Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by GMB:
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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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 a quality I'd describe as a 'coppery' and like 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 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. This dense mouthfeel is suited to 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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