Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: This beer pours a nice, bright copper with a fairly short lived 1-finger white head. A bit of lacing for what little head it has.
S: Mild but spicy hop aroma filters through the pear and lightly sweet caramel. There's a bit of bread crust but overall I don't get an overabundance of breadiness in this brew.
T: This brew finishes semi dry beer with a slight sweetness. There's a piney hop component that comes through with some bread crust and a mild pear flavor. It balances a bit to the bitter side but barely. I personally like the balance. It's bitterness is present but not overwhelming and has a low to medium low carbonation. The piney hop lingers in the aftertaste for a short time. The hop bitterness tends to intensify a wee bit as the glass warms.
M: light to medium body, not too thin. a bit more body than a pale ale I think.
O: This is one of my favorite brews. Overall it balances nicely. This beer will appeal to English IPA and brown ale lovers as it has some components of both but balances well enough to pick out these differences. As a fan of English ales, I'd give this one a try.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 01:11:45 | More by slusk
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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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