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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2072   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottle, can and keg (4.1% in the UK, 4,7% for export).
Outstanding Premium Ale.
"London Pride is a smooth and astonishingly complex beer, which has a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well developed hop flavours from the Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties in the brew."
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
The London Pride is a good beer, but lacking when compared to the usual high standard of Fullers. Itís better than your average bitter, however. It had a bracing bitterness that is balanced by a lovely caramelly/butterscotch flavour. So yes, this is an alright beer, but if Iím going to go the way of Fullers, Iíll stick with the London Porter, 1845 or Vintage.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2551) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
Another beer I tasted, before I knew about RateBeer. Years ago it displayed fine character, with a sweet full bodied palate and rounded fruity hop bitterness. This sample faired along my rating for ESB (in fact I have the recipe for both, and this did not come close), disappointing. I must have had bad samples because the aroma in this one was like the seaside, with little malt sweetness. Palate was generous with a little malt sweetness, roast grains about the side, and a short slick aftertaste. No hop tones, fruity esters or malt driven definition. Hopefully, just a bad batch!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Light amber with red hlghlites underneath a fluffy white head. Very pleasing hoppy aroma with a touch off apple. Flavor of hops and then more hops but in a layered sort of way. Clean, bitter hoppy finish. This would be great for an afternoon of football on the TV so long as there was enough of it to last through the late games.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1463) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
This pale ale pored with a nice frothy head that quickly disappeared. This ale was well balanced with hops, malt and some sweetness. The color was light copper. My only other Fullerís was their porter, which was very special. This was good but not remarkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Tap. Bright amber color, white head. Earthy aroma, mild hops, hint of mildew. Overall this beer has a tightly focused caramel sweetness, maybe some honey, all malts. A well balanced and tasty ESB.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Deep, rich gold color with integrated red and a very well-developed, white head. Hop aroma is amazing. Reminds me of Goldings in its spiciness but is too floral and intense (intense spice from Challenger and spice/floral from Target me thinks) with a nice, toasted, honeyish malt in the background. Flavor has the distinct ale yeast fruit of Fullers, a perfect spicy hop flavor, toasty malt, a nice but short sting of hop bitterness on the tongue, a little sulphur in the finish, and one of the most solid bodies on a beer of this low an alcohol content. This beer is one of the biggest reasons I love English ale...tons of flavor and lower alcohol repeatability. American brewpub brewers should take a lesson from a beer like this...it could keep their customers in the pub longer or atleast get them to buy just one more pint.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuim (36) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2004
A very nice bitter. Light fruity in the beginning and anding with a hugh bitterness. Drank it from keg.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Liquid caramel corn. Sweet, sticky and decadent. The malting is substantial, and the body is solid. The hops offer little competition to the English malts. The finish represents more carbonation than what shows in the glass.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
Amber colour small off-white head. Malty aroma with a bit of sweetness, some caramel. Flavor has some sweetness and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Good sized off-white head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation and decent lacing. Malt and bread aroma with a good helping of hops. Color is a dark orange amber. Flavor is sharp and pretty bitter with more malts, hint of caramel and roasted grains. Finish is bitter and pretty smooth. Little bit of a corn aftertaste which brings the brew down a little. Otherwise a good ESB.


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