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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

1,023 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,023
Hads: 2,343
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 117
Gots: 346 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
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


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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of zfw
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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)

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Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of cbish68
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

A: Clear amber. Poured with moderate foam.
S: Mildly fruity sweet.
T: Somewhat malty sweet. A little bit fruity (and sour). Low bitterness. Dry.
M: light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Decent session ale.

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Photo of byronhicks
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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)

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

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

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

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)

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.

A- Burly, frothy pale white head, persists well. Lace is abundant. The body is slightly hazy and copper in color. 4.5

S- Sweet and biscuity or cracker-like, with a floral and grassy hop aroma. 4

T- Sweet caramel is balanced by a dry cracker flavor and grassy hops. Floral hops make up the finish. 4

M- Creamy and medium-bodied with mild bitterness and a bit of dryness. The sweetness is light and pleasant. 4

An enjoyable beer that I can easily toss back, yet still find some good flavor in.

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Photo of hophugger
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden color. Very nice lacing, much more pronounced than the head. Aroma is of sweet malty and some bread. Tatse is sweet malts, balanced well with a touch of bitter hops. Might be a liitle too complex for me as a new rater to give a more detailed opinion. Overall, well balanced beer

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Photo of leantom
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Love their ESB and therefore decided to try their regular pale ale. Here goes:

A: Orange-amber, small head but good lacing, clear. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. 4/5

S: Mild smattering of hops, some bready baker's yeast, and caramel and amber malts. Somewhat grainy, which is not necessarily a plus. However, the caramel malt is pretty distinct, which makes the beer smell pretty good. 4/5

T: Good, but not great. Hops aren't really apparent, the baker's yeast adds a nice, bready feel, but the malt is somewhat underwhelming. By this, I mean to say that while the caramel is nice and all, it's barely present relative to the grainy characteristics. I guess I was expecting the ESB. Beer is nice and toasty, however. 3/5

M: Nice and crisp. Very sessionable. 4/5

O: A good beer with some drawbacks. Not as good as Fuller's ESB. More malt would improve the beer substantially.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,5 l bottle (bb 22 june 15) into a pint glass. Clear amber body, one finger head, ok retention, some bubbling. Smell has citrus, malt, caramel and floral hops.

Taste is slightly tart and toasted caramel malt in the beginning, ending dry with a mild hop bitterness. Slightly bitter citrusy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a flavorful, balanced and refreshing ale, with a pleasant taste.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Date: 9/2/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: An Amber beer in color that moves towards a light orange when held to the light. Moderate white head with plus retention. Not much cling. The beer lets a lot of light in, the beer is not difficult to see through when held to the light.
Aroma: English malts hit me first with a very light white bread aroma. The hops follow second as a get a slight bitterness involving orange peel and maybe just a hint of lemon.
Taste: The malts evolve more as a flavor in the taste as I'm now getting more bread, a little nuttiness, and some pale malts. The hops move to the back as the flavor does not hit me as hard as the aroma but I'm still getting orange peel, orange water and a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium in body. Medium high in carbonation. The carbonation is of note because it's helping to keep many of the hop flavors on my tongue for an extended period of time. It's really quite refreshing. The malts add a hint of coarseness at the back of my throat but they are working well within the beer.

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Photo of Oakenshield53
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I mean, this is nearly as good as it gets with British brews.

Being a savory-flavor guy, a bread freak, carb monster in general, I always liked British ales. By the time I finally got to the UK in my early 30's, I was so stoked to get into a pub that we stopped at the first one I saw, and the first tap that hit my eye was London Pride.

Well, that was tasty. You guys know the drill with Fuller's, but if a selection of British ales was put in front of me, the only hesitation I would have in going for London Pride first would be it's cousin ESB.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber, burnt orange/copper. Quite clear with just a little haze. Small off-white head that recedes quickly. Some lacing.

Caramelized orange in the aroma. Quite estery. Toasted malt and a hint of diacetyl though not to an offensive degree. Spicy slightly fruity hop character.

Caramel malts up front with a slight apple character. Spicy and firmly bitter hops. Biscuity malt follow. Seems slightly sweet even with the bitterness, but age may have played a part in subduing the hops.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mineral rich water character presents itself in the finish.

Well balanced, but just a bit sweet. Probably not the freshest, but such is the case with imports that likely sit on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint

A - Crystal clear light copper with a decent head that dissipates quickly but laces the glass nicely.

S - Grain and malt with light, citrusy hops.

T - Follows nose. Rich grain and malt. Light, refreshing citrusy hops. Slightly fruity at the end.

M - Light and clean with a light carbonation.

O - A nicely malty ale that is better drunk at a bit above cellar temps. Very well balanced. A great ale for spring through summer. The hoppiness of this ale can be enjoyed anytime.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

London Pride has the looks to warrant a little bit of hubris. Clear and resplendent, this English ale looks especially lovely when properly showcased in full sunlight. Its colour is that of the flesh of an acorn squash but is tinctured with a bronze sheen. Bubbles pack the glass top to bottom as if it were a hot, new nightclub.

The mineral contents of London water and the combination of Fuggles and Goldings make this ale easy to identify as being British. It is chalky, with a quality I'd describe as a 'coppery' and like slate rock, and also has the leafy, herbal pungency of the hops. To my nose, I find it more distinctive than appealing, but it can certainly be both.

The 'cooked greens' kind of herbal leafiness of the hops is a flavour that never fades (not even in the aftertaste, which is persistent). As it warms, however, the malts play more of a role and can develop nutty, nougat-y, and even butterscotch pudding notes. Combining bitter and sweet, this taste profile, unusual though it may seem, really works.

That said, the most striking impression is neither caramelly malt nor pungent hops, but heavy water and abrupt minerals. Abstract though that may sound, anyone who's tried a Burton-on-Trent ale will be familiar with the effects high alkalinity and sulfates can have on a beer's overall profile. This dense mouthfeel is suited to true ale drinkers, no fairweather friends.

Still, there is a reason this was once the exclusive beer for British Airways. Indeed, 'London Pride' is a name fully warranted for use by Fuller. This is a brewery that should rightfully derive satisfaction in its own achievements and whose beers are widely admired for the qualities they possess. And good as this is, I think they make even better.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.