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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,767 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1767
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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

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

Enjoyed at the Ale House, Bath, England

A: Clear amber with a light head that barely sits. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, oak, cherries, floral.

T: Follows nose. Caramel,sweet. Smooth, clean finish.

M: Light with low carbonation.

O: A really enjoyable ale. Only thing missing is the mouthfeel. I wanted more robustness in that department.

Serving type: cask

07-30-2012 17:59:35 | More by brewskifan55
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RaulMondesi

California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the cask at The Mitre Pub in London, England.

Even more than the hoochies, this one got Raul screamin'!

Red hue even better than Lucile Ball circa 1955. Raul b likin this. Perfect smooth texture, smells like heaven...and for that hour (or four) that Raul spent at The Mitre, he felt like he was in it.

I've also had this at my joint The Olde Ship in California. It's aite; but like all beautiful thangs in life, for some reason they don't travel well.

Boo ya grandma!

Serving type: cask

02-20-2012 02:52:15 | More by RaulMondesi
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ultrasupergenius

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from cask to an imperial pint glass.

Copper pushing toward nutty in color.

Little to no head.

Mellow but good. A general standard for an English cask ale - nothing terribly noticeable... just generally good all around. Sets a baseline.

Cask serving leaves it somewhat lifeless in terns of carbonation and fizz... but that is to be expected. Slightly livelier when served from a 50cl bottle.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2011 19:38:49 | More by ultrasupergenius
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thomcatr3t

Indiana

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

Pumped from cask into 16 oz. pint glass on May 21, 2011 at the Prince of Tek in London.

A: Body is red-orange in color, almost copper. Absolutely gorgeous 2 finger head that looks like fresh whipped cream. Crystal clear.

S: Bready malts are the first thing I notice. A little "drier" in smell than a buttered cracker. Some floral hops that help to offset the malt. A very appetizing aroma.

T: Hops upfront are floral and earthy. The rest of the way through it is a nice soft bready malt just like on the aroma, very well balanced.

M: Wonderfully smooth. Nice creamy texture that doesn't stick too long in the mouth.

O: I should have had more than 2. A very pleasing offering. If you get the chance to have one in the environment for which it was intended you should not pass this one up.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2011 02:34:11 | More by thomcatr3t
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint goblet at the Prince Regent.

A: Clear copper body with a thin but persistent cap of eggshell foam. Lovely cask pour.

S: Bready, biscuity, and caramel malts, balanced with a touch of floral hoppiness. Ok, but kinda boring - even for an English cask ale.

T: Far better than the aroma, with rich toffee, biscuit, date, and floral notes. Good, light bitterness on the finish to counter the assertively sweet malts. Tasty.

M: Soft and lively. Great.

O: Solid beer, but not one that I'll be seeking out in the future. In many pubs this is the best (or even only) cask offering, and it's certainly not a bad one.

Cheers!

Serving type: cask

06-15-2011 01:27:12 | More by woosterbill
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz pint glass at The Feathers in London, England on May 17. Reviewed from notes taken that day.

Fresh off of the hand pump, a creamy 1 finger head sits on top of the coppery and reddish hued body. Crisp and clear, you can see through this with no problem. The lacing starts at the top with a wall of lace for about two inches, and as I drink further, it spreads out to gobby and spotty lacing for the rest of the way.

The nose is full of biscuit malts that yield a supple breadiness while earthy hops contribute a touch of bitterness that counteracts the bready sweetness. The yeast yields fruity and earthy notes as well. On the palate, more caramel and a slight butterscotch come through. Otherwise, it is pretty much in line with the aroma. Remembering other Fuller's experiences that I have had in the states, the only way to really appreciate these beers is to head across the pond where they can be enjoyed fresh and served as they were intended to be.

Creamy and smooth with enough bitterness that it tingles the tongue, this is a great refreshing pale ale that I would definitely spring for again if I had another opportunity to grab a pint in London.

Serving type: cask

06-05-2011 22:01:29 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Served on cask in an Imperial pint glass at the Brit's Pub.

Golden and smooth, with a small head with fine foam. Good head retention and lacing for the size.

Smells is equal parts malts and hops --- honey, and herbs (but not to the extent of being pungent). Tastes of ripe, lush fruit with a mild bitterness, and rich honey and earthy hop flavor. Well carbonated, but not overly so; great body that's not heavy but not watery by any means.

There's bitterness is towards the end, but it does not stay on the palate. Finish is fairly clean. Overall, I liked it. Especially good for a 4.7% ABV beer.

Serving type: cask

05-16-2011 01:50:01 | More by tewaris
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StJamesGate

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Flying Horse, Gatwick airport.
4 - 3 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 3.5

Amber-tinged gold with lingering off-white foam that sheets. Oak smoke nose. Toast and apricot jam malts, a flinty bite, and woody English hops with a slight sandalwood oiliness. Sour end and fruity linger. Medium, round and chewy.

Understated but balanced. Toast takes over, though. Still unexciting.

As much as I've grown to understand and appreciate real ale, this captures my trouble with it: is this a below average pint or a below average beer? I don't trust an airport Wetherspoons to pull a good pint. But I'm also not sure, from what I've heard, that this beer still lives up to its reputation. I guess I'll have to try it again but based on this taste, I'm in no rush.

2nd tasting - can - 5-21-2013
Bright amber with stiff off white foam.
Apricot, butter cookie and wood oil nose.
Peach, toasted granola, and bread dough with gentle orange spice cookie hops.
Fruit herbal tea leaf finish and numbing linger.
Medium, slight chew, oily, slightly salty.

That's more like it. All the classic English bitter flavors in the right place. The definition of balance. Hops were probably dead in the airport pint. I am surprised by the strength of some of the metallic and leafy notes. But much closer to classic.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2011 17:33:57 | More by StJamesGate
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect pull at the Memphis taproom

Fullers London Pride looks bronze/golden in color with a creamy looking inch of foam up top with nice streaks of lacing on the way down. Great retention.

Smell is mainly caramel malty forward as expected. Some earthy grassy hops and stuff like that. Simple.

Taste is simple as well, this one is malt forward and is a great representation of the style. Alot of these english pales taste the same and I get most of them on Tap at Memphis, Im mainly rating this feel and it feels perfect. Smaller than medium and oh so creamy smooth off of the handpump.

While I would tire of this style rather quickly and would not want another pint of this, I find this one to be supierior than many others in the same vain.

Serving type: cask

04-27-2011 18:50:54 | More by BARFLYB
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky organism brown. Lots of smooth creamy head that hangs around forever. Smells nice and lightly hoppy. A bit of w buttery smell but not bad. Smells mildly malty as well. Nice creamy tongue feel. A hint of maltiness and a bit of hops. There is a nice warm butteriness that underlies the whole thing. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable

Serving type: cask

03-14-2011 23:26:15 | More by Urbancaver
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Memphis Taproom, 2/5/11.

A-Pours a clear copper color with plenty of white head and great lacing.

S-Very biscuity with lots of caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops.

T-Like the nose, this is dominated by bready malts with some underlying caramel sweetness. The crisp, grassy hop notes are understated.

M-Silky smooth, nicely creamy.

D-The classic English Pale Ale, served in the classic style. I could easily drink this all day.

HV

Serving type: cask

02-15-2011 18:58:02 | More by sholland119
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Memphis Tap Room (Philadelphia, PA) on 2/5/11. Served in a Fuller's imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich and creamy bright-white head. This remains thick and frothy looking, leaving a ton of spotty lacing behind. Great cask look to this! The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with some lightly tart fruit notes. Buttered crackers fill out the back portion of the nose, giving this an underlying smooth sweetness.

The taste has a grassy and citric bitterness to it, with some softer fruit notes showing themselves, and a satisfying amount of sweet graininess across the back of the palate. The flavor profile is simple but effective, with an even amount of malt and hops finding its way into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a perfect feeling cask presence here that was silky, creamy, and smooth as heck in the mouth. I loved it!

If ever there was ever a beer built for a hand pull, it's this one. Inoffensive, approachable, well balanced, and quaffable as heck here on cask, I could have easily put down pint after pint of this with our lunch. Good stuff!

Serving type: cask

02-09-2011 20:03:33 | More by Kegatron
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint, 4.1abv when from the cask. Dark brown colour, 1/4 finger head that doesn't stay long. Clear, Typical hoppy smell you get from an english bitter. First mouthfull had hints of smoke(never tasted before in pride) sour orange. Smooth. Very sessionable. This is an iconic beer

Serving type: cask

01-31-2011 14:06:04 | More by jonb5
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DaveHS

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Blackbird (Fuller's Ale House) in Earl's Court, London.

A-Pours the color of The Blackbird's light stained oak table, with tiny particles of sediment that settles on the bottom of the glass. No head, sparse lacing.

S-Hard to determine. Very soft nose, can't pin this one down.

T/M-The mouthfeel of spring water. Appealing, bready maltiness is the main flavor, with no real hop character to speak of.

D-Went well with my bangers and mash, not in a hurry to have it again.

Serving type: cask

01-11-2011 12:43:59 | More by DaveHS
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david18

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was among the many cask ales I had on my recent visit to London and was a bit better than most. In general I think I"m not a big fan of the English cask ales although I do enjoy trying everything.

This one, like many, was somewhat dark in color, decent carbonation, good malty flavor but a little much (same with the aroma). Overall, not the most refreshing thing out there but I'm glad I tried.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2010 19:09:03 | More by david18
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the opportunity to sit and enjoy a London Pride in a setting appropriate for a review. Had on cask at the Clark Ale House in Syracuse.

While it had been a while since I've had this beer it was immediately evident why I always loved this beer and reminded me that long ago it played a roll in my emerging love for craft beer.

Imperial Pint came with a finger of tight creamy had that showed amazing retention. The off white head remained a cap and deposited rings of lacing all inside of the glass. The beer was a clear deep amber color.

Aroma was slightly fruity, mostly of toasted/bready malt with just a hint of hops. Also a touch of the mineral aroma/flavor that I get in many British beers.

The flavor was smooth and satisfying from front to back. Perfect balance here between the malt, fruit and hop elements. The mineral flavor resides just behind the toasted toffee/cracker malt flavor. The hops just accentuate the flavor and do not overpower.

Creamy and smooth, medium bodied and wonderful. Just a joy to drink.

Classic beer and I am reminded that I should grab it more often when available via cask.

Serving type: cask

09-10-2010 12:07:16 | More by Reagan1984
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jdense

Oregon

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

On cask at The Crown, Danville, CA, 8.16.2010, poured into nonic imperial pint glass.

One finger white head, slow dissipation, with significant lacing. Clear orangish amber body, no forced carbonation here. Malty goodness up front in the nose, with floral English hops for balance. Taste mirrors nose, with a significantly lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium full, not sticky, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. Good drinkability, one of the world's great session beers, IMHO.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2010 13:44:53 | More by jdense
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on tap in London at The Wellington.

a - Pours a dark amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of bready and caramel malts with a tiny bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A very nice, easy to drink English pale ale. Would have again.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2010 19:43:37 | More by mdfb79
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange/copper color. A perfect two finger white head forms that sticks throughout. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind. Looks like the perfect pint.
S: A great toasted malt aroma. Toffee and vanilla. There is a great fruity aroma of apples, pears, and cherries. A lingering floral hop bitterness.
T: Sweet toffee and toasted malt. Lots of fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some floral hops as well. A little to much sweetness lingers on, but does not detract to much from the experience.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated or watery at all. Creamy and smooth. Really easy to drink. I can quaff a few with ease.

One of my favorite English Pale Ales available in the States. I finally get to try it fresh on cask, and it is even better. The standard for the style as far as I am conserned. Highly recommended. Also, the cask clip says it is at 4% ABV. Very much a session beer on cask.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2010 18:32:08 | More by champ103
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The caramel malt is present in the nose, one can feel the taste of bread and cereals, are sometimes perceived even fruit, but it must be said that they are quickly masked by the power of sweet caramel in the olfactory senses. Easy drinking, smooth mouth, although malt, hops and a mastery of the finish, all power, and a touch earthy, where all the bitterness of the drought spreads for long, and for a really long time, in the mouth and palace. Pretty nice.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2010 12:01:30 | More by ThaCreep
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anneseg

New York

2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Color was amber with barely any head. Not much in the way of aroma, I thought that were would be a more noticeable hop aroma. Honestly the beer tasted a little watered down, more so that normal cask beers. The most prominent taste that came through was the challenger hops.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2010 06:07:26 | More by anneseg
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At San Diego Brewing Company.

A - Thick, creamy white head, like real whipped cream on a coffee drink, stayed forever. Clear brass.

S - Light malt comes through, graininess, biscuity smell.

T - Slight sweet malt, grain, to dry finish.

M - Thin to medium body, not as carbed as I usually like in a beer.

D - Very, very easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2010 07:13:26 | More by srandycarter
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Wellington in London.

A: Clear rich copper color with a head of approximately one finger width in height. Beautiful lacing throughout the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Tantalizing hop aroma. Can the smell of a beer make your mouth water? This one came as close as any I've tried recently.

T: A superb english pale ale. Moderate hops quality with a nearly perfect crisp bite to it. Smoothed out with an excellent compliment of malts. Paired with fish 'n chips, this was a match made in beer heaven.

M: Light-to-moderate carbonation and an incredibly smooth quality made this one a pleasure to savor.

D: Outstanding. English pub + cask conditioned ale + dreary overcast skies = London Pride

Serving type: cask

02-08-2010 19:13:23 | More by JohnnyP3
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founds this on cask at Church Key in London, ON. Served in a matching pint glass.

A - Transparent orange with glowing red highlights. A finger of tan foam with good retention that settles to a solid cap. A few spots of lace here and there.

S - Nice aromatic hoppiness - I was quite surprised when I took my first sniff - with hints of orange citrus, grassiness, and floral notes. As the beer warms the malt character takes over and gives a light toffee, biscuit, and nut. This seems different than the bottle - I wonder if it is dry hopped in the cask?

T - The taste is more mono-dimensional, with less of the hoppy goodness. Light toffee and fresh-baked bread predominate. Thankfully it is low in diacetyl, even though that flavor is appropriate for the style. Good, but somewhat unspectacular English Pale Ale.

M - This one was a little too watery, and not because of the low carbonation. The body is a touch too thin, even for a lower ABV brew. Nice dry finish though!

D - This is a pretty fast drinking session beer. It does get a little sweet after a while, and could use perhaps a hint of bitterness to make things more balanced, but otherwise I could put down a few of these in an evening.

Serving type: cask

12-23-2009 17:46:19 | More by MasterSki
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Arbitrator

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at a variety of places on London.

A: Pours a coppery-amber body with the barest hint of carbonation on top, as cask ales have. No lacing.

S: English hops, which have that characteristic tea-like aroma, butter, and caramel malt. Seems to fit the style just fine, but it doesn't have all of the flavors that come out in the taste.

T: Butter -- not a huge fan -- and caramel are strongest. Biscuit, toffee, and nuts are also found. There's a delicious tea-like undercurrent that is the hop contribution. Not complex, but pretty flavorful and satisfying.

M: Light-medium bodied, low carbonation as expected. Not sticky.

D: I'm not a fan of this style at all, but when in Rome... So I wound up drinking this several times in London, and grew to appreciate it for what it is. It's not something I'd buy here, but it'll be a staple on that side of the pond if I go back.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2009 04:01:09 | More by Arbitrator
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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,767 ratings.