Today’s beer is Fuller’s London Pride!

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Bottle Size: N/A

Cost: $6.00 (At a bar in NYC)

ABV: 4.7%

Background Information: London Pride, Fuller’s flagship beer, was crowned the Supreme Champion at the 2000 International Beer and Cider competition. London Pride was named Champion Best Bitter at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in 1995, and in 1979 when it also achieved the ultimate accolade of Beer of the Year. It also received the gold medal at the 2002 and 2001 International Beer and Cider competitions. Additionally, judges awarded the bronze medal to London Pride at the 2002 Great British Beer Festival in the Best Bitter category.

London Pride is a smooth and astonishingly complex beer with a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well-developed hop flavors from the Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties. London Pride is 4.1% alcohol by volume in cask (4.7% alcohol by volume for bottle and keg).

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: English Pale Ale

Appearance: Clear light amber with a three-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

Scent/Smell: Tropical fruit aroma arose from the hop content. Biscuity as well, and a bit of butter.

Taste:  Rather biscuity malts with a somewhat bready, dry finish. Very solid balancing bitterness with a distinct hop character.

Mouthfeel:Quite smooth going down. Average carbonation.

Drink with (food):Fish, Indian and Middle Eastern foods, various cheeses.

Grade: B+

I thoroughly liked this EPA. Good stuff, hopefully I’ll find it at another pub sometime so I can have a glass.

Next: Terrapin Rye Pale Ale


Today’s beer is Bass Pale Ale

Sample Bottle Size: 12 fl ounces/355 mL

Alcohol: 5.0%

Cap Twist: Twist-off

Cost: $1.75

Name: Bass is named after founder, William Bass.

Brief History: Bass& Co Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass. Bass applied and was granted England‘s first ever register trademark which still exists to this day, the red triangle. The beer is currently being produced under the name Coors Brewers Limited. Beers exported to United States are imported by Anheuser-Busch

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: English Pale Ale

Appearance: Orange-brown color. An average amount of head for a macro-brew.

Smell/Scent: Not a strong scent. Got a whiff of a citrus combined with a spicy hops. By no means would anyone call the scent overwhelming.

Taste: Somewhat smooth, toasted malt with some toffee and caramel flavors. Quite bitter as well. Got quite an aftertaste towards the bottom of the glass (top of the bottle).

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, although a bit more carbonated than other English ales. Smooth feel in the mouth.

Drink with (food): Pizza, lamb, salmon, duck, Salads with nut dressings, Mexican foods, nachos, burgers, roasted meats.

Grade: B-

I’d recommend drinking this beer warm; although it’s not bad chilled. I would’ve given it a higher grade if I didn’t get the bitter aftertaste.

Next: Foster’s