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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 91
Gots: 242 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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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).

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

A recent arrival at the NSLC.

Pours a reddish amber color with a finger of solid white head. Head has staying power. Nice amount of lacing left down the glass.

Light yet crisp hop scent. A bit of pine and a bit of malt.

Taste is a slightly earthy malt flavor, with a bit of hop bitterness near the end. Also a bit buttery going down. Fairly smooth overall.

Overall, this is a fairly good English Pale Ale. Reminds me of having pints in the UK a few years back. Enough flavor to keep it interesting, smooth enough to keep you drinking.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 23 May 2011.

A gentle pour resulted in one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Dark amber in color with plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles. Surprised by the amount of caramel malt in the aroma. Hard to pick out the herbal, grassy hops but they are there. Plenty of hops in the flavor. Tea and herbal type qualities. Nicely balances the sweet caramel malt. Slightly minerally finish. Bitterness is moderate. Light body and abundantly carbonated venturing into overcarbonated territory. No reason to enjoy just one with the low ABV and the palate friendly hops.

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours amber with a short lived, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma of piney hops, hay with some caramel malt in the background. Medium-full, tangy body. Good amount of earthy hops nicely balanced by caramel and ripe fruit on the palate. Long, dry, earthy finish. Great brew.

Photo of jlandis
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like the epitome of English pub beer! Beautiful crystal clear light copper with 1 inch white creamy head that fills my nonic pint glass to the brim.

Simple and clean malt forward aroma that gives off a clean and crisp vibe.

Sweet toffee malt with a surprising earthy hop punch. So clean and smooth! This beer goes down like a dream and finishes with a perfect bitter twist.

Rich and creamy body with minimal carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer all around. Yeah, it doesn't knock your socks off, but that's not what this beer is meant to do. It's a well balanced clean english pub beer. It's one where you could sit back and drink all afternoon without knocking yourself out.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a good white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings a good dose of caramel along with some mild earthy, floral hops. The taste is mildly bitter with a focus more on the malt presence. Feel is pretty light with mild hops. Drinks pretty well and I can see why this has such a reputation.

Photo of fourplayed
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured to 12oz sam adams glass. 3 finger off white foamy and rocky head. Clear amber.

Smells are very mild, wheat, barley, malts, some citrus sweetness.

Taste is a nice balance of malt, hops, tangerine, citrus & fruit sweet notes.

Lite to medium bodied with zesty carbonation, nice hop bite with some dryness and bitterness. Alcohol warmth is mild.

Glad I tried this. I would serve it to my coors & bud drinking friends to get them to explore and expand their palates. Good balance of malts, hops, carbonation, sweet notes, alcohol that they could handle.

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All in all an outstanding example of an English Pale Ale. Pours a light amber color; the head is tight and longlasting, which leaves a thick lace on the glass.

This is definitley one of the maltier Pales, not in any way shape or form a Bitter (just a warning to hopheads). Biscuit, sweet malts, and a dash of carmel dominate this brew. Very smooth, quite thick on the tongue with just enough bitterness in the background to keep this ale from being cloyingly sweet. The finish is dry. An outstanding session ale, and for Americans who enjoy English Ales a real treat

Photo of pburland23
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the regrettable Elephant & Castle in Philadelphia.

This is the quintessential English Pale Ale in my estimation. I grew so fond of while living in the UK, I was excited to see it in the US.

Pours amber in color with a bountiful head and a malt and caramel aroma. No real trace of hops in the smell. It's crisp and refreshing with a pleasing malty taste that goes down easy. At 4.70, it's definitely sessionable and I have had a few sessions with London Pride to prove it.

One of my top beers of all time and an excellent English Pale Ale.

Photo of jkrich
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. can with a freshness date stamped on bottom of can. Poured a clear, amber-golden with a small white creamy head.

The aroma was rather pungent with a slightly sour, wine-like odor. This is not an aroma associated with amercan style pale ales. It is rather exotic.

There is a lot of flavor in this ale: the begins with a nice smooth bitterness with a nice, soft malty background; this is very clean tasting with a hint of sourness on the tongue that detracts a little from the experience.

The ale is light bodied with restrained carbonation. As noted earlier, the mouthfeel is clean and also refreshing.

This is a solid, quaffable pale ale with low ABV and rich, complex flavor. It is worth seeking out, though I enjoyed the flavor more from the bottle.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/copper in color thats nicely clear. Avg. carbo's with a small white foamy head that lingers to a thin wispiness.
Smells of sour cider light malts and woodsy hops.
Tart malty tasting brew with hops providing a nice earthy bitterness. Some cloying or butterscotch is present.
I can also taste some bready undertones after I swallow.
A desent English brew thats smooth and soft but kind of flat tasting.
A nice bottle.
Drink well my friends

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

A- poured crisply, had a subtle amber hue. The head was billowy and bright white.
S- could pick up some raisons and biscuit scents. Strong but not overpowering, maybe some pumpkin?
T- refined malt comes through right away, tastes of golden raisons and currants, very fresh tasting.
M- slight sourness lingers but mouthfeel is crisp without being to bright.
D- wow yea! Could drink a lot of this beer.

I did not think I would like this beer as much at home as when I first tasted it on tap in Newport, RI, but I did. One of my new favorites.

Photo of mbusster88
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber color, with foamy 2 finger head. Not much carbonation off the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of roasted notes, caramel, malts some hops. Definitely a bready note in the nose as well. Taste is smooth with caramel, bread and malt up front. Not much on the hops, but a little tingly on the tongue. Really clean finish with some roasted notes in the aftertaste. Really like the style of this brew and would recommend this as a session, or just a nice brew to chill out to.

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, 20oz pour...Pours a dark copper but stunningly clear, a huge tope head that lasts forever, great lacing to boot...A really sweet aroma of caramel and bread, only light hops on the back...A very soft palate shows off mostly, a lightly sweet bitter with a bite on the finish.
A decent English beer, nothing more.

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

A - Amber in colour with mild carbonation and a fizzy looking off-white head that looks like it wants to stick around. Head dissipates to create a nice cap and the classic EPA look.

S - Nice hops balanced with breadiness. Maybe some burnt sugar or tofee there too.

T - Caramel and toffee dominate with mild hops and little bit of lingering bitterness. Some breadiness is there too.

M - Buttery? Carbonation is mild but good enough to not let you down. Light to medium bodied.

D - High. Respectable ABV below 5% and lot's of great flavours. Light enough body as well. A classic session ale.

The cask version of this fresh from the brewery blows away this version but hell, this is still a special brew from one of my favourite English breweries. Spot on!

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass.

Poured a nice Carmel with reddish tints -one finger head with little lace .

Smell was again a carmel with toasty malts - very light pleasing smell .

Taste was of Carmel and toasted coffee hints .

Very balanced beer easy to drink - I give the drinkabilty an A.

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

Mild caramel, toffee, nutty malt aroma. Slightly dusty.

Fairly clear golden colour with a big, foamy tan head.

Dry malty flavour with a nice balanced bittering dose. Well flavoured if a bit straightforward.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. I'd like it a little softer and silkier.

A decent EPA. Good flavour and not over the top.

Photo of scott451
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass beaker. A thin head on a clear amber brown. Minimal lacing.

Complex sweet malt smells. The taste is again complex malts with a mild hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is good. Not bad, just nothing really special.

Photo of MattyV
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thick and creamy just-off-white head with decent retention and lacing.
The aroma is most floral hops and a touch of honey.
The taste is of malt that is slightly bready and lightly toasted, hints of honey and caramel, along with a small amount of floral and grassy hops.
Nice and creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied.
I could drink this one all night. A perfect example of a nicely balanced English PA that is smooth and easy drinking but also flavourful.

Photo of korguy123
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can into Weizen glass. Best before date 5/29/2011

A- Clear amber pour. Huge multitude of carbonation just rocketing to the top creating the fluffy white head that never gives up. Lacing is remarkable!

S- Caramel, sweet roasted barley, solid malt backbone, plums and raisins and figs, faint vanilla.

T- Toasted malts, cane sugar, caramel and plums and raisins.

M- Creamy and smooth, very fulfilling and satisfying.

D- Little heavy for something to drink all day. But definitely something you can enjoy with dinner, than dessert, and maybe 1 or 2 after that.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.