Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.35/5 rDev -15%
Reviewed on 6/22/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits (esp. raspberry), wheat. The aroma is very inviting and the beer smells better than it tastes. Watery palate. Flavor of light fruits (blueberry), raisin, dark fruits (esp as the beer warms). An odd mesh of flavors. Just ok for me.
12-20-2008 16:28:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
A: radiant glowing copper, head dissipated quick, and random splashes of lace.
S: a bit wry and musty, light hops with a malt chunk
T: grains, watery grass-like hops. Malt flavors take the back seat and allow to much room for the skunked dryness. Buttery sweetness, caramel, and dry biscuits
M: mild carbonation with a mild body and feel
D: a lot of history with this brew, but give me an APA in place of this guy. A good beer that relies on sweetness and malts rather than hops...thin overall
12-19-2008 03:43:55 | More by Magpie14
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
A nice two finger, fluffy and rolling tan head results from a pretty hard pour. As the head cautiously recedes it leaves behind thin, but tall sheets of staggered lacing. The burnt orange color is slightly broken by an array of carbonation bubbles that stick to the glass right below the froth. The hops and malts blend into a pleasant, almost subdued aroma. Behind that lie some faint notes of honey, nuts, and fruit, which leads to a complex aroma for a pale ale. Taste is bigger on the malt up front, with some very slight hoppiness filtering in behind, with not much of the aromatic complexities existing, which results in a light-bodied brew that is very sessionable.
12-18-2008 22:30:16 | More by stephens101
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Fuller's London Pride pours a crystal clear, light amber color with a fluffy off-white head. The nose is a bit like a German pilsner, with some noble hop aromas and some sweet caramel showing up.
The taste is a bit light, with some sweet caramel malty notes and breadiness. There is a bit of bitterness and hop spiciness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.
Overall, this is a fairly simple and easily drinkable ale.
12-15-2008 11:59:52 | More by Spidey13
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Fuller's London Pride is a crystal clear amber ale with a small, dense, beige-white head that fades to a bubbly film. It leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is nice and full. The yeast is farty and cheesy. The hops are sweet, spicy and grassy. It's musty, but not stale. The aroma elements all fit together well. Some light grain is in the nose. A minty character comes out after a while. It is silky smooth on the tongue and mouth. It's just a bit light to call it medium bodied. The finish is dry and tight. It leaves you thirsty-- pulls you in! The flavor is decidedly more wooden than the aroma. The flavors are really blended well to make a single taste. Sweetness and smooth, grainy malt starts it off and then it turns warm and herbal, like Chartreuse or something. Wood resin and maybe bay leaf linger on the taste buds. Super drinkability! This is an awesome session ale!
(rated Feb 26, 2008)
12-12-2008 13:51:36 | More by yesyouam
4/5 rDev +1.5%
This is a great Pale Ale. I feel this is a moderately tasting beer that fits in well with style guidelines. Moderate malt up front while following with a moderate hop bite. In today's world of imperial this and double that a well made Pale tastes real good. Color light gold, some lacing and no off odors or tastes. The name of Pride of London seems to fit. Though I will agree that the ESB is a hard beer to beat.
12-11-2008 14:09:15 | More by Treborofmoria
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Recently tried my favourite English Pale Ale on-tap in Edinburgh. I found it to be smoother, but not quite as tasty or complex as the bottled version. Review is from recent memory.
Appearance - 4.0
Same colour as the bottled, only with a cream head and cascading effect.
Smell - 4.0
Taste - 4.0
Similar, but less bitterness and complexity than the bottled version. Still very pleasant.
Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so creamy and smooth, but a little watery and flat for my liking.
Drinkability - 4.5
Effortless drinking, just lovely.
OVERALL - 4.1
Not cheap at 3 pounds a pint, but worth it.
12-10-2008 16:16:29 | More by LittleCreature
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
I don't understand brewers sometimes. This is a good beer, but their ESB is much better. Unsurprisingly, this beer is very similar to the ESB: same look, same head, similar aroma. But, the London Pride lacks the bittersweet bite of its cousin. This version is sweeter and malty, but without the hoppy finish. A good beer, but the ESB should be called the pride of London.
12-08-2008 23:51:43 | More by magictrokini
4.55/5 rDev +15.5%
Well the guy before me had this cask conditioned, lucky bastard. I'm pouring this out of a can...
Pours a amber copper with a small creamy head. Pretty decent lacing.
The nose is very well balanced, sweet malt slightly edges out the floral hops.
The taste is fantastic. This is textbook balance. The malt is the first thing you detect which moves into the bitter hop character. Medium bodied and pretty light, soft carbonation.
Drinkability is off the chart. This is the definition of a session beer. Great balance, great flavour, I could drink these all night.
12-07-2008 01:42:07 | More by EatsTacos
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Served cask conditioned at several pubs in London, England.
Pours a dark amber color with a foamy head. Malty aroma with a nice amount of biter hops. Extremely smooth tasting session beer. A nice malty base perfectly balanced out by a nice bitter hop finish. Excellent!
11-28-2008 07:37:44 | More by corby112
United Kingdom (England)
4.53/5 rDev +15%
I have tried this beer in bottle and can, but straight from the cask is defeintly the best!
A - An amber copper colour with a good creamy head, some hints of varnished mahogany.
S - Sweet toffee and caramel followed by a good whiff of sweet plums and honeyed tea. Rounded off by a perfect hoppy aroma.
T - A big explosion of sweet sappy malt, loads of sultanas, dried orange peel and a big floral complexity. The finish is bitter sweet, with toffee notes and a fat amount of juicy hop resins, a long lingering finish follows!
M/D - A perfet best bitter, such a good balance of complexity and drinkability!
11-26-2008 12:55:11 | More by Rors
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a very slightly hazy golden brown with a small-ish off-white head.
Smells of biscuit/bread, with a bit of nuttiness and an earthy-floral hoppiness, as well as a slightly acrid-sour zing. Some subdued fruity esters
Taste is very well balanced between munich-like melanoidins, biscuit-y grassy grains, light caramels, tilted slightly towards a clean hoppy bitterness. There's some notable hops flavour as well, but nothing like the ESB has. This way seems a lot more 'English' to me, though I go with even less in my English ales. Finishes medium-dry to dry with a very mildly butter toffee-like edge. Some complex esters in the background.
Mouthfeel is on the light side, with a little more acidic carbonation than I'd like in this sort of beer.
The wonderful balance and drying finish means this is definitely a poundable beer. Unfortunately, it also makes this a somewhat forgettable brew.
11-17-2008 04:18:01 | More by prosper
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
This poured a clear gold with a bit of white head. It smelled very faint, like a bit of barley malt and copper hops. It tasted like barley and caramel malt with copper hops and a bit of sweet yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was not terribly different than the Fuller's ESB - good but not great. Its flavor and body were both decent. This was cleaner than the ESB, but very generic.
11-17-2008 01:16:38 | More by Pencible
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint tulip glass.
Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
Smell is biscuity malt with some light floral tones.
Taste is a little hoppy, but mainly biscuity malt. Smooth.
Good full mouthfeel and carbonation.
Very drinkable beer that I envision is a good example of the style.
11-08-2008 17:36:55 | More by aubuc1
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Clear light-copper color. Slight head with some carbonation. Slight lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with a slight hop note. Some apple scents too.
Same malty taste up front. A slight aftertaste of some hops.
Goes down smoothly with some tingling on the front of the tongue.
Not a bad pale ale. I think there's some confusion on here with the "Outstanding Pale Ale" and this. I would revisit this beer.
11-06-2008 05:29:09 | More by toolbrew
3.9/5 rDev -1%
This beer was poured at approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit, having been taken out of the refrigerator and allowed to warm for about 10 minutes. Once poured, this it has a beautiful dark amber colour. It just looks delicious - who wouldn't want to enjoy that burnished gold? Immediately after pouring, it had a head of about 3/4 of an inch; this quickly faded to about 1/2″. When taking a deep sniff of the beer, I smelled mostly bitter with a slightly sweet undertone.
On first sip, I immediately noticed the combination of sweet and bitter that fills the mouth in a pleasing way. There's also a coppery minerality beneath it all, preventing the bitterness from overtaking the palate. I noticed a somewhat coffee-like consistency - certainly thicker than water, but not much beyond that. The aftertaste, which probably lasted upwards of a minute, was of weak tea. At this point the head was almost completely gone, with only some surface bubbles remaining - perhaps 1/8″
About four minutes later, I took a deep whiff of the beer. The first scent that came to mind was cold rocks - almost as though I were in a cave deep underground. A bit of chalk also peeked in from time to time. The second swig brought me a few moments of lemon rind taste. The swallow left a velvety texture on the tongue - very pleasing, earning this a 4.0 for mouthfeel on my review.
The next sip, eight minutes later, was taken with very few bubbles on the surface. The head was gone, but enough carbonation remained to allow the velvety feel to coat the mouth. At this point, we can see that there is little in the way of foam adhesion to the side of the glass (I believe this is called "lacing," but I'm not quite sure so I won't use the term just yet).
Overall, this beer was very enjoyable. It's nothing that will make you drive to the store the next day to buy them out of stock, but a very nice everyday beer. The mouthfeel was wonderful, and the taste was refreshing.
11-04-2008 07:21:25 | More by maskaggs
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured with little to no head and little apparent carbonation.
Dark golden/light amber color.
Smells very malty with a little noticeable hops.
The taste is fairly subtle but nicely balanced. Some darker tasting malt and a small subtle hop bite in the end. Thicker, slightly slick mouthfeel.
Overall not terribly complex but an easy drinker. This could def. be a session beer. A nice solid beer overall.
11-03-2008 01:38:58 | More by MarzenMan
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
I poured this attractive looking 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours an amber color with a frothy off white head that quickly disappears. The smells is sweet and fruity, almost honey like. The taste is malty, mellow and sweet, finishes bitter. The mouthfeel has medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. If the price was not so high I could drink a few of these. Overall this could be my favorite pale ale.
10-30-2008 22:40:37 | More by johnd513
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
a - this beer has a great color. It's a light amber golden brown color. Crystal clear with nice carbonation bubbles. Leaves a nice solid ring of head.
s - buttery earthy malts with a little bit of grassy hops.
t - biscuit malts, a little orange profile, and a quick earthy hop punch and dissipates to a clean semi dry finish.
m - well carbonated and smooth
d - damn, fullers owns. Every beer I have by these guys is top notch thus far. This beer reminds me of a sam adams boston lager (though obviously in a different class) with a much more interesting hop profile. The bitterness in this beer hits you like most but drops off completely for a clean finish which is different. This is very drinkable.
10-29-2008 05:39:11 | More by thirtysixbelow
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
bought at the local beer shop. can poured into an imperial pint. clear amber clarity and color. thin white head. little lace. looks good.
caramel nose. earthy hops in there. no off odors.
malt sweet taste with good hop bitterness. dry aftertaste.
good carbonation. mid body. i like it. will drink again. gonna try to find it on draught.
10-29-2008 01:49:11 | More by ajmoody76
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
12oz bottle best before Dec 08 served in a pint glass
Bright copper color with a thin head of tiny white bubbles and quite a bit of lace. The smell is buttery caramel and toasted malt with a fair dose of diacetyl. In the background is a bit of English spicy hop. The taste is very bready great grain profile here with caramels and buttery biscuits underneath the grain is a strong hop profile solid bitterness and even a moderate level of hop flavor, great balance. Finish is a bit sweet at first then the hops come through to round everything off and leave the beer a touch dry. The mouthfeel is pretty lively, enough carbonation combined with the sting of the hops makes this feel likes it's jumping over the tongue, the finish may be just a bit too dry, maybe?. This is a really good English pale ale, granted this is a beer that's been around for a while, but it's nice to see some good representatives of this classic style. A good beer all around.
10-27-2008 00:35:35 | More by fank2788
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Smell: I'm never very good at picking out aromas and having a cold didn't help on this one. I do however remember a sweet malty fragrance.
Appearance: Pours a light golden brown color. Not much carbonation. What head there was from the pour quickly dissipated. Afterward some little lacing was noticeable.
Taste: A wonderful mix of malt and hops in what I consider almost a perfect balance. Also a nice fruitiness is present with a little bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied beer that becomes rather filling after a few beers. Not too much carbonation to get in the way of the flavor.
Drinkability: I would drink this beer all day if I could and whenever I see it on tap I have a hard time trying something new.
10-25-2008 15:51:05 | More by jwhawkins81
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
While pale ales are no longer my favorite style of beer, I certainly get a jolt of nostalgia from drinking them. Really reminds me of many on-tap beers I had in my younger days in England and Wales.
A: Poured from one of the handsome 1pt 0.9fl.oz. bottles. I got a nice frothy near white 1.5 finger head. It's a crystal clear, bronze amber color with some carbonation visible. When the head dissipates, you are left with a nice thin lace and some webbing on the glass. Attractive looking PA.
S: I served it too cold. Note: Do not serve this beer colder than recommended. I was so disappointed until the beer warmed up and I realized what a fool I had been. OK - confessions aside... Crystal malt, a touch of fruit and hops. I also got an almost dimethyl grass type aroma too. There was a buttery smell that made me feel like it would be a creamy taste which I knew would not be the case.
T: Taste goes along with the smell. Well balanced caramel malt and hops. Touch of fruit. People say this a lot but it is true. This beer really does make you think Pale Ale. It is a poster child for sure. Nice strong hop sourness on the back of the throat as an aftertaste.
M: A nice crisp, lightly carbonated beer. Medium bodied.
D: I don't long for the Pale Ale like I used to but if I was to go for one, this would surely be one of them.
10-19-2008 03:15:12 | More by sgoodship
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
This pours from 16.9oz can a clear medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam. It has lacing and very good head retention.
The smell has nice fruity hop goodness along with a solid sweet malt base. Great nose.
The taste fits the smell to a t! That great combination of English hops and malts brings the hop fruitness and malt sweetness to a very loving crescendo for me. This is one that I could drink all day long!
Great medium mouthfeel and lightly carbonated, it finishes the same way it starts..perfect balance....not over hopped or over malted. Just yummy goodness. I love this stuff!
10-16-2008 00:54:58 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Had this on draft at Kinsale Irish Pub in Boston. Served in an imperial pint glass.
Clear copper appearance with cream head that diminished to lacing that remained until the end of the glass.
Smell of floral hops with a hint of malt.
Tastes of classic English pale ale--nice malty backbone and a nice lingering hop bitterness. Good balance between the sweetness and the hoppiness.
Smooth with the right amount of carbonation.
I have had this many times from the bottle and now on tap. An excellent beer that is the standard I compare other English pale ales to. Easy to drink, goes well with lots of foods. Good complexity w/o high ABV.
10-11-2008 22:38:21 | More by tkarsies
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.