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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

1,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 1773
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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Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers of off white head, some lace here too. Smell is of toasty malts and fruity hops, light lemony citrus, buttery bread, moderate hop, some floral notes as well. Taste is malty up front, buttery toasted malts, fruity hop, mild bitterness, orange and lemony aftertaste as well. Lightly carbonated, smooth medium body, soft creamy feel. A solid pale ale, flavourful, and fairly easy drinking, could drink this in large quantity over the span of a warm afternoon.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 14:58:24 | More by peensteen
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It made lots of thick head that would not go away. Amber reddish color. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma and a hint of malt.
Low carbonation and very small bubbles. Light going to medium body.
Malty sweet flavor well balanced with refreshing hops that leaves a nice sensation on your tongue. Notes of caramel, Earthy and floral English hops and a slight touch of toasted malts.
Mild dry and bitter aftertaste. Solid good bitter and sweet beer, it proves you can be big and still produce a decent quality product.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 21:36:20 | More by FLima
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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a foamy two finger head that recedes moderately fast. Light copper.

Aroma: Iron, hops, and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Rich and malty, with a nice balance and a hoppy background. Some toffee-like sweetness and toast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Goes down easy.

Overall: A fine example of its type, London Pride is a long time favourite of mine. I like it from the tap (cask), from the can, and from the bottle, and it's a beer that doesn't seem to suffer much from any of these storage methods. This one really is what it says on the tin: rich, malty & satisfying.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 18:05:33 | More by Arborescence
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Ontario (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I bought a can of this stuff at LCBO, because it looked good, and I thought it was on sale for $2.00 for a tallcan. It was actually $2.80, not $2.00, so I expected something delicious.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

I cracked open the can, and the distinct smell of urine wafted very quickly up to my nostrils. I drank a small sip, it tasted like it smelled, and I kicked myself in the ass for wasting my money on this "premium ale".

Now I understand why the British refer to "getting drunk", as "getting pissed"!

The urine the beer ratio in the can is UNACCEPTIBREW!!

Shameful 1/5.

The British should stick to fish and chips, and leave the brewing for us North Americans!

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 00:36:05 | More by jkrane
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Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice clear golden color. 1+ fingers of head that linger for more than a few moments. Some bubbles readily apparent inside the glass.

Smell - This comes off smelling like a wonderful English Bitter to me, sour notes, floral hops combined with some light malts. Definitely picked up a bunch of lemon as well.

Taste - Lemon was extremely present on first few sips. Milt malts also perceptible throughout. Strong bitterness and especially bitter aftertaste were probably the stars of the show.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but very nice and wet that would quench the thirst. Slightly thin which worked as well.

Overall - Quite a bit of flavor in this beer, however for whatever reason just didn't enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. To me it was a bit too lemony and too bitter (at least for what my expectations were) and that's why the review is as sparkling. However, anyone with an interest in beer should definitely try it especially those loving English Ale styles.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 18:19:46 | More by DenisKolkin
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Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Burnished copper in color. Crystal clear with a cream colored head. Head is fairly lasting.

S - The aroma is bready up front, sort of like soda crackers. Hops follow smelling at first of citrus. Then comes the sweet smell of malt, giving nuts and caramel. Malt presents itself without interfering with other aromas.

T - London Pride is medium bodied with a wonderfully juicy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose very well. In particular juiciness followed by hints of caramel. In the end comes an assertive citrus and hay finish of hops.

O - Very decent English bitter overall. It's tasty, well balanced, and bitterness is assertive without dominating.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 02:57:41 | More by Brianhophead
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2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

An attractive, dim gold colour. Just shy of 2 fingers of head.

Smell is faintly sweet, and rather light, but has the presence of a certain scent that I can't quite describe. "Soapy"?

Taste was mild. A basic "beer" taste. Mild carbonation.

Pale Ales are not my thing, but, overall, this beer is not too off-putting to me.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 00:53:46 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a British Airways plastic cup on a flight from Heathrow. Not the most ideal of drinking situations, but still classically delicious and refreshing. Balanced malty goodness with a touch of pear fruitiness. Light in body but packs considerable flavor. Easygoing and sessionable. The best I could ask for in a cramped cabin 40,000 feet above sea level.

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 21:51:14 | More by Fusion7777
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another great beer from Fullers.

A- A sexy Reddish brown tint.

S- Fruity Notes, above average smell for a Pale Ale

T- Quite fruity, almost a blueberry like flavour. Balances out well with a hoppy finish.

M- Pretty light body. Similar to a lot of macro Ale's.

O- Not a bad beer. Although I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Pale Ale, I probably won't be picking up this one anything soon.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 02:51:15 | More by PorterPro125
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional Pint Glass from 500 ml can.

App--- copper/amber colour with a thin head off-white

S---- apple and malt, it smells lighltly

T--- not impressive but very well balanced, malty with a liitle touch of fruit and presence of hops too

M--- nice in mouth, medium/light body with medium carbonation

O--- easy easy to drink because its well balanced. Not a complex Pale Ale but good to be a standard at London pubs.

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 09:45:24 | More by Jetulio
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Exits the can a golden and bronze, a small off white head floating atop.

S - Quite a fruity punch to it from the hops; orange, peach and strawberry.

T - Again the immensely fruity elements that came through on the nose, strawberry, peach, citrus, pale sweet malts, maybe a hint caramel and peanuts. Has substantial fruity hop bittering qualities.

MF - A tad on the watery side (at least I find it so in the canned incarnation), medium bodied, but overall isn't too unappealing.

O - An enjoyable fruity pale ale, one of my regular brews because of its wide availability. This was my first real beer when I started out a year and a half ago, one I liked from the get-go, and it retains a special place with me!

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 19:45:16 | More by Eramen
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with a little white head.

The smell was fruity and malty with a little hops.

The taste was slightly hoppy and bitter with caramel malts.

This beer is smooth with a medium body and slight carbonation.

Overall one of the best EPA's I'm just not that big a fan, however I would say Bass is better.

Serving type: can

03-19-2012 18:54:31 | More by Dave1999
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured a three finger head into a pint glass, lots of big bubbles on the fluffy off white head - good retention with sticky patchy lacing - amber with red hue

Smell is floral hops and pale malt with some fruit

Taste follows the nose with apple and pear notes

A nice bit of bitterness with this medium bodied brew with little carbonation, dry and tart but very easy drinking

Overall a very nice EPA that is highly sessionable

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 04:06:47 | More by Stocean1
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2.15/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours an orange-yellow with a very thin layer of foam. The foam lingers before disappearing.

S - Can definitely smell the malts. Also a slightly sweet odor is detectable

T - Disappointing. Not much substance, thin and malty.

M - Very thin and watery. A malts have a bite.

O - Overall a huge disappointment.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 17:12:50 | More by Jammies
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from LCBO servec in McAuslan pint. 2-3 months old. Appearance: Long lasting one inch creamy off-white head with decent lacing. Beautiful copper pour with red shades. Aroma: Inviting cereal display, english hops and slightly roasted malts. I also get some nuts. Taste: Fresh cereal, citrusy hops and nutty malts blends nicely. Palate: Creamy and rich taste yet light bodied enough to session. Low carbonation. Overall: That went down quick. Very quaffable, awesome aroma. Could have had a little more flavor. I'm really getting into english ales, thanks to Albion.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 23:02:48 | More by Luk13
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL can. Brew date: May 24, 2011, best by May 24, 2012. 4.7% ABV, 11.75 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Burnt orange color, very clear with lots of tiny bubbles. Very little head, but it hung around long enough to leave rings of lacing.

Smell: What aroma I got was floral and fruity hops. Not much else.

Taste: Well-hopped and right up front. Not as blow-your-head-off as American IPAs, I think I prefer the English hopping. Caramel malt and a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Light on carbonation. Nicely bitter finish. Crisp.

Overall: Very enjoyable quaff. I like this on warm spring afternoons at my favorite bar, looking out the window at traffic.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 12:40:46 | More by dbaker61
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance with finger head that quickly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of malt, hops,caramel and a hint of apples and bread.

Taste has a lot of features from the smell, caramel, malt, bread. Picked up vanilla, citrus and various fruits. Crisp combination of tastes, but a little light. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering citrus taste.

Overall, this is a drinkable and balanced beer. Taste can be a little weak, but inoffensive with some decent features. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 04:04:02 | More by CrazyMike
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over deep amber liquid.

S: Citrus and malt.

T: The taste is very British. Citrus hops up front transition to vanilla with a caramel malty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very tasty and drinkable, of the the best English beers I have had yet.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 15:23:45 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been very happy with all the canned offerings from fullers as well as their bottled vintage. looking forward to this one.

straight pour in a pint glass produces a wonderful cascading head that settles atop a clear straw colored brew.

the hops are smelling fantastic. getting tropical fruit scents. smells thick and tempting. sweet fermented goodness.

creamy medium bodied with tropical fruit juice taste and a bitter creamy finish. begs for gulping or sipping. very delicious.

love fullers.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 23:00:10 | More by paxkey
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Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an attractive translucent amber-copper colour, topped with a finger of creamy off-white head. Good retention; the head lasts for most of the session and lots of stringy lacing is left behind. Carbonation appears to be on the low side. Nose is mostly typical english-style malts; biscuity with caramel/toffee and some fruity notes.

Mildly-roasted biscuit malts and caramel/toffee are the first thing I notice, but the fruitiness (plum and apple) detected in the nose is a little more noticeable in the flavour. Mostly sweet on the tongue, but there's some drying hop bitterness in the finish. A very mild-tasting ale. A bit buttery and slippery in the mouth. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with low carbonation.

This is an ideal session ale - balanced, mild, and delicious. I will definitely pick some up again at some point.

[Updated Dec. 20 2013]

Another can, this time compared side-by-side with Spitfire, St. Peter's Organic English Ale and Marston's Pedigree. Easily the best of the four; Fuller's London Pride is probably the gold standard of this style and a fabulous English ale that I have returned to on many an occasion. Wonderfully balanced; if you don't like this, then English session ales just aren't your thing, I guess.

Final Grade: 4.19, an A-.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 19:51:07 | More by thehyperduck
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cracked open this can after working outside on a hot day--so I fear it may skew the ratings a little higher...

Semi-transparent caramel appearance with a creamy/frothy two finger head. Lots of cascading in the glass and lacing too. Smells of sweet malts and yeast. Mouthfeel slightly watery with some creaminess.

Simply delicious. Just the right note of wet hops and sour malts. Some caramel and dark chocolate too. A little bitter on the back of the tongue with a dry finish.

Perfect: I could drink it all night.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 19:03:12 | More by Matt1516
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber colour, careful pour yields about a pinky fingers worth of soapy white head that very quickly dissipates to a tiny little ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing to speak of throughout till finish.

Smell- Very bready aromas coming from this one right away, very sweet as well with a nice caramel malt smell, mixed with earthy grassy hops. Other than that there’s not really much else going on here on the nose.

Taste- Is pretty much the same as the aromas, very bready on the palate and very sweet as well coming through with that caramel malt again, earthy grassy hops still present in the tastes as well. Overall a very well balanced ale although a tad on the sweet side, even though apart from these three flavours there is really not much else going on.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied this one finishes very clean and crisp with a distinctively bready malt characteristic, good carbonation as well.

Overall- Not the best, not the worst I’ve tasted by a long shot, this is a very smooth and easy drinking ale that you could easily sit down a session all night. The sweetness of it though might put some people off as the bread and caramel malt flavours really dominate this one from start to finish, although I must say the flavours are very well balanced. A very quality ale although I wouldn’t rate this one world class by any stretch of the imagination, more on the above average scale I would say, I would drink this one again though and Fuller’s seems to have very solid offerings, I actually really enjoyed their porter and ESB, this is just another win for them.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 04:04:24 | More by Roke87
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear, golden copper. The modest, tan head is dense and creamy with excellent retention, slowly dissipating to a healthy cap of foam. The lacing is rather sparse and spotty.

S: Loads of toffee malts with faint biscuit undertones. Slightly herbal, slight floral, but strongly earthy hops round out the nose.

T: Toffee malts up front which give way to bready malts with roasty biscuit notes that become increasingly prominent. Floral hops taste of dark fruits and are particularly earthy, rather woody.

M: On the light end of medium-bodied with very light, smooth carbonation as expected. The lingering bitterness in the finish comes as much from the biscuit malts as the hops and cleanly balances the brew.

D: A flavourful and sessionable English Pale Ale with a distinct biscuit character. Certainly worth a try, though I wouldn't say it's head-and-shoulders above other EPAs as its rating suggests.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 22:52:40 | More by Kartoffeln
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crystal clear bright copper with an inch of airy, sudsy foam that slowly dissipates down to nothing.

Smell - bready and slightly fruity with sweet malt, butterscotch, and a mild but noticeable hops presence that many British ales lack.

Taste - fruity and bready with a hint of diacetyl butterscotch and very mild bitterness.

A very nice easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 00:24:42 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brownish amber topped by a thick head of foam. Retains nicely. Not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is marmalade, floral hops and sugar cookies.

The taste is mild, cream, malaladey with a bready malt and herbal bitterness. Fruity in the front end, a bit chalky and bready in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

This is a pleasant, sessionable, drinkable pale ale. It's not a wow beer by any means, but there isn't anything I would change.

Serving type: can

04-11-2011 00:42:56 | More by MeisterBurger
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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.