Fuller's London Pride

I'm here in London with my family (parents and sister) and the bus has dropped us off near the London Eye. Hungry, we pop our heads into The Slug and Lettuce where the meals are 50% off on Mondays. To accompany my meal, I order a London Pride. Having enjoyed a bottle of Fuller's London Porter several years ago, I looked forward to the London Pride.

Of the beer, I wrote: "London Pride. Watery, but it has a taste. Light and drinkable. It's a subtle taste. I think there would be a time when I wouldn't enjoy such a watery beer."

I should start by noting the only other beer that I can think of off the top of my head, which I think of as watery, is a Guinness Stout. I don't, however, use watery to imply tastelessness, but rather the feeling of the liquid in my mouth. I suppose related descriptors are "thin" and "creamy."


I wrote: "I like the London Pride more today than I did the last time we were in London. It tasted a bit sweeter. In fact, it just had more of a taste to it today it did two weeks ago. It is reasonably enjoyable. 4.75 pounds. 500 mL."

What I didn't take into account when writing my impression was that this London Pride was from a bottle and the London Pride from two weeks ago was from the tap.

Fuller's London Pride

Relevant Links:
London Pride (Fuller's Website)
Fuller's London Pride (BeerAdvocate.com)
Fuller's London Pride (RateBeer.com)
Fuller's Website
Fuller's Brewery (Wikipedia.org)

Website Information:
Tasting Notes:
Fuller’s London Pride is an award-winning classic. A rich, smooth and wonderfully balanced beer, its distinctive malty base is complemented by well developed hop character, from adding Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties to the brew.

Described by leading beer writer Roger Protz as “an astonishingly complex ale for its strength”, its flavour has been likened by Stephen Cox, beer writer and former campaigns director at CAMRA, to “the sensation of angels dancing on the tongue...”!

In the UK, draught London Pride is brewed to 4.1% ABV (cask and keg), while in bottles and cans it has a strength of 4.7% ABV, making it an ideal session-strength premium ale. In most of our overseas markets, a keg version at 4.7% ABV is available.

London Pride has twice been awarded Champion Best Bitter at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in 1979 and 1995, and achieved the ultimate accolade of Champion Beer of Britain in 1979. It has won a host of awards around the world, including being crowned Supreme Champion at the 2000 International Beer and Cider competition.

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