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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 91
Gots: 241 | 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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Famous is as famous does, so let's take a little look see.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a two fingers of broadly foamy, soapy ecru head, which leaves some consistent snowflake lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of moderately crisp biscuity, bready, grainy malt, an ever so slight touch of caramel, and sassy floral, earth, and leafy hops doing a grand job of balancing things out so early. The taste is semi-sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, wet buttered white cracker, a light, indeterminate, but hardly inauspicious spiciness, and herbal, leafy old-world, stiff upper-lip hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in the British sense, so almost flat to the rest of us, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, a niggling watery nature taking its pound (or more aptly, ounce) of flesh there. It finishes off-dry, the sweet biscuity graininess still holding court, but not without the lingering fruity, somewhat spicy hops.

A very easy to drink, flavourful pale ale, one we in the New World seem unaccustomed to, for much too long, but now no more - if I see this on tap in your so-called better pubs around town, I am not hesitant to immediately order it, as it is quite obviously the embodiment of an inimitable session ale.

Photo of PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going to go terribly in depth here, first I had no idea that Fuller's was canning some of their brews.

The pour on London Pride was nice, the appearance was golden orange with an egg shell white head. Carbonation is low just like an english pale should be, good clarity very nice looking ale.

Aromas are wonderful fruity esters and soft honey (not oxidized notes, just honey) light grassy hop note.

Flavor is deliciously complex for a session size ale. The fruity esters and maltiness are rich, the hop flavor is light earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium light, low carbonation and smooth.

Extremely drinkable. A perfect English ale, in a can no less.

Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dandy pale ale that has a solid malty nose and taste with a nice bite of hops as it goes down. Pours with a loose pile of foam that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass, releasing plenty of caramel and a tad of citrus. A great accompaniment to chicken sausages or even a chicken sandwich, and a good one to keep on hand for general drinking. A bit less punch than Fuller's 1845; nice and mild. A favorite!

Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew that would be ever so good on draught(although Cornwall's I believe still does have it, hmmm). A perfect accompaniment with my wife's fantastic fish'n chips (or rather, onion rings in Fuller's batter!.A lovely honey-brown pour with good inch & a half white head and good lacey cling. A slight apple aroma with bread-malt. The flavor is a nice balance of mild malt & hop with a hint of caramel. Smooth and fantastically drinkable.

Photo of lhaqq
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange-amber body. Regardless of the angle of the pour there is little head; what is there dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Smells of sweet biscuity malts and honey. Reminds me of a less round and creamy Fat Tire, and with less wheat in the nose.
T: The honey comes through pretty strongly but pleasantly. Not too much else though--some malts that taste a bit burnt at the end.
M: Alright at cellar temp; a little low on the carbonation and might prefer it a bit colder.
D: Probably one of my favorite EPAs; sessionable, simple, and enjoyable.

Photo of skrib09
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out a nice pale ale brown (pale brown) with an off white head. good cling.

smells a familiar malt-bread-dough all inclusive. if you use your imagination you can smell the sweet of the beer.

tasted exceptional. excellent balance for me personally. lots of characteristics i enjoy. great malt backbone, lots of dough tones, good bread flavors. just a hint of hops as well.

good palate feel here. crispy texture.

my number one session beer so far.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale pint glass.

Appearance - glorious amber, very thin head with a good ring of lace. A beautiful pint.

Smell - caramel malt generously covering a thin, well defined hoppiness. Chocolate's there, along with a roasted grainy aroma.

Taste - exceptional flavour with dense, complicated maltiness blanketing a refreshing vanilla honeydew finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and enjoyable. Low carbonation makes the flavour the focus.

Drinkability - just a joy to partake in. The rich flavour requires moderation so a couple of these would be the limit.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/16/2009(Can BB 13Jun09):

Pours a pretty clear amber orange colored body with a smalllish creamy, white head, that's lasting. Has a malty grainy grapey aroma. A molasses-y, watery grainy taste, very malty. Tastes very English-like. Very grapey.

Photo of CMW
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured the London Pride the first thing I noticed was the color. It was a bright amber/orange with light carbonation when I held the brew up to the light. I expected the beer to be somewhat darker. The head that was formed when poring dissolved quickly. It did leave a small trace of head on top.

The first thing I smell is the grain. You can definitely smell the malt in this beer. There is also sweetness to the London Pride that I cannot specifically place. I'm thinking it has a fruit base. Overall, the aroma is very pleasing.

You can taste the grain and bread malt with the first drink. The malt is definitely the first thing that grabs my attention. I enjoy a brew where the malt is prominent and has a strong grainy taste to it. Next, you taste the sweetness I referred to earlier. It is a good combination with the malt. The hops provide a bitterness that becomes prominent in the aftertaste. London Pride finishes clean and very refreshing for a medium bodied brew.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear copper-gold color with active carbonation. An average sized, creamy white head with so-so retention and some lacing.

S: Some mildly sweet, bready malt. Mineral hop aroma. Appealing fruity scents. Some doughy yeast. Clean, basic, and very inviting.

T: Bready, grainy malt sweetness, with some accompanying yeast. Herbal and mineral hop bitterness. Pleasant sweet fruity/citrusy flavors. Some faint diacetyl as well into the finish.

M: Medium-light in body. Crisp and somewhat active carbonation. Refreshing, although a touch thin.

D: A super sessionable and very tasty English Pale. Classic and extremely easy to drink.

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well it was served on the hand pump at kclingers in hanover. i had the second draft poured and it was a light yellow in color. the head was perfect about an inch of head.a little more than room temp but that was ok since it was shipped in the middle of a cold spell. went down too smooth as all hand pumps do. the lacing on the mug was phenomenol as well...

Photo of cvfish
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color that produced a white head that retained well and left a classic lace around the glass

S - Hoppy upfront, some maltiness and citrus

T - Great malt and hop balance, sutle fruitiness, and honey

M - Smooth medium bodied, light carbonation

D - Good Pale Ale, and a great addition to Stein's

Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +6.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -5.9%
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 -13.5%
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 -10.2%
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 -3.8%
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 -6.9%
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.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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