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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 151 | 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 marcpal
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz poured into tulip glass.

A: Rootbeer like head on an amber color carbonated body. Head had retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not overpowerinig, but malt presence above anything else. The more taken in, the more hops that can be picked up.

T: Malty and biscuity, and detect much more of the hops through the taste than in the aroma. Not bitter at all but ridiculously drinkable. Mild and velvetty smooth.

M: A very thin beer but representative of what it should be. So crisp and smooth, tasted a bit different than when I have had before from the tap. Light.

D: Through the roof drinkability in the palate and the abv. Truly a mild session beer.

Highly recommended. Wouldnt call it ideal for a cold weather beer, but this one is really all purpose.

marcpal, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of sbe1
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this for awhile and finally broke down and picked up a pint bottle in Fairway. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Lovely light amber/copper color, like the shade of a lovely sunset when held up to the light. Nice vanilla cream head that doesn't last particularly long; some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nice pale ale smell, malty, slightly bready, some nice floral hop notes.

Taste: Smooth malt as it first hits your mouth, touch of caramel, then a nice bloom of mild hop bitterness and carbonation across your tongue. A crisp refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. This would make a wonderful session beer. I'm definitely looking out for this one on tap.

sbe1, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ablaze
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml black/red can into a pint glass.

Orange hue with great clarity and a lasting white head

Clean and biscuity, with mild hop aroma, some malt lurking in the background.

Light body, slightly creamy with average carbonation. Clean and thirst-quenching. Malty with balanced English hops profile. Bread and biscuits, leafy with nice butter edge.

Immensely quaffable and not too bad out of the can. Bottle is preferable, but can't go wrong with a four pack (and saves a bit on cost). Solid, balanced pale ale.

ablaze, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper coloured beer poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away to a thin whisp fairly quickly.
S - Smell is bready, caramel maltiness with a touch of floral hop notes.
T - Taste has diacytel/buttery notes with a caramel sweetness balanced by some bitter, slightly floral hop touches.
M - Quite a slick, oily mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation.
D - Nothing outstanding but rather a good, drinkable & flavoursome beer. A few pints wouldn't go astray.

brendan13, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery color. Little retention.

Smell is faintly hops.

Taste is well balanced. Some caramel malt and nice spicey hop presence.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable session beer. Not my favorite in the style, but a good solid afternoon brew.

bluegrassbrew, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew poured from a bottle into a pint glass, where it showed a brownish copper hue and a small head, which dissipated quickly.

The smell had a fresh, flowery, hop aroma that was pleasant and not too eccentric. Upon the first sip, there was an initial taste of a medium malt body balanced with a pleasant hop flavor. The bitterness was medium and well-restrained. As the taste faded, a nutty malt aftertaste bloomed and lingered. The mouthfeel was of a medium carbonation and a medium/thin consistency, and had a very subdued alcohol flavor.

This is a great example of a very drinkable English Pale Ale. It's flavor, alcohol content, and aftertaste lend it to being an excellent session ale. This beer would go great with pub food! :-)

jdmorgan, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of mwrseeley
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that London Pride featured a nice balance between the initial maltiness of the first sip and the lingering hoppiness that follows in its wake. After having a few over the years I have decided that this ale is best served in a brandy snifter.

I could drink this stuff all night...

mwrseeley, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of enki
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite beers. Coppery orange in color. The head is there, but unexceptional.

The beer has no qualities that hit you in the face. It is just a drinkable, repeatable, very good quality ale. Subtle in it's hoppiness, with some caramel flavour in the background, and just a touch of breadiness. The important thing here is that this is a solid ale which is VERY well done. Good quality without getting in your face about it.

This is a great choice for a session beer.

I think that the ESB is overall a better beer, and if I wanted to try something unusual I might go for the Fuller's Vintage or even Honeydew. This beer is like my comfy old sweater. Old reliable.

enki, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of nwshull
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours with a slight white head, it is a slight dark brown in color, typical of a pale ale, though it has somewhat less clarity than most.
Smell: A slightly sweet smell on top of the malts and hops.
Taste: Its a quite nice mild taste, slightly sweet, malty, and it has a light hop taste. There is no detectable trace of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Very nice, the bubbles are of medium frequency and small size. Not to flat, not to carbonated.
Drinkable: It is extremely easy to drink, one could drink these all night.

nwshull, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at volo last sunday.

pours slightly hazy deep orange, not quite red, with no trace of head.

aroma is nice. big bready malt. light earthy hops. just a hint of citrus. tough to get much aroma without any carbonation to drive it up.

taste is great. big bready malt. earthy hops. light grapefruit. medium-low bitterness level. bit of toasty character. great light fruity character too, more in the citrus direction.

mouthfeel is good. very light carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. well balanced, with no trace of alcohol. an excellent ale served in the finest way. still, i would have liked just a bit of carbonation to liven things up.

grub, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer,really enjoyed this one.
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Pint glass,nice coppery amber color with fair size caramel color bubbly head that left some good lacing.
Aroma is of malts,nutty, and light toffee and butterscotch.
The taste is of lite sweetness with a pleasant burned earthy flavor that finishs off with a little bitterness and than dryness.
Medium mouthfeel with enough zest that lingers around just waiting for the next chug.
Very enjoyable beer,quite tasty and this one is good enough to drink all nite long.Highly reccomend this one.Refreshing and quite mellow enough to last the evening and enough flavor to keep you comming back for more.

GrimmReaper, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of mshallah
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nov 19 '07 best before date. Dark orange to light amber in color. Very sweet, mildly toasty nose. Brioche with butter and marmalade. Very appetizing. Taste is sweet and fruity with hops that build to try to keep everything under control. Finish is still sweet though, with a wonderful malt aftertaste. More of a simple brew compared to their ESB, but still a beer of much character.

mshallah, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber/red, with a nice, off-white, slightly tan head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Smell is quite faint, but there are some nice hop notes and biscuit malt.

T: Very malty, with notes of biscuit and toast, backed with earth, grassy hops, with a bit of hay.

M: Smooth and dry, with that English Ale hard water feel.

D: Very good, a bitter or pale ale should be quite drinkable, the low carbonation makes it easy going down. A good session bitter, or pale ale. Fuller's makes another good one.

Halcyondays, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with a medium size head that leaves surface lacing. Aroma is faint toasted malt and some herbal hops. Taste is light toasted malt with a lingering herbal bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel. This definitely would be a sessionable beer. A very solid EPA

burnstar, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Poured into a standard pint glass it is a medium shade of reddish-brown. The head on top is like dishwater with bigger bubbles and a thin micro bubble ring around the circumference. The smell is rather mild. Light hops, grass, metal. The taste is also very mild. Malty to start, with a slight and increasing hop flavor. The flavor is really well balanced and with a 4.7% ABV, this is completely sessionable. Overall, a well balanced, well made, mild EPA.

Rudgers73, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack. Did not notice until I poured it this evening that it has a best before date of August 13, so this is a little past date. I am reviewing this as notes for myself if I should find a little fresher beer to compare this to and as a warning for the consumer, not every retailer (distributor?) takes good care of their stock.

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark coppery in color, clear, with a thin 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades rather quickly and left no lacing.

Smell: I get heavy malt from this one. A bit sweet smelling, caramel malt aromas. Touch of floral hops, but they are very subdued, perhaps due to the age of the beer, although if I remember styles English pale ales are more balanced and not quite as hoppy as American Pale Ales.

Taste: Malts are present and upfront. The beer is a bit sweet on the outset as well. Some very faint hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is low, probably due to age I would guess.

Drinkability: This beer was somewhat long in the tooth, but it was still drinkable. An decent beer. I'll have to get a fresher bottle next time to compare to this review.

BigRedN, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very attractive clear copper, nice and bubbly, but the head didn't last.

Theres that roasted malt scent of bread and caramel, and the grassy scent of hops.

Sweet on the tongue at first, then finishes bitter. It's lively and bubbly throughout. It's by no means a hop-bomb. Thats not what I was looking for anyway, nice balance.

I'm thinking this was made to be a session beer, it does it so well.

joeskirkie, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Jonte
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a London Pride pint glas.

Orange/red color with a small and quite thick white head.

The aroma contains smells of bread, butter, cockies, caramel, fruit and hops.

Malty, sweet taste and some lasting bitterness as well.

Soft carbonation. Easy to drink, balanced and very enjoyable. One of my favorites when it comes to english pale ale/bitters.

The can version contains more carbonation, more alcohol and also some more bitterness.

Drank it at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg

Jonte, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-Having picked this up just today after seeing the high reviews I was most pleased w/ this drink.
---Serving type: 1pint
---Appearance: It poured w/ a nice amber colour and a nice creamy white head. About a finger thick and there was some lacing
---Smell: There is a light metallic smell as well as something sweet. Apricots? Pineapple? Banana? Unsure at the time of smelling but the drinking solved that question...
---Taste: A great balanced drink. Malty w/ some bitterness but also a touch of sweetness that took me a few tries to place. The lasting taste from the drink is a butterscotch like taste that gives just a little bit of sweetness(not to much though)
---Mouthfeel: a sweet mix of bitter and sweetness that lingers after a drink
----Drinkability: I would recommend this drink to anyone to be honest. I am not a fan of sweet drinks but this drink in no way over does it. After a nice long day or even as a dessert...this drink does not disappoint.

livingregret, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber colored brew with a medium head that held well with lots of lacing. The aroma brought a combination of malt and cider, intriguing. The first taste impressed me with a creamy nuttiness but it also seemd a bit more acqueous than I expected, hard to describe. Not overly carbonated. Some bitterness leaves the tongue a bit dry feeling with malt touches at the back. Quite drinkable, a nice mellow ale with a bit of character. Would like to try again to nail down the complexity here.

Durge, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on my notes from a few days ago, when I was still trying to figure out how to get logged in here. Fullers London Pride poured out of the tallboy can with a nice smooth, even head; tiny bubbles evidence of good carbonation. A clear amber colour with a grassy nose that made me think of sour dough bread. Refreshingly hoppy with a good bitter after taste. There could be more of a mouthfeel to this brew but it's still very satisfying. I'm a bit biased since this has become one of my favourite imports still readily available in Ontario, but, frankly, this ale has never disappointed me. A good honest start or end to your day, I'll keep putting a few of these in my shopping basket every time out.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is clear amber-copper; the beige head is finger thick. Some lacing.

The smell is quite bitter for a Pale Ale; there are some light metallic notes as well as dried fruits (apricots, pineapple, raisins?) and a creamy hoppy flavour.

The taste is very balanced ? fruity esters, bitter hops, some sweetness, malty notes of bread and lots of butter. Medium to full body. The passing bitterness leaves room for spices and herbs, butterscotch and grassy flavours. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter with dried fruits and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is a little strong for a Pale Ale, maybe it is because of the can? Small fresh bubbles. The liquid is mid-creamy.

This is one of my all-time favourite English ales; lots of flavours but still highly drinkable.

bark, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Pride pours a reddish orange with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Malt dominates the aroma, but there is a hint of hops. A bit fruity in the taste, there's plenty of malt and a good amount of English hops. This will never be mistaken for a U.S. pale ale but it's quite tasty and holds it's own. Very good, definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber w/ golden highlights and an off white head that provides decent amounts of lace.

S - A pleasing apricot marmelade odor with a dash of spice, honey and piney hops with herbal and floral characteristics.

M - A sweet mix of bitter and mid range depth. Easy to quaff, not too full bodied for a bitter.

T - A nice woody hop flavor and light spicy yeast combined with smooth toffee/nut sweetness. A nice clean finish when the hops subside. Overall nice nuttiness with a dash of piney hop flavor.

D - A highly drinkable and flavorful English bitter. Great balance and ale character with a clean finish.

Slatetank, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite EPA so far. But I prefer APA's I like the hops used in the APA's over there English father's. But this is the most flavorful English pale ale that I have had the pleasure of tasting. The beer pours with a thick head that settles down and leaves some lacing behind. Has a light orange colour. The nose is malty, earthy, hoppy with some floral qualities. I also find the palate to be well balanced with malts and hops doing what they do best. Has a slight bitter finish. Smooth and drinkable.

irishkyle21, Jul 31, 2007
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.