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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 85
Gots: 223 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An imperial pint via handpull.

A-Golden kissed amber with a billowing off white head that retains and left a healthy dose of lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness with a decent dose of fruity hops and a bit of biscuit.

T-Caramel malt and bouncy, fruity hops dance on your tongue. This is a soft and mellow brew. Ends with a dose of biscuity dryness.

M-Medium-light and smooth beyond belief. Maybe a tad thin but all is forgiven with that ridiculous smoothness.

D-Off the charts! This has got to be one of the most quaffable brews out there. Just enough flavour and hop goodness to keep you interested and a nice low ABV to keep you upright! A true English classic...best enjoyed fresh on cask...you can keep the bottle...give me the hand pull!

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

16.9 oz bottle, best before date 29 Aug '09, poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Bright amber color, classic looking small white head and fine spindly lace.

Aroma of toast, toffee, butter, berries, grass, a fresh anise & mint note like Thai basil, and some minerality like a river bank. Quite pleasant.

Crisp, refreshing flavor. Fruity toasty malt, herbal grassy hops, mild butter. Good balance of moderate sweetness and crisp clean bitterness and a bit of stony minerality. Elegant, refreshing, and tasty. Dry herbal finish.

Soft supple carbonation. Extremely refreshing, thirst quenching.

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

Presentation Brown 11.2 oz bottle.

A- A half inch thick head which quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam. It is orange-brown, dark amber with little streams of tiny bubbles.

S- Hops, yeast, citrus, Fruity, malt, grain and a slight caramel sweetness. Sourdough bread.

T- Grainy, Malty, citrusy. Sweet at first with a more than slightly bitter finish

M- Medium feel with nice carbonation. Very Smooth.

D- A very nice beer. "Kick back and relax" .

Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass- golden and bright with a half inch fluffy white head

Aroma-- slight hop nose and subtle malts

Taste--Hops up front, leading to a malt/mineral taste, and finishing with a lingering hop bitterness

Overall--Simple and subtle, nothing fancy, but elegant and enjoyable-- at 4.7abv. it is definitely sessionable--
A fine English pale ale, very drinkable and a fine example of the style

Photo of pablot71
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beer into a pint glass.

A- Light copper color, a small amount of white head. Leaves no lacing behind.

S- Some malts and hops come through in aroma.

T- Caramel notes in the malt and a balanced bitterness from the hops.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Overall a pleasant and drinkable beer. My only dissapointment is that I bought it as part of a mix and match set and don't have another to follow it up.

Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with decent retention and good lacing. Smells of some hops (English characteristics) and some slight malt aroma. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Has a really smooth mouth feel. Also, there is a crisp mouth feel along with low carbonation. Tastes of some dry malt and hops. The aftertaste is all hops. There is a dryness inherited from the malts that leaves you wanting more. Overall, a good example of the style - worth a try.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 ounce pint glass, served on-tap in a Fuller's pint glass at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). The beer pours an amber/reddish color with about an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention were both very good. The aroma is nice, it smells like toasted malt, apples and light hops. It tastes like toasted malt, ginger, blackberries and some English earthy amd fruity hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very enjoyable. Drinkability is good too, it's very smooth and easy to drink. It's great on tap, an English classic that's quite sessionable. A very pleasant surprise, if you get a chance to try it (especially on-tap) you should.

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

This beer poured an amber/copper color with generous white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is of caramel malt, spice, and light hops. Flavor has all of this and perhaps some light fruit such as pear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not unpleasant. Low alcohol combined with nice flavor make this a great session ale.

Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color with a reddish orange hue, it was slightly cloudy. There was a nice one finger head but it last but a second or two, leaving just a thin white line.

Nose: Light toasted malt, barley, citrus, hops, and a sweet honey aroma followed by some phenols. There are hints of caramel, pears, and some other fruit and butterscotch.

Taste: light malt, citrus, and hops. There are notes of caramel, butterscotch, and fruit like pears.

Overall: There is a light powdery, chalky mouth feel. The finish is astringent, there was a slight bitterness too. Overall it is an ok beer not great but okay

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

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.
8/4/6/3/12 (3.3/5)

Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Spidey13
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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
Nice, mild.

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.

Not cheap at 3 pounds a pint, but worth it.

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Rors
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of prosper
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Pencible
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aubuc1
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of toolbrew
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.