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Reviews: 1,006
Hads: 2,272
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 105
Gots: 300 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of takusan1000
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flat body and not very carbonated, not much head either, even after a strong pour. Smell is mild and dry fruitness. Taste is where London Pride stands out: Biscuity, dry, saltine crackers, apricot and other citrus fruits. The citrus/fruitiness of the brew comes not from hops it seems, but from the malt bill and the water. A light hops--fuggles? goldings?--is noticeable.

A fine brew, one of my favorite English beers among those that can be found easily. I know I can count on London Pride. (494 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper beer with excellent beige head, however, fading away quickly. Unexpected sediment. Not very intense grassy smell, hints of red currant, lemon, somewhat spicy. Taste follows the smell. Moderate bitter finish. Very good extra special bitter. (258 characters)

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap in London. Got almost nothing on the nose and felt like I was drinking a water beer mix. Maybe I have become too accustomed to hoppy IPAs, because I really struggled to get any solid flavors on this. (215 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear Amber and light brown, minimal head and a small ring of lace that retains well. There is a touch of dark dry fruits in the nose, like raisin or figs. This gives way to a bready and biscuity malt like aroma. As the drink warms, a sweet caramel and toffee like smell takes over. Bready and malty taste with a nice touch of hops that have a battering effect. Crisp, clean and smooth feel like fresh mineral water. Light bodied and drinkable. A very pleasant beer. I liked it a lot. (492 characters)

Photo of Shemmy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being American, I wasn't aware of this staple UK beer. Without thinking much of it, I picked up some bottles at the supermarket in Seoul Korea in 2009 where I was working at the time. Simply thought, well, as long as it isn't Korean beer and nearly the same price it'll make me pretty happy I'm sure. That night and that first sip really got my attention. Second sip and wow. What's this beer called? My new regular! This beer is not kidding around, nice, nice well balanced and won't break the budget too badly. The whole line of Fuller's brews are like that, or at least the ones available in Asia, India Pale Ale, ESB and London Porter. Solid masterful brewing at a good price. One of my favorite brewers. Not available in most shops in Thailand, so I will be ordering a case this evening from a beer delivery service, very worthwhile beer, especially London Pride. (869 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Cool bottle!

Appearance - Nice copper color. Good clarity. Nice head. Minimal stickage.

Smell - Malty. Slightly sweet. Mild floral (hops) nose.

Taste - Moderate malt flavor. Slight carmel sweetness. A little dry. The hop finish is a touch bitter.

Mouth - Somewhere between smooth and tangy.

Overall - A classic English Pale Ale/Bitter! The balance between the malt and hops is perfect. Like the English themselves,this beer is a bit a subdued yet very enjoyable! (518 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear amber with a small,foamy,quickly dissipating,white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,strawberries,raisins,plums,raspberries,butterscotch,grassy
T:
-Follows the nose plus a mild hop bitterniss
F:
-light,watery body
-medium-high carbonation (278 characters)

Photo of Griffin1845
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had this on cask and bottled. Outstanding either way. Balanced malt and hops. Very smooth. More focus on the malt than the hoppier American Pale Ales. I always have a few of these in the fridge. (200 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: brilliantly clear golden to amber, 1” head dissipates to thick film producing thick lacing. Low head retention due to low carbonation.
S: Light fruit in the plum to grape range, light sweet malt, did not get caramel, fruitiness moderate, less hops in the aroma than in the flavor, no diacetyl.
T: Delicate balance of fruit, light malt and earthy British hops. The malt and fruit drop away for a pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste that cleanses the palate.
F: medium to medium low body, medium low carbonation, no astringency, creamy, no alcohol warmth.
O: a refreshing well balanced flavorful session Ale. Balanced to the hops, drinkable. (648 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright clear orange, with a nice white head that slowly dissipates into frog eyes.

S: Light with a lovely caramel sweetness, and hops coming out in the form of floral notes.. simple and lovely.

T: Simple and sweet, with a light bitterness and a good amount of floral hops.

M: Medium in body, with a medium low amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of a cling in the finish.

O: Beautiful in it's simplicity. (428 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper with a finger of white head that rapidly disappears and leaves no lacing.

Nose has sweet malt, brown sugar, an earthy quality, Mabe a bit of Apple.

Taste follows nose precisely with the brown sugar sweetness predominant. Very smooth with the slightest bitterness at the finish.

Good beer. Not great. Tasted good after a 10 km run. (359 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at The Beer Store for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a decent white head that is gone in a minute. Very dark gold. Clear

S- Not a lot here.

T- Ok at best. Has a good malt backbone. That's about it for this one

M- Ok at best here too.

O- Not so great. Alright at best. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... Stuffed squid. Nice breadcrumb stuffing with onion, celery and butter

Enjoy (492 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml into pint mug.

A) Medium copper colour, slight haze, a few bubble, thin white head.

S) Good - rich warming malt.

T) Lighter than I was expecting, nice chewy malt flavour, very little hop notes but that is fine. No bittering aftertaste.

M) Nice medium to light body and good level of carbonation.

O) This doesn't try to do anything spectacular and that is its strength. A fine malty brew that you can drink down without thinking too hard. (472 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

January 7, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Medium amber with very high clarity, glows in the lamplight. About a centimeter of white bubbles on top, with fairly low retention. Some lacing and bubbles remain.

S – Golden biscuits with just a touch of uncooked dough or crackers, along with strong sweet toffee and caramel. Some mild vanilla is also in the mix. Some fruity esters but hard to peg. Hops are pretty low in the background, floral, noble-type.

T – Flavor has same malt character as the aroma, but is lower in the mix. Hops are floral, but hop bitterness is the star here, much more prominent.

M – Body is light to medium, fairly low in carbonation, the mouthfeel commonly associated with British beers (wrongly so, most of the time.) Very juicy, and bitterness is prominent from start to finish. Would be better with the fuller body resulting from cask dispensation.

O – Great aroma, god flavor profile, but not the most satisfying drinker. Again, I would love to have this on cask in the pub for the “real” experience. (1,069 characters)

Photo of zfw
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an O.K. malty flavor and a hint that hops were involved in its making, but overall seems just a small step up from a mass market US beer. I made a few trips to the UK many years ago and had some great local beers in and around London. This is not those. (270 characters)

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Review: Bottle of London Pride British Pale Ale, 4.70%ABV

Comes in a nice looking and distinctive 330ml bottle.

London Pride is a decent ale from England’s Capital city.

Pours a lovely amber reddish colour with some white head that faded quickly. Some light lacing is seen.

The aroma is of some biscuit malts and earthy hops with hints of caramel sweetness. Nice.

A lovely refreshing flavour which hits the taste buds immediately. It tastes of light caramel, some earthy and earthy hops with a mild bitter aftertaste. It has a different, subtle, complex taste to it than what you can expect from a lot of beers, which has to be appreciated.

I also found it a bit strong in the taste which I enjoyed, more of a kick to it than other ales.

Overall, London Pride is a solid pale ale, with lots of flavour, and was fairly easy to drink, a good session beer. Definitely worth a try and a good introduction to English, cough London, beers. (949 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light but not pale amber with a foam head that has around average retention. Not the best looking beer I have ever come across in the style but it is pretty on point for type and is by no means unpleasant to the eye.

Smell - Sweet malts are evident from the offset with some hints of plum and grape with caramel and floral tones. There is also some light bitter hop aroma.

Taste - Almost identical to the smell profile. There is notes of plum and grape style fruit, light caramel sweet malts and enough bitter hop to make it very well balanced. there is also some boozy character to the flavour but is is not over powering and adds to the overall experience.

MF - Mildly astringent mostly due to the boozy character. This beer has good body and a nice long lived linger that encourages further drinking.

Overall - well balanced and very drinkable this beer is again a fine example of the style and a good ambassador for the British style which tends to be more rounded and balanced than the new wave of hop forward beers. (Not that I'm claiming one is better than the other just pointing out the difference in the regional styling) (1,150 characters)

Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

I am not an expert, so I will just review this as someone who likes to sit and taste beers.

I had a high expectation about this beer, at the start I found a bit of disappointment, as with this I realized that I am more into darker beers, but after a couple of drinks (and a little better temperature) I started to juge this as a more neutral point, and I really found it amazing, maybe not my favourite beer, but absolutely one of the best I've tasted so far, a smooth flavor not so bitter to be heavy, but bitter enough to taste marvelous. (541 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Magic! This beer is consistently satisfying - I grab a bottle or two every few months to remind myself of the standard for quality beer. Smooth, balanced, and everything an English Ale should be. (195 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a 1" sudsy off white head that falls slowly with some moderate lacing. Color is a clear light copper with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: some sweet bready malt, fruit, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with standard fluffy ale mouthfeel. Finish is dry.

Flavor: bready malt, some biscuit, a bit raisin, earthy and a bit of floral hop finish.

Overall: a classic that never disappoints. I could drink this everyday if my budget allowed it. (517 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Best English Pale Ale I've had to date.

Very smooth, great tasting, well rounded pale ale. Great level of malt sweetness and flavor balanced against a mild level of hop bitterness and an aroma of malt sweetness and breadiness.. This beer epitomizes the english pale ale style for me.

Very good beer. (305 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into an imperial pint
A: light clear copper, small head, little lacing
S: caramel malt, toasted grain, little mineral, little floral hops
T: follows nose, biscuit and caramel, a little lemon mid-way, and the finish has some floral hops and mineral/medicinal notes
M: light and thin, and fairly well carbonated; the finish is fairly lively, considering. (368 characters)

Photo of cbish68
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

The Fuller's London Pride is a light orange-amber pale ale. It has a small but firm head and leaves a good lacing on the glass. The taste is a fruity, citrus malt. Some bitter aftertaste but overall very smooth. (212 characters)

Photo of byronhicks
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

This is what I think of when I think of English Bitters. Beautiful reddish brown color with a nice rich head of foam. Clean peppery taste with a warm bitter aftertaste.

This was the best bear I had in England this trip. (224 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SERVING: Bottle


A:
Pours a clear copper with a nice two fingers of off-white head that gassily settles over a minute and a half or so to pretty nice cap . Decent retention; some bits of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Bready and sweet. White pepper, bubblegum, brown sugar, biscuit, minerals. (4)

T:
Fresh and clean with a mineral character. Bread, lemon, tea-like astringency, pepper, slight medicinal tinge at the end. (4)

M:
Light-medium body, well-carbonated, almost thin, very drinkable, nice spicy finish. (3.75)

O:
Very nice approachable yet complex English Ale.
This is a surprisingly zesty, yeasty, spicy ale with a hard water quality to that is quite drinkable.
Pours nice enough and features a really phenolic, spicy nose and a dry prickly taste. Very drinkable and a good fall beer.
Would have again; good beer to try, great inoffensive beer for people trying to get into better beer. (4) (908 characters)

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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