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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,930 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 64
Gots: 101 | 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.

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CMW

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured the London Pride the first thing I noticed was the color. It was a bright amber/orange with light carbonation when I held the brew up to the light. I expected the beer to be somewhat darker. The head that was formed when poring dissolved quickly. It did leave a small trace of head on top.

The first thing I smell is the grain. You can definitely smell the malt in this beer. There is also sweetness to the London Pride that I cannot specifically place. I'm thinking it has a fruit base. Overall, the aroma is very pleasing.

You can taste the grain and bread malt with the first drink. The malt is definitely the first thing that grabs my attention. I enjoy a brew where the malt is prominent and has a strong grainy taste to it. Next, you taste the sweetness I referred to earlier. It is a good combination with the malt. The hops provide a bitterness that becomes prominent in the aftertaste. London Pride finishes clean and very refreshing for a medium bodied brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 19:49:20 | More by CMW
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A clear copper-gold color with active carbonation. An average sized, creamy white head with so-so retention and some lacing.

S: Some mildly sweet, bready malt. Mineral hop aroma. Appealing fruity scents. Some doughy yeast. Clean, basic, and very inviting.

T: Bready, grainy malt sweetness, with some accompanying yeast. Herbal and mineral hop bitterness. Pleasant sweet fruity/citrusy flavors. Some faint diacetyl as well into the finish.

M: Medium-light in body. Crisp and somewhat active carbonation. Refreshing, although a touch thin.

D: A super sessionable and very tasty English Pale. Classic and extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:30:30 | More by Clydesdale
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SBALDWIN

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well it was served on the hand pump at kclingers in hanover. i had the second draft poured and it was a light yellow in color. the head was perfect about an inch of head.a little more than room temp but that was ok since it was shipped in the middle of a cold spell. went down too smooth as all hand pumps do. the lacing on the mug was phenomenol as well...

Serving type: cask

01-24-2009 00:24:20 | More by SBALDWIN
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color that produced a white head that retained well and left a classic lace around the glass

S - Hoppy upfront, some maltiness and citrus

T - Great malt and hop balance, sutle fruitiness, and honey

M - Smooth medium bodied, light carbonation

D - Good Pale Ale, and a great addition to Stein's

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:19:08 | More by cvfish
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An imperial pint via handpull.

A-Golden kissed amber with a billowing off white head that retains and left a healthy dose of lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness with a decent dose of fruity hops and a bit of biscuit.

T-Caramel malt and bouncy, fruity hops dance on your tongue. This is a soft and mellow brew. Ends with a dose of biscuity dryness.

M-Medium-light and smooth beyond belief. Maybe a tad thin but all is forgiven with that ridiculous smoothness.

D-Off the charts! This has got to be one of the most quaffable brews out there. Just enough flavour and hop goodness to keep you interested and a nice low ABV to keep you upright! A true English classic...best enjoyed fresh on cask...you can keep the bottle...give me the hand pull!

Serving type: cask

01-23-2009 15:11:04 | More by Deuane
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Beerzebub

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle, best before date 29 Aug '09, poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Bright amber color, classic looking small white head and fine spindly lace.

Aroma of toast, toffee, butter, berries, grass, a fresh anise & mint note like Thai basil, and some minerality like a river bank. Quite pleasant.

Crisp, refreshing flavor. Fruity toasty malt, herbal grassy hops, mild butter. Good balance of moderate sweetness and crisp clean bitterness and a bit of stony minerality. Elegant, refreshing, and tasty. Dry herbal finish.

Soft supple carbonation. Extremely refreshing, thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 06:53:14 | More by Beerzebub
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Faune

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation Brown 11.2 oz bottle.

A- A half inch thick head which quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam. It is orange-brown, dark amber with little streams of tiny bubbles.

S- Hops, yeast, citrus, Fruity, malt, grain and a slight caramel sweetness. Sourdough bread.

T- Grainy, Malty, citrusy. Sweet at first with a more than slightly bitter finish

M- Medium feel with nice carbonation. Very Smooth.

D- A very nice beer. "Kick back and relax" .

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 20:25:26 | More by Faune
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass- golden and bright with a half inch fluffy white head

Aroma-- slight hop nose and subtle malts

Taste--Hops up front, leading to a malt/mineral taste, and finishing with a lingering hop bitterness

Overall--Simple and subtle, nothing fancy, but elegant and enjoyable-- at 4.7abv. it is definitely sessionable--
A fine English pale ale, very drinkable and a fine example of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:09:56 | More by hosehead83
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pablot71

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beer into a pint glass.

A- Light copper color, a small amount of white head. Leaves no lacing behind.

S- Some malts and hops come through in aroma.

T- Caramel notes in the malt and a balanced bitterness from the hops.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Overall a pleasant and drinkable beer. My only dissapointment is that I bought it as part of a mix and match set and don't have another to follow it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:20:56 | More by pablot71
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with decent retention and good lacing. Smells of some hops (English characteristics) and some slight malt aroma. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Has a really smooth mouth feel. Also, there is a crisp mouth feel along with low carbonation. Tastes of some dry malt and hops. The aftertaste is all hops. There is a dryness inherited from the malts that leaves you wanting more. Overall, a good example of the style - worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 05:28:12 | More by Tone
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 ounce pint glass, served on-tap in a Fuller's pint glass at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). The beer pours an amber/reddish color with about an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention were both very good. The aroma is nice, it smells like toasted malt, apples and light hops. It tastes like toasted malt, ginger, blackberries and some English earthy amd fruity hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very enjoyable. Drinkability is good too, it's very smooth and easy to drink. It's great on tap, an English classic that's quite sessionable. A very pleasant surprise, if you get a chance to try it (especially on-tap) you should.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2009 21:41:17 | More by bluejacket74
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an amber/copper color with generous white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is of caramel malt, spice, and light hops. Flavor has all of this and perhaps some light fruit such as pear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not unpleasant. Low alcohol combined with nice flavor make this a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 08:38:22 | More by biggmike
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colts9016

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color with a reddish orange hue, it was slightly cloudy. There was a nice one finger head but it last but a second or two, leaving just a thin white line.

Nose: Light toasted malt, barley, citrus, hops, and a sweet honey aroma followed by some phenols. There are hints of caramel, pears, and some other fruit and butterscotch.

Taste: light malt, citrus, and hops. There are notes of caramel, butterscotch, and fruit like pears.

Overall: There is a light powdery, chalky mouth feel. The finish is astringent, there was a slight bitterness too. Overall it is an ok beer not great but okay

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 06:44:43 | More by colts9016
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/22/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits (esp. raspberry), wheat. The aroma is very inviting and the beer smells better than it tastes. Watery palate. Flavor of light fruits (blueberry), raisin, dark fruits (esp as the beer warms). An odd mesh of flavors. Just ok for me.
8/4/6/3/12 (3.3/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 16:28:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: radiant glowing copper, head dissipated quick, and random splashes of lace.

S: a bit wry and musty, light hops with a malt chunk

T: grains, watery grass-like hops. Malt flavors take the back seat and allow to much room for the skunked dryness. Buttery sweetness, caramel, and dry biscuits

M: mild carbonation with a mild body and feel

D: a lot of history with this brew, but give me an APA in place of this guy. A good beer that relies on sweetness and malts rather than hops...thin overall

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:43:55 | More by Magpie14
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice two finger, fluffy and rolling tan head results from a pretty hard pour. As the head cautiously recedes it leaves behind thin, but tall sheets of staggered lacing. The burnt orange color is slightly broken by an array of carbonation bubbles that stick to the glass right below the froth. The hops and malts blend into a pleasant, almost subdued aroma. Behind that lie some faint notes of honey, nuts, and fruit, which leads to a complex aroma for a pale ale. Taste is bigger on the malt up front, with some very slight hoppiness filtering in behind, with not much of the aromatic complexities existing, which results in a light-bodied brew that is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 22:30:16 | More by stephens101
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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Pride pours a crystal clear, light amber color with a fluffy off-white head. The nose is a bit like a German pilsner, with some noble hop aromas and some sweet caramel showing up.

The taste is a bit light, with some sweet caramel malty notes and breadiness. There is a bit of bitterness and hop spiciness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a fairly simple and easily drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 11:59:52 | More by Spidey13
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yesyouam

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Pride is a crystal clear amber ale with a small, dense, beige-white head that fades to a bubbly film. It leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is nice and full. The yeast is farty and cheesy. The hops are sweet, spicy and grassy. It's musty, but not stale. The aroma elements all fit together well. Some light grain is in the nose. A minty character comes out after a while. It is silky smooth on the tongue and mouth. It's just a bit light to call it medium bodied. The finish is dry and tight. It leaves you thirsty-- pulls you in! The flavor is decidedly more wooden than the aroma. The flavors are really blended well to make a single taste. Sweetness and smooth, grainy malt starts it off and then it turns warm and herbal, like Chartreuse or something. Wood resin and maybe bay leaf linger on the taste buds. Super drinkability! This is an awesome session ale!
(rated Feb 26, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:51:36 | More by yesyouam
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Treborofmoria

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Pale Ale. I feel this is a moderately tasting beer that fits in well with style guidelines. Moderate malt up front while following with a moderate hop bite. In today's world of imperial this and double that a well made Pale tastes real good. Color light gold, some lacing and no off odors or tastes. The name of Pride of London seems to fit. Though I will agree that the ESB is a hard beer to beat.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 14:09:15 | More by Treborofmoria
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently tried my favourite English Pale Ale on-tap in Edinburgh. I found it to be smoother, but not quite as tasty or complex as the bottled version. Review is from recent memory.

Appearance - 4.0
Same colour as the bottled, only with a cream head and cascading effect.

Smell - 4.0
Nice, mild.

Taste - 4.0
Similar, but less bitterness and complexity than the bottled version. Still very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so creamy and smooth, but a little watery and flat for my liking.

Drinkability - 4.5
Effortless drinking, just lovely.

OVERALL - 4.1
Not cheap at 3 pounds a pint, but worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 16:16:29 | More by LittleCreature
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magictrokini

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand brewers sometimes. This is a good beer, but their ESB is much better. Unsurprisingly, this beer is very similar to the ESB: same look, same head, similar aroma. But, the London Pride lacks the bittersweet bite of its cousin. This version is sweeter and malty, but without the hoppy finish. A good beer, but the ESB should be called the pride of London.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 23:51:43 | More by magictrokini
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well the guy before me had this cask conditioned, lucky bastard. I'm pouring this out of a can...

Pours a amber copper with a small creamy head. Pretty decent lacing.

The nose is very well balanced, sweet malt slightly edges out the floral hops.

The taste is fantastic. This is textbook balance. The malt is the first thing you detect which moves into the bitter hop character. Medium bodied and pretty light, soft carbonation.

Drinkability is off the chart. This is the definition of a session beer. Great balance, great flavour, I could drink these all night.

Serving type: can

12-07-2008 01:42:07 | More by EatsTacos
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served cask conditioned at several pubs in London, England.

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head. Malty aroma with a nice amount of biter hops. Extremely smooth tasting session beer. A nice malty base perfectly balanced out by a nice bitter hop finish. Excellent!

Serving type: cask

11-28-2008 07:37:44 | More by corby112
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Rors

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have tried this beer in bottle and can, but straight from the cask is defeintly the best!

A - An amber copper colour with a good creamy head, some hints of varnished mahogany.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel followed by a good whiff of sweet plums and honeyed tea. Rounded off by a perfect hoppy aroma.

T - A big explosion of sweet sappy malt, loads of sultanas, dried orange peel and a big floral complexity. The finish is bitter sweet, with toffee notes and a fat amount of juicy hop resins, a long lingering finish follows!

M/D - A perfet best bitter, such a good balance of complexity and drinkability!

Serving type: cask

11-26-2008 12:55:11 | More by Rors
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy golden brown with a small-ish off-white head.

Smells of biscuit/bread, with a bit of nuttiness and an earthy-floral hoppiness, as well as a slightly acrid-sour zing. Some subdued fruity esters

Taste is very well balanced between munich-like melanoidins, biscuit-y grassy grains, light caramels, tilted slightly towards a clean hoppy bitterness. There's some notable hops flavour as well, but nothing like the ESB has. This way seems a lot more 'English' to me, though I go with even less in my English ales. Finishes medium-dry to dry with a very mildly butter toffee-like edge. Some complex esters in the background.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, with a little more acidic carbonation than I'd like in this sort of beer.

The wonderful balance and drying finish means this is definitely a poundable beer. Unfortunately, it also makes this a somewhat forgettable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 04:18:01 | More by prosper
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.