Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by Josievan:
4/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Subtle amber color. Slight lacing.
Smell: English hops dominate the nose.
Taste: Again, English hops, nicely balanced with crisp malt. Pale Ales aren't known for overflowing complexities, but this taste profile has a few layers. Mildly bitter aftertaste from the hops.
Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a suitable way which coexists well with the flavors involved.
Drinkability: This would make an excellent session pale ale with its low ABV and modest but distinct flavors.
Overall, I'm glad to say I've now tried one of the classic English pale ales. Didn't blow me away, but I wasn't expecting it to. It does deserve its status as a classic. From now on, it will be an obvious choice when I get a hankering for a pale ale.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2009 20:04:25 | More by Josievan
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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
89 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.