Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by thomcatr3t:
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pumped from cask into 16 oz. pint glass on May 21, 2011 at the Prince of Tek in London.
A: Body is red-orange in color, almost copper. Absolutely gorgeous 2 finger head that looks like fresh whipped cream. Crystal clear.
S: Bready malts are the first thing I notice. A little "drier" in smell than a buttered cracker. Some floral hops that help to offset the malt. A very appetizing aroma.
T: Hops upfront are floral and earthy. The rest of the way through it is a nice soft bready malt just like on the aroma, very well balanced.
M: Wonderfully smooth. Nice creamy texture that doesn't stick too long in the mouth.
O: I should have had more than 2. A very pleasing offering. If you get the chance to have one in the environment for which it was intended you should not pass this one up.
Serving type: cask
07-07-2011 02:34:11 | More by thomcatr3t
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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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