London Pride by Fuller's
London Pride is Fuller's Brewery flagship beer. Notes of spice, fruit and hops mix elegantly to make up this fantastic beer.
Fuller's is one of the UK's most well known and respected Breweries in the United Kingdom. Founded in London in 1845, Fuller's have managed over the last few years to push their range of beers into the main supermarkets.
Driving into London from the West as I have done many times in the past, there is no better welcome to the capital than driving past the Fullers Brewery. :-)
Today's review is Fuller's flagship, and most recognisable Ale, London Pride. Brewed at 4.7% ABV, this bitter is mahogany in colour, with a one to two finger head.
Aroma & Taste
On the nose - along with the malt, there's some hops going on towards the end. Also, there's some fruit in there. Due to the hops, there's a little bit of grapefruit just teasing you.
In the mouth, once the carbonation stops dancing on your tongue, there's a complex mix of malt, bitterness from the hops with some citrus; possibly some orange peel.
All this mixing of flavours is exceptionally well balanced. The bitterness, and fruit helps push through some spice, that gives London Pride a warming quality.
Fuller's London Pride has been for a long time my 'goto' beer. If I'm in the mood for a drink, and not sure what to go for, I can always depend on a bottle of London Pride.
I've been lucky enough to have London Pride on cask a few times when I've been in the big smoke and maybe not much surprise, it's even better in that format.
Overall, a solid, dependable and bitter from the Fuller's Brewery. London Pride is a great beer.
Smell: Malty, Citrus, Hoppy, Grapefruit
Taste: Fruit, Mature, Zesty, Hoppy, Spice