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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 72
Gots: 164 | 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 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
Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 500ml bottle from Naturally Marketplace over at Vivo city; pretty pricey going at
$9.10 off the shelf. That's usually the case for stuff from London. Anyway this English Pale Ale
is not bad compared to many crappy English beers I have tried. In fact, it tastes like some
American Lagers; I do not know why it reminds me a little of Sam Adam's Boston Lager. The London
Pride pours out a slightly dark golden color with a nice medium head, medium retention. The
smell is mainly malty and slightly hoppy. It tastes of nice malts with a subtle dash of
sweetness; I believe there was a light dash of fruitiness which was not really expected but that's
pretty pleasant. Some caramel and hops in the taste and hops bitterness on the finish is evident
but not overwhelming. The after taste is mainly malty and was surprisingly more lasting than
many english ales. Mouthfeel was about medium body and carbonation was slightly on the high side
and it is fairly smooth and pretty drinkable. Pretty good compared to many of the English ales;
definitely stronger and richer tasting but then again I guess for Fuller, this is something we
should be expecting; lookng forward to try their other brews.

basica, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of smcreator
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of London's beer overall. Most of the beer tasted flat (this one for example). The flavors are also somewhat bland.

A: Thin film of splotchy head and golden brown color with moderate lacing.
S: Almost completely lacking any distinct smell other than a hint of grain.
T: Cream hoppy start with a very bitter finish on the tongue. the bitterness will tame as you drink the beer.
M: Light body with little carbonation.

smcreator, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's maybe the best English pale ale I've had, but I can only imagine what this might be like on cask. I'll have to add that review some day. The aroma is of very smooth, buttery caramel with bread and something almost like smoke or meat. The flavor has a decent, grassy and spicy hops profile and a bit of malt in the background. Nice beer, nice beer.

tempest, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of theformula
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, copper body. Very good clarity. Small head which dissipates quickly to a fine layer. Pretty typical lookin' PA.

Fresh hops and a little buttery. Nice, light herbal hop quality and a little fruity. Light malt sweetness of caramel. Now for the climax...

Bright and smooth. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Delicious bitter hops, but moderate. Tastefully sweet with a cramel-like richness to the malts. Not as bitter as an American PA, but sweeter and very drinkable. Buttery, dough-y flavor. Fruity, citrus notes (lemon and grapefruit).

A respectable, refined PA. A little London pride just rubbed off on me, methinks. Perfect with so many different foods and snacks. Great balance and refined flavor, mate. Cheeri-o. By jove I don't have any more. Bollocks...

theformula, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fruity ale fermentation character with lots of caramel malt. Very faint hop aroma and a hint of butterscotch diacetyl lends a layer of complexity.

Orange/amber colored, very clear. Thick off white head that has staying power and leaves good lacing. Moderate amounts of rising carbonation in the glass.

Flavor starts out with good bittering hops but it's well balanced with more caramel and base malt flavors. Some good fruity fermentation and other typical english ale flavors are pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in this style.

Medium bodied with very nice creamy carbonation level.

One of my favorite English Pale Ales which is a style I've kind of moved away from, but every time I have one of these I really enjoy it.

czechsaaz, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/orange, small white head forms, some nice lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, grass, minerals, floral/citrus hops. Taste is malty, minerals, honey, citrus/grass, bready, citrus bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Viggo, May 24, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was malty and spicy... cloves? Kind of fruity.

One finger of head. Head was off white in colour. The Beer itself was a light copper/gold colour. Head retention is not so great. Some lace.

Tasted malty sweet (not cloying). Quite complex. Some fruit, and some spice. Having difficulty pinpointing the right flavour descriptor.

Mouthfeel was nice. Medium bodied. Light carbonation.

Overall I like it & I'll drink it again.

BrewSomerville, May 16, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red amber color with a light head, not much smell is present, malt is apparent though. Tastes great, more malty than most pale ales, a small chocolatelyness is there, a biscuity maltiness somewhat similar to fat tire. mouthfeel is full and warm i enjoy it alot. very good beef all around.

1fastz28, May 10, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nice
conservative pale ale-
semi-sweet nut biscuit malt
with "grass" spice bittering hops

pours a clear amber tan
with a mild head

smell is mild refined nut malt
and slight bready bitter

taste is rich yet also mild
and gulping heavy can obscure
the subtle flavors present
which are crisp
mellow and pure

mouthfeel is balanced and good
in a nonchalant way

drinks easy and
sneaks up
with a
"jolly good, I must say"

meadhead, May 05, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really classy looking 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a lace. The aroma features a nice sweet bready malt smell with a touch of caramel and just a hint of biscuits. The taste starts out smooth and malty with some biscuity malts and a spiced buttery dry finish. Overall, this is a very nice English Pale Ale that I certainly wouldn't mind having again. Recommended.

cjgator3, May 02, 2007
Photo of theo692
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is quite simply nothing wrong with this beer, and that's a good thing. From the oddly-shaped bottle to the last bit of foam in the bottom of the glass, Fuller's provides a fine drinking experience. The color is darker than I expected, giving the drinker a "heavier" expectation. But the taste, while full, is not heavy...and it is refreshing instead of bitter. And you can drink a lot of them. Like no other beer I've had, London Pride really did make me feel like going to the UK itself... Everything but the poor exchange rate.

Purchased at BevMo in Mountain View.

theo692, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Requested a Flat Earth Pale Ale and got this instead, as they were out of the Flat Earth. <sigh> This was at W.A. Frost in St. Paul at a brunch for my mother's 75th birthday party.

Appearance was classic. Very attractive brown amber with red and gold tints covered by a half-inch off-white cap with decent stamina and some noticeable lacing.
Nice malty character of toast and biscuit and a bit of nuttiness (this was the quality of both the aroma and flavor). Very clean with only a touch of bitterness and even less hop flavors. Rather short finish.
Very light and unfortunately bordering on watery. Maybe that's intended. It certainly makes it easy to drink, but harder to savor.
This is a wonderfully drinkable beer with very nice flavors and a quality appeal. Ranked as an easy drinking it's among the best. I'm sure it blends well with a variety of foods as well.

garymuchow, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is nearly perfect off the pour: a one and half finger head of creamy white foam of a clear copper body. Head slowly recedes leaving honeycomb like lace. Aroma consists of a caramel malt with floral and earthy hops. Upfront in the flavor department is a moderate lemon citric hop flavor and bitterness over a more mild crisp malt background with hints of caramel. The malt comes through a bit more as it warms, but it is still farily non-descript. Low sweetness, with that dry mineral Burton feel. Lean to moderate body with low carbonation per style. Dry, crisp finish.

A solid ale from head to toe. Drinking this makes me realize how sweet (and hazy) many of our American ales are. I’ve got to hand it to that Burton water, it really does add a distinctive crispness (and clarity!) to the ale. I wouldn’t mind a bit more complexity in the malt dept., but that’s not really what this ale is about. It's aim is balance and drinkability, without sacrficing flavor.

Shovelbum, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle

Pours a light coppery color of very high clarity. Decent sized head that disappeared quickly and left only a little lace.

Nice balance in the nose of mild breadiness and equally pleasant light hoppy aromas.
Taste is likewise pleasant. Raisin fruitiness noted right away, with some overall spiciness - nothing extreme, but a little added complexity works here. Light bitterness and some drying in the finish.

Carbonation is just a little too spritzy, but otherwise mouthfeel is decent. Body seems short of medium, but this hardly seems stretched too thin across my tongue.

Quite drinkable. I've never sessioned it, as two is usually enough.
Hmm...not quite 4s straight across...I must note from experience that from the cask this beer would rate much higher.

udubdawg, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple of pints of this typical English Bitter on a trip to London. On a chilly day, after walking through Westminster Abbey, I ducked into the Westminster Arms, a local pub, and ordered a pint of London Pride. I was amazed at how the barkeep pulled on the tap handle to physically "pull" this ale out of its keg or cask. Quintessential old England.

Appearance - Rather clear with light carbonation, certainly not overwhelming. Sort of a dull, amber hue. Head died down shortly after the pour; what I expected of an English ale.

Smell - A light yet sweet, fruity smell. Nothing to write home about. Sort of a comforting aroma that invites a drink.

Taste - Subdued fruity taste with a bit of hoppy spicyness.

Mouthfeel - Light to thin mouthfeel, with a short-lived carbonation presence. Served just under room temparature, not cold but not warm either. Comforting.

Drinkability - Enjoyed it and did have another one. Don't know how this would taste out of a can/bottle stateside, as most of what Britain has to offer does not travel well. A comforting classic, worthy of a few sessions. Akin to that well-worn jacket or sweater you throw on when there's a chill out.

Bamabrew22, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper-orange color. White foamy head dissipates rapidly, leaving a foam.

Smell: There's caramel, cinnamon, and apples... It's alright, but I'm really not getting much out of it.

Taste: Malty caramel flavor with some spices and those apples again... Half-way through some hop bitterness kicks in, resulting in a flavor of sour apples, which persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and mostly smooth; light-bodied and somewhat viscous. Carbonation is light but a bit prickly.

Drinkability: Taste gets rather old (and/or difficult) after a while, making this a bit tedious.

It's an alright English pale ale, but I have some issues with the taste. Overall, it's quite average. Others may like this, and it may work better with food, but I think I'll pass on this in the future.

mithrascruor, Mar 28, 2007
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.