Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by jspruit:
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I've seen this around Dublin plenty of times and finally decided to give a 500mL bottle a try.
Pours a nice amber + copper color with a white bubbly 1.5 finger head that disappears fairly fast.
Some light grass hops aroma is present with a bit of citrus. Light malty and biscuity notes come though too.
Tastes nice-alot like it smells. A bit of hops, light malty notes, citrus/flowery and a bit biscuity too. Quite a good mix.
Taste: The buttery malts dominate the taste of this one. Pretty typical example of the style, really. Finishes with a nice, brief hop bitterness.
Medium bodied and nice mouthfeel. Not watered down, yet not heavy at all with a fair amount of balanced taste in each sip.
Plenty of taste in this one yet light enough to drink more of no problem. I'd choose this ale with some nice taste over a lager that may not have as much taste for a session any day.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2010 20:39:53 | More by jspruit
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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
89 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.