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Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Reviews: 1,042 | Ratings: 2,434
Photo of Zet
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bronze amber colour with a subtle head of foam. Full nose of dough, vanilla, caramel and some light fruits. The malts are prominent in the taste and are supplemented with fruity esters. The hops make their appearance in the swallowing: piny and earthy. Very smooth beer, easy to drink. Not a master in complexity, this one, but easily one of the best balanced brews I ever had. Perfect synergy of malts, esters and hops. Recommended.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale amber with a fairly large head. The aroma leads with cedar, sandalwood, and some vague mushroom notes, crackery malts and some toffee, as well as background notes of lemon, cantalope, and candied orange peel. The flavor starts with smooth, creamy light toffee and whole wheat cracker like malts, with touches of cedar, lemon, mushroom, and dried leaf from the hops. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, with piquant carbonation spicing up the end. Overall this is a really nice beer - simple, but with nice depth, and plenty to chew on as you go through it. A classic.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a beautifully clear amber orange in color with 1 finger of off white bubbly head. The head fades leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is fairly lively just not long lasting.

Aroma - apple and pear up front, floral hops behind that and some nutty aromas.

Taste - The flavor profile is a little different, you get some floral and leafy hops up front followed by some nutty malts and a crackery pale malt to finish it off. This is a very malty beer with less hop bitterness than american pales. perfect for the style.

Feel - Light and watery with some creamy carbonation.

Overall - Although the look and nose were not my favorite for the style the taste and feel are superb and all and all this beer comes together to create a very nice english pale ale. The malts are very predomanent and even the floral hops are fairly sweet. The leafyness adds a bit of bitterness but it is a very light easy drinking bitterness. Definitely worth the try!

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first experience with the style, poured in a plain ass pint glass.
pours a light amber with deep gold edges, thick white head dissipates to a ring of white bubble.
mineral backed malt on the nose, toffee and floral hops.
flavors follow, floral hops, touch of biscuits, toffee, followed by crisp mineral aftertaste that keeps the toffee at bay.
Medium body, crisp, creamy.
overall, such a great beer. The hops play well with the yeast esters and malt, making this beer so drinkable.

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Photo of Galgari
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber color with nice head and persistent lacing. When it comes to the olfactory sense, there are notes of a citrus, roasted malts, and biscuits. The taste is similar to this with the addition of the bread, but somewhat fainter. Mildly carbonated with the nice ans soft mouth-feel. All in all, nice and rounded beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange body, 1 finger white head.

Smell: Floral and nutty hops, toffee, and mild orange.

Taste: Floral and nutty hops, toffee, mild orange and brown sugar.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, mild bitterness.

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Photo of amano_h
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, earthy hops, biscuits and butterscotch on the nose; more of the same on the palate, with heavy emphasis on the sweet caramel. The creamy mouthfeel and the full-bodiedness is definitely the breadwinner for this beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Back label says Best Before: 20 APR 16.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam.

S- Biscuity, somewhat spicy malt character with an English hop varietal stench.

T- Mild flavor of sweet doughy malt and the slightest hop bitterness. Well balanced and super easy to drink while still being decently flavorful.

M- Slight pinch from the hops and carbonation with a lightish body.

O- An English Pale Ale that's by the book and is rather tasty. Not something that I would seek out but it's nice to check out these great takes on traditional styles from time to time.

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Photo of davidperez
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a hefeweizen glass, it pours an amber orange, clear, with a two-finger head, creamy, with excellent retention. Ok lacing.
Several minutes after the pour, streams of bubbles keep going to the surface.

The bouquet is very interesting. Citric, earthy hoppiness, caramel, malty sweetness, very creamy, pine. Not very assertive though.

That complexity sure continued in the flavor, as it follows the nose accurately.
Upfront you detect a nice and high carbonation, and the onslaught of one multifaceted flavor. The notes are well blended in, you get the bitter and the sweet side at the same time. Balanced beer but I'd say it tilts toward bitterness.
Prominent flavors are earthy hoppiness, citric as in orange, grass, cream, caramel. The finish is an exact continuation of that flavor, and it is not very long.
Medium body, slightly smooth.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great session ale.
Nice with gorgonzola and nuts pasta!
The smell is much more pleasing but the taste is great too. It reminds me of the time spent in London pubs.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing to complain about, this stuff is good but not remarkable. Pours golden with thin white head. Aroma of biscuit and caramel. Flavors are similar, with nice malty tones balanced well. Clean, mildly sweet finish. Session stuff for sure.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours Clear golden with medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, some butterscotch. Taste of caramel, malt, biscuit, grassy. Not bad.

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Photo of OlaB
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep amber color,very clear, gives away almost no head when im pour it in the glass.

S:Fruity , yeast, orange marmelade and bisquits , all in all a very sweet smell

T: Sweet malts , caramel ,spices , hops, the hops suprised me that it was not noticable by the aroma, but it gives off the well balanced bitterness that stays in the mouth after the first sip.

F: medium bodied, very creamy and prickly, the hops gives that bitter and fresh aftertaste that stays there for a while, a very good beer

O: Was a great experience to try this one, i already was very satisfied by other beers from Fullers, and this one did not disapoint me at all . A highly recomended ale , that i enjoyed a lot . very drinkable.

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Photo of elixirojo
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Fresca, me lleva a pensar que el agua que la compone es relevante. Sabor amaderado. Percibo hierbas y un amargor normal que la hace muy bebible y disfrutable hasta el último sorbo.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Fruity, smooth, yeasty smell. Hops are dominant in the taste. Feels like an average English ale. I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep amber. A sweet, faintly fruity aroma. Taste starts off with a slight sweet malt and a mildly bitter finish. Multi flavor aftertaste includes grassy bready pear.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A beer so widely available, it seems odd I've never had it before. Pours an amber colour, translucent but well-carbonated, topped by some unsightly loose, soapy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smell is surprisingly yeasty, doughy, and almost cider-like. Boiled greens. Crystal malt, faint cocoa. Slight piney-ness.

The taste is initially, surprisingly, almost slightly tart. But more dough-yness, malt, some leafy greens. Biscuit, cracker, a bit of pepper. Carbonation is middle-of-the-road and the body is light enough to be somewhat sessionable. Not a bad little English Ale.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015. Nice that it is dated. Drank about 6 months before "Best Before" date.

Appearance: Deep amber with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and doesn't leave much film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet and has a good alcohol aroma. There is some hops aroma that adds a bite, but it is not very strong. There may be a very slight fruity aroma.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, much more that what I expected from the aroma. There is a little bit of malty sweetness to it, but it is definitely dominated by the hops. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodied beer. It is a good example of an English Pale Ale that I would like to drink again. I was wary of how good the taste would be due to all of the "award winning" comments on the label, but it is a very good beer.

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Photo of hophead723
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I saw 1.09 pint bottles of this for individual sale at the nearby grocery store. I recalled seeing an ad for this with James May, my favorite celebrity. So I was excited to try it and was pleased to see it had a very high rating on BeerAdvocate. Time to give it a go.

Look: This beer's handsome amber color is crowned with an off-white foamy head. The head is sticky and leaves rings.

Smell: The aroma is rich and mouthwatering, with hues of yeasty bread and honey covered biscuits. I also detect orange marmalade, fruity ale yeast, and chestnuts.

Taste: My first sip of this was immediately followed by a chorus of angels, and I realized I had found liquid genius. There is a hearty biscuit and honey sweetness upfront with a crisp finish that possess a noticeable kiss of grassy and lemony hops.

Feel: Impeccably smooth, creamy body that is somehow bursting with palette cleansing carbonation. Superb!

Overall: This beer is a masterpiece! It is very drinkable, well rounded, and balanced. It is endorsed by James May, comes from Britain, and is unbelievably delicious! What more can you ask of a beer?

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Photo of Spike
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.

L: Crystal clear, reddish copper colour with a patchy head that leaves some lacing. No carbonation visible.

S: Buttery, sweet malt aroma. No off notes.

T: Malts, light toffee. Clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

F: Medium body, so smooth, slight tang. A gentle bitter finish that lasts.

O: A (the?) classic English bitter. Produced on the banks of the Thames since 1959. Smooth, crisp, clean. Words regularly associated with a German pilsener but also well suited to this champion beer of Britain.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 2/5/16. Pours a clear medium amber with a touch of garnet. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Outstanding nose of sweet malt, with substantial caramel influence, light fruit (pear) and subtle hops.

Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. World class carbonation with a subtle effervescent middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. The intensity is a bit subtle, but complexity and balance are spot on. It begins with a grainy cracker biscuit that flows into a subtle caramel sweetness with notes of pear. The middle brings a classic British hop flavor and mild bitterness. The finish has crisp elements and a mild herbal hop flavor lingers.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber color with a moderate amount of activity. Weak white half a finger head that lasts for 2 minutes with average legs.

Aromas of bread and caramel or honey. Flavors of metal, toffee, grains, lemon, and noble hops. Nice mix of grassy spices and malty bread. Quality sugary malts with a nice sharp bitter feel.

Slick full body with prickly carbonation. Light finish of medium length, ending with a faint spicy feel of ginger and a grassy noble spices tongue coat.

Overall good quality craft. Nice balanced flavors, a little watery while refreshing. Good session beer with a thick well rounded body. Starts with a metallic feel that eases down with time.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 15 Jan 16 at 42 degrees into imperial pint, allowed to warm to 50 degrees before drinking
Aroma of hops and grain, lasts entire glass
Head large (seven cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing – fair. Broken narrow rings with small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor lightly bitter with some graininess coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of ARoman
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask, poured into a nonic. The aroma is kinda funky with mildew and sulfur notes followed by leather and citrus peel. It pours an oily, orange amber with a white soapy head that has light retention and mild lace. It's a pretty well balanced, medium bittersweet. The texture is on the watery side of oily with a smooth, near flat carbonation. The light body has muted flavors of nuts and caramel with a finish that's caramel syrup and an aftertaste that's mild with notes of nuts and caramel.

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Photo of MNAle
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz can into an Irish pub-style imperial pint glass, demonstrating how much short of an imperial pint 330 mL actually is! Dark amber with a 3/4 inch off-white head, receding slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Lightly carbonated. Sweet malty smell, just a faint hint of fruity aroma. Mouth feel is a bit thin to medium. Mild initial taste, some hops bittering in the middle, with a sweet malt finish balanced by hops bittering. There is just not much to this beer. The taste is not particularly malty nor are the hops flavorful or bitter. Overall, a relatively thin, uninteresting beer. Very disappointing, especially given the high ratings.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.