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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,184
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 87
Gots: 238 | 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 newk340
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: highly carbonated, a translucent darkened amber.

S: hints of citrus, hops, and malts.

T: faint citrus and hops tease the tongue initially while a backbone of sweet malts linger at the end.

MF/D: intensely smooth for the amount of carbonation, an easily sessionable bitter brew.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the opportunity to sit and enjoy a London Pride in a setting appropriate for a review. Had on cask at the Clark Ale House in Syracuse.

While it had been a while since I've had this beer it was immediately evident why I always loved this beer and reminded me that long ago it played a roll in my emerging love for craft beer.

Imperial Pint came with a finger of tight creamy had that showed amazing retention. The off white head remained a cap and deposited rings of lacing all inside of the glass. The beer was a clear deep amber color.

Aroma was slightly fruity, mostly of toasted/bready malt with just a hint of hops. Also a touch of the mineral aroma/flavor that I get in many British beers.

The flavor was smooth and satisfying from front to back. Perfect balance here between the malt, fruit and hop elements. The mineral flavor resides just behind the toasted toffee/cracker malt flavor. The hops just accentuate the flavor and do not overpower.

Creamy and smooth, medium bodied and wonderful. Just a joy to drink.

Classic beer and I am reminded that I should grab it more often when available via cask.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Back to Fuller's this evening with the London Pride. Pour comes out a little flat, with very minimal lacing. Might be my glass is a little dirty. Smells similar to the ESB, with green apple in the background. Color is somewhat copper in appearance. Mouthfeel is light, bordering on watery, mouthfeel with very little in terms of carbonation. Taste is sweet and light. Really easy drinking. Honestly it's kind of a disappointment when comparing it to it's big brother in the ESB, but it's a decent beer in it's own right. Low ABV makes this the perfect session beer. I guess I'm used to the American Pale Ale style, I feel like this could benefit from more hops to help balance out the malt-heavy profile.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good white head that fades rather quick nice light amber color with nice lacing

good smell of hops and malt

great heavy smooth taste a slight hint of bitterness that is in a good ratio for this beer

slightly heavy mouth feel but not very heavy

good taste and good mouth feel make this a very enjoyable beer that is slightly above average

Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with a decent head that lasts about a minute but isn't worth applauding. Aromas are predominantly malty, with caramel and honey notes shouting the loudest but still failing to amount to something interesting. The taste, however, kicks things up a notch. The flavors are subtle yet well-balanced; there's nothing here to blow your hair back and yet it's one of the finest, sessionable, sipping ales around. Sweet malts are perfectly balanced by woody, slightly earthy hops in a medium-bodied, lowly carbonated blend that seems to take its flavoring as lightly as it takes its mouthfeel seriously. It's one of the most perfectly weighted ales I've ever had, which only adds to its sessionability. Bravo to this understatedly brilliant beer.

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

On cask at The Crown, Danville, CA, 8.16.2010, poured into nonic imperial pint glass.

One finger white head, slow dissipation, with significant lacing. Clear orangish amber body, no forced carbonation here. Malty goodness up front in the nose, with floral English hops for balance. Taste mirrors nose, with a significantly lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium full, not sticky, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. Good drinkability, one of the world's great session beers, IMHO.

Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a well-retained frothy off-white head, which produced some impressive sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, over-top a perfectly optically clear medium amber body with some faint traces of carbonation.

S- Smells of low-alpha, mildly citrus hops, over a base of crackerlike malt. A moderate aroma that is simple, yet classically elegant.

T- The flavor is overall moderate- not quite mild, not quite bold- replicate of the nose. Low-alpha citrus hops in nice balance with some crackerlike malt. Some mild hop bitterness lingers nicely in the finish. Delicate, simple and classically elegant.

M- A medium body that's textured from some assumed unattenuated sugar. Some nice creaminess from the delicate carbonation. No astringency.

D- Packs a lot of flavor for such a low alcohol brew... this sessionable masterpiece will soon find it's way into my fridge for regular consumption!

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my brand spankin new Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale shaker glass from a can. (On a side note, the Fuller's can looks awesome.) Gusher of a can, got about 4 fingers of creamy white head with decent retention. Nice light amber color. Amazing lacing last for the remainder of the beer. Smells like sweet English malt, caramel. Nice balance, low-medium carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter lingering finish. Tastes like you'd expect from the smell. Amazingly drinkable. Could probably go through a whole 6 pack. First time in a can. A classic for a reason.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, of all places...(oddly enough, it had a fine Muggle draught selection)

Poured into a branded nonic. Tawny orange, some visible carbonation. Rich, creamy head, no lacing but superb retention.

Nose is bread, malt, caramel, a touch of hops.

A smooth, highly drinkable ale. Flavorful (malt, caramel, tangy hop bitterness to the finish), great carbonation for a EPA, and smooth, smooth, smooth. I could drink this all night.

One of the EPA standards. Brilliant stuff - I almost always have at least one can of this in the fridge at any given moment. First rate.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with light off-white head.

Smell: Caramel and tea-like malts, some floral and metallic English hops.

Taste: Focus is on the fairly dry, almost slightly sour, malts. There is some nice floral hop counterbalance that ends slightly metallic and spicy. Light fruit, caramel and tea throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (slightly higher than I would like for the style), light to medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Strong example of an English Pale Ale. Maybe slightly too simple and carbonated, but a great, easy to drink example nonetheless.

Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper amber brew, an off-white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mostly malty aromas.

The taste is ranging from a toffee sweetness to buscit maltiness, sour green apples and grass, and a seedy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, soft and refreshing, on the verge of being watery.

A rather good ale. On-tap at The Blackbird in Earl's Court.

Photo of dolzan
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears very clear, almost bronze, with a nice, lasting head.

The smell is malty and perhaps reminiscent of herbs.

The taste is mellow, woody, malty, with some bitterness too, just the right amount to round off this exceptionally complex brew. Very smooth and soft.

An exceptionally drinkable ale, one of my favourites.

Photo of IllNate
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Light amber, very clear, slightly off white head. Head stuck around for the entire beer, but was just laced around the edges at the end.

S - Malty with some caramel. Slight fruitiness. Peach or apricot maybe.

T - Malty again with that caramel note. Again a slight fruitiness.

M - Good mouth feel. Very smooth and malty.

D - Highly drinkable. Could easily spend a night drinking pints of this.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on tap in London at The Wellington.

a - Pours a dark amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of bready and caramel malts with a tiny bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A very nice, easy to drink English pale ale. Would have again.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce bottle pub can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a medium, golden amber color with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which held on for quite a while before fading to a solid ring, leaving no lace.

S: Smells slightly sweet, with a burnt caramel and toffee aroma followed by some fruity ale esters. Grainy, soaked hop leaf herbal tones noted in the smell.

T: Smooth, creamy and lightly sweetened malts present themselves first. Some light buttered bread and toffee flavors creep in next, while a slightly bitter, floral hop resin takes hold in the semi-dry, slightly creamy finish. Very balanced and super drinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy throughout. As the brew warms, its zesty hop pull comes out a bit more, but its quite nice.

D: I now see why Fuller's London Pride is amongst the all-time great session brews and a benchmark English pale ale. Just under 5% ABV, this brew is easy drinking, balanced and satisfying as hell. Could stand for a little more warming, sweet earthy flavors from the malt, but its close to perfection for the style.

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

I was surprised at how little head there was with this beer (pretty much non-existent). It's a deep honey / amber colour, and very clear.

Like the appearance, I get honey from the smell, too.

Not too bitter at all... I hardly pick it out (some of the last few beers I've reviewed were really bitter, though). Nice light honey / cramel / toffee flavour.

It's fine in the mouth... not fizzy at all, and very smooth.

Very drinkable!

Photo of drinkankuss
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Station Tap Room pint draft

A- Little to no head, good full pour. Copper

S - Crystal malts, English Hops

T - Good smooth, nice biter bite

M - Same as taste

D - Very drinkable beer. In my opinion much more flavorful than say Bass. Good hops and malt balance. very close to an ipa. Refreshing yet not light in taste.

Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The BeerMongers here in PDX...

- Dark caramel and clear... big fluffy white head.... lots of lacing....

- Great malt and grain scent... sweet, caramel, light oats... little biscuit... zingy hops... and brief esters...

- Smooth sailing malt profile, biscuit, oats, earthy grain, and a bitter hop up front... little pine, and some floral. Nice for an English brew... hops come through.

- Medium bodied... lightly creamy...

- Overall I am very impressed.. tasty. Well balanced pale... scent is robust, but yet taste is full of flavor, but light.... very nice English pale.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the FLP sometime back in Mumbai. Was really surprised to see this one available there. I was mighty pleased with the catch, having really like their porter. I poured this one from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Poured a clear sunburst with glowing red highlights. An inch of brownish foam with decent retention which finally settled into a half cm coaster. Random lacing from where the head receded. The beer had a nice (though slight) aroma of hops - as I took further notes I also noticed some citrus, flowery overtones. Some noticeable malts as well - wow this was a diverse nose for a pale ale.
The taste is a little stunted as compared to the smell, but has good depth. Very malty, with some hop presence. But I found the beer to be a little light on the palate - watery and a tad flat. I associate liveliness with a pale ale which was clearly missing. Great length of taste meets a watery end.
This would be a great beer to have anytime during the day when I am not looking for hoppiness. I wish this was available in Delhi. I would have loved to dedicate a few evenings to this one.

Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a slim white head. The aroma is of toffee malt and caramel malt with hints of green fruits present, and a slight earthy hop smell. The smell is complex yet very faint. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with toffee included. The green fruit is there but not very pronounced, the end has a mild earthy hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a creaminess to it. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a very smooth and easy drink. Nice flavor to keep your intereest with nothing distracting.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely bronze color with a short and short-lived, but very creamy and dense head. Smell is light but a bit fruity. Only lightly carbonated.

The taste is very interesting. At first, each mouthful goes through a little cycle of tastes: initially a slightly roasted taste, quickly followed up by a nice fruitiness, ever so slightly sour; as the beer goes off the back of your tongue this becomes an incredibly creamy-tasting sweetish caramel taste. After swallowing, there's a lingering delicate bitterness. Not at all "hoppy" by American standards, but it's clear they're in there; it's super well-balanced. It's very delicious!

Unfortunately as I drank my pint, this initially intriguing and complex taste sort of faded, and in the end, all I could taste was a kind of watered down fruity malt.

The mouthfeel similarly starts out as _very_ creamy, but eventually becomes kind of watery.

I'm not at all sure why this dramatic change happens (beer warming up? taste buds getting saturated?), but I was very disappointed ... it was so good at first...

I suppose it may be simply related to freshness and serving style -- the normal market for this beer seems to be as a cask beer in pubs very close to the brewery, but I had it on-tap in Japan. I'm not sure if I'll get this again here, but I definitely want to try it in London!

Photo of nicnut45
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A nice dark straw color. Super clear. Smooth and uniform white head covers the top of the glass. A thicker band around the sides. A nice tight beady head.

S-Not a strong scent. Fairly hard to pick up. What is there is earthy hops. Just enough malt to let you know its there. And always that clean smell that I get from all of Fullers products. Never any off scents or infections in there products.

T-Pleasent bitterness that backs off quickly. Fades into what reminds me of tortilla chips. Corn used in grain bill perhaps? It is pleasent though. Bitterness sustains in the swallow and after taste. Corn becomes more evident in between sips too and it is not bad.

M.F.-Smooth all in all. Not a lot of carbonation shining through. 4.5

D.-Wouldnt be hard to polish down a few of these. Flavor lacks depth. I imagine they pound these like Bud lights in Britain.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is a 50 cl brown short-necked one. The label is black and red with a picture of a griffin on top.

A: Pours copper with a small light white head.

S: Smells of bitter hops, a lot of "English fruits", caramell and butter.

T: Dry and bitter from the hops. Fruity and caramell at the same time. Lots of butter.

M: Aftertaste is long dry bitter and buttery. Moderate carbonation, slightly offensive though. Body is medium.

D: A nice English Pale Ale, works great with salty/fat pub food as well as on it's own.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear and amber / red. Forms a big head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is pretty malty with some nice earthy hop character.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice malt character. Finishes cleanly, highly drinkable. Flavors are subtly layered. Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and smooth.

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange/copper color. A perfect two finger white head forms that sticks throughout. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind. Looks like the perfect pint.
S: A great toasted malt aroma. Toffee and vanilla. There is a great fruity aroma of apples, pears, and cherries. A lingering floral hop bitterness.
T: Sweet toffee and toasted malt. Lots of fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some floral hops as well. A little to much sweetness lingers on, but does not detract to much from the experience.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated or watery at all. Creamy and smooth. Really easy to drink. I can quaff a few with ease.

One of my favorite English Pale Ales available in the States. I finally get to try it fresh on cask, and it is even better. The standard for the style as far as I am conserned. Highly recommended. Also, the cask clip says it is at 4% ABV. Very much a session beer on cask.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,184 ratings.