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December 23, 2009

Fuller’s London Pride English Pale Ale Review 12.23.09

Fuller, Smith & Turner's London Pride English Pale Ale.

Fuller, Smith & Turner's London Pride English Pale Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Fuller’s London Pride English Pale Ale and My Pumpkin Problems.
File Date: 12.23.09

File Name:  Roadside Litter Has It’s Place.
The Beer: London Pride
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.
Country of Origin: UK (England)
Brewer Info: London’s only remaining traditional family brewer. Based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, between the serenity of the River Thames and the hustle and bustle of the Hogarth Roundabout, Fuller’s has been brewing quality beers and running excellent pubs since 1845.  At the heart of everything we do, you will find quality, service and pride – in equal measure. We aim to brew the best beers and run the best pubs. Our beers are brewed to the highest standards and have won a myriad of global awards. From our flagship London Pride to the exclusive Vintage Ale, they are crafted with pride and passion. We have an estate of over 360 pubs across the South of England offering outstanding cask conditioned ales, delicious food, great wines and exemplary service.  If you are looking for quality, service and pride – or just the best pint in the best pub – you have come to the right place.tbr-fullers-cartouche

Brewer Brand Hype: Fuller’s London Pride is the UK’s leading premium ale. Known and loved for its distinctive, rounded flavour, London Pride is the award-winning beer for which Fuller’s is most famous. In recent years its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now Britain’s leading premium ale: a welcome fixture in many pubs and off licences around the country, and now winning new friends abroad.  To the beer afficiando looking for the classic English pint, we say this: Whatever you do, take Pride.

Label: Fuller’s London Pride is an award-winning English classic pale ale, rich and smooth, with a good malty base and well-developed hop notes in the finish.  The Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, has been brewing fine ales since 1654.  The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning ales, many of which are available in the USA, including London Pride pale ale and the world’s original ESB.  I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine ales. 

The Brewski Review: I have a Halloween mat at my front doorstep and pumpkins on the porch.  Oh, and the Christmas decorations are now up.  Great combo huh?  On the way out the door to work the other day I took action.  Since my wonderful city solid waste department won’t pick them up that didn’t leave me with many options.  So I decided to do a little punkin’ chunkin’.  Not the trebuchet variety.  But a drive down a rural road and a quick heave-ho out the window (we’re not talking huge pumkins here).  I figure the best place for them to rot would be in a field.  Some may disagree with me and that’s okay – the world needs nay-sayers too – but my position is that they’d decay much quicker on the side of the road than in a landfill.  Now, I am a staunch supporter of litter laws but I do bend them on occasion.  I limit my road trash to apple cores and bannana peels – quick biodegradable items.  I burst a blood vessel in my forehead everytime I see someone throw a cig butt out the window or a fistfull of fast food wrappers.  Pop cans?  I’m on the fence.  These may get picked up and recycled faster on the side of the road than in a landfill but I generally don’t do this (I don’t usually drink soda anyhow).  All said, let me set the record straight – I’M NO GREEN FREAK.  I don’t track my carbon footprint.  I recycle because I think it’s the right thing to do and if it saves me money…it has my support.  The climate change theory is an amped up hoax that will create excessive taxes and eliminate thousands of jobs in this country.  Cap and Trade will be the G-man’s tour de force for generating money and controlling business.  But, back to business….Fuller, Smith & Turner sounds more akin to a law firm than a brewery but a brewery it is.  The London Pride pale ale is a decent beverage.  As with most English pale ales this one was mildly bitter but that in itself is one of the reasons you drink pale ale.  Anyway, this one was an enjoyable drink.  Try one yourself.

Drinkability:  Would drink another.
Appearance: Medium amber in color.
The Buds: Crisp taste with medium bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

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