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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 62
Gots: 93 | 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.

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Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can
4.7% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing at my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a large, loose, white head. The aroma is a mixture of malt and hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. mild carbonation, and almost 'dry'. The flavour is mainly malt, with some hops, and grassy tomes to round it out.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 04:15:59 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of charlzm


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/08/08.

Clear light copper color with a thin layer of fine white foam on top. Soon there is no head save for a ring around the glass.

Sweet and malty caramel aroma.

Smooth in the mouth. Sweet caramel malts with faint bitterness. A touch of dryness on the finish.

Simple but flawless and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 03:34:36 | More by charlzm
Photo of timbro81


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a heady dark straw/copper color with low carbonation. Respectable lacing down the glass. Smells of light bready malts mixed well with subtle earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light. Slight toffee with bready malts in the mouth with those hops bringing up the rear. Superbly well balanced. A slight toastedness to the malts that becomes nuttier as it warms. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 04:33:39 | More by timbro81
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a jenny lou's in beijing.

500ml bottle. with a "best before" date of 2/23/09, this is actually fresher than i've ever had any bottle in the states...

about the same as i remember from the can. maybe a sharper hop profile? maybe...

cheers to the importers!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 18:53:21 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear amber color and had a very large off white head. The frothiness of the head was impressive and was followed by a plentiful amount of lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of fruitiness. There is a slight hint of grain and a good amount of hops present.

The taste is full of caramel and buttery hints. The malt flavor is is very nice and perfectly balanced with the hoppiness. There is a pleasant bitterness. The feel is tingly from the carbonation but overall is creamy, slick and smooth. I would glady have 2 or 3 of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 02:34:58 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice orange-amber colour. Light streams of carbonation push their way up and through to the yellowish head. Excellent lacing. Looks nice.

Fragrant metallic hops on the nose, hints of citrus, almost a lemonade character as well. Not bad.

Taste is very pleasant. Caramel/toffee characters and a sharp, but unobtrusive hop bitterness. Very pleasant, crisp and dry. Mouthfeel is great too, hints of that streaming carbonation, but quite full bodied to back it up.

This is a very pleasant beer - crisp, drinkable, enjoyable. I'll definitely have it again....

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:53:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer with some substance that you can drink for a long time, a quintessential session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 14:46:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, off white head with good retention that leaves behind some nice rings of lace as it settles.

S - Fruity with a mild malt aroma. No hops in the nose, but some caramel malt hiding in the background.

T - Malty flavor with some sweet caramel notes. No hop flavor. Mild bitterness and some yeasty fruit in the finish.

M - A creamy, medium thick body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable with a nice malt character.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:42:23 | More by nickfl
Photo of WJVII


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice copper color, transparent, slight white head with a thin ring around the top of the pour. The smell is of floral hops, there are hints of sourness. The taste of this brew was unusual. There was a hint of vanilla in the hops with some nice tones of sweet spice and a wonderful balance of malt. There is less bitterness that I expect from a pale ale, but the medium body, moderate carbonation, and balance is just right in this beer. Glad to have come across it!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 23:35:45 | More by WJVII
Photo of swizzlenuts


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A copper colour with a decent amount of head. It has a fair amount of carbonation

S: Slight bit of hops with some malts in it. I smell a bit of yeast too.

T: There is an initial hit of the traditional English bittering hops with some malts in the back ground. There really isn't much in the malts of this beer. I mainly taste hops and a slight bit of malts. The taste is good though, and I keep sipping on it. The sweet malts do, however, come out more towards the end of ther beer.

M: A bit thin but creamy at the same time.

D: Yes, it's easily a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 19:16:39 | More by swizzlenuts
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Immediately evident from the first sip of this beer is the outstanding overall quality. This is an excellent beer all around. Perfect for a session - golden, crisp, clean, and very flavorful. No complaints. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:06:11 | More by montageman
Photo of chadlebald


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had an imperial pint at king's head in Santa monica. Off white head that retains itself a bit. Light caramel aroma with some perhaps some fruit sweetness.

Taste is smooth and malty with the caramel flavor coming through. Nice amount of hops to add that touch of bitterness-- which also lingers for some time.

Seems to go well with the chicken tikka masala I had for lunch.

Serving type: cask

04-04-2008 21:16:42 | More by chadlebald
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a good amber color and a nicely thick texture. Small amount of head, but it did stick around.

S: Malts and sweets come through in the smell, though it's very, very understated.

T: High malt content, with maybe a bit of caramel. Like the smell, a bit understated.

M: There was decent amount of carbonation and dry finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: I have some misgivings about this beer, but it's not a bad one. The taste could use a bit more complexity in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 15:30:38 | More by avalon07
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aromas of earthy english hops, slight buttery notes, woodsy/cask background, slight peach tea quality.
The flavors start off with the hops, but quickly meld into a caramel, toasty malt character that drags some of the peach tea quality into it.
The finish is dry and and some what charcoalish, but ever so slightly.
All together a fantastic session ale. I was hesitant to try this out, but I am very glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 22:55:00 | More by quasimoto
Photo of illidurit


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a nonic. Orange-copper color with a beige, two-finger head. Retention is excellent, but not much lacing is left behind.

Aroma is bursting with English malt notes. Bread, cookies, and a dark fruitiness.

Taste is just about all malt. The notes echo those of the aroma, but there's a distinct bread crust note in the finish with some tannic hop bitterness. Very English, a bit understated but well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit low on carbonation. Creamy and smooth with high drinkability.

Serving type: can

03-30-2008 02:50:28 | More by illidurit
Photo of therica


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some of this on-tap in London 2 years ago, loved it but had forgotten why. I hadn't gotten to review it, then, and hadn't taken notes either. I managed to pull a few strings recently and get a case locally, this week. Ahhh...

A= nice rich lathery off-white head, subsided in a few minutes but laced throughout consumption. Nice rich golden color.

S= exciting mix of caramel & malts, pleasant hops and some citrusy florals.

T= amazingly good, very distinguished rich malts, with an extremely bitter-bitter but yet subtle undertone after the gulp. Some hints of burnt caramel subtly as well. Some mild sweetness but well-suited in the very nicely bold malts. Almost a creamy smooth feel on the tongue at first-gulp which remains. Nice bready-ness in the mix for a great aftertaste.

M= very nice, hints of the ultra-bitters with some creamy slightly sweet malts & caramel residing.

D= very much so.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 19:33:59 | More by therica
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a deep, dark, copper hue with a minimal head and a negligent amount of lacing...
Sweet, caramel and sugar-laden smell dominates this one... Very sweet for an English Pale Ale made this sample even more attractive... Sampled quite a few brews from Fuller's, and all have been top-notch, satisfying beers...
Great caramel and vanilla taste, very rich, full, and thick, especially for a beer with a modest 4.7% ABV...
Overall, a light, easy-going, easily-drinkable brew with plenty of taste, style, substance, and character...
Good taste, with a decent mouthfeel coupled with an excellent level of drinkability make this a superb beer...
Good stuff...
Recommended as an excellent depiction of a light, but flavorful brew...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:27:29 | More by dsa7783
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Wow! This is a special ale. It poured with a small white head and a light amber body. The smell and taste were full of delicious pale malts and a surprising amount of hops, it almost borders on an APA in style. It was very well-balanced and enjoyable. I have to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:32:33 | More by cbleary
Photo of HardcoreKeith


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-pulled at Cricketer's Arms into a pint glass.

Appearance was a medium amber, with substantial head, possibly due to inadequacy of pump technique (the other pint I had seemed better-poured with less foam waste). I can't comment on smell much unfortch. because my nose is stuffed up like I4 at rush hour. This was my first ever cask ale and I really enjoyed the smooth, clean taste of it. It reminded me of other English pale ales I've had as far as light flavor and a touch of fruitiness. Nice creamy mouthfeel allowed me to go through this one quite quickly.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2008 03:54:11 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber color with a small white head. Decent lacing that remained until the last sip. Almost no carbonation.

S - Not overly amomatic. Slight hoppy/fruitiness.

T - Slighty malty and mildly hoppy flavor. Clean with a very slight creamy butterscotch quality. Not nearly as bitter and a little bit thiner than I would have expected.

MF&D - Smooth and Creamy. IMO the lack of carbonation on cask minimize any gassey bloating and makes this the perfect session ale. If you can sample this one on cask its sure to impress.

Review in Bottle
Poured from a 1pt.9 bottle into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

The bottle had a good bit more carbonation and a little more of a buttery aroma than the cask version. IMO slightly better in the bottle. Highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2008 15:08:15 | More by nasty15108
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

A - Pale tangerine colored brew with a very small head and some rather poor retention. Surprisingly enough, it laces quite well. Nothing spectacular here however.

S - Breaded and pale malts, English hops, and some nice bittering scents. This is an aroma worth taking a few minutes to really appreciate.

T - Biscuity light malt body that comes off with some citrus undertones and a mellow bitter finish. Decent hop presence should be noted. Fairly well balanced but not too complex.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation level, mild feel on the palate.

D - Sessionable, and quite decent, but nothing to go out of your way to look for. Don't get me wrong, I certainly enjoyed this pale, but I've had better from Fuller Smith & Turner.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:39:58 | More by PhageLab
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19oz bottle from the Coop ... picked up today for $4.50. enjoyed in my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head atop a crystal clear amber brew... spotty lacing. Not pale by any means.. copper and has a copper aroma.

Toasted bread and biscuits.. slight caramel and English fruity esters. Very clean.. Warming doesn't help on this one.. I like it cool and I stand by it.

Less fruitiness than the SS brews I've had recently .. the cross hairs are more on the pale malts on this one. Toasted bread.. with low floral hops.. maybe some spicy hops but my head is going someplace else. Malt accentuated for sure... Fairly dry on the end.. but with enough maltiness midpalate to make sure everything is accounted for.

The London Pride is another brew that I've had many times, but I picked up recently for no other reason to review it. I am a little surprised than I am enjoying this one so much. London Pride is always available in Boise.. But apparently I have forgotten my basics. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 09:56:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right O.

Fine upstanding beer I say, Clean as the queens jewels, Looks like a carameled apple with a creamy head.

Smells of a subtle hop field where the dutchess was engaging in experimental physics.

Tastes creamy like the white foam of the ocean spraying gently on mother england. Malty sweet and balanced hops, measured quietly against the royalty of buckingham.

Read it on page 6 of the mirror, quite a good beer. Quite.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 04:16:33 | More by Murchmac
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a tallboy a rustic orange leaning towards light brown. Really good color. Mild carbonation and head retention. Strong toffee, caramel, figs, and apples in the smell.

Rich, full body on this one. Figs and toffee dominate with a little caramel in the finish and some spiciness from the hops. Not much else to say about this one except I highly recommend it. A true classic.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 04:10:34 | More by jwff
Photo of bboven


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light caramel/tan body with a finger of head and decent lacing.

Aroma is light breadiness and faint hops.

Bready again in the taste, slightly bitter at the end from the hops.

Very drying mouthfeel, makes you want to take another sip.

Excellent session beer, great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 04:02:02 | More by bboven
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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