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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

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very good

2,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 97
Gots: 248 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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A first note should be made that this beer is best enjoyed in its cask conditioned form pulled by hand from a beer engine in London where it is made and is freshest. The Fuller, Turner and Smith Brewery is located in Cheswick, London and London Pride is amongst the most poular Real Ales in the city.

In America it can be found in bottles and on draught, and although you won't find it cask conditioned here, freshness should still be made the upmost priority. Another note should be made that it should not be drunk or served at American near freezing temperatures, but rather in the mid 40F range (cellar temperature) of British ales, and should not be served in a chilled glass. When ordering here I will often order two, and let the second stand while I enjoy the first. The second will then be the perfect temperature. I keep this beer on draught in the cooler winter months and it is my favourite cold weather beer. When serving from the keg, I recommend tapping into and then serving from a pitcher; this tends to help the head become more creamy, somewhat simulating the cask pull in each pour. I have tried pulling it through the beer engine, but the extra forced carbonation of the export version is too much for the sparkler. I would enjoy the keg version of this beer more were there less carbonation.

In any regard, when well kept and properly served, I place London Pride at the very top of my favourite beers, and a benchmark for all British pale ale. It is delicately balanced, and a fine session beer. Whith its bright copper color, smooth lacy head, moderate alchohol and pleasantly balanced finish, London Pride pairs excellently with prime rib, steaks and other hearty beef meals, as well as with fish&chips.

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If this bottle is to be believed, this ale is not only the pride of London, it's also outstanding and premium. My interest is piqued and my expectations are high.

Fuller's London Pride pours a deep orange, amber body a viscous, frothy head. Carbonation is light but present in the glass. The head sticks around a while before settling into a beautiful pattern of foam-glaciers that float on surface and cling to the sides of the glass.

The nose is delicious. The toasted caramel malt sings; I had to stop myself from upending the glass after the first sniff. Grassy aromas are present up front. Citral fragrances follow. A bit of patience, repeated sniffs, and a swirl of the glass bring out the latter; I detect a bit of orange peel and some cantaloupe. This is a beer worth sniffing for a minute or two before tasting.

The beer is soft on the palate and yields a gentle, thick foam. But it is also a bit thin. My first sip almost seemed a bit watery. Still, the lightly toasted butterscotch flavors are sweet and delicious. They are complemented by some spicy citral flavors: the illusion of orange rind is developed by a decent amount of bittering hops, whose bitterness lingers long. Sweetened grapefruit, black pepper, cherry, and floral notes (especially rose) emerge as the beer's flavors develop on the palate.

I don't know that I would characterize this ale as "outstanding" among well-crafted English Ales; I've had some that are just as delicious. Similarly, I don't know enough about the brewing process to judge whether or not the beer is "premium." Still, I can say with confidence that there is plenty to take "pride" in here. Fuller's produces better beers, but London Pride is a delicious English Ale that I'll definitely drink again.

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11.2 oz bottle served in as snifter at about 48F.
Poured clear, deep amber in color, with a thin but modestly durable off-white head. Mostly caramel malt in the nose, and that seems for a moment to be what you get in the flavor too. But wait, there's more. A nearly equal amount of earthy/spicy hops kicks in, partly taming the sweetness and, eventually, dominating the aftertaste and creating hints of peat. True to style, this one is a tiny bit more earthy than ideal for my taste.

O: tasty, easy drinking, session beer, with enough complexity to hold a beer geek's interest.

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