Brewery: Fuller, Smith, & Turner PLC., Chiswick, UK, England
Beer: London Pride
Serving: 11.2 oz bottle
Information: 4.7% ABV, Best Before: 27 NOV 12
Style: English Bitter
Price: $11.99 / 6-pack
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: Monterrey or Pepper Jack cheese, pub mix, a handful of darts, and a good friend.
Deep copper in color and shining with clarity you can read through, London Pride is a gorgeous beer, but what makes it even more distinguished is it’s dense ivory head that seems to never disappear. Thick lace clutches the glass as each sip passes.
Fuller’s London Pride is bursting at the seams with a yeast-driven fruity ester aroma that surrounds the rich maltiness of the beer. Fig and plum are most noticeable here, imparting an almost Belgian-like dark fruit essence. Maltiness follows through with a toffee and caramel blend that definitely leans towards the sweet side, uninhibited by hops, though minor earth tones come through the back end.
UK hop varieties are more apparent in flavor, bringing an earthy flavor that really reins in the fruit and malt sweetness the nose offers. Bready, the malt still encourages caramel and toffee flavors, but a bit more toned down.
Fuller’s London Pride is a dry English Pale Ale that cleanly sweeps across the tongue with a lingering mild bitterness. In conjunction with a moderate carbonation level, this serves to freshen up the malty sweetness giving the beer a medium body.
A stellar example of an English Pale Ale, Fuller’s London Pride blends maltiness with earthy hop tones and fruity yeast esters for a balanced and quite drinkable beer; an session beer I’d love to drink a few pints of in an English pub.
Score: 91 / 100 - Exceptional