Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fuller's - London Pride

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a mug

Quite possibly my first legally purchased beer (I can't remember if my first beer in the UK was at a pub the first night, in which case this was it, or if it was a can of some sort of English swill at a lunch spot the next day), either way, this beer gets to hold a landmark place in my mind. To top it off, I haven't had Fuller's since my visit to the UK three years ago. London Pride, a traditional English Pale Ale, pours a slightly hazy orange-tinted amber body with a small white head and most retention. I think, in this case, the thin bubbly layer of foam was the result of a botched pour.

The nose carries hints of light, whiskey-like malts with a somewhat sour edge to them. The hopping is clear, but well balanced with the sweet barley. The beer is malty and spicy with a moderate hop character. The beer is a total classic and very drinkable. Toward the end I noticed interesting hints of dried tobacco on the finish. Building on the tobacco leaf, the aftertaste has a very well grounded and earthy character.

Final Verdict: A-

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