Wednesday, January 21, 2009

English Pale Ale: Fuller's London Pride

Fuller's is a brewing company founded in 1845 at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, West London. "London Pride" is an English Pale Ale, uses hard water which helps bring out the hops' bitterness. This type of ale can range from golden to reddish amber in color. The flavors and aromas usually are a mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery and malty notes.

I really lucked out with this one. It was the last one on the shelf...little did I know it had a good reason to be.

On to the review:

Presentation: Brown glass 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- A half inch thick head which quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam. It is orange-brown, dark amber with little streams of tiny bubbles.

Smell- Hops, yeast, citrus, Fruity, malt, grain and a slight caramel sweetness. Sourdough bread.

Taste- Grainy, Malty, citrusy. Sweet at first with a more than slightly bitter finish

Mouth- Medium feel with nice carbonation. Very Smooth.

Drinkability- Overall a very nice beer, at 4.7% abv its easy to enjoy, so sit back and relax. I have also discovered that the on-tap version comes in 4.1% abv. I highly recommend this beer!

***1/2 (out of 5*)

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