Monday, July 3, 2017

Fuller's London Pride (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1807) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2017

BBD: 10/21/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 11B Best Bitter

AROMA: Very sweet nose with prominent caramel and toffee character. Slight buttery aroma, which is acceptable and complements the confectionery sweetness. Little to hop presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Fairly dark copper/amber hue. Mostly clear. Moderate off-white foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong caramel and toffee flavors along with a red apple aftertaste (almost juicy). Firm dry bitterness on back end, slight toasted bread/biscuit flavor. Faint touch of chocolate. Slight diacetyl presence, but it’s not distracting (acceptable). 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing. At 4.7% ABV it’s quite tempting to session this. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Mostly well-balanced palette of sweet confectionery flavors and earthy/spicy hops. Highly drinkable. 8/10