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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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1,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 125 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured pale amber with a big sturdy head. Lovely toffee and malt in the nose. Toffee bisquit taste: the finish almost snaps in your mouth. Distinctly different from the ESB, lighter, but still a substantial beer. Macro drinkers could probably handle it though -- light and not overly hoppy.

A nice one.

02-25-2007 20:45:27 | More by alexskovan
Photo of atuite


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Bought this at a local beer/wine retail store. Have had the ESB before but never the pale ale. The beer pour smoothly into a glass mug with an amber color and one inch of medium bubbles head that dissipate within minutes. Smell is a sweet toasted smell over malts (almost like burnt marshmallow). Taste is medium malt with background fruitiness. Carbonation fits the potency of this beer and it goes down very smoothly. A great beer for a dinner of fish and chips or for sitting on the couch watching the game.

02-25-2007 19:22:11 | More by atuite
Photo of DoubleJ


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Ordered a pint of this from The Olde Ship in Fullerton, on to the beer:

It does well in the two most important characteristics in beer; toasty/bready malts and hoppy tingling in the taste, and a pleasant sweet smell. But it dissapointed me with its loose ends: a little on the watery side, and a not so lively body. I'll try this again in the future, but for now London Pride will have to settle for being a merely good beer.

02-16-2007 19:35:50 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of scoobybrew


3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear, light amber color with a nice head and fantastic retention. The aroma is dominantly malty, with a faint trace of hops. The flavor is mostly malty with a mild hop finish. It's very well balanced, malty, but not sweet. It has a medium-light body with moderately low carbonation.

I'd consider this a special bitter instead of a pale. It's very enjoyable, but not overly exciting, a classic.

02-07-2007 00:01:19 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of biking4beer


3.98/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This was actually two different tastings. I picked up a six pack at a liquor store. There were only two left, and they the bottles had a best before date of 13/APR/07. After a few sips, I went to check the local liquor store, and they had some bottles labeled 25/SEP/07. There were some differences, but not enough to break down each beer completely.

This beer pours a pretty good sized head that dissipates to a solid one finger. The color is a nicely golden and slightly amber.

Predominant smell is grain that is followed up by a nice malt sweetness that is similar to apple juice. Very subtle hops that give it a slight orange smell.

The less fresh beer was surprisingly bitter. Due to the slight age, I was expecting more maltiness, but it was definitely the hop bitterness that moved to the front. Slightly bready and a bit tart or sour. The fresher beer definitely had more sweetness and was on par with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a pale ale. Medium to high carbonation, but the fresher beer definitely had a more creamy feel.

This may be a new standby beer for me. It's very enjoyable and has a nice impact on the palate. The more I think about it, the more I've decided that this will be my go to beer when I'm not needing a big hop trip. Drinkability is up there with the low abv. If you haven't tried it yet, it's a must.

02-04-2007 04:33:44 | More by biking4beer
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a clear burnt orange color into a pint glass with a one and a half finger cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet caramelly malt with faint hop pressence in there as well. Taste is of sweet and toasted malt up front with a touch of fruit balanced out with a lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and pleasantly carbonated for this medium bodied ale. This is the definition of a session beer, it doesn't get much more easy drinking than this.

02-04-2007 01:44:29 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Comes in a big, heavy bottle that had me thinking it was way more than a 1/2 litre job. Nice copper colored beer that left lots of lacing after the head disappeared. Smell of subtle hops and caramel malt. Taste was carmel malt and lots of bitter hops. Refreshing mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I liked it a lot.

01-29-2007 22:29:36 | More by Shadman
Photo of adams82


3.9/5  rDev -1%

Best before 9/25/07.

Pours a dark burnt copper color. Brilliant and clear with a small white head that leaves a decent lacing.

A nice floral hop aroma and sweet and toasty malt come right up to the nose.

A nice sweet malty start on this one. As it rolls back, the toastiness picks up and it finishes slightly hoppy and dry, but not too dry. Actually, a nice change from the more assertive America Pales, each draught is better than the last.

This has a nice smooth mouth feel with perfect carbonation, which leads me to say that this is a wonderful session brew! Very easy to consume your fair share and then some. I will certianly seek this one out more often.

01-21-2007 18:54:20 | More by adams82
Photo of BBM

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

This beer pours a clead orange color with a huge off-white head that is creamy and tight. The aroma was bready, or buscuity. There were hints of fruits.

Wow, what a contrast to the APAs I'm used to. The beer has a very modest, yet strong hop profile, which comes through more in the finish. Up front is a nice balance of malts, giving off a balanced, somewhat fruity (bananas and pineapple) flavor. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Even though the beer is on the filling side (especially for such a light beer) I could have several. This was my introduction to English pale ales, and I came away quite impressed.

01-06-2007 17:06:02 | More by BBM
Photo of eberkman


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a golden amber with a thin head that receded fairly quickly. Smelled biscuity and malty. Taste was smooth and malty with the buttery undertones characteristic of an English pale ale. It had a nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with exceptional drinkability. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

01-01-2007 15:32:26 | More by eberkman
Photo of jwc215


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

best before 14 March 07.
Pours amber with nice clarity but a quickly disappearing head.

The smell is earthy, fresh and fruity.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt - caramel with a touch of vanilla. Soft fruits with a lemony zest in the finish. Not overly complex, but fresh, refreshing and well-balanced. Very smooth, a bit buttery.

Rich and full-flavored in a solidly medium body. Nicely textured.

This is a classic English Pale Ale. "Sessionable", refreshing, tasty, well-balanced. Another wonder from a world-class brewery.

12-26-2006 21:45:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of zuggy9


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: It has a deep bronze with a clean white head. Head retention is a bit weak, but this hardly detracts from it.

Smell: Sweet lighty hoppy aroma. Not too heavy, and remains quite pleasant.

Taste: Starts with a good malty sweetness and an excellent balance of hops. It finishes clean and smooth. Definite caramel qualities, as mentioned by others.

Mouthfeel: Nice and balanced. Not too light and definitely not to heavy.

Drinkability: Excellent. I usually find myself wanting another.

12-18-2006 02:33:18 | More by zuggy9
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -1%

I have had this beer in keg form and cask conditioned, but never bottled before. I haven't had a any London Pride apart from this bottle since I joined this site, some 3 months ago, so here goes!

550ml Brown bottle, best before 28th oct 2007, drank 17th Dec 2006.

Looks good, poured into a straight, standard sleeve pint glass. Amber Bronze, with very small bubbles rising to help the slightly off-white foaming head stay for as long as the pint takes to drink (not long).

The beer is too cold at first, I should have let it sit in the house for a while before I opened it, my garage (from where I store my beer) was colder than I thought. The aroma arrived as the beer warmed up, malts and hops tickle your senses.

The taste improved as the beer warmed also, rich malts and a bitter crispness give it a fine taste and mouthfeel, a very nice beer.

12-17-2006 13:45:26 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of theopholis


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance- Deep golden-orange in color with a white head. Head disappears fairly quickly, leaving behind some decent lace.

Smell: Sweet malt mixed with some caramel. Hint of English hop aroma, but I can't figure out which one. As it warms, the caramel nose increases, but never becomes really prevalent.

Taste: Mix of the malt, touch of caramel, with the subtle mixture of bitterness and hoppiness of the beer. Caramel becomes a burnt caramel as it warms. Tastes a lot better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel: Very good for the style. Medium body. No clinging to the mouth, but it's not to light either.

Drinkability: Quite good. Good carobnation level for the style, nice flavor balance.

12-17-2006 08:15:29 | More by theopholis
Photo of JanM


3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

I guess I'm not as impressed with this ale as many reviewers before me. It poured with a finger of foam and in a great red-brown color, and with a sweet malty smell. The taste was sweet, perhaps too sweet, with lots of bitter and fruity hops. A bit of caramel too. I think the carbonation was decent but it lacked in character compared to, for instance, Timothy Taylors Landlord. Still, it's a fine ale.

12-13-2006 18:06:49 | More by JanM
Photo of slyke


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Fuller's London Pride is bottled in a distinctive high-hipped bottle like all of their bottled beers. This one was date coded best by April 13, 2007.

Appearance: Deep golden in color with a white heads that sticks around as a thin cap throughout the beer leaving some nice lace.

Smell: Sweet malt mixed with the pleasant and subtle English hops. The aroma reminds me of my trip to Great Britain.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, a mix of the malt with the subtle hoppiness of the beer. As it warms, this beer becomes more and more like a good hand-pulled bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very good for the style. It doesn't coat the mouth, but isn't watery either.

Drinkability: If I could find it as fresh as the sixer I picked up yesterday, I'd drink this beer more often (it is often out of date on the shelves here in southeast Minnesota). I usually keep seven or eight types of beer in the fridge, but this six pack won't last until Christmas. This is definitely a beer to drink.

12-10-2006 18:47:37 | More by slyke
Photo of norwichboy


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

A pint of Pride please! Time to review my usual from when I lived in the LDN. Shame it’s only in a bottle.

Amber hue with a small frothy head that leave a few small clumps of froth on the side of the glass before it settles down to a light lace. Aroma is not particularly strong: toasted malt, dough, biscuit. Hops very subtle.
To taste - oh that’s heaven. Such a step up from the two Aussie pale ales I’ve just had. It's quite lightly flavoured, but it's satisfying in its depth. Toasted malt, biscuit, a bit of caramel, herbal hops, a touch of fruitiness. Pleasant bitterness on swallowing that produces a good lingering finish. A suitable moderate level of carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is lightly but deliciously flavoured, producing a superb and satisying everyday-drinking bitter. A definite favourite.

12-01-2006 10:50:34 | More by norwichboy
Photo of PeatReek


3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Pours a nice pale golden color, crystal clear with about 3/4" inch of tight white head in a tall pils glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with a mellow breadiness. Strawberry, peaches, caramel toast. Great balance. Taste Taste begins with a floral hop flavor and moderate fruitiness, followed by bittersweet caramel notes. Throughout, there's a solid body with just enough carbonation to give it, at the same time, a crisp, light feeling. Aftertaste is toasty and bready for the first few sips, but towards the end of the glass more sour and musty fruit notes are showing up. Oh well, guess I'll have to have a few more.

11-30-2006 04:14:56 | More by PeatReek
Photo of lehows

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

The first time I had this beer it was out of a can on a British Airways flight, I remember liking it but it wasnt until I had it on tap again recently that I really got hooked. It poured beautifully with a small fine head that stayed with the beer and had good lacing with a light amber body. The nose was mildy hoppy and the taste was very smooth and creamy. Incredible mouthfeel. This is just as good as their ESB. Don't miss out on this, especially if you find it on tap somewhere.

11-29-2006 14:32:42 | More by lehows
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

500 ml brown embossed bottle. Classy red shield label with the words "Outstanding Premium Ale", Best before date on back label.
Pours a clear, golden color. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but left with a small amount of white head. Smells like you expect an english pale should, caramel or toffee malt, also a bit a flowery hops.
Taste is flavorful, and well balanced. Good mix of malty sweetness and some citrus hoppiness. Solid mouthfeel without being sticky. Easy to drink, no one overpowering element. A nice imported example, as are most Fuller's brews.

11-22-2006 18:38:26 | More by BigBry
Photo of Greenfloyd


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Another winner from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC...
This beer has a clean filtered apple cider appearance, with an off white head that lingers throughout, producing an ivory halo halfway down your glass.

A nose of fresh biscuits, slightly sweet. The taste has a mild nuttiness, with a perfect balance of malt and hops. This gives way to an ever so slightly sweet, malty finish.

Nice mouth feel, some substance without extra heaviness. Very drinkable for the complexity of the body. This beer went incredibly well with baked chicken and mashed potatoes, avoiding heavy spices like excessive rosemary that could clash with this particular style…..Enjoy

11-21-2006 07:44:06 | More by Greenfloyd
Photo of beakerboy


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew Nov '06 - Pale Ales

This beer pours a dark amer with minimal head. It has a very good aroma. There are a lot of citrus hints. There is a unique quality to the flavor that I can't pinpoint. It's bitter with some grassy flavor. The body is light and crisp. Overall it's a great beer.

11-19-2006 00:55:54 | More by beakerboy
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Copper-brown, slight haziness with a small but good head and excellent lacing.

Deep, nutty nose.

More forcefully nutty flavors, definitely malt-dominated, but little obvious sweetness. Medium-rich mouthfeel. Not much bitterness, especially after the hoppy brew I had before it. Finish is rather short.

Very nice, but not all that interesting, especially compared to cheaper domestic craft brews.

11-16-2006 22:26:13 | More by tcfishler
Photo of xav33


3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Fuller's London Pride Pale Ale
Half Liter Bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Best Before 08/07, made proud 11/06

Poured a smallish clear brownish copper with an off white somewhat lasting fizzy head with no lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, nuts, cookies, some light herbs.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel, light herbs, and moderate bitter toasted bread followed by a grassy doughy bitterness on an above average length herbal perfume finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, a great tasty brew, although annoyingly fizzy.

11-14-2006 06:27:30 | More by xav33
Photo of AChamberlain


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap at the Atlantic Chip Shop in Brooklyn.

A: Brownish amber. Half inch head.

S: Not much smell, but what was there was very nice. Mostly malt.

T: Tasty malt.

M: Light to medium bodied and very smooth.

D: VERY drinkable. This beer goes down smooth and tasty. I could drink it all night.

It's a good ale to be proud of.

11-12-2006 02:54:49 | More by AChamberlain
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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