To wrap up "All Viewer Request Month" I'm joined by Mel http://youtube.com/MrsRealAleGuide via Skype. Fuller's Lond Pride is a British-style pale ale that was request by her husband Simon better known as http://youtube.com/RealAleGuide Mel has never had this beer before and it's a famous, classic and highly acclaimed example of British ale. Whether or not this is "Real Ale" per se is for the CAMRA nerds to decide.
3.9AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Beautiful copper color, crystal clear. A vigorous pour knocks out almost all carbonation and forms a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Closer to juice than beer - red apple, a dash of cinnamon, some light bready and toffee notes as well.
Taste: English pub-style ales are something of a wonderful change of pace to American beer drinkers (well, this one at least). Fuller’s London Pride may be the epitome or premiere example of the British pale ale - so much different than its American counterpart (i.e. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), but still just as enjoyable. The palate is sweet, but not cloying; light but not bland; and refreshing but not gimmicky.
The palate is remarkable in that it’s so authentically flavored, but not over the top. It begins with a sweet, slightly acidic flavor much like apple juice. Its accompanied by caramel and toffee notes - making for a delicious candy apple palate overall. It doesn’t change much from beginning to end, although there is slightly dry, biscuity malt component throughout the second half. The bitterness is noticeable, but tame. The finish returns to the apple flavors and leaves a pleasant, subtle aftertaste of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Soft and delicate, but not thick. Almost a creamy texture.
Drinkability: At only 4.7% ABV with genuine flavor and an a finish that’s almost ridiculously easy to swallow, Fuller’s London Pride is an extremely drinkable and highly sessionable brew. I don’t think the palate is quite strong enough to stand up to a meal, but it would be fantastic with finger foods, crackers and cheese.