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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,151
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 77
Gots: 196 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of Vengeance526
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a light off-white head that quickly dies down. Moderate lacing.

Smells of bread and sweet malts. Not much else was easily discerned.

Taste reflects the smell but the flavors are much more noticeable. Sweet malt comes through at first with some light hops in the background and a slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel is very light with light carbonation. Possibly a little watery but overall it was pretty good. Flavor is well balanced and this is an easy drinker but I would probably get tired of it after a couple of these anyway. Good to try but not so exciting that I'd want more than a couple.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Royal Mile on Friday.

A: Pours a nice golden orange, a slight bit of frothy white head on it.

S: Floral hops, biscuit, a little sweet.

T: Bready, slightly sweet, a little taste of hops in there, crisp. Great balance.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Pretty high, it's quite good and easy drinking.

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

Enjoyed this draught 'in country' at a wedding about 5 years ago. This one served from a can. Pours a light amber color with a loose full finger white head that fades fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. The smell is really nice...way malty and rich with a unique earthy character. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied and the texture is creamy. Full flavored, the earthy malted notes are mirrored exceptionally well in the taste. At 4.7% ABV these are a perfect fit for the REQUIRED nooner-at-the-pub...then back to work. Very drinkable...defining style. Bringing back the memories. Consider one again...soon!!!

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 50cl bottle into imperial nonic.

A: Rich amber color. Medium carbonation pours into a frothy, white, 2 finger head. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head settles into a thin layer of foam. Thick lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, and clove. A little fresh baked bread and cut grass.

T: Malt and hops, and a bit nutty. Not overly malty or hoppy, good balance.

M: Light but hearty. No ambient carbonation to water it down. The hops continue to linger for the entire experience.

D: Very good sipping beer. Although, you could down it too. It's light enough.

Really solid appearance, and a basic but formidable nose. Great balance in the flavor. Also not complex, but that's what you should be expecting from this style anyway. It is very full though. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly hazy rich golden color, with a thick foamy, off white head that doesn't last too long, however it leaves behind a dense, creamy film over top of the brew. It also has some good sticky lacing that clings to the glass very well. I do like the masculine bottle that Fuller's uses...just a classic old school look that shows off well.

S- This has a well rounded aroma overall. Initially, I smell sweet tropical fruits, namely bananas and fresh mango, before you would cut into it. Then there is a buttery, biscuit aroma about it, that just gives off a smooth character. The malts are nicely balanced by a bitter hopped aroma, that isn't dominant, but pronounced enough that you know it's gonna taste good!

T- Take the near perfect aroma and enhance it....that's what this great beer tastes like. There is a well rounded grainy malt sweetness, that really does remind me of a fresh piece of multigrain bread that's been buttered. The hopped finish is just great...it is so fresh it tastes like something that's just been dry-hopped before I drink it! The flavors are well balanced and linger on my palate well after I have swallowed the beer!

M- The carbonation is low and mild....I good combo for a true English Ale. The body is medium-full, but not too thick feeling. It's creamy, zippy, buttery and refreshing all at the same time. I really get a sense of fresh quality malts and hops being used in this beer!

D- No question one of the best beers that I've had the opportunity to enjoy. It's refreshing enough to enjoy out on the patio, and would make an excellent session beer out at the pub with a good meal. I highly recommend this and would say that this is the best Ale I've come across so far!

Photo of Onenote81
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear gold with a moderate amount of bubbles rising up. Some small head at first, but quickly becomes nothing. Little lacing. Smells of bread, earth, wood, and just a hint of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth. Well done. Now the flavor on this is a conundrum. It tastes like beef stew with potatoes to me. Very beefy. No sweetness, but a hint of hoppy bitterness; not citrus or piney, mind you, but rather beefy. This is weird. I'll give it another shot if I see it on tap, but this is really different. What type of malts make up a meaty flavor?

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

A- clear bright amber somewhere between golden and copper, with a nice rich off-white head. great retention and good swirls of lace.

S- caramel, butterscotch, toffee, toasted grains, melon, earthy hops, tangerine, white grape, soil, and a fruity tartness.

T- cookie, toffee, some faint chocolate, biscuit, and a toasty grain flavor, herbal hop flavor, wet log, mineral water, and decent zesty lemon grapefruit white pepper bitterness all through the finish.

MF- medium in body and carbonation, generous hopping gives an astringent feeling. some dryness, otherwise slick on the cheeks and very juicy.

D- hoppier than most EPAs i've had and less sweet. being a toasty and dry english ale must have its advantages because this bottle disappeared in a flash.

Photo of Buggies
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear brownish copper color. Small diminishing head that dwindles down to thin creamy.

S: Smells of a little bread. Sweet malt dominates this one though. Hints of caramel too.

T: Nice sweet malt up front. With a hint of butter and biscuit. This beer is dam smooth and creamy. A very small hint of a fruitiness there which makes it interesting.

A dam fine tasting beer. Very smooth and creamy and a low abv make this one very easy to drink.

Photo of Jayhawk
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this ale on tap at the Royal Mile in Des Moines, Iowa.

This is simply the best ale I've had, ever, hands down. Many prior reviews are of bottles, but on tap this is a must try beer.

Complex, floral taste with smooth finish. Nice coppery color. Ideal session beer.

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

Yep. I don't drink German-style lager exclusively. Fullers has always been a favorite English brewery. Best bu date on bottle: Jul, 19, 09.

A -- Bright amber/gold with a good, light tan head.

S -- Sweet, bready malt with hints of caramel, earthy hops and citrus fruit -- from fermentation, not hops.

F -- Sweetish malt up front with biscuit characters, followed by earthy and bitter hops -- some vague fruitiness in-between. Finishes rather dry, only some vague bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft mouth-feel, light carbonation, light to light-medium mouth-feel.

D -- Very good drinkability. BJCP calls this a Best Bitter and lists it as the top for style, but I think I'd only give it straight 5s if it were from the cask.

Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear copper gold with a 1 finger white head that leaves no lacing

smells of grassy earthy hops and sweet malt

taste is a nice balance of hops and carmel malts

mouthfeel is low carbonated almost flat but it works well with the taste nice smooth drinker

drinkability is good - low abv and still mighty tasty

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

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date on back label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.25.

A: Orange hue with off-white, bubbly 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Floral, herbal English hops with subtle pale malt aromas

T: Tea-like hops flavor with decided herbal slant layer on a substantial pale malt backbone.

M: A bit thin with appropriately low carbonation.

D: Worth trying once but not the most interesting beer. Drinkable but not a lot else to recommend it.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is about 2 weeks away from its "best by" date, so my expectations aren't too high. We'll see...

A--Nice looking amber/copper color with a little less than a finger of head that recedes pretty quickly.

S--Smell is rich malts, orange peel, earthiness. Pretty nice.

T--Fairly mundane taste, not bad but nothing to write home about. Mostly bready malts, faint floral/citrus hops present as well. Pretty much what you would expect from a non-fresh English Pale Ale.

M--Medium-to-light bodied, not much carbonation

D--Solidly drinkable, but not something begging me to reach for more. Maybe one day I will drink a fresher one and see if there is any difference

Photo of theghost3
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-amber with a 1-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is caramel malts, buttery, with slight fruits. The taste is more hops than malts. The hops are herbal, & citrusy, but the citrus is oddly like lime instead of grapefruit or orange. There's some bread & earthiness as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin & watery, some carbonation.

This is a drinkable English Pale, but I'd like the flavor to be a little more malty.

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

A half liter bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. This ale appears a hazed deep copper color with about two fingers of lingering, light ecru foam. A nice looking pour. Nose and flavor are of rich caramel malts, fruity figs, bitter hops, biscuits. Satisfying body with ample carbonation. Always a treat.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a translucent amber-golden body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Caramel and toffee malts with a touch of butter in the aroma. Caramel, butter, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee, with a fair bit of minty herbal English hops. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Moderately drinkable, mostly due to the flavors not quite meshing the way I'd like, particularly the butter, and I'm thinking this may not be the freshest sample. Having said that, it's still a relatively decent English pale ale...

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

Poured out of a 500ml can into a Murphy's pint glass. Freshness date of February 2010.

Appearance: tawny amber body with a thin white film on top. Decent, sporadic lacing.

Smell: citrusy and floral hops. Fresh grapefruit. Some light butter and toffee aromas in the background, with hints of yeast as well.

Taste: fruity, bitter hops followed by mildly dry malt. Slightly sweet. Simple but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and tangy upfront; bitter and dry in the finish.

Overall: a supremely drinkable beer. Perhaps the standard for English pale ales. I could drink this all night. Very well done.

Photo of julian1117
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a British Imperial pint glass (although american-bottled bottle only annoyingly 11.2 fl oz.)

Visual appeal: orange wood color, light mahogany, very slight streaking

Smell: strong hoppiness, mildly fruity, not unique

Flavor: hops not strong enough, slightly lemony, very bitter

Mouthfeel: watery, carbonation fades very quickly

Drinkability: lower alcohol and watery mouthfeel increase this characteristic

Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-brown colour, with thin bead running up the middle but no real head of which to speak. Thin web of lacing. Not ba-a-a-a-ad but unimpressive.

A great deal of sour British ale yeast characters on the nose with a distinct barley aroma and slight hint of grassy hops. Hops are underwhelming, as is the nose in general.

Taste is quite gritty with malt taking a back seat to English hops - possibly fuggles. Palate is interesting with a long bitter finish. A bit of a sour ale character with a slight bready hint and a bittersweet mid-palate. Balance is best on the middle with malt and hops reaching their intersection here, but hops definitely take over on the back.

A decent drop, good for a cleansing ale. Typical English fare though.

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

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with nice retention and a clear amber color. Slight haze within the beer.

Smell is of wonderful fruity esters that enhance the characteristics of the malts. I get some plum and red apple. No acetalaldehyde problems. The smell of the marris otter and caramel malts really comes out.

Taste is wonderfully malty with a slight bit of hop flavor to balance. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had. Residual sweetness allows the marris otter and caramel malts to shine. This combined with some mild fruity esters makes for one outstanding beer.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

If you don't try this beer, you are missing out!

Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a ginormous, fluffy head that hung around all night. Hops and nice biscuity malt witha touch of dried fruits on the nose are quite inviting. Delivers big time on the palate with a prickly bitterness and a long malty finish. A very satisfying and drinkable ale.

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Best before 10/11/2009

Pours up a clear golden-orange with quite a bit of active carbonation that produces a one inch white head that falls down to a skim quickly. Little lacing.

Aroma is of caramel, toasted malt, with some hops that are floral and slightly spicy.

Taste is of caramel up front with a mild sweetness, some toasted malt and biscuit flavors in the middle with a light fruit character. Hops of the spicy and floral nature come towards the finish and blend with the malt to make for a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a very nice creamy texture to it. Highly drinkable, a session ale for sure.

One of the best English Pale Ales out there for sure. This one is very sessionable, I only wish it wasn't such a high cost.

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

A solid clear amber pour with a quarter inch head that lasts and lasts and mixed with a mildly fruity, noble hop bitterness that is second to none, a super sweetness greets the tongue and does not let go for one minute this is an amazingly drinkable beer that makes you forget you are drinking one,

Photo of snaotheus
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I'm more into American Pales than English Pales, but not terribly impressed here...

Pours pretty golden with little beige head and little or no lacing. Smells weak (literally, I can't smell it, although my fiancee claims she can smell some pine), maybe a little dinge or moist wood.

Taste was bland (again, my fiancee claims she can taste the pine, but she has a sensitivity to it). It had a little decent bitterness that I don't associate with hops, with a sort of woody sweetness which was also not very strong.

Felt fine in the mouth, thick and sticky, slightly heavy. It would be pretty drinkable if I wasn't paying much attention to it.

Overall, not a waste, but not that great.

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

A: A golden orange color. Persistent head that leaves some nice lattice-like lacing on the glass.

S: Nuanced aroma. Biscuity malt, floral aromas, tea-like, slight caramel. Not really in-your-face or bold, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

T&M: Excellent balance. A pale malt and dry, biscuit-like flavor interact well with floral and herbal flavors from the English noble hops. The finish is crisp and dry, long with tea-like flavors in a general reprise of the hoppiness. Body is light to medium with a crisp feel. Feel could be a bit better, but I'm guessing this isn't the best serving type to experience the full capacity of this beer.

D: Great drinkability. I put this one down in under 5 minutes while eating, having already had 2 beers and an appetizer beforehand. It was really great to drink on a spring day in an outdoor setting, and was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Fuller's makes great beer, and I hope to get around to trying more of it soon.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,151 ratings.