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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fuller's London Pride a REAL Ale

Fuller's London Pride is an English Pale Ale by the Fuller, Turner, and Smith P.L.C. of London, England. Fuller's is truly a traditional English brewer. The site of their brewery has been makign beer for 350 years and the current Fuller, Turner and Smith company since 1845.

The English beer consumer group, CAMpaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has given Fuller's more awards than any other brewery. Real Ale, according to CAMRA is beer that is brewed with traditional ingredients (barley, hops, yeast and water) bottle or cask conditioned and naturally carbonated. This was a movement formed in the 1970's in reaction to the growth of macro brewing which tends to use non-traditional ingredients (corn sugar) and uses C02 injection.

Fuller's beers are made from tradition and London Pride is their flagship. If you're looking for big flavors, experimental ingredients, or big hops, this is not the beer. This is a beer that allows you to taste history - before CO2, pasteurization, and cheap substitute ingredients took over.

American brews are in a crazy flavor flurry, which can be fun. But, I feel that in order to pack in big flavors technique is sacrificed. Someday, there will be marriage of the two and some brewers are getting there. But to taste solid technique Fuller's is a great place to start.

A friend picked this up at Corti Brother's in Sacramento. It has an ABV of 4.7%.

The beer pours a clear, pale orange with a nice head and decent lacings.  The aroma is a subtle mix of caramel and bready malts with a light hoppy presence. The taste is bready malts, with fruity hop notes, that strikes a great balance. It's medium body, perfectly carbonated with a dry, but refreshing finish.

Overall, this is a well made beer with high drinkability. It's smooth, well balanced and won't hit you hard with the ABV. This beer isn't as creative as what you will find in California, because this is a beer made from tradition. If you want a solid beer, without any experimental flavors, this is one to try. I suggest you Try It.

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