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Review of Fuller’s London Pride

08 Oct
Hello again.  It’s time for another craft beer review.  Today, I decided to revisit one of the world’s most solid and respected of all craft brewers.  Fuller Smith & Turner PLC located in Chiswick, London, United Kingdom and the beer I chose is called the Fuller’s London Pride.

I can’t recall ever having a beer from Fuller’s that I thought was bad.  All have been sturdy and well-made brews. 

The website, fullers.co.uk, has this to say about the London Pride.

Fuller’s London Pride is the UK’s leading premium ale.

Known and loved for its distinctive, rounded flavour, London Pride is the award-winning beer for which Fuller’s is most famous.  In recent years its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now Britain’s leading premium ale:  a welcome fixture in many pubs and off licences around the country, and now winning new friends abroad.

To the beer aficionado looking for the classic English pint, we say this:  Whatever you do, take Pride.

All right…. let’s pour.

This brew has an ABV of 4.7% and comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle.

This beer poured a clear, light amber to gold color.  It had an average sized, eggshell colored, creamy, smooth head that had an average retention time.  The cap settled to an nice looking, smooth film on top while leaving behind some beautiful traces of lace.

The aroma started with a nice, buttery, biscuit malt.  Some sweet caramel and toffee notes came through solidly and totally got my respect.  The hop profile was very “herbal” and “earthy” and well rounded.  Minor touches of grain completed the bouquet and helped create a very well balanced and pleasant fragrance.

The taste began with the caramel malt sweetness.  Very biscuity with wheat bread tones slapped with butter.  I even discovered a slight fruity undertone.  A very small, ever so slight, bit of hop bitterness combined with more of the grainy characteristics.  Much like the smell, the taste finished very “herbal” and “earthy.”  Good stuff.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium thin, smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It wasn’t as dry as I had anticipated, plus it left a little to be desired as far as flavor remaining on the palate.  This wasn’t a bad mouthfeel, but I was expecting a more robust and full coating.

Overall, I really like this beer.  It’s a great session brew and very easily quaffable.  I could definitely set a few of these back at one time with no problem whatsoever.  It’s a fun and sociable drink that could be shared with craft and non-craft beer friends alike.  It has plenty of flavor and aroma, plus it doesn’t look half bad either.  Very inviting and worth a try if you have not experienced it.  This could be a great introductory craft beer for someone interested in a better drinking experience.

One final thought.  Even though Fuller’s is one of the more popular craft beer brewers in the world, I still really enjoy and appreciate the kind of product they produce.  Their beers always seem to be tasty and flavorful.  Cheers to them for continuing to brew a great beer for many years to come.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  3.85 out of 5
Grade:  B+ 

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Country: England, Fullers

 

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