemed a bit watery. Still, the lightly toasted butterscotch flavors are sweet and delicious. They are complemented by some spicy citral flavors: the illusion of orange rind is developed by a decent amount of bittering hops, whose bitterness lingers long. Sweetened grapefruit, black pepper, cherry, and floral notes (especially rose) emerge as the beer's flavors develop on the palate.
I don't know that I would characterize this ale as "outstanding" among well-crafted English Ales; I've had some that are just as delicious. Similarly, I don't know enough about the brewing process to judge whether or not the beer is "premium." Still, I can say with confidence that there is plenty to take "pride" in here. Fuller's produces better beers, but London Pride is a delicious English Ale that I'll definitely drink again.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 07:40:32 | More by GMB
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