1001 Beers: 5. Fuller’s London Pride

Fuller's London Pride

Fuller’s London Pride

From: England

Brewed by: Fuller, Smith and Turner

First brewed: 1959

ABV: 4.7%

Obtained from: Tesco (Colchester, Essex)

When I drank my first sip of Fuller’s London Pride, I really needed a drink. I was in a frustrated and irritable mood. Someone had let me down with a bit of bad news and I really wanted something to take my mind off things. Fuller’s London Pride did exactly what I needed.

This ale was smooth and light on the palette. It wasn’t harsh on the tongue and it wasn’t so strong that it was hard to drink. I felt relaxed as I drank it, it helped clear my mind of the frustrations of recent events. The flavours were good but at the same time incredibly simple. This beer was, for lack of a better word, accessible. It was welcoming to a beginner, to those unseasoned to the nuances of ale drinking.

Bottle top

It had a lovely amber colour which glowed well in the right light. It looked like the idyllic type of ale you envision when you read “real ales” on the outside of a pub. I drank London Pride in my bedroom and feel that this was not the optimal place to drink it. This beer felt like it would be more at home in a pub, perhaps drank alongside some classic British pub food.

Fuller’s London Pride boasts that it is the UK’s favourite premium ale. As far as I’m concerned, it deserves to be just that. A high 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5

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