Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
On cask it's light and understaed but flavorful and my review score is based on that Sessionable and melts in the mouth. .Bottle More bitter hops but also more caramel toffee biscuit malt sweetness noticeable in the bottle than the tap I have previously tried. Very drinkable and on light/medium fulness side.
07-18-2004 04:28:13 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Pours a clear honey orange with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random drips and sheets of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some light citrus fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, honey, and citrus zest/sweet citrus fruit. There is also a light grape flavor with this one as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good English pale ale from Fuller's. I am glad I decided to pick one of these up. I would definitely get this one again.
08-06-2011 06:28:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate caramel color with a good white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings a good dose of caramel along with some mild earthy, floral hops. The taste is mildly bitter with a focus more on the malt presence. Feel is pretty light with mild hops. Drinks pretty well and I can see why this has such a reputation.
11-12-2010 02:30:49 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but left lots of lacing on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel and biscuit malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has a subtle amount of sweetness along with a slight amount of bitterness. There are flavors of butter, caramel and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite tasty as well. It's a perfect example of a session ale.
02-12-2011 14:24:10 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev -1%
This is it. This is what many consider to be the quintessential English Pale Ale. I'm a little surprised that it's taken me so long to try it. Crystalline, bright orange with a hint of amber. The head is on the small side, is light tan and is semi-stiff. Abundant, delicate lace. The nose, less bold than I'd hoped, is of caramel malt with a smattering of English-style hops (Target, Challenger, Northdown).
I enjoy the flavor, although it doesn't set my world on fire. The beer is nicely balanced between toasted malt and fruity, tea-like hops. 'Simple', 'straightforward', and 'clean' are all words that come to mind when drinking London Pride, and I mean none of them in a negative sense.
The only reason that I prefer American IPAs/APAs to English ones is that I like the varieties of hops used in the latter and I *love* the varieties of hops used in the former. The finish is austere with a slight mineral character and the mouthfeel is smooth and soft, but doesn't even aspire to creamy.
As a gold standard for 'across the pond' pale ales, Fuller's London Pride is solid in all respects. Though, again, I prefer the American version of the style, this beer's relatively restrained use of hops allows it to be consumed in quantity without risking palate fatigue. I'm glad that it's available less than 5 minutes from my house for those (admittedly rare) cases when I don't have a U.S. hop crave goin' on.
07-12-2004 17:17:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a stiff upper lip of a head that leaves plenty of lace
Smell: Biscuit and grain with a touch of buttery diacetyl and an earthy hop character
Taste: Starts out with a slightly fruity, grainy flavor that builds, mid-palate with an earthy bitterness; after the swallow, the earthy flavors build, although the diacetyl makes an appearance toward the end
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a touch of slickness on the tongue
Drinkability: Fullers is my favorite English brewer and this one ranks right up there among their brews
03-23-2007 22:50:04 | More by brentk56
3/5 rDev -23.9%
Bottle: Poured a light brown colored beer with a medium head and standard retention. Aroma is quite malty and the same applies to the taste. Well balance bitterness at the end. This is another standard English ale in bottle which Im starting to think taste all the same. Im wondering if those beers should only be drink form a cask to truly appreciate them. Overall, this is not bad, nor good, just standard.
08-04-2004 16:22:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Tried it on cask before. From the bottle this time. Pours a solid to dark copper with golden and ruby highlights. A full off white head diminishes to a trace and leaves nice lacing. Smells decidedly malty and caramelly with sligh hop spiciness in the background. Maybe a bit buttery. Tastes also malty and caramelly. Sweetness is full and rich up front. Tapers a bit over the toung, leaving hop resins to dominate. English hop flavor adds spiciness and a bit metalic (not from oxidation, but from hop flavor). Body weakens into the finish leaving the beer a suprisingly thin. Slight buttery flavors and slickness are present in the finish and aftertaste. Despite a few flaws, this is a plesant tasting beer.
07-22-2005 13:33:55 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of off-white/khaki colored head.
S: Caramel malts along with toffee give a nice sweetness to the aroma. Fairly bready with minimal hop aroma, primarily floral in nature, but a little bit of earthiness is there as well.
T: A simple but enjoyable flavor. Mostly bready malt with some slightly sweeter toffee and caramel. Moderately toasty with some mild bitterness and floral hops.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: While it may not be super exciting, it is a good beer and rather easy to drink.
04-28-2011 18:55:03 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
$1.79 11.2 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, rich ambery body with a full, frothy, white hear.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, nutty aroma of toffee-coated toasted biscuits with a background note of fruit.
Taste: Sweet, biscuit maltiness with a rising taste of dark, toasted toffee. Slight nuttiness. Pleasant cherry fruitiness perks up midway. Maybe a drop of vanilla. Subtly spicy, lightly earthy bitterness with a mild, mildly cleansing bitterness. Faint drying grassiness near the end. Still, the brew finishes on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A fairly tasty, easy-drinking English treat. Sure, it's something to have pride in and sure, I'd have another (or four)!
09-26-2008 01:54:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
This beer wasn't too bad. With a name like London Pride I thought it'd be a heck of a lot better though. This beer is a nice copper color with a pretty nice head on it at first. The head goes away pretty fast. The smell of this beer is of malts and just a bit of hops blended in there a little. The beer also had a pretty smooth flavor to it, The flavors are mostly malts and grains, just a bit of bitterness in the end from the hops. This beer isn't bad I just prefer others over this one.
04-07-2011 02:43:14 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
07-11-2002 08:12:56 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Pours out an amber hue with a small, white head. It left very good lacing as I drank it.
S - It smelled like corn with some strong hop aromas.
T - The hops flavor was fairly mild and slightly bitter. It was a little less hoppy than I expected.
M - It was a nice crisp, smooth beer and light-bodied.
D - It is a very good pale ale. It won't overpower you with hops which is why I think it would be great with a meal.
08-11-2006 04:27:02 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +1.5%
500ml bottle. Famous is as famous does, so let's take a little look see.
This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a two fingers of broadly foamy, soapy ecru head, which leaves some consistent snowflake lace around the glass as it genially recedes.
It smells of moderately crisp biscuity, bready, grainy malt, an ever so slight touch of caramel, and sassy floral, earth, and leafy hops doing a grand job of balancing things out so early. The taste is semi-sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, wet buttered white cracker, a light, indeterminate, but hardly inauspicious spiciness, and herbal, leafy old-world, stiff upper-lip hops.
The carbonation is moderate, in the British sense, so almost flat to the rest of us, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, a niggling watery nature taking its pound (or more aptly, ounce) of flesh there. It finishes off-dry, the sweet biscuity graininess still holding court, but not without the lingering fruity, somewhat spicy hops.
A very easy to drink, flavourful pale ale, one we in the New World seem unaccustomed to, for much too long, but now no more - if I see this on tap in your so-called better pubs around town, I am not hesitant to immediately order it, as it is quite obviously the embodiment of an inimitable session ale.
02-08-2009 00:00:33 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +1.5%
On-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of honey, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer with some substance that you can drink for a long time, a quintessential session beer.
04-11-2008 14:46:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Small, off white head with good retention that leaves behind some nice rings of lace as it settles.
S - Fruity with a mild malt aroma. No hops in the nose, but some caramel malt hiding in the background.
T - Malty flavor with some sweet caramel notes. No hop flavor. Mild bitterness and some yeasty fruit in the finish.
M - A creamy, medium thick body with low carbonation and a dry finish.
D - Easily drinkable with a nice malt character.
04-11-2008 03:42:23 | More by nickfl
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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