Golden Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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194 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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49
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a beauitful peachy gold colour. Has a beautiful cream coloured head which is complex and comprises various small bubbles. Poured straight into the middle and after a couple of minutes there's not much head but what's left remains for the duration.

S: Caramel and fruit. Strikes me as smelling like Bassett's Fruit Allsorts, which is quite unreal.

T: An even mix of strong sweetness and bitterness, woodyness, a touch of liquorishness and a tropical fruit which is either mango or guava. Very balanced, silky smooth.

M: It's hard to describe the carbonation but this is truly the silkiest, smoothest beer I've ever had.

O: An English strong ale which is exceedingly smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

http://youtu.be/wHAngPrzh2k
Oh my word! This is very strong but unlike many strong beers it's not a sumo wrestler in a tutu. There is a lorry load of honey nut oaty caramel lushness spread over Granny's homemade fresh baked bread. Warm marmalade and hot cuddles. These flavours are powerful yet subtle and balanced the alcohol isn't just there for numbers but adds to the symphony and helps carry those heavy flavours. These brewers are artists and should be celebrated as such. The Tate gallery should have a Fuller's exhibition.
B G Score 97/100.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a London Pride pint glass.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a big creamy and bubbled yellow head. Good retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and toffee. Fruity. Notes of grapes. Toffee, caramel malts, yeasts and flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Toffee, caramel malts and grapes. Fruity an bready. End is bitter with notes of citrus hops. English character

M: Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. British style hops profile

O: Excellent drinkability. Another great Fuller's specimens. Highly recommended :)

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich look with a reddish copper appearance and topped with a white, half centimetre head that has a foamy texture and disappears quite fast.

Rich, dry malts with a mix of caramel and toffee straight away, this was quickly followed by a strong fruity aroma that lingered in the background and gradually became more pronounced. Some alcohol but the spiciness of the beer covered most of this. The aroma was a strong one with applea, pear and biscuit.

A strong malt presence to start along with a taste of rich, creamy toffee and an accompanying caramel flavour. There is a fruity apple and pear taste too that is complimented by some spice and a linger, sweet taste of sugar.

Smooth with a medium to full body and a warming sensation when drank. The beer has a pleasant alcohol kick along with medium to low carbonation and a background sweetness.

An excellent beer and one that really packs a punch with a well hidden alcohol content for the most part and well balanced, complimentary flavours. A great beer for sipping away at.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber gold - head fades quick - no lace.

Aromas of malts, caramels, toffee.

Taste is more of the same, a real malt bomb. A slightly astringent bitter finish stops a descent into overall sweetness. Alcohol warmth noticeable

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warming.

From an Aus perspective, almost a dead ringer for Coopers Vintage.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before may 2013

A- Deep amber colour, some bubbles are visible right under the head. Head is big, white, has very big bubbles, it does not show great retention but it leaves some quite good amounts of lacing

S- Soft/buttery malts with dominant caramel notes. Spicy esters on the back of things. Maybe some light fruity hints as well (apple?)

T- Caramel malts are indeed playing a major role, with some honey notes showing up in both taste and aftertaste. A mild fruitiness is present throughout the whole tasting experience, with notes of apple, white grapes, maybe a slight citricness. Finish a bit on the earthy side, with a touch of hops making themselves heard. Maybe just a hint of alcoholic spiciness, much less than the smell suggested

M- Medium bodied. Very smooth with just a bit of soft carbonation texture on the tongue. Actually pretty watery for a 8.5%ABV beer but it still feels ok in this one

O- Not a stormer for sure. Just a nicely balanced, quite refreshing strong ale which almost feels like a session ale

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Beer Bistro. 275ml serving into a Fulelr's branded tulip.

Reddish copper body with an offwhite head. Minimal lacing and only some modest retention. Nose has rich caramel notes, a sligth breadiness and some dried darker fruit notes. Taste is similar and offers a bit more complexity - dried fruits and caramel notes dominate and establish a really solid and quite English malt profile. Modest sweetness and a subtle dryness and bitterness in the finish. A bit of alcohol is interwoven within the flavour, and adds some complexity. Excellent mouthfeel and completely smooth on the palate. An excellent English strong ale, and I'd certainly have this again. Tremendously disappointed that I passed on this when bottles were available at the LCBO.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of BGDrock
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep copper; clear; pours a good head, but fades fairly fast, leaving fine lace

Aroma: butterscoth; fruity yeast; apple or pear; light aroma overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: initial taste is like nothing had before, complex, and again the fruity/spicy yeast character, and a pleasant bitter bite comes with the finish; good length; some butterscotch balances well with the spice notes; medium-heavy body with a slightly buttery texture

Overall: would be a great fall beer, bringing to mind thoughts of pumpkin or sweet potato pie; very well balanced

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of caramelized malt with light dry malt notes. Taste is a solid mix between some caramelized malt notes with a somewhat dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice malt forward English strong ale with well balanced sweetness level though some limited complexity.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pride is in fact a resplendent bronze. One should hardly be surprised considering that in England anything lighter than brown was traditionally referred to as "pale"; seen through the eyes of a Brit this very well may be golden. It's clear (allowing some distortion) and its head is merely a long, thin string of unbroken white.

The bouquet boasts a dynamite amount of fruit that features both tropical (mango, papaya) and the sticky dark varieties we're more accustomed to in English ales: dates, figs, and that sort of thing. It's the former that really grabs my attention, however - it smells like candy. It's as if toffee and caramel were drizzled on top.

Golden Pride is really fantastic beer. It has a chewy-sweet biscuity malt base that tastes of honey, golden raisin and toffee and a hop bill that is so earthy and pungent so as to be almost scratchy. Then, as if that weren't enough already, what parachutes in but chunks of mango, papaya, and candied ginger, rounded out by water minerals and alcohol esters.

Most readers on this site will recognize the beer as basically an American strong ale in British dress - the fruity hops being cut with more grassy, herbal notes as well as a super-sized serving of caramelly, dried fruit maltiness. Notes of prune and dates become prominent with warming but their sweetness is subdued by nutmeg-like spice.

Fuller's Golden Pride contradicts the official line that traditional British (not to mention big brand-name) beers must be ordinary and plain. This is inspired despite retaining its classic features. I've said it before but I've never said it with more confidence than now having tried this: there may be no better brewery in Britain, perhaps the world, than Fuller.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their Vintage Ale series is based on this recipe, with seasonal tweaks of the malts & hops. The Vintage is good, but always wonder if it's really worth the sticker price. This one doesn't come in a fancy box and it's as good as any vintage... hell of a value.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Very fruity: Pear, candied pineapple, mango, cotton-candy; toffee; light alcohol aroma that hints at sherry.

T: Loads of fruit on the palet: pear, mango, candied pineapple, swedish berries; nice sponge toffee from the malt with a generous bitterness for balance. Only a hint of alcohol warmth. Truly remarkable.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

O: I've wondered why they call it Golden Pride, but this just might be the Gold standard for an English strong ale... and even a big industrial brewer should take pride in that.

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Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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