Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
After subjecting myself to endlessly huge beers, I figured it was about time to get back to basics and objectively review some classic beer styles. In fact, I would say that Fuller's is about as classic as you can get - I bet that most of their beers taste almost identically to those brewed 100 years ago.
This beer pours out a reddish copper that frothed up hugely. I'll blame that on the fact that this beer was plucked from a year-old gift set. I only reviewed it since it was kept from the light during its box-tenure.
Unfortunately, the aroma was slightly dull and dead. I could really only get hints of toasty malts when I ducked my nose deeply into the pint glass. The beer still left a nice lacing on the glass, in its long-in-the-tooth status.
This beer is a malt heaven. This maltiness is temporarily interrupted by a sweetness I found a bit annoying, then the hops wash over your tongue reassuringly. I would say that this beer is a little less sweet and slightly more bitter than I remember it when I had it cask-conditioned in London.
Overall, a great brew that might've suffered from the distributor and retailer's treatment. Still, damn good even though I could tell it wasn't as good as the fresher victorian pints, and wasn't even close to the cask.
This review will be updated when I get back to a fresher bottle.
01-04-2004 22:44:12 | More by GreenWBush
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Presentation: The usual 1 Pint 2.6 fluid ounce Victorian style, dark brown heavy glass bottle which has a distinctive shape; a tall wide body with a thin neck. The main oval black label has a Coldstream Guard Red London Pride shield that has the Fullers logo above it. The thin black & gold edged paper neck label has the Fullers Griffin looking proud next to the words Imported from Britain just above similar embossed symbols on the bottles shoulder. Reverse label has a Best Before date of 28-Sep-04. Even the crown cap is a color coordinated red with the words Pale Ale written on it. High Quality presentation.
Appearance: A deep brown pellucid body that has some dark copper hints with some amber-orange flashes when backlit. A creamy looking off-white beige head quickly forms and some larger bubbles break the otherwise smooth surface. A mix of thick plimsol-line three-quarter rings and smattered pock marked lacing clings to the Glasses edges. Good levels of conditioning in the beer. London Pride has the Classic Pale Ale uniform and it looks very smart wearing it.
Nose: Crispy malts with some biscuit hints. Has a little Pilsner character in the back end of the nose.
Taste: A toasted malt beginning, with a crisp refreshing light bitterness. Soft on the mouth there is a fruitiness that underlies the whole beer. Hops dont really come to the fore until the beer is swallowed and bitterness is detected on the tongue. The finish is dry and lingering with a bitter biscuit malt twist. Beautiful.
Mouthfeel: Solid feel in the mouth, this is a beer with balls and plenty of body, though it has a light enough presence to aid Drinkability and the quaffing factor.
Drinkability: I received a bottle of this from a friend at work. It stayed in my Fridge for only a few days, and did not last long once I popped open the crown cap. This is one of those beers that drinks equally well with food, as alone. I had it with a honey roast ham and English mustard Sandwich. It fared well against the mustard, and even after I finished eating, the crispy malts & soft hops in the Pride lingered on the tongue. Has the quintessential English Pale Ale quaffing factor.
Overall: Fullers are a favorite, and they rarely disappoint me, so I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed this beer before, in Cask or Bottle. It is the sign of Fullers understanding of the effects of bottling beer, that London Pride is actually stronger in the Bottle (4.7%) than its Cask-Conditioned halfbrother (4.1%); the extra strength seemingly lends this variant a more robust character that the Handpump version but its lacks the smoothness and creamy mouthfeel that the Cask offers, and that the Bottle never will. An Excellent Pale Ale, and a real Benchmark for the style.
Remember, What Ever You Do Take Pride!
12-27-2003 03:38:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
--Cool looking brown bottle, freshness date on back.
--Poured a light copper in color, nice head that lasted until the end. Lacing was average to good.
--A sweet, hoppy smell that made me crave a sip.
This is what an English Pale Ale should taste like. After spending time in England I learned to enjoy the English Ales and this is one I will ask for any time.
12-26-2003 07:08:00 | More by canadianbarman
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
A nice golden-copper brew with a thin but clingy head. Very nice and clear. I find a mild and clean hoppy nose with a little grainy breadiness. There's a little butter and malt too. A nice lightly-bitter bite follows up the light malt and clean crisp up-front fresh grain.
The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and it's easy drinking. This is a nice, decent, drinkable pale ale.
12-19-2003 02:26:47 | More by Garin
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
pours a beautiful clear amber with a small bubbly head. leaves a slight lacing. aromas of biscuit like malt, light citrus hops and a light tea like medicinal note. bitter on the toungue but balanced, not a huge hop fest like some pale ales, but just enough to quench you hop need. a sturdy bready malt matches nicely with a light wood like character. simple but at the same time very tastey. it dosnt overdue anything, but does everything enough to keep it interesting. highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing. a highly drinkable english pale ale.
$2.99 for the pint bottle.
12-10-2003 08:35:30 | More by DESTRO
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
On buying this I was expecting something along the lines of the easy quaffing and similarly priced bombardier bitter but it is something else entirely. Pours a glorious reddish gold colour with a very slight head. The taste is complex but likeable and builds up to a sharp finish with a really nice aftertaste. Overall am very impressed, is a beer which is tasty as well as interesting and would reward further exploration (if it didn't cost so much!).
12-05-2003 05:22:06 | More by jahsausage
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
The Fuller brewery is about a block away from where I generally stay when I go to London and the brewery workers are quite friendly to a jet lagged canadian staring into the brewery at 4am in the morning...
Light copper with a great off white head that sticks around.
Being casked, the carbonation was there but not to strong. A pleasant hop malt aroma.
A good hop and malt flavour.
One of my favourite UK pale ales.
12-01-2003 17:23:10 | More by saskguy
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
A phenomenal beer. This brewery really has their act together. I would really like to know what their trade secrets are.
It looks great. Its taste is strong in both malt and hops. Despite its strength it is quite smooth. It is quite drinkable, but the only problem is that stateside it is a tad expensive. It's worth the price, but not as your everyday brew.
I'm not sure if there are better pale ales, but if you like the pale ale/bitter style you need to try this.
11-20-2003 02:08:28 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Presentation: Narrow 12oz. amber bottle with a best by date of 06-Jun-04 (Interesting bit of trivia...06-Jun-04 would be the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion during WWII).
Appearance: Poured a clear burned orange in color. Thin layer of off-white head has excellent staying power and left a patchwork quilt of lace on the glass.
Smell: Different. A sweet, almost "tea-like" aroma. Malty sweet with a bit of citrus/pine hoppy scents peaking around the edges. Like I said, different...but in a good way.
Taste: Great mix of sweetness and bitterness. A cracker-like flavor, too. Bitterness is just right, complementing the malty sweetness. Finishes with a tasty, bitter dryness. Nothing oily or burp-inducing, this is a more civilized brew. Quite tasty.
Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation and the crisp, snappy finish make for a flavorful mouthfeel.
Drinkability: 4.7% ABV? Serve up another, Mr. Bartender. I'm drinking this all night. Exactly what I picture an English-style pale ale to be. To try this one on cask would be very interesting.
Notes: I'm still an American IPA lover, but this is one great beer.
11-16-2003 01:01:28 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Light copper clear body, dark bone head. Very bready aroma, so yeasty that it's almost spicy. Good lacing. Much more brisk in the mouth than I had expected. Slick and sparkling. Bready taste with slight sourness.
A very presentable, interesting, yeasty, and drinkable ale.
11-06-2003 15:57:42 | More by Darkale
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
12 oz bottle
Appearance/Head: Head explodes out of the bottle, but fades fast. Very light brown color and clear.
Aroma: Oaky, notes of molasses, mild British hop aroma. I wish the aroma was a bit stronger.
Taste: Subtle bitter hops. Decent malt backbone. Finishes clean.
Bottom Line: Quite nice, but simple for a British bitter / pale ale.
11-02-2003 18:23:25 | More by skar
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Caramel amber tone with a decent sized cream hued head after each slip needs a fluffy layer of lacing in rings around my pint. Aroma: Slightly nutty with a pine scented hop aroma sweet caramel malts used here as a well simple but solid and plentiful scent. Taste: A fresh bottle of this should be everyone's introduction to English style pale ales very tasty brew, buttery sweet snappy bite of hops there but the mixture of the two is downright excellent I love the flavor another one of those to hunt for on cask. Mouthfeel: Rich slightly residual sticky texture in a good way, medium-light in body crisp carbonation smooth session ale. Drinkability: Perfect balance makes this beer an all around any time good beer, really enjoyed my tasting with London Pride Outstanding Pale Ale awesome English pale ale, could definitely handle a six pack happily.
10-19-2003 16:44:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
I was at a beer bar with an ugly suburban strip mall decor that everyone seems to wet themselves over, but I found their draft selection rather boring. I got this but was afraid it would be a boring mixed gas beer. So it was a very pleasant suprise when I recieved a pint of a very thick cloudy liquid with a natural beautiful head.
The beer is the reddish color one would expect from an English Ale, but the beer is wonderfully thick, being only very lightly filtered. It is very balanced with a lot of malt and a level hop presence.
Another fantastic beer from Fullers.
10-04-2003 12:58:37 | More by Scoats
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Orange bodied with edges of gold, under a sturdy, clinging and slow-to-fade beige crown.
Toasty aromatics with herbal hop accents.
Begins with an english muffin, straight from the toaster, piled high with caramel slathered apple puree. Bready in the middle, and the tide begins to wane towards hops. Herbal, mineral closure. Tonic water and raw leaves. Clean afterward.
Medium bodied with swirling carbonation.
The definition of session. This is choice stuff.
09-26-2003 22:40:12 | More by cokes
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Lots more brown and red in hue than someone accustomed to an American Pale would expect.
Lots more sweet malt in the nose, too. very appealing aroma.
and LOTS more sweet malt character in the flavor. Is there such thing as a malt monster? This is so far from Geary's Pale that it's akin to being another planet's pale ale. A Gordon Bierschlike sweetness tempered by pert small-bubbled carbonation, and only a swipe of hops. Bitterness is mostly in finish and aftertaste. Mouth is very round and full. I love the smell more than the taste. London Pride is a great example of why nose should be part of every beer's enjoyment.
09-25-2003 19:06:54 | More by ecoboy
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Now I know why this brewery has been around for so long.I have to agree with vitesse and say that this is probably the most balanced beer I have ever had. A crystal clear amber, tawny color. The only bad part was the head disappeared too quickly for me. But, certainly the taste, aroma made up for that. If you find this do yourself a favor and buy a case and keep it soley for yourself. A true English ale that won't disappoint.
09-09-2003 08:31:26 | More by Reverand
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
served in 1 pt. 2.6 oz. bottle.
this may be one of the most all-around well balanced beers i've ever drank.
beautiful amber brown color. thick pillowy head that retains really really well. smell is slightly carmely, with some mild hops aroma.
taste is just so amazing. very carmely, doughy maltiness, plus some nice fruity esters and just the right amount of hops to balance it all out.
fairly well carbonated mouthfeel out of the bottle - that part may be more subdued on cask.
very drinkable. moderate abv and a great beer that suits any season. highly recommended.
09-07-2003 14:35:55 | More by vitesse
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
The beer poured an amberish color, topped by a 1 inch head, which disappeared quickly, a very soft aroma with just a hint of malt. The taste was also soft,with just a hint of malt.Tried and triend but couldn't detect the carmelly "Sugar Daddy" taste this was supposed to have. Its OK but couldn't find a reason to recommend it
08-31-2003 14:33:28 | More by grynder33
3.9/5 rDev -1%
The beer pours a amber color, with a small white head. The head disappated quickly, and there was no lacing. There was a medium nose of hops and malts. Taste had some hints of caramel to it. Fairly good presence of hops and malts to the taste. Definite malt finish. A little hoppier in the finish. Very close to the cask version, but just a hair less smooth. Overall, Pretty good!
08-28-2003 00:04:32 | More by Boto
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Rocky white head takes its time before leaving the party with a nice sticky lace following behind. Beautiful clear copper color and a nice lively carbonation. Aroma is of a little sweet, grainy malt with a good english hop aroma and a little yeast. Taste is excellent with a slight roasty character in the front followed by a strong malt background that is matched perfectly with a flavor of english hops and a light hop bitterness in the finish. Body is in the medium range and is perfect for this beer. This beer relaxes me just by taste alone, after a long day a london pride is a welcome sight. Excellent english pale ale though it is hardly pale.
08-27-2003 03:24:56 | More by RenoZymurgist
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a nice head that is resilient (but diminishes quickly), and has a sticky lace. A copper color and a lively amount of CO2. Smell is like cider with some yeast and hops thrown in. Taste is smooth with a slight bite and some sweetness in the background. The mouth feel is smooth, yet also crisp. This beer has an exceptional balance of flavors for a pale ale. Quite drinkable.
08-27-2003 01:47:21 | More by SeanChouffe
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Sampled from cask at Cricketers Arms in Orlando, FL.
Served a dark bronze almost tawny color with a thin, wispy white head that clings to the glass. The lacing was wonderful and definant.
Loaded with subtle aromas and hints of scents. Wisps of bready dough, sweet caramel malt, cream, and hops. Very subtle, but very pleasant and enticing.
Tastes of bread, dough, and sweet malts. Hints of caramel and fruit that slide into bitter and floral hops. The cask also gives a earth, peat, and must flavor that is unique to casks but a wonderful additon. Truly wonderful balance of flavors. Medium bodied that goes down way to easy. Clean and crisp finish.
Another proper pint and another textbook beer with the bar set way up!
08-26-2003 16:25:48 | More by Loki
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
copery orange with a white head that thins, but laces.
the aroma is caramel with a sweet floral fruity smell, and a little bready too.
sweet and malty with hops to begin and end. some bread comes through in the taste too, with a little bit of diacetyl throw in the mix. balanced with an appropriate amount of bitterness. i cold use the same flavor turned up a half a notch. it deserves somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0 for flavor, i'm rounding down, because while it does taste good, nothing about it really defines it or comes together in any way that makes it a "good" 4.0 beer..
mouthfeel is smooth and delicately carbonated and well suited to this beer.
a little subdued, but relatively solid english pale.
08-20-2003 19:22:58 | More by kmo1030
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Clear amber in color with a decent head. Bouquet is yeasty and grainy with a touch of hops. I also picked up some fruit. Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Fairly malty in taste with the tiniest bit of fruit. Ends slightly hoppy. All around a pretty good brew. Probably one of the better pale ales I've had, but by no means the top of the Fuller's line.
08-19-2003 03:20:31 | More by Admiraldinty
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Golden brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Nice malts, somewhat hoppy. Full flavor. Nice body. Mouthfeel is malty and round. Good hop/malt balance. Smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and bitter. Nice example of an English style Pale Ale
08-16-2003 02:59:24 | More by beerguy101
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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