Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.61/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured this one into my I&G Tulip glass. The colour is a striking red-brown, almost a perfect mix of the two. The head, frankly, smells sort of.. off. The head smells like an adjunct lager with citrus notes (and my bottle is nowhere near expiry, so staleness is not the issue here). The beer itself smells a little better, there are some malty notes and some orange peel aromas also. The mouthfeel is much better than the smell; there is some moderate carbonation going on which leaves a pleasant numbness on the tongue. The taste is nothing special in my honest opinion; it is refreshing going in and does not have much detectable booziness, but it just tastes way too bitter for me. After going further into the bottle, I am picking up more of the orange notes that I described earlier, but it`s still not something I`d be eager to grab at the store again.
Overall, the colour is downright beautiful for a beer, and it feels pleasant in my mouth. The smell is a little off, but the taste somewhat redeems that. Regardless, I cant justify a repeat purchase of this.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 07:19:44 | More by Olek4374
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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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