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Reviews: 1,006
Hads: 2,272
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of Sammy
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. (309 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  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. (549 characters)

Photo of metter98
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of brentk56
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 (603 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  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. (490 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
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. (412 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
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. (1,307 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
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. (569 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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)! (752 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.96/5  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! (1,141 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber w/ golden highlights and an off white head that provides decent amounts of lace.

S - A pleasing apricot marmelade odor with a dash of spice, honey and piney hops with herbal and floral characteristics.

M - A sweet mix of bitter and mid range depth. Easy to quaff, not too full bodied for a bitter.

T - A nice woody hop flavor and light spicy yeast combined with smooth toffee/nut sweetness. A nice clean finish when the hops subside. Overall nice nuttiness with a dash of piney hop flavor.

D - A highly drinkable and flavorful English bitter. Great balance and ale character with a clean finish. (624 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear honey colored ale rest below a decent lacing that fell out of a medium off white carbonated head.

Sweet caramel malts with a slight honey hint aroma.

Caramel malt mixed with toffee and notes of honey taste. Nice welcome taste that borders on sweetness but doesn't realize that extent.

Not much after taste, borders on being slightly caramel and ever so slightly dry.

This beer has a nice feel when drinking it, a very welcome beer. Has a nice caramel that doesn't come off to strong or overbearing, I do believe I could drink a bunch of these. (555 characters)

Photo of Jason
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden, light amber. Very clear with a thick, sticky head that leaves generous lace.

Strong crystal malt flavors, subtle hop. Excellent caramelized sugar aromas. The flavor has hop bite up front that is counter-balanced by a rich malt roundness. The mouthfeel is similar to cream, while the aftertaste features a 70-30 balance of hop-malt respectively. The hop is very fresh tasting.

A very strong example of the traditional English Ale, albeit close to an ESB in flavor with the extra touch of hops. (511 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (587 characters)

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.