Name: Fuller’s London Pride
Brewery: Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
City & State: Chiswick, London, United Kingdom (England)
Style: English Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.7%
First Brewed: 1959
An extremely well-balanced brew. Its malt, biscuity nature is firmly underpinned by fruity hops on the nose, with a touch of treacle toffee in the mouth. The refreshingly bitter finish lasts a long time. A perfect accompaniment to a British pub lunch.
We just got back from London, and I didn’t drink this beer while in the UK. However, we did see the brewery. We didn’t do a tour, but saw it while driving from the airport to our hotel. It was neat, and Sheryl got a good picture of the building. It would make sense that we would drink a London Pride while in London… but we didn’t. I had a TON of cider, though. I am becoming a cider guy, that’s for sure. But since this is their most popular beer, I am excited to try it. Let’s drink!
In the Glass: It looks like a pale ale in the glass. There are some things floating in the glass… not sure what that is, but a lot of sediment is sinking to the bottom. Hope that doesn’t affect the flavor of the beer.
Nose: Not much aroma here. What is there is nothing more than a faint bitter aroma. Nothing to write home about.
Flavor: The flavor isn’t that impressive, either. However, it is perfectly balanced. There isn’t a lot of bitterness, and the hop character is very muted. When they say you should drink this with a London pub lunch… I totally get it. The bangers and mash would go perfectly with this beer. I wonder what this would taste like on cask. Nearly every beer in England was pull.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is basic. There isn’t much going on, not much carbonation, and it’s a pretty boring, yet very drinkable beer. We are drinking this ice cold, and I am sure that helps with the smoothness, but even when swishing it around in my mouth, the bubbles aren’t obvious.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is the best part about this beer. It’s incredible, and sticks around for a long time. I am talking several minutes after you swallow. I can totally see why this is the most popular beer in the UK.
I am not sure I would order this… or if bars here even carry this. But the next time I am in the UK, you can bet I order some bangers and mash and a pint of London Pride. Bottoms up, people!
Fuller’s London Pride – The bottle says: “Fuller’s London Pride is an award-winning English classic premium beer, rich and smooth, with a good malty base and well-developed hop notes in the finish. The Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London has been brewing fine beers since 1650. The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the USA, including London Pride premium and the world’s original ESB. I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine beers.”
Well, once again we have been on vacation, so it’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a beer. But we are back from Europe, and while we were there, we happened to drive by Fuller’s Brewery. So… today we are reviewing their beer! Let’s find out more about it.
In the glass, the beer looks kind of a pumpkin orange color, and a bit cloudy. It had a lot of head to begin with and foamed up a lot in the glass, but I think that was mostly because it is one of the beers that traveled with us all the way from Indiana. After sitting for a few minutes, mine has pretty much no head at all. There is really not much aroma to it, honestly, that I can tell. I stick my nose in the glass and don’t really get much back. What I do get smells maybe a little spicy and citrusy, but that’s about it.
First taste… lots of carbonation. The bubbles are the first thing that hit my tongue. I like it, though. There’s a bit of citrus flavor to it too. Not much hops. It’s very light, refreshing, and drinkable. This could easily be a good summer or even fall beer to drink sitting out on your patio. The carbonation makes it taste very refreshing, and makes you just want to take another drink. I actually like it quite a bit. I’m not sure why we didn’t drink more of this in London, but we wanted to try as many beers as we could. I liked London a lot, especially the whole pub culture there. You know that image you get of people being loud and singing in an English pub? Well, it’s real! We saw that in several different pubs we went to. It really is a neat culture.
Bottom line, I would definitely by this beer again, especially if I was looking for something kind of light, but still tasty in the summer or fall. It’d also be a good one to grab a pint of in a pub with friends. Cheers!