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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,929 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 64
Gots: 102 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +0.8%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-26-2012 17:28:48 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-14-2011 16:48:58 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.1%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-19-2012 03:46:03 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-02-2011 17:29:25 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-16-2013 17:11:03 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-21-2013 02:57:33 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-14-2013 04:25:19 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-06-2014 14:59:08 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:42:23 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz old Euro-style brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny colour with a pasty thin off white lace which clings to the glass very well.

Smell: Mild hint of bread and grain, some malt sweetness and buttery caramel also ... and to add to the pleasure, a good measure of hops in the nose, it’s mild but pleasing.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and layered texture from the carbonation and malty mouth feel. A good dose of bread and biscuit come forth from the malts as does a pinch of fruitiness and malt sweetness. Touch of buttery diacetyl lines up with the caramel and malt flavours. Hops are right on the mark with an ample biting bitterness and a rich lingering leafy earthy flavour. Finishes with a lingering hop and a fruity and buttery mix.

Notes: Indeed this brew goes down as one of the greatest ... bliss in a bottle. BTW this is Fuller's flagship brew. A true ale-drinkers ale. Up there in greatness with the ESB also.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 18:41:48 | More by Jason
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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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