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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 85
Gots: 228 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of thecarster1
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, scant head fades leaving wispy lacing and bubbled, clear honey golden coloring with almost a pinky hue at times.

s- those english hops, very flowery and earthy, sweet grains,

t- pretty much echoes the nose, flowery, estery, very mild hops with little to no bitterness, sweet grains.

m- medium bodied.

d- okay, i'm not the biggest fan of english style ales, but this is drinkable. i'd drink it again if offered but wouldn't seek out.

Photo of patra7
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can - BBD: 01-Nov-2011

Appearance: Deep amber / light copper color, quite clear though bubbly. Head: cream color, medium-thickness, medium-retention.
Smell: Bitter / grainy smell and some blue cheese notes when it gets warmer.
Taste: Balanced. Malty and slightly bitter. Momentarily, I sensed some floral notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Little carbonation, coarse feel but somehow it seems smoother as it warms up.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, esp. considering I'm not really used to the style.

Photo of Infamous7100
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks outstanding. Great amber to cherry hue with a thick finger head. Smells of fruit and malt. The ginger and cherry really come though. Roasted malts combine perfectly with the slight bitterness of the hops. Sweet and a bit dry. Slick to creamy mouthful that finishes slightly dry. Outstanding brew to session with.

Photo of JOaikido
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. best before date: 09-09-2011

A- Huge light beige head and nice coppery colour. Fairly bubbly.

S- Basic malt and some faint lemony notes.

T- Good hops up front, very citrussy, including a touch of grapefruit. Mild malt middle and mild bitter aftertaste.

MF- Medium bodied. Not drying.

D- Good basic ale, but I found it a bit one dimensional.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich honey hue with a tuft of creamy parchment head. As the head recedes it tries to cling to the wall of the glass. Interesting. In any case, it looks beautiful.

Smell -- Cracker-like grain, mild toffee sweetness, floral hops, gentle fruity esters. Inviting.

Taste -- The flavor is very malt-driven with cracker, and the gentlest of caramel sweetness. Fruity esters are quite prevalent lending a plum-like character, especially with the malt sweetness. Hops are aromatic moreover - floral - with a modicum of grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with gentle prickly carbonation. Great feel, no widget required.

Drinkability -- I had high hopes for London's Pride and I was not disappointed. Great malting, great feel, it's quenching but still nuanced and contemplative. Really good stuff. Hopefully I'll find this on cask someday.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy egg shell colored two fingers worth of creamy head. This dissipates to a nice cap. Clear amber color. Smells of some earthy hops, bready malts, typical english yeast, some carmel, maybe banana. Tastes carmel, earthy, woody, minerals, touch of english hops. Medium/thin body, neutral feel on the tongue in some way. Light carbonation. I could have a few of these in a sitting quite easily but the overall I need a bit more flavor. Not a bad beer, it fits the style. A bit pricey at $2.99 a single.

Photo of Brunite
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber in color and crystal clear. It creates a nice whitish head with good clingy lacing.

S: Mostly a bready aroma, along with some maltyness. Also some fruity hop sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell. There is some bready,malty sweetness and the hops add a nice balanced bitterness. I also get some very faint fruity-bubblegum flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light. A swig of the glass creates a new, creamy, 1 inch head. The end is bitter and dry.

D: Very high. Low ABV...low carbonation...pleasing taste...all make this an easy drinker.

Photo of vapodge
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - clear, dark golden; thin head that dissipates quickly; little bit of lacing

S - mild hops and malt

T - rather sweet, well-balanced with the hops and malt both represented well

M - crisp and fairly dry -- perfect level of carbonation

D - very easy-drinking, very tasty, excellent example of English Pale Ale -- makes me wish I knew better when I lived there

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slight shade of brown that has a copperish glow to it. a two finger head that was from a aggressive pour. as the head dissipates it leaves generous amounts of lacing.
smells slightly sweet with a light grassy hopness. pleasantly caramel maltyness.
sweet tasting. Reminds me of newcastle brown ale. caramel and light bitterness. Well balanced
Doesn't have a very carbonated taste, but sits well on the palate.
Drinkable. light bodied and almost tart.

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light malt and grassy hops, flavor is same with light malt, light caramel, hints of hops. Clean finish. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom, 2/5/11.

A-Pours a clear copper color with plenty of white head and great lacing.

S-Very biscuity with lots of caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops.

T-Like the nose, this is dominated by bready malts with some underlying caramel sweetness. The crisp, grassy hop notes are understated.

M-Silky smooth, nicely creamy.

D-The classic English Pale Ale, served in the classic style. I could easily drink this all day.

HV

Photo of ramseye4
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a best before date proudly stamped on the back. Pours a light golden color with a one finger head, average lacing. Lots of sweet malt in the aroma, with some caramel also, and a bit of hop bitterness in the nose as well. Mostly caramel malt in the tase, with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but well carbonated, and drinkability is great, mellow taste and low abv definitely help.

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Served too cold. Brown / deep amber colour, decent head. Very moderate aroma, some malts and caramel, hints of old furniture. Malty flavour with tolerable hops, not sweet. Drinkable, but the cask conditioned version (from a WELL KEPT cask!) is definitely better than this!

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark golden with a small white head on top.

S: Herbal tea, overripe apples and a faint metallic scent.

T: Kind of follows the nose: toasty malt, watery tea, minerally bite and a clean, semi-dry finish. Some overripe peaches and apples too.

M: Light, but nice and creamy.

D: Easy drinking, just a little too sweet for my preference.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a crystal clear amber coloring, with a short stack of thick, beige foam that quickly disperses into an uneven film of bubbles. The beer has a roasty/toasty malt nose. Flavors are malt heavy, with hints of toffee and caramel, but balanced by a very slight bitterness that I get only on the sides of my tongue. I get a little taste of candy/taffy every once in a while, also. The bitterness steps up in the finish and aftertaste, which makes it easy to take another sweet sip to follow-up. The beer is crisp, light, and smooth in mouth, and the finish is subtle, but hangs out long enough to remind you that the beer is hopped a bit. Very tasty beverage, and my first from Fuller's, so I am looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

Photo of Kegatron
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a clear honey-amber with a billowing, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thick greasy film that left thin streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Crackery, bready or grainy malt with a subtle hint of citrusy and earthy hops underneath.
T: Follows the nose with a large bready malt flavor and just a hint of honey sweetness and lightly bitter hops near the finish. There are some slight buttery flavors here as well, and the aftertaste is leafy and dry with a touch of brine.
M: Medium body with a nice chewiness to the mouthfeel and medium-light carbonation.
D: Goes down very easy, but I prefer the hop flavor and punch of APA better. This is a great drinkin' beer though, and one I can't believe I waited this long to try. I'm sure this is heaven if drank from the source.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with orange peel, apricots and a clean but fairly boring malt profile. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried apricots, orange and a slightly earthy bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Well balanced and tasty but not really outstanding.

Photo of Naerhu
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice compact lazy head, and spotty lacing. Transparent copper body.
aroma - Mellow biscuity aroma
taste - mild wheat bread, slightly sweet, mild hoppy bitterness. A touch watery.
MF - mild carbonation, slightly cream.
Drinkability - a very mild beer, and hence very easy to drink

Photo of jonb5
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint, 4.1abv when from the cask. Dark brown colour, 1/4 finger head that doesn't stay long. Clear, Typical hoppy smell you get from an english bitter. First mouthfull had hints of smoke(never tasted before in pride) sour orange. Smooth. Very sessionable. This is an iconic beer

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear and light orange hued with mild effervescence. Atop the beer sits a half inch of clean, white head. As the head rapidly fades, it leaves an ample supply of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

S: The aroma is faint, but seems to grow in strength as the beer warms, with bread and malts first, followed by English hops.

T: This is a decent, simple, straightforward English pale ale. Light bread and malts mingle well with a mild sweetness and fruity character. Following the fruit and mild sweetness of bready malts is a pleasant hop bitterness, albeit gentle.

M: Good carbonation levels and relatively light in body.

D: Pretty easy to drink, though I prefer this on cask.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a great clear copper red/brown, with a three finger sized head that disappears fairly quickly. The head bubbles are white and seem to vary in size, and leave minimal lacing. A very tiny collar manages to stick around in the glass.

Bouquet is of very light bread and very light hops. Very clean smelling simple and really nice. Very airy, and aromatic. There's a small fruit behind it all perhaps apricot but it's very hard to pin point.

Taste is primarily hoppy, with a smooth and slight chew wet finish. Super easy drinking at a low abv but full of taste. Carbonation is just about right with some malt taste at times after the hops. Carbonation in the mouth is also pretty low.

This is a great simple drinking beer I could pound these back and enjoy them all the time.

Photo of haddon
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight cloudy orange with little retention on the head. Not much lacing either.

Not much going on with the nose. Perhaps a slight citrusy orange smell with grass and faint lemons.

Sweet like butterscotch flavor that began to fall apart as it warmed. tastes buttery with very little carbonation. Made it seem almost flat.

Light body with very little carbonation that made it watery.

Wow, for a beer that is considered to be the standard for epa's, this was underwhelming. It's reputation certaintly warrants another try and I will update rating if it improves.

Photo of tbern007
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Crown and Anchor in LV, NV.
To me, basically a lighter version of the Fuller's ESB.
A - bright orange, hazy, thick head and lacing.
S - light hops, light fruit, light tea, light malt/caramel.
T - just like the smell.
M & D - very drinkable. The hops in the English Pale Ales are an interesting contrast to American hops. They are different, and good; however, I like my American hops better - they are more flavorful. Decent beer overall.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.