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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 147 | 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 zuggy9
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zuggy9, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BlackHaddock, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

theopholis, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

JanM, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of slyke
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

slyke, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of norwichboy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

norwichboy, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

PeatReek, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of lehows
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lehows, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BigBry, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Greenfloyd, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beakerboy, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tcfishler, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

xav33, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

AChamberlain, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle, best before 22 July 2007. Dim oranged brass with a modest but decent-looking white foam cap. Mild apricot and bergamot tea aromas at first, slight bready malt scent later. Leafy and spicy hop flavors hit the palate up front, dwelling for a long time and introducing apricot essence, warm biscuit, bitter orange, honeydew, and a subdued yet dense butter notes. Feels surprisingly full in the mouth, moderately carbonated but otherwise staid. Somewhat juicy. A very intriguing Pale, familiar yet remarkably hard to pin down. I bet this kills when pulled from a cask.

orfeu, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never been a fan of this style, but I"ll try to stay impartial... Into a pint glass, pours a clear amber-copper, with little to no head or lacing. though a little weak, some caramel and a bit bready nose come out. Taste is full of malty goodness, nice English style hops. The mouth goes really well with the beer, well bodied and carbonated and smooth texture. Again, a good beer, easy to drink, not intending to bash it in the least, just not a fan.

objectivemonkey, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of fightingwords
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cock and Bull Pub down in Covington.

A--Pale amber tawny color. Not much carbonation. Big fluffy head that sadly faded fast. Good lacing for the first few drinks.

S--The odor was weak in my opinion. Caramely malts. Somewhat fruity and bready. Somewhat like a bitter.

T--Sugary toasted malts easy on the palate. Fruity almost ciderish like flavor. Classy lightly hopped finish.

M--Super smooth, pretty thin, but desirable. Not impressed, but its still quite traditional. Finshed quick and clean.

D--Solid drinker all the way. Session beer if based on drinkability alone.

O--Not as impressed as I wanted to be. Read lots of reviews and heard lots of hype, waited to try it for the first time on tap at a pub I could trust and was somewhat let down. Great drinker, and I'll certainly revisit.

fightingwords, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber the color of a rich Speyside single malt, with little in the way of a head. The smell is a nice balance of malt and hops, caramel malts on one side, earthy, minty hops on the other. I get a hint of diacetyl, too. On the palate, full bodied for the style, with medium carbonation. Easy drinking. Flavorwise, this is mild and sessionable, with light, fruity esters laid on top of sweetish malts, with a finish dried out by subdued English hop notes. Overall a wonderful session beer, easy to imbibe and fun as well.

geexploitation, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of lreice
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden amber. With a 2 finger off-white head that dissolved into slight lace. Looks delicious.

S- Not significant. Most of these ales have an aroma from a foot away...not this one.

T - Perfect mixture of malt and hops. I tried ESB from this brewer and while good, had more of a hop to it. This marries perfectly and there is no aftertaste. Crisp Clean.

M- Smooth and crisp. Very nice.

D- This will become a favorite. I like the smooth ,malt taste. Very nice and easy to drink.

Nice looking, slender, old-timey bottle.

lreice, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" beige, rocky head. Good retention at 1/2" and leaves some lacing. Clear, clean orange/amber.

S - Light caramel malts. Herbal hop. Orange blossoms. Tea leaves.

T - Light malts, toffee. Touch of butter. Herbal, earthy hops. Citrus. Nice lingering bitterness that increases throughout the pint.

M - Light body with low to mid level carbonation. Crisp at first and then rounds out some towards the end.

D - Good drinkability. Pretty much a classic EPA. Hard to beat and easy to session.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only real drawback to this beer is it doesn't smell very good. Smells like most of the rest of the english ales I've had, a bit skunky. It pours a decent head and the beer is an almost off copper color. Not much lacing down the glass. The taste is quite good of caramel and some grapefruit, maybe? Strong, nice malty background followed by a smooth, light body and some nice hoppy kickback. A pretty decent session brew.

bigdeuce, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of bcollar
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance --> Poured a beautiful amber colour with a bubbly white head. Very good head retention and decent lacing.

Smell --> Very noticeable caramel maltiness with a fruity (almost apple like) character.

Taste --> This has a great, rich caramel maltiness up front with hints of fruit. It progresses into a medium hop bitterness in the middle and ends with a mildly sweet yet bitter finish. There is a slight earthyness to it as well.

Mouthfeel --> A smooth, carbonated, medium bodied beer.

Drinkability --> This beer is a wonderful example of an English Ale; in fact, it's one of my personal favourites. The caramel maltiness balances wonderfully with the hoppy bitterness. By the time you finish your first glass, you'll be looking for seconds.

bcollar, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served up on tap in a pint glass at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA. Appeared as an clear orangish-brown with an off white fluffy and well-formed 2 finger head.

Taste contained a good balance of sweet malts and some bitterness from hops. The hops don't really display themselves much through aroma or taste, other than the bittering aspect, which I've come to realize is par for English PA's. Either way, reminded me of almost a slightly less sweet and thinner bodied ESB.

A good and easy drinking, yet intriguing offering overall.

MiScusi, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a decent honey colour with decent head the sticks and laces to the side.

Smells of sweet malt and some hops.

The taste over exceeded my expectations. A perfect example of a well balanced pale ale. Bready, toasted malt, in perfect harmony with dry hop bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. the active carbonation lends very well to the crispness and bite.

Wow.

Freshie, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in mid-April from Trader Joe's for $2.99. Best before 10/07/06.

Poured an orange color with a decent head that did not sustain very long. Nose is maltier than most pales, nothing much else. Taste is maltier as well, finishing with a nice slight apple hop. Mouthfeel is smooth on the palate and medium bodied. Drinkability is very good with a 4.7abv. This is another nice beer from a brewery that it definitely worth a shot.

arizcards, Oct 02, 2006
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.