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88
very good

2,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 78
Gots: 198 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of fullsweep
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can poured into a pint glass.

A: quick pour down the centre of the glass (per the instructions on the back of the can) yields a 2-finger head of off-white foam; bubbly but clear dark amber with orange, brown, and red hues; foam dissipates very slowly leaving lacing till about half-way down the glass.

S: VERY fruity, specifically mango/papaya/tropical fruits, very interesting and enticing!

T: malty and fruity, very drinkable and delicious with a bitter finish and aftertaste; there is also a mild spiciness that I can't quite place.

M: refreshing, goes down easy; moderate body with a tacky residue in the mouthfeel.

D: absolutely drinkable in every way!

Photo of Newsman
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with dinner at some chain restaurant in Charing Cross, London. (To digress a moment, don't get "Southern-style" BBQ at a chain restaurant in London.)

Poured a lovely copper/dark amber with good head and lacing throughout. Smelled malty with a decent representation from the hops.

Quite tasty. Biscuity malts matched with a better-than-average hop presence with some notes of citrus in there. Carbonation was lively, which I would consider a plus, too. Very drinkable, if you feel like pounding more than one 500ml bottle at a sitting.

Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet bready malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good session beer that I could drink a few of in a night worth a try.

Photo of jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas Eve 2009
My first bottle of this didn't meet my expectations -maybe it was a bad glass. Second bottle was way better.
Pours clear amber with a good tight slightly off white head with some good retention and excellent side lacing.
Smell is pine nuts, breads malts along with some mild caramel and hints of pepper.
Taste is smooth and malty. a little butter sweetness up front, hops are there for a bitter and dry finish.
Excellent ale, a very enjoyable session.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founds this on cask at Church Key in London, ON. Served in a matching pint glass.

A - Transparent orange with glowing red highlights. A finger of tan foam with good retention that settles to a solid cap. A few spots of lace here and there.

S - Nice aromatic hoppiness - I was quite surprised when I took my first sniff - with hints of orange citrus, grassiness, and floral notes. As the beer warms the malt character takes over and gives a light toffee, biscuit, and nut. This seems different than the bottle - I wonder if it is dry hopped in the cask?

T - The taste is more mono-dimensional, with less of the hoppy goodness. Light toffee and fresh-baked bread predominate. Thankfully it is low in diacetyl, even though that flavor is appropriate for the style. Good, but somewhat unspectacular English Pale Ale.

M - This one was a little too watery, and not because of the low carbonation. The body is a touch too thin, even for a lower ABV brew. Nice dry finish though!

D - This is a pretty fast drinking session beer. It does get a little sweet after a while, and could use perhaps a hint of bitterness to make things more balanced, but otherwise I could put down a few of these in an evening.

Photo of Amalak
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this off the tap at Pound & Pence in the financial district in NYC.
A- It's very dark--only a slight bit of light shines through. Good head and lacing.
S- It has a beautiful almost port-wine scent.
T- It has a coffeeish aftertaste. Tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk. Smooth, yet has a bite. Some burnt sugar, molasses in there.

Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper and rust colored liquid with a minimal white head and slow flowing carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of molasses. Butter and a hint of hops.

Taste: Malty, smoky and semi-sweet throughout. Good hop flavor leaning toward the citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Silky and semi-dry.

Drinkablity: Good classic session brew. Very drinkable. I always enjoy any time I spend drinking this brew.

Photo of zoso493
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper-amber color with a bubbly two-finger that disappears almost instantly.

Smell: Has a nice smell of some grassy hops and even a hint of some citrusy ones, as well. There's also some nice buttery malts somewhere there in the background.

Taste: The buttery malts dominate the taste of this one. Pretty typical example of the style, really. Finishes with a nice, brief hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard mouthfeel. Fairly highly carbonated and medium-bodied/.

Drinkability: This is a really drinkable brew and one that you could definitely make a session out of. It's really light and only weighs in at 4.7% ABV.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer and a good example of the style, of which I must admit I am not a huge fan. Not a lot of huge taste in this beer, but it's nice and light and pretty sessionable.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bright white head has a creamy texture and appearance. Head retention is significant with lots of help coming for the mixed gas. Color is a golden brown with some copper and amber hues thrown in the there. Nose is fairly subdued and muted, but some lightly hoppy notes come through. Otherwise, its mostly just bready semi sweet malt. Flavor is much the same and the mouthfeel is made somewhat awkward from the nitro.

It would be nice to have this on just straight CO2.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label says, "outstanding." I find that full of hubris.

Clear, golden pear color with a decent white head. Skim retention leaves a minor lacey infrastructure. Best by date of 7/30/10.

Aroma is of toasted fruit--kinda between a fruitcake and toast with a mix of apple and orange jelly on top. Sulfur.

Burnt pale malt into a lighter, sweeter biscuit dry apple and pear malt. Sharp diacetyl and mineral water. Tastes like when I leave a glass of water on the nightstand for a few days.

To use and English phrase, it's "not my cup of tea."

Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour of off amber with a mild yellow head. the nose is grape malt sweet with geranium... palate that is quite english apple and grape. quite simple but quite drinkable. little bit a citrus but was a rather old can. some bitter but accents the citrus and floral qualities.

Photo of kpoole25
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass. Amber color, poured with almost no head. Malty aromas, a little yeast. Taste is malt-forward, a bit of hop on the back end. Not a big beer, but flavorful. Very good, well rounded beer, no harsh edges, I tend to like this style, although I think Bass pulls this off a bit better.

Photo of scoppi
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light amber, caramel, sort of orange in appearence. Thin white head.

S: Malty, baking bread, caramel, fruity, and maybe some slight spice.

T: Toasty, malty, sweet breads, and toffee. Hops are fruity and a little spicy. The fruit is almost like orange - but sweet, not acidic.

M: Smooth, relatively dry, and moderately bitter. Carbonation is low to medium. Bitterness is present, especially on the finish, but it balances the malt perfectly.

D: Very easy drinking. This beer really is a piece of art. It takes some real skill to balance a beer this well. No its not an imperial anything, but it is executed perfectly, and can be easily enjoyed pint after pint.

Photo of decimator
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a mug.

A - Clear amber colour with a 3/4" bubbly head. The foam didn't last long and only a bit of lacing was produced.

S - Flowery & light caramel aromas. Smells inviting.

T - A rather light malty caramel sweetness throughout with a metallic hop bite in the finish.

M - It has some creaminess yet feels a little thin.

D - Easy to drink but not something I would want again and again.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown pour. Low level of carbonation. Smells like caramel and brown sugar -sweet and malty. Tastes a little less than it smells. This is not really to its detriment though, considering the beer is fairly session-able. Metallic tasting hops are fairly prominent. It helps that the place I had it at had there carbonation levels right.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean light amber-caramel color with a soapy pure white head, not too much retention, and minimal, fine lacing. The nose has a nice sweat bread-like quality to it, with hints of butter, caramel and a sweet malt with some earthiness to it. No doubt, this is a much more robust aroma than I expected from an English Pale Ale. The flavor is more subdued than the smell. There is some sweet malt, but minimal. Following is some hoppy floral character, fruity yeast and a bitter, dry finish. This is a very crisp beer, light body and nice and refreshing, a good session beer. Like the English people, this beer is pretty restrained. A tasty take on a classic style but it does not compare to assertive American beers, and I'm sure it has no intention of doing so.
The difference of nations, I think can be found in their beers. After tasting a nice German style tonight, this observation became more cemented to me and my thoughts will be expanded upon when I write on the Rauchbier I tasted tonight.
The restrained hop flavor is most notable to me. I realize that European hops are by nature less expressive than the very assertive American hops, but this to me defines our nations, particularly the West coast hop-heads compared to our across the pond neighbors. I know what people must be thinking, an Irish-American New England boy must hate the British for innumerable reasons, but don't get me wrong, I respect the style and the nation and realize what was aimed to be achieved in this beer was undoubtedly achieved, and I enjoyed it. What's more, I prefer English barleywines to extreme American ones. However, with the restrained hop flavor, I can't help but imagine that these hops are screaming to shed their suit, tie and bowler cap on Savile Row, in exchange for some tie-dye and Birkenstocks on Haight-Ashbury to let their hop flag fly!

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

Appearance: Subtle amber color. Slight lacing.

Smell: English hops dominate the nose.

Taste: Again, English hops, nicely balanced with crisp malt. Pale Ales aren't known for overflowing complexities, but this taste profile has a few layers. Mildly bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a suitable way which coexists well with the flavors involved.

Drinkability: This would make an excellent session pale ale with its low ABV and modest but distinct flavors.

Overall, I'm glad to say I've now tried one of the classic English pale ales. Didn't blow me away, but I wasn't expecting it to. It does deserve its status as a classic. From now on, it will be an obvious choice when I get a hankering for a pale ale.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a reddish tint. Slightly hazy. Head looks like a draught head. It is creamy in appearance and leaves a tight sheet of lace.

S- Mix of light caramel and distinct English hops with a dank, herbal quality. All this on top of a smooth biscuit/cracker malt profile makes for a classic pale. Slight mineral twang.

T- The taste is light but surprisingly complex with flavors of bitter hops, sweet malts, fruity yeast, and metallic water in that order. All perfectly balanced and in proportion.

M- Extra-light body with a smooth, almost creamy, carbonation

D- 16oz of this goes down as easy as 12oz of most other pales. I like the subtle complexities created with the simple ingredients

Photo of grayburn
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my least favorite beer from Fullers but definitely still a decent brew to say the least. The beer pours a light golden color with very little head.

The smell and taste are both a little lacking, the crispness of the carbonation does nothing to help bring everything back together. This isn't the pale that I was expecting from Fuller's, just a little too light on the flavor side.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and gets bubbled a little by overcarbing. The drinkability is still pretty high though, this beer goes down pretty easily and is far from offensive.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, amber color with red tones to it... not much head, but what is there is white with little lacing.

the smell is a fantastic combo of sweet & bitter. Malt & hops... loving it.

First sip brings upon natural flavors... barley, hay, grains all come to mind. A slight bit of the hops on the aftertaste...

Superbly crisp and refreshing... if I lived in England and had a lawn, I'd drink this after yardwork every day.

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

On cask at a variety of places on London.

A: Pours a coppery-amber body with the barest hint of carbonation on top, as cask ales have. No lacing.

S: English hops, which have that characteristic tea-like aroma, butter, and caramel malt. Seems to fit the style just fine, but it doesn't have all of the flavors that come out in the taste.

T: Butter -- not a huge fan -- and caramel are strongest. Biscuit, toffee, and nuts are also found. There's a delicious tea-like undercurrent that is the hop contribution. Not complex, but pretty flavorful and satisfying.

M: Light-medium bodied, low carbonation as expected. Not sticky.

D: I'm not a fan of this style at all, but when in Rome... So I wound up drinking this several times in London, and grew to appreciate it for what it is. It's not something I'd buy here, but it'll be a staple on that side of the pond if I go back.

Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear amber with a small foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Didn't appear to have any lacing.

Smell is of lightly sweet malts. Some hints of caramel and honey. A little bit of hops.

Taste is sweet malts that are slightly rich. Similar to the aroma with a bit of caramel, maybe some honey. It also has a nice hop bitterness to it to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little creamy. A little bit of a carbonated bite with a dry finish.

Drinkability is quite good. No lingering aftertaste to put you off. I would say this is a pretty good session beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber with modest sized white head. Nose is on the lighter side with toffee/caramel sweetness. On the palate this ale shows to be a very drinkable, light & refreshing pale that is clean with gentle citrusy hops in the balance. Unlike so many extreme beers that violate any sense of the word 'balance', this is one of the best examples of balance. Very good.

Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - very high even when I'm drinking this one a little to warm. Not memorable for any specific character but very well balanced. Improvements to the carbonation and head retention would make this stellar stuff...but then again I should try an alternative to a can...

Appearance - clear copper with a head that recedes to a thin layer quickly. No lacing. I expected a little better retention for the style.

Smell - light but nice and complex with malty caramel-butter blending well with fruity citrus and mildly earthy hops.

Taste - similar to what you smell. Not outstanding on any aspect but very well balanced to fit the style. Some very slight mineral in the background and a medium bitter dryish finish.

Mouthfeel - watery smooth with carbonation that's a bit too low. No coursness here.

Photo of Kristing
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderfully inviting amber colour with ruby tones and a tan, creamy head that is retained rather well.

Fresh bouquet with hints of fruit. There is also a touch of malt and quite a great deal of caramel in the smell.

At the first sip of the brew the mouthfeel is malty and medium-bodied, with quite a high carbonation. However, as this goes down the taste becomes much better and with more texture. The brew brings a fresh moutfeel with a finish of dried fruit, caramel and even a little honey, probably from the malty sweetness.

I truly adore this beer, as it is a very drinkable and a very tasty english pale ale. I could probably go all night drinking just this one and Fuller's ESB, one after another.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.