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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 66
Gots: 142 | 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 Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a clear copper, almost brown. The head is built up by a nice cascading effect. It isn't huge, but it's thick and dense, leaving a bit of lacing around.
The smell is like an ABA with sturdy hops, though less the focus, and more of a bread and grains with a mildly sweet malt.
The taste follows suit very well. This is surprisingly easy to put down; flavor is well-balanced and firm, with some light fruits lingering, and it finishes with a nice, semi-dry, buttery flavor almost with a note of unsweetened vanilla or cream soda.
There's a light crispness, more emphasis on smoothness, in a creamy medium body. Carbonation is light.
With a flavor that's strong without being overbearing, a thoroughly pleasant finish and aftertaste, a nice, creamy smooth body and quite a low ABV, I have to say this one has the highest drinkability of anything I've had yet.

Brenden, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with slightly herbal hops and nondescript medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The lightly toasted malt is the centerpiece with hints of herbal hops and fruits that add a bit of complexity. The ending is mildly bitter and crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished a rather large glass with no problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer doesn't gain a whole much from being on tap, although either way it's worth a shot.

EDIT: Had again at the Brick Store and I feel as though the hops were more robust than I remembered. Still not overpowering but they held more sway.

glid02, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of jbone78
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought I would try an English beer.

A- Pours a nice clear golden color with light head, not much lacing.
S- Enlgish.
T- Nice malt character that has a nice sweetness. Hop flavor waits till later and carries through to the end. I like.
M- not as malty as expected. I guess due to the hop flavors.
D- I like this award winning English beer.


jbone78, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a medium golden-brown with just less than an inch of off-white head that had above average retention and thick lacing.

The aroma was very neutral and balanced with the dominant scent being malty without being sweet. That unsweet maltiness carries over to the flavors which coat the tongue nicely, leaving a pleasant sharpness at the finish.

The body was smooth and well balanced and the beer coats the tongue without being sticky. The drinkability on this beer is very nearly perfect, great flavors combined with low ABV creates a most wonderful session beer. Worth having repeatedly.

beertunes, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 1pint 9 oz. can into a tulip glass. The bottom of the can has this printed: BB 30 JUN 08. The body was lightly hazy and honey colored. A moderate cap of creamy, egg-shell colored foam stayed and stayed.

Smell was metal, sweet grain and fruity.

Taste was also fruity with a light nuttiness. There was a gentle tartness. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the body was light to medium.

Cresant, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the LCBO

From a can into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thinner looking white head. Tangerine orange in color with low end carbonation in the form of little bubbles. Head quickly recedes to a nice foam cap. A ring of film remains but leaves no lacing. A nice color and perfectly clear.

SMELL: Nice nose of sweet caramel malt and some floral hops. A bit of citrus fruit in the background. Mild but nice.

TASTE 7/10: Sweet caramel malt and a nice touch of floral hops. Taste is mild, much like the nose. A mild aftertaste of caramel and flowers is pleasant and enjoyable. Ends with a slightly bitter-sweet finish.

PALATE: Medium-full body and lower end carbonation. Very velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a slight bit of dryness on the palate. Nice here.

OVERALL: An enjoyable English pale ale, and drinks away quite easily. This one is available all over the place, and sometimes we lose things that are right under our noses. Pick one up and enjoy it again.

Jeffo, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. OK retention, some lacing.

S: Mainly hops, though there is a malty sweetness in the background.

T: Fairly balanced, hoppy to finish.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

D: Quite easy to drink, reasonable ABV.

seand, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of asnider
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL can into a pint glass. A nice orange/copper colour with small but nice looking head. Retention isn't great, but there is some lacing throughout.

Aroma is fairly subtle, but I pick up hints of caramel and perhaps a bready smell. It's certainly not a bad smell, but it's a bit too subtle for my personal tastes.

The taste is OK. I had London Pride from the bottle a few times before I started reviewing beers on Beer Advocate and I seem to recall it tasting better than out of the can. Regardless, this is a nice ale. There is a good balance of malt and hop flavours, as well as some notes of butter and a very slight floral taste. There is a mild hop finish that lingers quite pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, but less so than other ales of a similar style.

Drinkability is good. At 4.7% ABV this is a great session beer that packs more flavour than one might expect in a beer with a somewhat lower-than-average alcohol content.

Over all, this is a very nice English Pale Ale. It's a bit tough for me to rate it on it's own merits, because I tend to prefer hoppier American Pale Ales, but London Pride is a great example of the English style, and I come back to it on a semi-regular basis.

asnider, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06 April 10. I'm not sure how they expect it to last that long but if it's claimed to be at its best than it's fair game for reviewing.

This beer comes out looking exactly like applejuice. Maybe a shade darker in color, with the same very thin lacing of bubbles.

Aroma is mild, with a touch of floral english hops and the recognizable English malt character. I know the english hops are supposed to be mild, but I could use a lot more of that nice floral presence found in other EPA's.

Behind the mild, malty flavor of this ale is a cidery/apple flavor, maybe indicating acetaldehyde. And I'm not judging a book by its cover...

Mouthfeel is watery thin, with appropriately low carbonation. Nothing to love or hate there.

The beer is drinkable enough...although to be honest I don't know if I'd want another.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or batch, but this beer just seemed to have a lot of rookie mistakes and problems in it that I wouldn't expect from such a historic brewery. The first time I see this beer on tap or cask, I will make sure to try it and review it.

jeffthecheff, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a variety of London pubs last week

Pours a golden-amber-bronze hazy glory with a large thick white head

The caramel malts pop out in the nose, and the hops are close behind - citrus more than floral.

The flavor is exactly what presents in the nose, caramel, toffee, biscuty males, and fruity hops perfectly balanced.

Smooth and medium bodied. Creamy, not over thick, enjoyable.

Another classic session beer, a dream for cask conditioned lovers, like me.

mhatters, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Clark's.

Poured a clear light brown with a finger of light tan head. Head retention isn't great but the lacing is good.

Smells of light malt and spicy hop, niether scent is overpronounced.

Taste is very clean and refreshing. Light malt backbone with a light bitter hop and some spice. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, with a very clean feel and finish. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is great. This makes a fantastic session beer and I had 3 more to follow this one.

LumpyGuitar, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of choyhosoi
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Pours with a nice head and a orangish brown color to it. From the first appearance it looks very inviting.

S-Not to much here that jumps out at you very faint scents you have to know your ales to get some scents here.

T-Very clean and refreshing taste as I drank this. A very good taste that can be described as exceptional.

M/D-This is a great ale that I will be buying again. It isn't too high on the abv scale and it wont be too hard to drink. Enjoy!

choyhosoi, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange body supports a finger of foamy white head. Some good lace and fine retention. Excellent aroma of lemongrass, bread and herbal hops. Lemon upfront with a herbal finish. Slightly soapy, but well done and sessionable. The bitterness never exceeds moderate at any point, but does maintain its presence from first sip through to the finish. Medium-light body is about par for the style. This is a nice easy-drinking beer. It doesn't wow me, but I think it would be easy to kill a few of these in an evening.

bobsy, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of mikeal1917
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer off St. Giles St. in Oxford, at a place called The Royal Oak

Appearance: as with many English beers, a deep red/amber color. Head that lasts a little bit, and settles into a wispy circle around the glass

smell: Strong bitterness, but in a pleasant way for once. Compared to Spitfire and Old Speckled Hen, the other EPA's I reviewed, quite pleasant.

Taste: Really good mix of ABV, with less apparent hops, which makes this a really good brew.

Mouthfeel: Really feels like your drinking something, with it feeling like pudding at the same time. Think orange juice consistency(no pulp added,lol)

Drinkability: decently high, I put this higher on my drink list

mikeal1917, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with two fingers of off white head. Good retention.

Caramel malt and earthy/grassy hop aroma. A little bit of orange struggles through.

Caramel malt flavour complemented by earthy hops. Hop flavour is musty & herbaceous. Moderately bitter. The hops provide more flavour than bitterness in this beer. Dry, tea-like finish. A little bit buttery. Very mild acidity in the aftertaste. Finishes crisp.

Body between light and medium with low carbonation. Very smooth. A sessionable & easy drinking pale ale.

mintjellie, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of aristeros
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bodun's pint glass. Orange-amber color, almost no carbonation visible. One finger of head fades fast with some lacing. Smells of sweet red fruit, heavy biscuit.

Watery texture, light body. Sweet malts on the front end, a tiny nip of hops on the back end. Some caramel, some toffee. Smooth, malty, highly drinkable with a good mouthfeel.

Interesting enough to serve as a session beer, but too mild for my palate. Kind of unremarkable. It's good but not great. I can't really describe what's missing.

aristeros, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of ProfessorCJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. One finger head that quickly because just a ring over orange amber ale. Smelled the way I expect an English Pale Ale should, plenty of malt without alot of hops. The taste reminds me of an English Pub. Sip after sip of how I imagine ale has tasted for a long time. Fills the mouth and coats the tongue with a clean malt taste. Smooth and definately drinkable.

ProfessorCJ, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Ottertude
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured from the can into my pint glass a coppery orange color with an off-white head that quickly disappeared. There was some nice lacing left on my glass.

There were some aromas of biscuits, fruit and hops. I wasn't sure what to make of it, all I know is that I liked the taste much better than the smell. This is good stuff, lots of biscuity malt goodness with a toch of bitter hops. If you like ales that are balanced between malt and hops like I do, you will dig this. I can knock back a few of these.

One of my first gateway craft brews was Schlafly Pale Ale made in St. Louis. I didn't understand what they were trying to emulate back then, now I know the standard they were going for was and still is Fuller's London Pride. Good stuff!

Ottertude, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with prevailent amber/copper tones. long lasting head leaving nice lacing pattern

S: Biscuits, floral hops. Hints of herbs and caramel.

T: Biscuity malts, floral hops, faint hints of caramel

M: Light to medium body. Crisp and not too dry finnish.

D: Exceptionatly drinkable. Excellent flavor, low ABV and refreshing finish.

rfgetz, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
1.3/5  rDev -67%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This really isnt a good beer i m afraid:

A - best thing about it a kind of honey amberish look but soapy head

S - Citrussy acidic and off-honey

T - TAstes like honey gone off or maybe earwax

M - This is a very flat beer almost stale - i know English ales are meant to be flat but this could really be used to do the dishes in its lukewarm state

D - Considering the above LOW

DerBayer, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew produces one finger thick layer of head, from a 50cl bottle into my imperial pint glass. The body is golden amber in color and is quite clear with no sediment.

The aroma's a little floral with hints of musky leather, and a copper/metallic fragrance.

The taste is perfectly well balanced between the hops that give a slight grassy taste, and doesn't have the typically buttery flavor that plagues most British ales.

What can I really say? Crisp, clean, and wetting to the palate.

TheSarge, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber colour with a good finger of head.

The nose and the aroma are a bit all over the shop. Some malt sweetness, some caramel, a bit of hops. And a biscuitiness that is quite prevalent.

Low carbonation.

It is good but something about just doesn't work for me.

Macca, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a light off-white head that quickly dies down. Moderate lacing.

Smells of bread and sweet malts. Not much else was easily discerned.

Taste reflects the smell but the flavors are much more noticeable. Sweet malt comes through at first with some light hops in the background and a slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel is very light with light carbonation. Possibly a little watery but overall it was pretty good. Flavor is well balanced and this is an easy drinker but I would probably get tired of it after a couple of these anyway. Good to try but not so exciting that I'd want more than a couple.

Vengeance526, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Royal Mile on Friday.

A: Pours a nice golden orange, a slight bit of frothy white head on it.

S: Floral hops, biscuit, a little sweet.

T: Bready, slightly sweet, a little taste of hops in there, crisp. Great balance.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Pretty high, it's quite good and easy drinking.

aggiearcher13, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this draught 'in country' at a wedding about 5 years ago. This one served from a can. Pours a light amber color with a loose full finger white head that fades fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. The smell is really nice...way malty and rich with a unique earthy character. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied and the texture is creamy. Full flavored, the earthy malted notes are mirrored exceptionally well in the taste. At 4.7% ABV these are a perfect fit for the REQUIRED nooner-at-the-pub...then back to work. Very drinkable...defining style. Bringing back the memories. Consider one again...soon!!!

jjayjaye, Jun 28, 2009
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.