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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
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2,207 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 97
Gots: 249 | FT: 0
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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +5.1%
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 -20.4%
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 -18.3%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass jan25 2011

A clear bronze body with very few bubbles and a ringers width of head that quickly fell to a thin film and leaves just a patch of lace

S sweet fruity butterscotch with a little burnt brown sugar

T fairly similar to the smell but with more malt and a hint of metal

M rather creamy and thicker then expected

D I could drink another and decent flavors for something I could session

on the same shelf at the same price I'm going to buy their ESB over this but still worth a try

Photo of TheHammer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Starts with an excellent retaining finger and a half of head that regrettably doesn't lace. The body is a nice bronze, but doesn't boast a lot in the way of carbonation. Crystal clarity that just does enough for me.

Smell: Floral hops are front and centre on this one with caramel malt in the background. It is a bit on the mild side but it is very neat and nice. Warming doesn't seem to have helped the case very much.

Taste: Nice and mild but not to the point of being watered down and lacking interest. Starts with mild caramel malt with some faint soft fruit notes that turn very gradually towards a bouquet of well balanced floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste starts out very nice with a mild hop aftertaste, but as you drink it in builds and lingers. This is one of those rare times where the carbonation goes all to the head and doesn't help out the beer quite enough, giving it a bit of a watery texture. Nice gradually flavour changes though.

Drinkability: Much more drinkable then most pales, and very light and smooth going down. That being said though, I really don't really think I would commonly drink a pale ale this mild. I can see this going very well with fish though.

Final Thoughts: Probably the best offering I've had from Fuller's to date and light years better then that awful brandy flavoured vintage ale. This is a really good dinner ale and it could double as an all night drinker in a pinch.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brownish copper with a nice light creamy and fluffy head. decent retention with light lacing. color has lots of shine.

lots of bright flower and fresh biscuit. mostly flowery and herbal. lots of hops.

mostly hops up front, just like the scent, is quite fresh and light flowery. light caramel and toffee malt with a hint of bread and biscuit. hint of sweetness. hoppy aftertaste.

quite full bodied overall. for a lower ABV pale ale, this hold together well. very light and smooth through. nice mild to moderate carbonation.

the bench mark for pale ales. just perfect flavor through out and a below 5% ABV.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber, head seems to fade down to a faint covering with little lacing. Fruity aroma, ripe apples and grapes, touch of yeast and a slight hint of alcohol, bit of sweetness. Taste consists of a light, fruity sweetness, a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, very refreshing and mildly carbonated with a nice medium body. Bit of floral hoppiness going on, nothing too much, nice and mild, with a very creamy finish. A great beer, nothing too complex, superb drinkability...sessionable for sure.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of tight, white head that slowly recedes and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lightly toasted, bready malts, some toffee, light floral hops, fruitiness and hints of butterscotch. A very inviting nose.

Taste is very smooth and malty. There is bready malt, toffee and caramel, butterscotch, light fruits and a bit of hop bitterness and citrus that balances the beer midway through. The finish leaves a clean malt and toffee flavor on the tongue but isn't really sweet, fairly crisp actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic little beer, very easy to drink, flavorful, complex and balanced.

Photo of DaveHS
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Blackbird (Fuller's Ale House) in Earl's Court, London.

A-Pours the color of The Blackbird's light stained oak table, with tiny particles of sediment that settles on the bottom of the glass. No head, sparse lacing.

S-Hard to determine. Very soft nose, can't pin this one down.

T/M-The mouthfeel of spring water. Appealing, bready maltiness is the main flavor, with no real hop character to speak of.

D-Went well with my bangers and mash, not in a hurry to have it again.

Photo of Swedes21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - off white head, head is fluffy, gorgeous clear auburn colour beer, no carbonation, lots of lacing

Smell - malts, caramel/toffee, very clean

Taste - i can pick up caramel & toffee, bitterness from the hops near the end, some malts buried deep in the taste.

Mouthfeel - little added carbonation brings bitterness fwd, not much else noticeably different.

Drinkability - an enjoyable beer, nothing out of this world. would have it again if the chance permitted.

Photo of tozz8
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

A--reddish orange with a giant white fluffy heady. it leaves a good bit of lacing around the glass

S--Bready malts with a bit of floral hops. Not a very powerful smell.

T--Bready malts dominate with enough hops to counter with bitterness. Slightly sour taste. leaves a stale aftertaste.

M--light to medium body. medium carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry

D--Not a very interesting beer. Good, but doesn't make you want to come back for more.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local English pub. A pleasant amber-brown body with a 1fingered head. The smell is quite pleasing as you can pick up a good amount of caramel-y malt balanced by a hoppy whiff. The taste is superb as there is a good dose of hops to provide a really nice counter-balance to the strong malt backbone. Definately beats Bass (althogh I do enjoy Bass quite a lot) and others. An excellent beer and one which is definately worth getting a pint of!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stange glass. Freshness date is clearly marked on bottle.

Pours a clear orange body under a finger and a half of slightly off-white head. Small bubbles rise to keep the layer of bubbles on the surface replenished. Good lacing.

Smells of sweet fruity English hops and rich toasty malts. The aroma is rather straightforward and invites the drinker to take a sip.

In terms of the flavor of this beer, balance in the name of the game. The hops are nice in this bottle, but a bit past their prime (I have had the canned version and the hops were much fresher). This bottle a few months older than the can I had. The malts are quite nice and toasty. Nothing about this beer takes you by surprise, other than the overall pleasing drinkable flavors that are rich, clean, and easy-going.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but not watery, with balanced carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: The beer is a wonderful example of this style. It is tasty and drinkable, and doesn't tear up the palate with aggressive hops or excessive alcohol. This beer is considerably better fresh, and from the versions I have tried, the canned version was the tastiest. Also, I much prefer this mixed with Guinness for a "Black and Tan" than Bass, as I think this beer if the obvious superior of the two.

Photo of NODAK
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is write sweet, with some caramel and definite fruitiness to it.

Pours a amber color in the glass, sadly the head wasn't much at all.

Taste is much like that of the nose. Some caramel notes are there right away, but the prevailing taste is of fruit, of which the body is dominated by. There is a slight hint of toast there as well, leading into a finishing bitterness that is right on target for style. It isn't too assertive, but it is definitely there.

All in all, this is a classic of the style and for good reason. Delicious, and well rounded.

Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best-by 13-2-11.

Pours a light copper color with minimal head but sturdy ring of lacing. Low-carbonated enough for cask but high-carbonated enough for quality.
Scent pungent with sweet biscuit malt; notes of caramel and cane sugar.
Understated malt sweetness meets initially mellow but eventually elevated herbal/forest hop. Excellently balanced with buttery, cracker notes and a fruity, tea-like finish.
Full-bodied, crisp, and smooth in the mouth with a hop twang to the finish.
Dangerously drinkable pale ale may be a bit tame by modern-day American standards but is a certified classic in style and balanced beauty for those who appreciate as much.

Photo of rjochman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brown amber color with an off-white foam.

S: hint of grain with a good amount of sweet caramel.

T: Malts and grain. Good fresh, clean taste.

M: Medium body and carbonation. really smooth/crisp feel.

D: Very flavorful beer. Easy to drink and wish I had a few more of these.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, yellowish orange, 1 finger head, solid lacing.

S: hint of grain, malt, and citrus from hops.

T: Malts, grain, hint of bitter in the finish. Nice fresh, clean taste.

M: med body, smooth, dry crisp.

D: Very excellent session beer from England. This is one of my standards in England and very accessible beers.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of fsimcox
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brown amber color. Off-white foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a very thin off-white layer. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of sweet malt. Some hints of citrus, licorice, and perhaps tea.

Taste is sweet malt, lemon citrus, and just a subtle hint of bitter aftertaste. Maybe some tea as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. Not much carbonation.

A nice example of an English ale. I had this on cask once, and remember liking it more than out of a bottle. Still, a very good ale.

Photo of bigredchronic13
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Pride Pale Ale

Appearance- caramel brown with a thick, creamy, frothy head that lasts throughout the drinking of the entire beer.

Smell- malt and caramel.

Taste- delicious malt with a hint of caramel. A slight fruity/nut flavor too.

Overall- A perfect beer!!!

Photo of flipper2gv
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is one gorgeous beer. Nice amber color, fully translucent with a nice frothy light beige head. Very good retention and correct lacing for the ABV.

S: Nicely fruity and acidic. I smell clementine, orange, grape, light grapefruit. There are nice biscuit malts as well as some light toasted bread in this. For the sweet smells there is caramel, light honey and brown sugar. Slight grassy hops. Well, this is exactly what you expect from an English Pale. Smell is a bit light though.

T: Biscuit malts dominate the taste as well as th toasted bread. Not as fruity as the smell, sadly but they are still there: orange and grapefruit mostly but quite dry (not very sweet). Grassy hops are much more present too. The sweetness much less present giving only light taste of caramel and brown sugar. Taste is pretty light, wish it would have been a bit stronger. Anyway, still very good.

M: Light with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and works perfectly with the beer.

D: Cannot get any easier to drink than this.

Photo of SassyBootblack
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a plastic glass.

Appearance: Amber colored with a thin, lasting head.

Smell: Malt and mild hops.

Taste: Toasy malt and English hops, with an hard water acridness that's complimentary. Bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very crisp.

All of the ingredients really came together and popped in an interesting way. A very flavorful brew.

Photo of Shrews629
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Orangish, amber in color with yellow highlights. Mostly white to slightly off white head that had nice retention and lacing. Mostly clear, but a bit of haze is there.

Smell - Buttery aroma. Some floral hops, but not overpowering. Slightly sweet smelling. Smelling some sourness

Taste - This does not remind me of a pale ale. Very buttery. A bit too much for me. Bread and biscuit flavors. A bit of bitterness, but is was very faint. Some sourness coming through.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light on the mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinking. Some flavor left on the palate.

Drinkability - I think I must get past due brews. I have found that to be a problem at the store I frequent. This beer did not match any of the prior descriptions I have read. I finished the glass however. I would like to review this as a fresh brew. I know my nose and palate are not that far off.

Photo of flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber/copper in appearance with a small head that shrinks quite fast. Lots of bubbles rising as well.

Smells of hops, toffee & some malt. Noticeable but not over powering.

Hops are quite apparent & it has a malt and slightly sweet taste as well with a bit of oak through too. It was a nice bitter aftertaste to finish with.

A light to medium body, smooth & not too dry.

A quite nice beer overall that tastes nicer than I expected. It is well balanced & could be a good beer although not outstanding

full review at www.abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a amber tinged copper with a two finger frothy white head that dissipates leaving little bits of residual lacing. Small little yeast droplets are suspended within the liquid.

S. Lots of bready yeast aroma with an earthy hop character.

T. Lots of biscuit and bready malt with just a touch of earthy hop character to help balance a bit.

M. Light to medium body with a brisk carbonation.

D. This is a very malt forward Pale Ale - much different than the American form of the style. I'll have to pick up some more of the style to see if this is characteristic (although coming from Fuller's, I assume it is).

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.