Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.25.
A: Orange hue with off-white, bubbly 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.
S: Floral, herbal English hops with subtle pale malt aromas
T: Tea-like hops flavor with decided herbal slant layer on a substantial pale malt backbone.
M: A bit thin with appropriately low carbonation.
D: Worth trying once but not the most interesting beer. Drinkable but not a lot else to recommend it.
05-31-2009 04:34:26 | More by argock
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
This bottle is about 2 weeks away from its "best by" date, so my expectations aren't too high. We'll see...
A--Nice looking amber/copper color with a little less than a finger of head that recedes pretty quickly.
S--Smell is rich malts, orange peel, earthiness. Pretty nice.
T--Fairly mundane taste, not bad but nothing to write home about. Mostly bready malts, faint floral/citrus hops present as well. Pretty much what you would expect from a non-fresh English Pale Ale.
M--Medium-to-light bodied, not much carbonation
D--Solidly drinkable, but not something begging me to reach for more. Maybe one day I will drink a fresher one and see if there is any difference
05-21-2009 20:38:22 | More by alcstradamus
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a clear red-amber with a 1-finger white head. Minimal lacing.
The smell is caramel malts, buttery, with slight fruits. The taste is more hops than malts. The hops are herbal, & citrusy, but the citrus is oddly like lime instead of grapefruit or orange. There's some bread & earthiness as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin & watery, some carbonation.
This is a drinkable English Pale, but I'd like the flavor to be a little more malty.
05-21-2009 02:50:58 | More by theghost3
3.9/5 rDev -1%
A half liter bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. This ale appears a hazed deep copper color with about two fingers of lingering, light ecru foam. A nice looking pour. Nose and flavor are of rich caramel malts, fruity figs, bitter hops, biscuits. Satisfying body with ample carbonation. Always a treat.
05-19-2009 05:30:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
500ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a translucent amber-golden body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Caramel and toffee malts with a touch of butter in the aroma. Caramel, butter, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee, with a fair bit of minty herbal English hops. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Moderately drinkable, mostly due to the flavors not quite meshing the way I'd like, particularly the butter, and I'm thinking this may not be the freshest sample. Having said that, it's still a relatively decent English pale ale...
05-14-2009 03:21:17 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured out of a 500ml can into a Murphy's pint glass. Freshness date of February 2010.
Appearance: tawny amber body with a thin white film on top. Decent, sporadic lacing.
Smell: citrusy and floral hops. Fresh grapefruit. Some light butter and toffee aromas in the background, with hints of yeast as well.
Taste: fruity, bitter hops followed by mildly dry malt. Slightly sweet. Simple but satisfying.
Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and tangy upfront; bitter and dry in the finish.
Overall: a supremely drinkable beer. Perhaps the standard for English pale ales. I could drink this all night. Very well done.
05-12-2009 22:47:42 | More by cratez
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Served in a British Imperial pint glass (although american-bottled bottle only annoyingly 11.2 fl oz.)
Visual appeal: orange wood color, light mahogany, very slight streaking
Smell: strong hoppiness, mildly fruity, not unique
Flavor: hops not strong enough, slightly lemony, very bitter
Mouthfeel: watery, carbonation fades very quickly
Drinkability: lower alcohol and watery mouthfeel increase this characteristic
05-09-2009 00:19:42 | More by julian1117
3.35/5 rDev -15%
Pours a golden-brown colour, with thin bead running up the middle but no real head of which to speak. Thin web of lacing. Not ba-a-a-a-ad but unimpressive.
A great deal of sour British ale yeast characters on the nose with a distinct barley aroma and slight hint of grassy hops. Hops are underwhelming, as is the nose in general.
Taste is quite gritty with malt taking a back seat to English hops - possibly fuggles. Palate is interesting with a long bitter finish. A bit of a sour ale character with a slight bready hint and a bittersweet mid-palate. Balance is best on the middle with malt and hops reaching their intersection here, but hops definitely take over on the back.
A decent drop, good for a cleansing ale. Typical English fare though.
05-01-2009 03:51:29 | More by laituegonflable
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with nice retention and a clear amber color. Slight haze within the beer.
Smell is of wonderful fruity esters that enhance the characteristics of the malts. I get some plum and red apple. No acetalaldehyde problems. The smell of the marris otter and caramel malts really comes out.
Taste is wonderfully malty with a slight bit of hop flavor to balance. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had. Residual sweetness allows the marris otter and caramel malts to shine. This combined with some mild fruity esters makes for one outstanding beer.
Nice creamy mouthfeel.
If you don't try this beer, you are missing out!
05-01-2009 03:41:17 | More by jasonjlewis
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured with a ginormous, fluffy head that hung around all night. Hops and nice biscuity malt witha touch of dried fruits on the nose are quite inviting. Delivers big time on the palate with a prickly bitterness and a long malty finish. A very satisfying and drinkable ale.
04-23-2009 08:49:48 | More by juju7
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass
Best before 10/11/2009
Pours up a clear golden-orange with quite a bit of active carbonation that produces a one inch white head that falls down to a skim quickly. Little lacing.
Aroma is of caramel, toasted malt, with some hops that are floral and slightly spicy.
Taste is of caramel up front with a mild sweetness, some toasted malt and biscuit flavors in the middle with a light fruit character. Hops of the spicy and floral nature come towards the finish and blend with the malt to make for a very nicely balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a very nice creamy texture to it. Highly drinkable, a session ale for sure.
One of the best English Pale Ales out there for sure. This one is very sessionable, I only wish it wasn't such a high cost.
04-23-2009 00:16:07 | More by roadhouse
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
A solid clear amber pour with a quarter inch head that lasts and lasts and mixed with a mildly fruity, noble hop bitterness that is second to none, a super sweetness greets the tongue and does not let go for one minute this is an amazingly drinkable beer that makes you forget you are drinking one,
04-18-2009 05:19:47 | More by bluemoonswoon
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Maybe I'm more into American Pales than English Pales, but not terribly impressed here...
Pours pretty golden with little beige head and little or no lacing. Smells weak (literally, I can't smell it, although my fiancee claims she can smell some pine), maybe a little dinge or moist wood.
Taste was bland (again, my fiancee claims she can taste the pine, but she has a sensitivity to it). It had a little decent bitterness that I don't associate with hops, with a sort of woody sweetness which was also not very strong.
Felt fine in the mouth, thick and sticky, slightly heavy. It would be pretty drinkable if I wasn't paying much attention to it.
Overall, not a waste, but not that great.
04-14-2009 02:11:06 | More by snaotheus
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
A: A golden orange color. Persistent head that leaves some nice lattice-like lacing on the glass.
S: Nuanced aroma. Biscuity malt, floral aromas, tea-like, slight caramel. Not really in-your-face or bold, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
T&M: Excellent balance. A pale malt and dry, biscuit-like flavor interact well with floral and herbal flavors from the English noble hops. The finish is crisp and dry, long with tea-like flavors in a general reprise of the hoppiness. Body is light to medium with a crisp feel. Feel could be a bit better, but I'm guessing this isn't the best serving type to experience the full capacity of this beer.
D: Great drinkability. I put this one down in under 5 minutes while eating, having already had 2 beers and an appetizer beforehand. It was really great to drink on a spring day in an outdoor setting, and was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Fuller's makes great beer, and I hope to get around to trying more of it soon.
04-13-2009 05:34:43 | More by BamaBeerBuff
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Appears very clear, tarnished amber in color with a thin white, lace-free head. Aroma is of lightly sweet creamy caramel, butter popcorn, dough, zesty lemon, and a touch of black pepper. Taste matches well. Lemon and pepper, doughy bread, caramel, diacetyl, all topped with prickly carbonation. Texture is slick, a tad resiny, and ever so slightly coating. Light body and good bitterness along with the bright and light doughy flavors make this a very easy to consume, unoffensive easy drinking beer.
This will not be the last of these I have tonight.
04-13-2009 00:02:23 | More by tastybeer
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured a seethru light golden body with a two-finger white head. A mix of hops and subdued malts in the smell. Smooth and tasty with a bready, slightly sweet malt taste and some bitter leafy hops. Blended well in a medium-body for a beer that passes over the tongue easily and with some flavor and has a slightly crisp, citric hop backbite. I could relax with this anytime.
04-06-2009 17:42:47 | More by clayrock81
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
11.2 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear copper color with an off-white head that stays as a light layer/heavier ring and leaves some good lacing.
S - earthy, malt aroma.
T - a very well balanced ale, bold malty flavor upfront is accompanied by bittering hops for a lightly dry finish.
F - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth feel.
D - it says "outstanding" on the label...
'nuff said, Cheers!
03-31-2009 22:02:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Did I just find an excellent session beer--- Yes but now its gone:<
Smell- Typical for the style. Nothing mind blowing.
Taste- Awaking, a solid bitter note of hops that extends past each sip. A wee bit of bitterness from the malt. A solid netural malt backbone providing a springboard for the earthy/herbal hops.
Mouthfeel- Clean, Bitter, and Light on the tongue.
Drinkability- Excellent, right amount of carbonation and a stable unassaulting amount of flavor. I would not change a thing.
So next time I am looking for it on tap or cask, very solid offering and a great example of a EPA and pub beer.
03-29-2009 06:14:54 | More by TubaManJack
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
clear golden amber color. low carbonation. not much head o it, just a few bubbles trying vainly to cover the beer.
malty sweetness is the main contributor with some floral hops in the background. fairly pleasant but maybe the hops have faded somewhat. best before is still about six months away though so not sure.
yeah pretty standard epa stuff. nice and full malt character but slightly lacking in hop profile. hm
funny, the more i think about it, the more i think its very finely balanced. cant pick what i would change to improve it as far as malt/hop flavor/hop bitterness. messing with one would change this beer quite a bit.
doesnt take long to polish off a half litre of this stuff. there is still something about it thats not quite right and i cant put my finger off it. probably needs a fresher hop aroma which i suppose the trip down here wouldnt help. other than that, very enjoyable.
03-27-2009 10:04:49 | More by joecast
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
got this from a can from LCBO. Best before date on bottom says Dec - 11 - 09, but I had to check it once or twice to make sure. Poured this into a mug.
A - at first, a nice foamy head of about a half inch. This quickly disappears. It appears a light amber color.
S - the smells is of hops, a bit of sweetness, maybe honey.
T - Hmmm. very watery, some bready notes, as well as the slight bitterness near the end. it's crisp.
M - too watery. no carbonation to speak of. My pour was not aggressive, but the head was gone and there was no bubbles coming up through the beer at all. Looked as though it had been sitting for some time. Don't know if this was the style of beer, or just the can, wrong glassware, or a bad pour??
D - not great. would not have another of these.
Might possibly try this beer again from a bottle, or on tap, to see if there's a difference in the carbonation and mouthfeel. Otherwise, this was slightly disappointing for the title 'England's Finest Premium Ale".
03-25-2009 01:39:18 | More by beerbuddah
2.65/5 rDev -32.7%
Appearance: amber, small head, no carbonation
Smell: malts, bread, and honey
Taste: a very malty/bready start followed by a slight hop finish
Mouthfeel: smooth light and a slight bitter finish
Drinkability: Not for me. This beer has two dimensions, but kind of fizzles. I will not be having this one again
03-04-2009 05:24:48 | More by tigg924
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
An easy going copper ale with a sticky white head. Smells malty and a little sweet. Exceptional crystal malt flavor in a delicate balance with English hops. Light in flavor and feel. It would be very easy to drink large quantity of these. Nothing overwhelming about this beer. A quintessential English pub beer.
02-22-2009 14:51:58 | More by MillySox
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-19-2009 16:24:58 | More by GClarkage
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Appearance: Golden copper color with a thick white creamy head. Good head retention and good lacing.
Aroma: Malty aroma. Sweet smelling.
Taste: Somewhat bitter twangy initial flavor followed by a nice malty finish. I picked up slight vanilla notes.
Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy and substantial.
02-17-2009 00:27:05 | More by Lambstrong
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Sampled from a 1 pint, 9 oz bottled with a best by date of Jul 19, 09.
A - Golden with excellent clarity and a moderate head that dissipates quickly.
S - A slightly fruity aroma with peach and apricot. A little yeast comes through as well.
T - Bready and biscuity with a hint of fruit and a very faint bitterness. Clean and very nice.
M - Moderate consistency and low carbonation. It has a real cask feel even though it comes from a bottle.
D - A perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable session beer that makes me long for London and the Churchill Arms (see my avatar).
02-15-2009 11:28:06 | More by GJ40
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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