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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,152 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 77
Gots: 196 | 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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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
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!

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/18/09- Purchased at Draegers in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date printed on the back label. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Bronze-orange colored pour. About a 1/2 inch lightly creamy head forms upon pour. Very slight rim left over for the duration. Leaves some trails and lines of lace behind.

Smell- Nothing that really sets your nose on fire, but a nice light nose of toasted malts and english style hops.

Taste- Very well rounded beer. Freshly toasted malt combined with what seems like a combo of american and english hops. Kinda of earthy in flavor. I know it's strickly english hops, but it doesn't have that distinct flavor I am used to.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, not creamy, but the perfect amount of carbonation. Really no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'm liking these English beers I am having lately. Super easy to drink and flavorful. Could drink these all day.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.