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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 75
Gots: 177 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First on my list of "to-do" beers prep. for BJCP exam.
Best Before: 6/30/08
Pours a crystal clear, orange hued straw color. About a quarter inch of head is produced with okay tracing. In the aroma there's a strong floral and citrus lined caramel note. On the palate, a low carbonated beer delivers a strong malt backbone, small amounts of toastiness from Munich or crystal malts, with a floral, slightly bitter finish. Style guidelines say this style should have a firm bitter note, and I simply don't see it. I see this beer as a very drinkable, balanced ale. Body is medium thin, and the low carbonation gives it a very easy drinking feel. I would like to see this beer on cask or nitro to really get a better sense for how it should be served.

dreadnatty08, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy copper color with amber hues. The head is one inch in height and recedes into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is floral with a firm caramel backbone, and perfumy dark fruit. The taste is a lot like the aroma; plums, dates, and flowers with caramel undertones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good pale ale, and a fine session beer. I can see myself drinking this numerous times in the years to come.

KarlHungus, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright light cooper, a typical english mild color, very clear beer, must be filtered. Lovely white head dissipates slowly down and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Bright aroma of english hops (i think it east kent goldings) that leaves me thinking its dry hopped, also present is a candysweet/butterscotch smelling malt aroma and fruity english yeast esters.

Flavors of rich english malt and clean well balanced hop bitterness. Nothing much else there, but what it does it does very very well. Recommended!

bloberglawp, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of ajr24
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much every pub has this casked in England, and my first proper pint I went for when I got off the plane.

appetizing appearance, hazy and crisp amber with frothy white head. smelled malty, sweet, and some hops. tasted of caramel, toffee, malts, and good hop balance. pretty comfortable mouthfeel, sweet presence. the drinkability is excellent, ever hear of a yard of ale? pubkeepers recommend London Pride for this... that's gotta speak for itself

ajr24, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising quickly from bottom to top. A thin beige head settles out quickly and leaves dots and legs reaching around the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, some toffee, a slight metallic aroma.

Subtle flavors of biscuit malt, buttery notes, cinnamon and toffee, followed by a fine understated hop bitter finish. Mostly malt, tending toward sweet but not overly so.

No overpowering flavors here, but tasty and enjoyable. Very sessionable beer, high drinkability.

far333, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop backed by a grainy malt.

The taste was extremely well balanced and. consisted of a light grassy and earthy hop coupled with a very soft doughy malt. Extremely fresh tasting.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very good EPA. Good drinkability and very sessionable.

plaid75, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of semihobo
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed on a plane at 39,000 feet. 12 oz can, best by 09 April 08, accompanied by warm nuts.

Flight attendant sprayed me with the foam when it opened. Poured into a room temperature short round glass. Great head, captivating with dense foam with some pockets. Maintained at a height of several fingers. Very clear, a definitely rose hue keeps pace with the amber shade. Great lacing on the sides.

The smell is a complex blend of peppery hops and biscuity malts. The can notes 3 hop varieties (target, challenger, northdown) -- very multidimensional profile with pepper, grass, and pine.

Taste is balanced as expected, although not as strong as I'd anticipated. Dry throughout until the finish, good use of bittering hops. An off-note lurks, tastes like corn or other adjunct and imparts an unnatural spooky tone. Thin on taste.

Body is as light as can be, low carbonation makes the off-flavor worse.

Could be fine at a pub but don't examine it too closely. Goes great with salted cashews. Has its ups and downs, in the end I'm neutral about having another. Will switch to Glenlivet for the remainder of the flight.

semihobo, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, the color was a rich amber color with a reasonable white foamy head. The aroma produced has hints of fresh bread. A nice long pull reveals a well balanced light malt flavor that finishes with a slightly sharp hoppiness that lingers on after the swallow, eventually leaving you with a gentle sweetness on the tongue leaving you ready for the next pull. Nice drinkability in the sense that there is rich flavor without that “meal in a glass” feeling you get with some heavier brews.

Highly enjoyable! I can picture myself sitting in an English pub enjoying a few pints with friends. Not too full but still satisfying. Nice.

SIRIUS2, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear, copper with a massive white head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma of apple and malt. Flavor is generally tangy, bitter, and a little malty. Aftertaste is short lasting but bitter and pleasant. Extensive lacing, light carbonation, and very light alcohol. I prefer this on tap to the bottle, but very drinkable either way.

joekfsu, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of DaveUK
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light to medium brown with lacing retained all the way down the glass.

Aroma - Fruity hops and a biscuit, light roasted malt character.

Taste - Spicy hops and orange peel, rich biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel - Good, medium body with a strong cask carbonation. Not great condition but still good.

Overall - Very drinkable, just enough flavour to make be pleasantly tasty but not overpowering in any way. A very well rounded and balanced beer. In perfect condition, this could be hitting 4.5's across the board, the definitive session cask ale.

DaveUK, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of meechum
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this to compare it to Old Speckled Hen that I had just before this one

A - Poured a hazy amber yellow..with a nice tight white head that fell quickly enough

S - The smell was of citrus and grassy hops mostly..a little bread smell in there also

T/M - The taste was very similar to other English Pales I have had..it was bready or biscuity with a nutty taste in there also and then a citrus hop finish..good carbonation

D - A very good session brew..and very drinkable..I enjoyed it and think it stands up well..not as good as Sam Smith's but good

meechum, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

A-Ok but it had a hazy look to it.

S-Ok but not too invigorating.

T- Taste was very dry and i thought it was ok.

I have had this beer on numerous occasions when in the mood but i really wouldnt purchase a six pack of this beer because it is just a beer you have when the mood strikes you. A good Pale Ale but i am not a huge fan of Pale Ales.

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light coppery amber color, form small white or very slightly offwhite head of medium bubbles which quickly dissipated. Leaves light to medium lacing.

S = Light smells of caramel, toffee, popcorn, all from the malts but hints too of flowers coming through from the hops. Very well balanced smells.

T = Prominent but very well balanced flavors of the malts and the hops slowly develop such that on entering the mouth I don't get much but after a moment serious tastes of the caramel and toasted oats from the malt are blended perfectly with bitterness from the hops and very slight pine flavors. The finish is long an d bitter, but the fullness of the mouthfeel remains adding a sweet balance to it that keeps it from just being a bitter bomb finish. Really a brilliant pale ale.

M = Medium bodied, very good carbonation feel that swells in the mouth while you swish it but does not assault the tongue at all. Gives a perfect level of coating the mouth especially for the style and the flavors.

D = This may be the ultimate "everyday have a couple pints" beer, but it is also flavorful and refreshing enough that it could easily by a sipping beer on a hot day or just a good way to relax at the end of the day. I've always liked this beer but in re-tasting it now, I realize it is one of my favorites of this style.

Traquairlover, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of AlXalone
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium head with nice lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. Lovely clear copper colour.

S: Malty, hoppy, with a slight metallic hint. Just a hint of butter.

T: Rich, complex long taste, with medium to strongish hops. Notes of bread-like malts in the middle. Leaves a strong malty aftertaste with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Smooth small bubbles, carbonation is quite low.

D: I love it. This is probably the best ale to be had at such low levels of alcohol, I'd love to have a few more of these babies.

AlXalone, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After sampling some local offerings, I ended my session with a classic. Nice pale-amber color, delicious buttery ester aromas with good flavor to match. Drinkablitity is quite easy with a great brew such as this. There isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said about this standard. Great brew, classic example of a Ehnglish Pale.

czfreeman, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of foles
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When kept well, its my favourite Ale to drink in London. when not kept well, it can be a shocker!

I visit Fullers pubs in London regularly, and always enjoy a pint of Pride with the decent grub they have on offer (steak and ale pies, etc.). The beer has a red copper colour, usually with a nice bubbly head that fades to a faint whisp. Mouthfeel is very different on cask compared to the bottle as the bottle has loads of carbonation compared to next to none on cask. Slight fruity element, faint bitterness, bit beery & roasty, and usually decent body for an Ale when fresh (not watery).

Ill miss this one when I go home to Australia.

foles, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly old bottle, so I got it on discount.
Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a nice 1cm white creamy-looking head. This beer is fun to look at.

Aroma: hops, grass, hay. Very subtle.

Taste: Nicely bitter! This beer conjures up for me a cozy English pub with a wood fire. It is excellent with artisan cheese (I had goat) and a sweet meat pie (venison). Well-balanced, if a bit on the plain side.

Palate: Smooth and classic.

Overall: This is a wonderful session beer. It's classic enough to not be complicated, but still be enjoyable. This is an example of English understatement in the best tradition. Not quite as polished as their ESB, but I'd gladly seek it out. I'm anxious to try the draught version as soon as I can.

drperm, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new canned version of London Pride--thank goodness it's just carbonated and not nitrogen-injected. Poured into an English nonik glass.

Pours a very clear amber with a half inch of frothy foam, which is well-sustained and though it leaves little lacing. Nose is lightly fruity, and lightly hoppy. Classic Fuller's flavor, with some sweet malt (much lighter than the ESB though), moderately high bitterness with a touch of earthy character. Modest ale yeast character give a little fruitiness. Dry finish.

Great session beer.

allengarvin, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nitro-can pint into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a frothy, white head that reduces to a nice lacing along the top of the beer. Minimal lacing along the side of the glass until the finish.

S: A sweet, high malty smell. Smells just like a pub ale.

T: A fairly sweet, malty taste with a slightly, honey-like aftertaste most likely due ot the high amount of malts.

M: Smooth and velvet like Smithwicks. A little thin, but still went down easy and had good consistency on the palette.

D: A very drinkable beer. Smooth, light mouthfeel with a good taste that made it very easy to drink. Can definitely drink a lot of these before getting too filled up.

maddogruss, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first time to try a canned London Pride. BB, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber hue with a super-thick, super-frothy and air-tight light beige head that lasts throughout the drink, on top of super-quiet carbonation?! The contrast looks very unnatural for a pint of pride to me, and attests nothing but the effect of nitrogen injected into the liquid?! I'm not sure but I don't like this look.
S: Northdown or Target and some other aromatic hops result in a applely and orangey fruitiness to go hand in hand with syrupy pale malts, caramalts, rock sugar, and a touch of Taiwanese herb jelly (Ai-Yu); moderate in aroma with the signature peppery hop note of Fuller's many ales. Not bad, but the full aroma would have to await the thick froth to retreat greatly before really expanding in front of me.
T: flat-textured tartly-sweet maltiness and fruitiness with a touch of caramel (and nuts) prevail upfront, leading on to a deepening malt aftertaste that intertwines with a short-lived, lightly grassy and orangey hop bitterness.
M&D: the texture is strangely flat for a canned ale, let alone an astonishingly frothy pint! The flat texture here doesn't help the much thinner flavour and body than its real ale form; or, it drinks more like from a tired cask even though the flavour and aroma haven't gone off-ish. All in all, my advice: stick to Cask, while bottles are worth a try if one fails to seek out the cask version. It's not BAD, but this can's performance really doesn't do justice to the goodies of this ale that are supposed to shine, IMHO...

wl0307, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cask a Londres,

cette bière sans mousse de belle arôme de houblon, servie à température pièce, à mon goût nord-américain je préfère la version bouteille mais c’est quand même une grande bière. belle couleur, la fait qu'elle soit servie chaude la rend plus liquide en bouche (impression?)

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl. ounce can. 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

A - Clear amber color with a small white head.

S - Nice sweet malts come to the nose.

T - Very faint fruity/caramel malt flavor. Some diacytel. Fairly clean taste.

M - Feels very smooth. Low carbonation.

D - A smooth session ale to be quaffed.

EStreet20, Dec 21, 2007
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
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.