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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,079 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 73
Gots: 166 | 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 goldbot
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Best before 13 Feb. 2011.

Pours clear, dark copper to amber. Fizzy, off-white head which dissipates pretty quickly with a bit of lacing.

Aromas of bready malt and plenty of caramel. Some floral hoppiness pervades. Flavor starts off bitter with plenty of floral hops. Bready malt, a bit grainy with a bit of roast quality. Turns sweeter with some caramel in the finish.

Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A bit crisp with very light body.

goldbot, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 4.7% abv

Appearance: Amber orange in colour with a decent, albeit short lived, off-white head that left little lace.

Smell: Great nose, caramel malt, slightly fruity (I'd say a mix of golden delicious apples and pears) followed by great earthy English hops (the smell of a pine forest comes to mind. It reminds me of an area in South Africa called the Highveld).

Taste: Great hoppy bite up front that fades into a sweetish finish. Slightly fruity as with the smell. Hints of marmalade, tea and a subtle earthy spiciness are also present

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation (perfect in my books for this beer) and good lasting finish.

Drinkability: Were it not rather pricey ($3.5 a 330ml bottle), this would probably become my session beer.

My first beer from Fuller's and a great one to start. I can't wait to get hold of the rest of their range.

Thehuntmaster, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of lamergod
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

First look. Very nice 3 finger semi fluffy head. Almost bone white. Spots a very hue orange body with nice carbonations going on

The smell isn't very plentiful. Some nice malts does the job up front. I non over powering smell of lovely hops. With a small dash of toffees.

The taste was very much identical to the smell. Very lovely. There is no bitter after taste. It's a very sweet beer with a hint of hops bitterness that has been perfected to be very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated. But very light. Lighter than many of it's other competitors namely the old speckled hen.

Drinkability is very high. Love to down a few pints on tap.

No wonder this is a top selling beer in the UK

lamergod, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of DarrinRasberry
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head sticks around for a little bit but eventually vanishes without a trace over an applejuice-colored body. Nice, soapy lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Had to stick my nose down to catch an aroma from my bottle. Citrus and biscuits are all I can really catch.

T: As the nose advertises; quite a variety of flavor, if not a little tame intensity-wise. Crisp, clean finish. Balanced.

M: An enjoyable treat! The carbonation is perfect and the taste sticks with you forever.

D: The way this beer tickles your tastebuds and dances in your mouth has me wanting more, but eventually I'll want something just a hair stronger.

DarrinRasberry, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown, some off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Caramel malts, slightly sweet with a toasted character.

T: Sweet caramel malts, a bit of hops, slight toasted rice mixed with toffee type taste. Like a biscuity caramel-covered rice cake, almost.

M/D: Thin with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

thekanna, May 30, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The caramel malt is present in the nose, one can feel the taste of bread and cereals, are sometimes perceived even fruit, but it must be said that they are quickly masked by the power of sweet caramel in the olfactory senses. Easy drinking, smooth mouth, although malt, hops and a mastery of the finish, all power, and a touch earthy, where all the bitterness of the drought spreads for long, and for a really long time, in the mouth and palace. Pretty nice.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from bottle into duvel tulip. color is copper with a half finger of white head that was short lasting.
S: toasted malts, sweet, a light floral hop
T: slightly sweet, light hop bitterness very lightly pine.
M: smooth and clean, low carbonation it seems
D: very easy, low abv make for a very sessionable ale.

rootbeerman, May 21, 2010
Photo of HeroJH
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from can (size of a nitro can, but no widget)

A - big foamy white head. Some lacing. Lasting. Clear amber.
S - Dry Grain. Bready. Hint of a flowery hop aroma.
T - Balanced, dancing back and forth between dry grain and just a touch of malt sweetness. Touch of some hoppy bitterness.
M - clean and dry.
D - easily drinkable. Perfect to have a few pints with some good food. Great for it's balance and nice flavor.

HeroJH, May 03, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Ultra clear amber with moderate Co2. Produced a 1-2 finger head with decent retention. Not much lacing, a spot here & there, nice ring kept atop the beer for most of the consumption though.

S - Earthy & herbal hops when swirled, nutty & biscuit notes follow, toasty notes with mildly sweet smelling caramel. A bit of buttery notes & soft brown sugar in there.

T - Nutty & sweet upfront & throughout, lots of burnt sugary flavors follow with a nice balance of English hop flavor/bitterness in the middle & on the finish, lingering earthy flavors. A bit of citrus on the sides of the tongue as well, nothing really buttery or too sweet about the taste like I expected.

M - Almost chewy like feel to it, around medium bodied with some soft-moderate crispness.

D - I wasn't actually expecting much flavor out of this kind of beer, but I was really surprised at the punch of flavor it has! Just as sessionable as an APA to me, I could drink more than a 6pk I'd say. I liked it, I think I'd buy it again sometime. Recommended.

PintOHops, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Color is definitely amber and you can tell right away that the beer is very filtered. Initially had a one finger soapy head that quickly faded into a thin ring. Aroma is dominated by bread-like caramel malt, with an almost corn tortilla note in there. Swirling brings out some sweetness from the malt as well as some herbal hop notes.

The taste is right in line with the aroma. Very malty up front, dough-like, burnt biscuits come to mind. Following quickly after with bitterness and floral hops. The finish is somewhat clean only leaving a bit of bitterness on the backsides of the tongue. This beer is on the low end of medium-bodied with light carbonation.

Session-able, definitely. I wouldn't mind have a few of these on a mild evening.

JosiahS, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle with a best before date of 10/1/10 into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates quickly into a thin web-like film atop the brew. Beer is a crystal clear orange. Lacing is faint and spotty with little stick.

S: Singature english toffee and nuttiness, rubber,tea leaves, and honey.

T: Opens big and malty with sprinkles of tea, honey, and dirt. Hops come on towards the middle and finish, leaving a bitter, rotting wood aftertaste. I feel like I've chewed on tea leaves and its left a filmy, liquid residue on my palate.

M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, and rather smooth and creamy. Spicy in parts but finishes very clean, leaving a faint aftertaste.

D: Rather drinkable because of the smooth body and agreeable flavor profile. However, nothing about this beer excites me. Ordinary taste, ordinary nose, and all of it very low key and toned down. I'd have it again, but this beer is very forgettable so I won't be going out of my way for it.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 29, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is pretty hard to find on tap around here but thankfully I can find it at a couple places. However it's served, it's always great.

ON tap, it presents as copper with a smallish pale tan head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy ring and a little lacing.

The aroma has a lot of caramel, toasty malt, nuts, earth, citrus, and hint of fruitiness.

The taste has similar elements, mostly caramelized grain and toasty bread, light tea/leafiness, light citrus. It is light but very flavourful and solid, with great depth and staying power, never degrading. It's exceedingly drinkable.

Offa, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4-pack of cans for the half-price of a 6pack bottles. Yes please.
A shiny light amber/golden pour that supports a medium dense white head. Lacing is light and clean. Looks ok. Let it sit to warm up a bit.
Faint aroma of biscuit and caramel, some fluffy hops come in and out, herbal.
This is a good drinking beer. By that I mean the flavors are present, but not overpowering. Just enough to get the "feel" of the beer. The biscuit and caramel work well together, and the slightness of hops gives it a clean finish. Some spice in the end.
Easy drinking.

Mebuzzard, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a hazy, tinted honey with amber tones. Very attractive. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very fragrant. Nice honey and caramel scents. There's a little toffee, too. Reminds me of Belhaven's Scottish Ale.

Taste: Perfectly sweet. Lots of honey, but not as much caramel as in the smell. There's a faint hop bite just at the end to give it a nice English kick. There are also slight lemon citrus and pine notes.

Drinkability: Simple but flavorful...and oh so enjoyable. This is a great brew, and the empty bottles are perfect for throwing at rival hooligan firms.

TheQuietMan22, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of anneseg
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Color was amber with barely any head. Not much in the way of aroma, I thought that were would be a more noticeable hop aroma. Honestly the beer tasted a little watered down, more so that normal cask beers. The most prominent taste that came through was the challenger hops.

anneseg, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Graham5161986
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An London pub classic.

Pours a clear, copper colour with a creamy/bubbly white head that reduces to a relatively rocky film, leaving some patchy traces of lace.

Aromas of honey soaked hops come through on the nose with undertones of bread and caramel.

Flavours of honey with caramel, bready, nutty malts come through strong with a nice classic English touch of bitterness in the background throughout the sip. Finish is clean and bitter sweet with a good amount of minerality as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with the right amount of carbonation tingling the palate in the background. Leaves a creamy mouthfeel on the finish yet is clean and well balanced. Real smooth.

An ideal session ale for any occasion. It's a real easy beer to drink and I could see myself polishing off a few of these in a row. It offers a nice flavour profile. Nothing crazy in terms of flavour but far from boring. A nice all around ale.

Graham5161986, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip pint: Medium amber, transparent, with shiny brass highlights & a thin coating of head. No real lacing.

Smells of a restrained caramel malt, just a little toasty.

Taste is a lightly toasted sweetness, a little bubblegum that gives way quickly to crisp lemon & tea-like hops. A kind of mineral snap. Nice cereal aftertaste that dries out a bit. Restrained & well-balanced.

Light-bodied, crisp.

Very good, easy drinker. Not gonna wear you out at all.

OneDropSoup, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that very quickly became a ring on the beer. Body is a medium-copper color, brilliantly clear, with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass when first poured.

S: Aroma is of bready, biscuity malt, with some light, fruity esters present as well.

T: Biscuity with a touch of sweetness. Low-to-moderate bitterness in the finish; nicely balanced, but I was expecting a touch more bitterness. Some fruity esters present.

M: Light-to-moderate body, light creaminess, with medium carbonation.

D: An extremely drinkable Best Bitter... very tasty, and a fantastic session ale.

berley31, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed copper orange with one finger of cream coloured tightly knit head that displays excellent retention and leaves a decent amount of patchy lace.

Deep notes of raisons perfectly meld with piney hops, and a very healthy dose of bready malts. Simple, but rich and quite inviting.

Raisons make a quick appearance on the middle of the tongue but are quickly superceded by refreshing citrus notes and piney hops. The finish is deliciously bready, making you want to lick your lips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with next to zero carbonation, giving the beer a real English feel. Smoooth, perfectly balanced, and too easy to quaff.

I can't say enough about this beer or about Fuller's for that matter. They have yet to let me down. Two thumbs way up. Pick it up if you can. A terrific EPA.

ludachris, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a thick creamy white head that sticks around and leaves significant lacing. Very transparent. Smells coppery, sweet, with a nice dose of English hops modulated very well with the golden malt backbone. Aroma is overall rich, interesting, drawing me into the beer.

Tastes smooth, much like the aroma, with a bit of straw graininess to give the flavor some texture. Finishes sweet and slightly dry, with a drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel moderate, with a moderate carbonation and no significant hop bite.

It's hard to make a beer that's this simple and yet this delicious. I wouldn't call Fuller's London Pride a hugely complex beer, but this is definitely harder-than-it-looks territory. A nearly perfect beer for what it is, perhaps my favorite English Pale Ale.

danielharper, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of timholio
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I prefer the Fullers ESB to this its more bitter and has a fruity aftertast. This beer is a better session beer. Not as filling and lower ABV%.

I think I prefer Rogue Dead Guy Ale to this one, it compares nicely. Sometimes the fullers I get are not as fresh tasting as I would like, but for bottle conditioned I think that might be normal.

timholio, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange colour with about a finger of white head. Head retention all the way down, with minimal lacing. It smells of floral hops and biscuit. A nice level of bitterness in the taste. Some floral hops and I think I'm getting some citrus coming through. A bread flavour too I think. Very crisp and smooth, yet a bit bubbly on the tongue. I really enjoy this beer and it is more of a gulper than a sipper for me. I could drink several of these in a row without being tired of it. One of the best of the style that I've had (not including cask ales).

kwjd, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head. Light hop aroma with some fruity yeast aroma. Light bodied. Soft and fruity in that English style. Some bready malt and mild hoppiness. Very drinkable. Classic English style that should not be served too cold.

homebrewhawk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At San Diego Brewing Company.

A - Thick, creamy white head, like real whipped cream on a coffee drink, stayed forever. Clear brass.

S - Light malt comes through, graininess, biscuity smell.

T - Slight sweet malt, grain, to dry finish.

M - Thin to medium body, not as carbed as I usually like in a beer.

D - Very, very easy to drink.

srandycarter, Mar 13, 2010
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.