Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pride and prejudice? Pours a crystal clear amber to golden color. A light carbonation but ok for style. The soft white bubbles hid to the side of the glass but did linger for a while.
The nose has a very distinct English malt aroma to it. Some blending of caramel malts but blends well together. A very distinct English yeast as well, with some very minor esters but very clean. Some hop notes with a earthy undertone to it.
The taste is similar. A good malty base with some lighter caramel tastes. A chalky flavors lingers in the finish and leaves a drier feel. The yeast is clean with a distinct flavor. Hops are limited with some hints of earthy notes. Even for style I would like to see a touch more hops.
The body is moderate to light. There is a dry feel to it and could use a touch more sweetntess to balance. Some sudsy notes on the back end as well. Overall very easy to drink and clean.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2010 23:17:24 | More by Oxymoron
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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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