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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

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very good

1,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 1768
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%

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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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at an alehouse in Calgary (1600 in the south). Arrived in a signature London Pride pint glass (always a nice touch), a nice honey golden to orange amber color with around three fingers of white head. Aroma a classic British ale waft of pale malts, woody earthy hops, and a touch of fresh orange and coriander spice (the latter a bit unusual in a British pale, but I swear that's what I smell here. Must be the integration of citrus and peppery esters). Body is classic for the style, on the thin side but not watery. Palate is a subtle but rich complexity of soft bready malts, savory spice, floral citrus that mirrors the orange and lemon aroma, medicinal herb notes, maybe a little diacetyl butter, and a clean ultra-smooth bitter finish. Even the non-beer geek I was with was amazed by the smoothness. Overall effect is malty and bright vibrant citrus notes rather than super-sweet, but make no mistake, I am not talking citrus as in pungent West Coast hops. This is earthy, woody, fruity (from ale yeast), but smooth and bitter, with only a touch of caramel. A sublime integration of classic English flavors that taste quite bright and fresh on tap and with an aggressive yet English hopping regime that leads the way but does not overpower the malts. Rivals Samuel Smith Old Brewery but tastes a bit less rustic and "dark", more bright and fruity. Incidentally, many sources say this is a bitter rather than a pale ale. I think the cleaner malt taste and hopping make it a pale ale, but a perfect example for the old debate around whether these are even different styles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 01:10:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served as a sample, on tap, at Fermentation lounge, Tallahassee

a: Light amber with about 1/2 a finger of head

s: sweet toffy, caramel, and a bit of honey. No hop character. A dash of nuttyness to it as well

t: strong nuttyness to this one, backed by a dry malt backbone. A bit of wheat character as well. Hops dominate the aftertaste

M: Dry and grainy, almost wine like in mouthfull, but with more character

Overall: This is a excellent beer, easily drinkable, and very refreshing. Aside from its mouthfeel I highly recommend this brew

Fullers knocks it out of the park yet again!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 13:39:24 | More by jucifer1818
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4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A first note should be made that this beer is best enjoyed in its cask conditioned form pulled by hand from a beer engine in London where it is made and is freshest. The Fuller, Turner and Smith Brewery is located in Cheswick, London and London Pride is amongst the most poular Real Ales in the city.

In America it can be found in bottles and on draught, and although you won't find it cask conditioned here, freshness should still be made the upmost priority. Another note should be made that it should not be drunk or served at American near freezing temperatures, but rather in the mid 40F range (cellar temperature) of British ales, and should not be served in a chilled glass. When ordering here I will often order two, and let the second stand while I enjoy the first. The second will then be the perfect temperature. I keep this beer on draught in the cooler winter months and it is my favourite cold weather beer. When serving from the keg, I recommend tapping into and then serving from a pitcher; this tends to help the head become more creamy, somewhat simulating the cask pull in each pour. I have tried pulling it through the beer engine, but the extra forced carbonation of the export version is too much for the sparkler. I would enjoy the keg version of this beer more were there less carbonation.

In any regard, when well kept and properly served, I place London Pride at the very top of my favourite beers, and a benchmark for all British pale ale. It is delicately balanced, and a fine session beer. Whith its bright copper color, smooth lacy head, moderate alchohol and pleasantly balanced finish, London Pride pairs excellently with prime rib, steaks and other hearty beef meals, as well as with fish&chips.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 19:26:01 | More by OldRedLion
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a Fuller’s London Pride pint glass at White Beer’D, Bangkok.

Got a clear copper brown amber beer with thick off-white foamy head with great retention, the head stably endures until the end of tasting along with nice lacing.

Variety of fruit predominates in the smell mainly reminding of cherry and apple. Sweet malt is also there with a note of caramel and biscuit.

Load of fruit still exhibits through the taste buds reminiscent of cherry, citrus and apple. Sweet biscuity malt, caramel and some hop bitterness are leverage and enough to balance its fruity side.

The body is medium, smooth mouthfeel with some good crispness and carbonation, rather dry finish.

Good English ale with many varieties in term of complexity, aroma and flavor rather than typical others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 17:19:24 | More by Everydayoff
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on Tap today at the British Beer Company. Comes to the table a deep golden color with a thinnish off white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of rich sugary maltiness, lots of dark sugars and rich fruits with a hint of earthy and floral hops. The flavor is rich and malty but does have a bit of an earthy hop bite to it. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice beer, I've never had it before but it was on special so I gave it a shot. I probably wouldn't seek it out again as its really not my style, but there was certainly nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 01:15:23 | More by johnnnniee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rhino, into a pint glass.

Clear gold with some orange hues. Thick white head with rocky retention and fairly dense lacing. Nose is bready, some pale English malt notes, orange and milder citrus. A fairly signature 'Fuller's' character, something smells a bit 'waxy' for lack of a more revealing descriptor. Taste has more breadiness, pale malts, that 'waxy' notes, more citrus - orange, grapefruit perhaps. Smooth and clean finish, lightly bitter. Quite an English offering, a decent pint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 14:54:55 | More by liamt07
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis

A: Copper color Nice head that fell into a thin collar.

S: Slight apple scent and a little bit of some tropical fruits, smells a little sweet.

T: Nice balance of malts with a tiny hint of hops on the backend. Has a nice sweetness and tartness come through from green apples. Nothing overpowers, all blends well.

M: Medium bodied beer with minimal carbonation.

Nothing overpowering or unique here. Good beer to have at the pub, would have again but nothing too special.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 01:47:15 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this the other day at St. Georges Tavern in London. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful thin head and the semi-cloudy body. What a site! The first few sips tasted like a typical english bitter, but after that you start to taste cream. Lot's of cream.

I did a short beer run over in London and this is by far my favorite beer I tried. If you can get it on tap then please do it.

Also, it went great with my lamb shank pie.

That is all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 12:54:30 | More by scottford
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, round as the mouthful. Great nutty brown color. Smells full bodied and has a nice even taste - no overpowering aftertaste. Been drinking it for years and never disappoints. No ill effects when drunk from the bottle. Great with food - particularly fish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:32:14 | More by sim0n17
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Nook in Huntsville, AL. Poured a clear reddish amber color with a good half-inch head that stayed around for awhile and left some good lacing. As a Pale Ale, it had a slight hoppy flavor and smell but not as strong as an American Pale Ale. The mouthfeel presented a medium body with a hint of carbonation. Overall a very decent Pale Ale that was easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 00:12:59 | More by gerite
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last night at Redcoats Pub in Pleasanton, California.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- bready malt mostly some hops

Taste- mostly malt, some hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It certainly went with the pub atmosphere.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 04:44:20 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap:

A- nice orange and amber glow with about an inch white head

S- very mild aroma. English hops and a light fruity smell

T-Very light and crisp flavor. Very fruity, sweet, and malty flavor, with a light hop finish

M- Very crisp and smooth mouthfeel

O- Was impressed by this beer, definitely not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed it rather well

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 04:13:15 | More by MrDonQuixote
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Alberta (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? London Pride is a staple beer that only ramps itself up when served on tap. It's nice to have in the fridge at home in a bottle but nothing travels better than in a keg. I find this beer goes up an entire point from bottle to keg.

A - Golden-amber body in it's proper pint glass with a lasten cream head. Holds for minutes. Perfect colour.

S - The caramel malty scent sweetens the hops and brings together an epicly perfect brew.

T - Tastes of caramel and floral herbs which makes you feel as a part of the earth.

M - Flows and coats perfectly with a creamy yet deceivingly light flavour but creeps up with lasting body. Perfectly carbonated.

O - The best Pale Ale alive!

Changes slightly when drunk a little warmer much more flavour around 50.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 09:03:52 | More by TheBeerWarden
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a nice beer. I had this one on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours copper colored with a somewhat slight head. In the aroma, there are a nice balance of earthy hops and malt. The taste is a tad too bready and sweet for me to feel that this is world class, but it's pleasing enough. Smooth and bready in the mouth, this is probably better on a nice crisp fall day. I'm not sure I like this as much as I used to.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 17:31:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Pub in Beavercreek, OH. 20oz served in a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber with a off-white dense foam. The foam died down eventually to a thin film across the top but with thick walls of lacing noted. Good looking beer.

Smell: Floral, malty, and some mild tart fruits (berries?) all at the same time. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Nice clean English malt with some raspberry notes in the middle and then a mild English bitter finish. Malt forward, but not cloyingly sweet, and nicely balanced with the tartness in the middle and the bitter at the end. The flavors are richer once the beer has really warmed up - maybe just below room temp and it really shines.

Mouthfeel: Typical English ale - very mild carbonation, just a hair thicker than water. Good, but nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could have easily had another 20oz by itself or with more food. An outstanding beer with food, but a very enjoyable beer on a very hot day. I will definitely have this again on tap - in a bottle it's good, but it is much better on tap. I wonder what it would be like in cask form?

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 23:19:58 | More by damndirtyape
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks outstanding. Great amber to cherry hue with a thick finger head. Smells of fruit and malt. The ginger and cherry really come though. Roasted malts combine perfectly with the slight bitterness of the hops. Sweet and a bit dry. Slick to creamy mouthful that finishes slightly dry. Outstanding brew to session with.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 21:18:27 | More by Infamous7100
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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Crown and Anchor in LV, NV.
To me, basically a lighter version of the Fuller's ESB.
A - bright orange, hazy, thick head and lacing.
S - light hops, light fruit, light tea, light malt/caramel.
T - just like the smell.
M & D - very drinkable. The hops in the English Pale Ales are an interesting contrast to American hops. They are different, and good; however, I like my American hops better - they are more flavorful. Decent beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 19:26:18 | More by tbern007
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - off white head, head is fluffy, gorgeous clear auburn colour beer, no carbonation, lots of lacing

Smell - malts, caramel/toffee, very clean

Taste - i can pick up caramel & toffee, bitterness from the hops near the end, some malts buried deep in the taste.

Mouthfeel - little added carbonation brings bitterness fwd, not much else noticeably different.

Drinkability - an enjoyable beer, nothing out of this world. would have it again if the chance permitted.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 13:41:42 | More by Swedes21
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local English pub. A pleasant amber-brown body with a 1fingered head. The smell is quite pleasing as you can pick up a good amount of caramel-y malt balanced by a hoppy whiff. The taste is superb as there is a good dose of hops to provide a really nice counter-balance to the strong malt backbone. Definately beats Bass (althogh I do enjoy Bass quite a lot) and others. An excellent beer and one which is definately worth getting a pint of!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 22:51:36 | More by Beerbluesbiology
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, yellowish orange, 1 finger head, solid lacing.

S: hint of grain, malt, and citrus from hops.

T: Malts, grain, hint of bitter in the finish. Nice fresh, clean taste.

M: med body, smooth, dry crisp.

D: Very excellent session beer from England. This is one of my standards in England and very accessible beers.


Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 22:37:55 | More by BeerLover99
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a plastic glass.

Appearance: Amber colored with a thin, lasting head.

Smell: Malt and mild hops.

Taste: Toasy malt and English hops, with an hard water acridness that's complimentary. Bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very crisp.

All of the ingredients really came together and popped in an interesting way. A very flavorful brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 17:00:46 | More by SassyBootblack
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the regrettable Elephant & Castle in Philadelphia.

This is the quintessential English Pale Ale in my estimation. I grew so fond of while living in the UK, I was excited to see it in the US.

Pours amber in color with a bountiful head and a malt and caramel aroma. No real trace of hops in the smell. It's crisp and refreshing with a pleasing malty taste that goes down easy. At 4.70, it's definitely sessionable and I have had a few sessions with London Pride to prove it.

One of my top beers of all time and an excellent English Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 20:56:41 | More by pburland23
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass beaker. A thin head on a clear amber brown. Minimal lacing.

Complex sweet malt smells. The taste is again complex malts with a mild hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is good. Not bad, just nothing really special.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 08:11:25 | More by scott451
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with a decent head that lasts about a minute but isn't worth applauding. Aromas are predominantly malty, with caramel and honey notes shouting the loudest but still failing to amount to something interesting. The taste, however, kicks things up a notch. The flavors are subtle yet well-balanced; there's nothing here to blow your hair back and yet it's one of the finest, sessionable, sipping ales around. Sweet malts are perfectly balanced by woody, slightly earthy hops in a medium-bodied, lowly carbonated blend that seems to take its flavoring as lightly as it takes its mouthfeel seriously. It's one of the most perfectly weighted ales I've ever had, which only adds to its sessionability. Bravo to this understatedly brilliant beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 07:02:50 | More by droomyster
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a well-retained frothy off-white head, which produced some impressive sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, over-top a perfectly optically clear medium amber body with some faint traces of carbonation.

S- Smells of low-alpha, mildly citrus hops, over a base of crackerlike malt. A moderate aroma that is simple, yet classically elegant.

T- The flavor is overall moderate- not quite mild, not quite bold- replicate of the nose. Low-alpha citrus hops in nice balance with some crackerlike malt. Some mild hop bitterness lingers nicely in the finish. Delicate, simple and classically elegant.

M- A medium body that's textured from some assumed unattenuated sugar. Some nice creaminess from the delicate carbonation. No astringency.

D- Packs a lot of flavor for such a low alcohol brew... this sessionable masterpiece will soon find it's way into my fridge for regular consumption!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 23:51:35 | More by jgasparine
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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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