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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,150 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 77
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 13/Feb/04.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 4.7% in bottles.

Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: A vibrantly glowing orange-amber. Fine, gem-like clarity. Generated a very loose, moist head with large gauge bubbles; which didn’t last long. A curtain of copious, large-gauge bubbles coated the side of the glass, and there was a great deal of carbonated activity.

Smell: A truly classic, panoply of mild ale aromas: grain, moderate hops, toasted bread, and buttered toffee. Nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.

Taste: This is a study in malts, with an excellent supporting cast of hops (Northdown, Challenger, and Target). Remarkably complex for a session beer, providing the classic British “biscuit,” butterscotch, crisp fruitiness, and slick diacetyl butteriness. Never relinquishes its crispness through the moderate, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps this example’s only weakness. The carbonation exhibited a certain amount of coarseness I don’t recall in previous bottles. The 550 ml bottles of this (which I haven’t seen recently) have typically been better; and cask examples are reliably superior. This is a light-bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is the definition of drinkable; light- to medium-bodied, complex, refreshing, with a moderate ABV. One of the top session ales of all time, especially on cask.

Drinking this was like a visit with an old friend; warm, welcoming, and delightful. I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. Partly prompted by a post about “overlooking the obvious,” I picked some of this up. Having been introduced to so many new things by BA, it was nice to return to an old favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this in the 550 ml bottles recently; where I remember its being somewhat smoother. I still prefer the ESB and 1845, but this is a superb ale and not to be missed, especially if you get the opportunity to try it on cask.

Bottom Line: A quintessential British mild ale, perfect for quaffing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great traditional bitter,nice bronze color with a light amount of lace.A lot of malt aromas going on caramel brown sugar and biscuit dough only a light geranium hop presence lingers.A true session ale malty and fruity with some iron in there but there is a green hop presence light but it make the beer balanced,a gret ale from Fuller's.

Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very nice looking amber pour with a smallish off-white head. The nose is malty sweet with subtle fruity hints. Taste wise, it's light fruitiness up front that quickly turns to a malty body down the middle. Medium bodied with a smooth & fizzy mouthfeel. The finish is dryish with a metallic sorta zip to it. Nice light hoppiness. An average beer in my books.

Photo of davemarc87
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MrBiscuit
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sgoodship
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While pale ales are no longer my favorite style of beer, I certainly get a jolt of nostalgia from drinking them. Really reminds me of many on-tap beers I had in my younger days in England and Wales.

A: Poured from one of the handsome 1pt 0.9fl.oz. bottles. I got a nice frothy near white 1.5 finger head. It's a crystal clear, bronze amber color with some carbonation visible. When the head dissipates, you are left with a nice thin lace and some webbing on the glass. Attractive looking PA.

S: I served it too cold. Note: Do not serve this beer colder than recommended. I was so disappointed until the beer warmed up and I realized what a fool I had been. OK - confessions aside... Crystal malt, a touch of fruit and hops. I also got an almost dimethyl grass type aroma too. There was a buttery smell that made me feel like it would be a creamy taste which I knew would not be the case.

T: Taste goes along with the smell. Well balanced caramel malt and hops. Touch of fruit. People say this a lot but it is true. This beer really does make you think Pale Ale. It is a poster child for sure. Nice strong hop sourness on the back of the throat as an aftertaste.

M: A nice crisp, lightly carbonated beer. Medium bodied.

D: I don't long for the Pale Ale like I used to but if I was to go for one, this would surely be one of them.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, the color was a rich amber color with a reasonable white foamy head. The aroma produced has hints of fresh bread. A nice long pull reveals a well balanced light malt flavor that finishes with a slightly sharp hoppiness that lingers on after the swallow, eventually leaving you with a gentle sweetness on the tongue leaving you ready for the next pull. Nice drinkability in the sense that there is rich flavor without that “meal in a glass” feeling you get with some heavier brews.

Highly enjoyable! I can picture myself sitting in an English pub enjoying a few pints with friends. Not too full but still satisfying. Nice.

Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. This one poured a nice dark copper color with a very big frothy white head that coated the whole glass with lace. The smell was pretty light with a slight hoppiness and a very bready scent as well. The taste was super balanced with a very light hoppiness, medum malt presence and a great earthy taste that I couldn't put my finger on. The mouthfeel was so light and airy off the cask it was great. A true session beer indeed.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.25/5  rDev -68.3%

Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: highly carbonated, a translucent darkened amber.

S: hints of citrus, hops, and malts.

T: faint citrus and hops tease the tongue initially while a backbone of sweet malts linger at the end.

MF/D: intensely smooth for the amount of carbonation, an easily sessionable bitter brew.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Fuller's London Pride pours from the bottle a bright amber with hints of red and a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of sweet caramel, toasty bread and light fruits mixed with some herbal hoppiness as well. An enjoyable nose that seems fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings a caramel covered toasty pale maltiness that has a nice fruity (apples) profile as well. A slightly spicy, herbal hop hits the back of the palate on the way down. A bit of grainy huskiness lingers after each sip. A tasty pale ale overall...easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with good carbonation and just really easy to drink. I could see this being really great on cask. Another brew I would have no problem sessioning as it goes down so smooth and easy. Well worth your time...and probably worth a trip to the UK as well!

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mhkirin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bertcat9000
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

A good solid choice, and a nice benchmark for the classic pale ale style. Malty, firm, crisp with a nice soft character. You can't got wrong with this beer.

Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an amberish color, topped by a 1 inch head, which disappeared quickly, a very soft aroma with just a hint of malt. The taste was also soft,with just a hint of malt.Tried and triend but couldn't detect the carmelly "Sugar Daddy" taste this was supposed to have. Its OK but couldn't find a reason to recommend it

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mverity
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey amber in color with some off white head that faded quickly into a medium collar and some thin wisps. Fair legs and lacing. Aroma is toasty and bready with some faint earthy hops. Taste is light caramel, some earthy and floral hops and a bit bready as well. Appreciable hop bitterness. Light-medium body and medium-low carbonation.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.