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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,766 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1766
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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2004 04:28:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 06:28:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 17:17:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 18:55:03 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 22:50:04 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 I’m starting to think taste all the same. I’m wondering if those beers should only be drink form a cask to truly appreciate them. Overall, this is not bad, nor good, just standard.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 16:22:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 13:33:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:30:49 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 14:24:10 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

$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)!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:54:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 08:12:56 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:00:33 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Dark bronze color, medium amber at the edges, with a nice 3/4" fluffy white head. Aromatics are soft, creamy, herbal, with a touch of spice, and a little hint of fruit, with a hint of apple and citrus.
Assertive hoppy bite upfront on the palate, which slowly, softly subsides. A touch of copper exists as well. Texture and body are mild, with a good, lasting finish. For a "pub ale", quite good. Not the sort of brew that I'd write a sonnet upon. It tastes good, but not enough to divert your attention from the dartboard.
This exists solidly between their ESB and IPA. And that's OK.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 01:22:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 14:46:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours amber to caramel with a 2.5 fingers deep sand colored head. Good lacing and average head retention.

Smell: Some malt/fruitty hints and a slight metallic smell

Taste: Up front hops bitterness followed by slight nutiness and a a crisp fruittyness. Dryness comes through in the finish

MF: Slightly under carbonated but other wise good balance. Verges on the edge of smootness

Drinakble, but a shadow of its cask conditioned daddy

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 04:26:07 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a has an awesome malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts along with a wonderful noble hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes earthy and mildly bitter. It is a bit weak in the malt department, but it has a nice complex taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is one of the best English pale ales I've ever tried. It has tremendous aroma and flavor; a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 01:09:34 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer is clear and amber / red. Forms a big head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is pretty malty with some nice earthy hop character.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice malt character. Finishes cleanly, highly drinkable. Flavors are subtly layered. Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:56:58 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Poured from a 500 ml can. The beer pours a nice orange color with a large white head. The head is very fluffy and soft. The aroma is bready malt with some earthy hops. Very British smelling. The flavor is bread, toffee, grass and some spicy and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 21:06:21 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 04:27:02 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Pours a brilliantly clear copper red color and is topped by a frothy cream colored head that starts out a respectable two fingers thick. The aroma is nice; it is a good mix of hoppy, malty and fruity notes. I get aromatic notes of herbs, lemons, cherries, caramel and toffee. The taste is lightly sweet, and quite light on the palate. There is a nice herbal hoppiness to this beer up front and it carries through to the finish. The finish has a pleasing bitterness to it, but also has a bit of citrusy lemon character to it. The taste has notes of toffee, and caramel; this has a really nice maltiness to it that really compliments the hop notes quite well. This is an eminently quaffable beer that is really well balanced between the malt and the hops, though it is balanced towards the hoppy side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 04:33:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:43:14 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

best before 14 March 07.
Pours amber with nice clarity but a quickly disappearing head.

The smell is earthy, fresh and fruity.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt - caramel with a touch of vanilla. Soft fruits with a lemony zest in the finish. Not overly complex, but fresh, refreshing and well-balanced. Very smooth, a bit buttery.

Rich and full-flavored in a solidly medium body. Nicely textured.

This is a classic English Pale Ale. "Sessionable", refreshing, tasty, well-balanced. Another wonder from a world-class brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 21:45:52 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

I have had this beer in keg form and cask conditioned, but never bottled before. I haven't had a any London Pride apart from this bottle since I joined this site, some 3 months ago, so here goes!

550ml Brown bottle, best before 28th oct 2007, drank 17th Dec 2006.

Looks good, poured into a straight, standard sleeve pint glass. Amber Bronze, with very small bubbles rising to help the slightly off-white foaming head stay for as long as the pint takes to drink (not long).

The beer is too cold at first, I should have let it sit in the house for a while before I opened it, my garage (from where I store my beer) was colder than I thought. The aroma arrived as the beer warmed up, malts and hops tickle your senses.

The taste improved as the beer warmed also, rich malts and a bitter crispness give it a fine taste and mouthfeel, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 13:45:26 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appearance: Caramel amber tone with a decent sized cream hued head after each slip needs a fluffy layer of lacing in rings around my pint. Aroma: Slightly nutty with a pine scented hop aroma sweet caramel malts used here as a well simple but solid and plentiful scent. Taste: A fresh bottle of this should be everyone's introduction to English style pale ales very tasty brew, buttery sweet snappy bite of hops there but the mixture of the two is downright excellent I love the flavor another one of those to hunt for on cask. Mouthfeel: Rich slightly residual sticky texture in a good way, medium-light in body crisp carbonation smooth session ale. Drinkability: Perfect balance makes this beer an all around any time good beer, really enjoyed my tasting with London Pride Outstanding Pale Ale awesome English pale ale, could definitely handle a six pack happily.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 16:44:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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