Fuller’s London Pride

English Pale Ale Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

3.5

Fuller’s London Pride, an English Pale Ale brewed by Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller’s London Pride is an English Pale Ale brewed by Fuller Smith & Turner PLC, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal clear golden hue and is topped a finger-thick cap of loose, ivory white froth that shows modest retention. The reduction leaves behind a thin ring of bubbly foam that rounds the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is mild with a scent of toffee, bready malt, and floral hops.

Flavor

The palate follows the nose with toasted bread malt leading the tasting. A mild bitterness of floral and earthy hops caps a finish that lingers briefly. Toffee, bready malt, and a hint of tangy orange lightly sweeten the swallow.

Mouthfeel

Its feel has a soft and smooth draw that picks up a mild astringency on the backend. Slightly oily, its medium body has a little over light carbonation.

Overall

Its presentation meets the standards of the style. Aromatics are slight but pleasant. Its feel is right in line with expectations. Clean, easy drinking, and sessionable, Fuller’s London Pride is a fine representation of the English Pale.

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About the English Pale Ale

The English Pale Ale would simply be known as a Bitter in England and the name of the style actually originates in North America. Therefore most of the beers of this style are actually brewed outside the British Isles. Its color ranges from gold to amber and exhibits good clarity and head retention. Its alcohol strength ranges from sessionable to moderate. Its ingredients are typically English in origin and offer a variety of aromas and flavors that can be hoppy, earthy, fruity, buttery, and malty. Comparatively, the English Pale Ale has more malt in the balance and less alcohol than the American Pale Ale.