Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by brianwakeforestnc:
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from my local Total Wine and More, served in standard tulip glass, and enjoyed while watching team USA win gold in the London Olympics.
A: Nice gold colour, a deeper gold then a most American pale ales, decent carbonation with half inch head.
S: Slight. You can smell a little bit of a hop profile that comes across as bitter as oppose to piney, followed by malty breadyness.
T: Initial bitterness that was noticed in the smell, followed by malt and ending with a pleasant dryness. The flavors are well incorporated and thirst quenching, making you want to take another sip quickly.
M: Average mouthfeel. Not too thin and not very thick. Similar to most pales ales.
O: I could easily see how you could spend a evening in a pub drinking this. It goes down very quickly, is thirst quenching and pleasant without requiring too much attention. A very sessionable beer that I would drink more often if it was half the price, but at this price point there a better beers out there form USA (think bell's 2 hearted ale).
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 16:02:34 | More by brianwakeforestnc
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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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