April is moving along and we are happily engaged in English Ale Month here at The Brew Club! Today’s English Ale is Fuller’s London Pride!
Bob the Brit recently posted about the Fullers London Porter, and gave it a 4 star rating. I haven’t seen the London Porter in the States, but I hoping that I’ll be able to try it sometime for myself. Lets see if the Fuller’s London Pride is a 4 star beer too!
A little bit about Fullers. The Fuller’s London Pride that we are reviewing today is considered Fuller’s flagship beer in the UK, and the London Pride pale ale, was named Champion Best Bitter at the Great British Beer Festival in 1995, and also in 1979. This beer has a load of other awards as well, so someone must think its good! Fuller’s also owns the George Gale & Co brewery which makes the Prize Old Ale reviewed by Liz a little while back.
Starting right off, this 4.7% ABV ale is light amber in color and crystal clear. It creates a nice whitish head with good clingy lacing. Not super-lacing like the Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter had, but decent in its own right. The beer doesn’t seem overly carbonated looking at it in the glass, once its in there, its just clear! No bubbles, sediment or any of that sort of thing.
Smelling this beer, it seems there is some similarity in this English Pale Ale style of beer because I mostly notice a bready kind of aroma, along with some maltyness one might expect along with a little bit of hop sweetness as well. According to the Fullers website, these hops I am smelling are Target, Challenger and Northdown hops. Northdown hops. Mmmmmmmmmm.
Getting into the taste, to me, its very similar to the smell. Upon the first swig, you get some good flavor from the malts, and like the smell its kinda bready, mildly malty, then there are the hops that add some bitterness and balance to the mix. Mouthfeel is medium to light, this isn’t a heavy beer at all, and it wasn’t very filling either which isn’t a surprise considering there was hardly any carbonation. The finish is on the bitter and dry side – overall quite nice.
I’m going to say that I liked this Fuller’s London Pride a lot, and I can understand why many people consider it the ‘benchmark’ of the English Pale Ale style. I’ll hold judgment on that at least until the end of English Ale Month, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. If you want to see what the English Pale Ale style is all about, get yourself a Fullers London Pride. Can’t go wrong.