Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by crwills:
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a cool-looking English-style bottle into a standard pint glass (man I hope I get some new glasses for Christmas...).
Much lighter in colour than I expected -- a clear orangy amber with a nice big fluffy head that sticks around. Looks quite carbonated...
Not much smell to this beer that I can pick up. Some grains, hay, mild citrus, and I picked up some pears in there.
The taste, however, is very good -- pleasantly tart hops along with some malty thickness and autumn fruits, mostly apples and pears. Very little aftertaste at all, although the bitterness in the flavour itself builds as the beer warms (this is a good thing).
A very drinkable brew, and I will be buying it again -- and more than one bottle at a time next time!
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2005 20:13:46 | More by crwills
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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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