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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,930 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 64
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz old Euro-style brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny colour with a pasty thin off white lace which clings to the glass very well.

Smell: Mild hint of bread and grain, some malt sweetness and buttery caramel also ... and to add to the pleasure, a good measure of hops in the nose, it’s mild but pleasing.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and layered texture from the carbonation and malty mouth feel. A good dose of bread and biscuit come forth from the malts as does a pinch of fruitiness and malt sweetness. Touch of buttery diacetyl lines up with the caramel and malt flavours. Hops are right on the mark with an ample biting bitterness and a rich lingering leafy earthy flavour. Finishes with a lingering hop and a fruity and buttery mix.

Notes: Indeed this brew goes down as one of the greatest ... bliss in a bottle. BTW this is Fuller's flagship brew. A true ale-drinkers ale. Up there in greatness with the ESB also.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 18:41:48 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid choice, and a nice benchmark for the classic pale ale style. Malty, firm, crisp with a nice soft character. You can't got wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2001 07:26:04 | More by Todd
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biegaman

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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

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.