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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 89
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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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 TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I generally love English Pale Ales and Bitters, if for nothing else than how easy-drinking they tend to be. The fact that I had never had a Fuller's London Pride hit me as something of a personal failing when I saw that it was available on my British Airways flights to Vienna. Such a long haul calls for a good session beer!

Poured a light n' bright, effervescently bubbly brown. As the beer settled into its bright brown / amber appearance, I noticed that its head (good retention, only very slight lacing) had the distinction of having a gradation to its appearance, seemingly tan towards the bottom and white on top.

On the nose a detected caramel with hints of raisins. Roasted grains and crisp grassiness rounded out the aroma. Pretty malty but nicely complimented by some noble (I think) hops.

The same could, of course, be said about the taste. It is certainly well balanced, in keeping with good pale ales. There might have been a hint of butter to the taste that I had not originally detected on the nose, but I might also attribute that to the creamy mouthfeel that, I felt, was lacking in carbonation. I understand that this might be par for the course, but I like - and feel like I usually find - just a tad more of a CO2 tingle.

I will have to try this again under better circumstances (on the ground for example). They might have effected its carbonation, but Heineken on a plane usually seems to keep its CO2 pretty well.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice pale yellow/red. Lacing head that coats the glass as you drink it.

Smell: Beautiful English ale aroma of grains, and a little musty yeast.

Taste: Pretty much a standard English Bitter(I know it's listed as an English Pale Ale) flavour profile. Malty character that reminds me of Old Blighty. Bitterness is smooth and leaves no nasty aftertaste. Reminds me of Kilkenny Irish Red, with slightly less caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as some English session ales I've enjoyed in the past.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel prevents me from wanting to keep drinking this all day. But as a pint, it stays interesting.

Overall: Solid offering for a mid abv English ale. Getting this is a 4-pack of 500mL cans is quite a treat here in BC.

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

A golden hue, with a small head and very little lacing. Glints of orange bronze against the light.

The aroma is full of honey and marmalade malts. There is a backbone of melon fruity aromas aswell. Very nice all together.

A sweet malt kick of honey, buscuity malt, melon and marmalade flavours is well balanced with a nice hoppy bite in the finish.

It's very easy drinking, with a light mouthfeel, but a much nicer, more complex english pale then a lot of other offerings in Australia.

Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear amber with a small head
S - caramel malts with a dash of hops...not very strong smelling
T - nice and malty with a faint bit of hops and bitterness on the finish
M - goes down smoothly...not full, but not thin
D - this is great due to its balance and extremely mild bitterness. I could imagine having many pints of this in a sitting.

Photo of GlassCityBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a back to basics night recently where I sampled the beers that first opened my eyes to craft beers and Fuller's London Pride was one of them.

Lightly hoppy but rather pleasing and smooth, London Pride is one of those beers that you can give an AB drinker to try and ease them into craft brews.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Light caramel color, translucent, with a thin head on top. Good lacing

S - Buttery hops with toffee in the background. Not overly aromatic, need to put your nose in the glass

T&M - Very much like the smell. Incredibly smooth caramel and toffee flavor with just a hint of hops, not very bitter at all. Low carbonation makes this slide down and makes the drinkability delightfully good.

A classic English beer and I could easily down 3 or 4 of these without flinching.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep coppery-orange with a thin ivory capping that quickly settled. No visible carbonation was observed.

S: sweet caramel and oranges with a light fruitiness, fresh pine and a soft floral hopping.

T: bright citric oranges with a sweet caramel coating. Light toasted caramel and dry floral hopping also add to the flavor. A sweet malting with a moderate hoppiness that compliments, rather then overshadows the palate. A good balance of malts and hops with a smooth bitterness against a sweet toasted caramel backing. Overall bright, citrusy and sweet.

M: light-medium viscosity with a faint dry grapefruit and pine hopping on the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, well balanced and six pack worthy.

Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orangey color with slight head that fades into a nice lace that lingers throughout the session.

Smell: A nice soft bready smell with light notes of sweetness finished by the noticeable balance of hops.

Taste: Follows the smell, leading with a nice bready/malt with a touch of sweetness balanced with hops in the finish that give a great lingering taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that that starts and finishes very smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, there is a reason everyone knows this name and it is considered a great representaion of the style. If you have not had this beer you should.

Photo of tedsox31
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a 12 oz pint glass. This was a nice amber/copper color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Left a nice trail of lace running down the side of the glass.

The smell is full of bread, first off. Toffee scents follow that up, and maybe a hint of fruitiness at the end. As the beer warms, the toffee scent becomes more prevalent than the yeasty smell.

Taste is great. I love the taste. It has a nice balance of malt and hops. There is a taste of yeast and malts at first, and the carbonation comes next, along with the hops. As I swallow, the hops continue to linger all the way down.

Mouthfeel is also nice. Clean, and it has a good carbonation to it, and nothing lingers around in my mouth for very long.

A very drinkable beer. I would definitely drink this beer in a session. I really like that it is balanced between the hops and the malts, with a variety of flavors that go in and out with each sip.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden-brown amber w/decent head.
S-Malty aroma w/floral hops, faint citrus, and apple.
T-Sweet malt, especially upfront f/faint esters. Finish is floral hops w/a touch of citrus.
M-Good balance of sweet and bitter hops, but body is on the lighter side. Carbonation is moderate.
D-Easy to quaff and very smooth.

Photo of katan
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated tax day 2008

A - Pours a light golden brown color with almost zero haze. Excellent job of filtration on this one. The carbonation was light which didn't lead towards much head retention.

S - A combination of light malty notes and some phenolic hot notes. The overall nose is very light.

T - Starts off with the malt note that I detected from the smell. Really subdued however. Middle note is almost non-existent. I wanted some hops balance which wasn't there. Finishes with a note that seems somewhat oxidized to me. Wonder if this has aged too much.

M - Creamy and full of body. Carbonation is light which makes it feel somewhat flat.

D - Easy to drink due to its light flavors. Not overwhelming or tiring. However, that is probably a trade off as I would have preferred more balance.

I'm becoming less and less enamored with British pale ales in general - unfortunately this one is an example of that decline for me.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small off-white head. Smell is of earthy hops and toffee. Taste is juicy malt up front, with a buttery, toasty middle, and woody hops in the finish. There is also a hint of tea. Bitterness levels are great and add exceptional balance. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation levels low and just about perfect. Extraordinarily drinkable, this beer is would make a fantastic session beer (even though it is above session strength in alcoholic content). Fantastic beer, I can only imagine what this would be like on cask, I really wish I could have tried this in real ale form when I was in England.

I love that this is available in a can, better light protection, and fresher beer!

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

Poured off the tap a great amber color leaning towards slightly orange. Half finger head that faded quickly. Sadly, no lacing and little retention. Very balanced aromas of hops and malts. Flavors are difficult to describe (!?), malts quickly cut by hops. Bitter and very English in style. Dry finish. Smooth and clean. Medium body, medium carbonation. Real beer, very quaffable. In many ways quite middle of the road (nothing outrageous here - how British!) but still a classic and still unique.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp pale copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is some mild Earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance of mildly citrus hops and sweet malts. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. This is a great example of what a British beer is supposed to be!

Photo of Rayek
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant amber color with minimal carbonation. Fluffy off-white head has decent retention and leaves tiny amounts of lace.

S: Lots of butter. A nice combination of flowers, caramel and toffee compliment each other.

T: Very smooth. Initial buttery caramel sweetness is balanced by a floral bitterness that has a bit of pepper in it. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet toffee flavor.

M: Light body is slick and oily. Carbonation level is low, but right for the style.

D: Wow. Low ABV makes this an exemplary session beer. Goes down almost too easily.

Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with a one finger light tan head taht settles to a thin cap.

Light sweet grain with a little bit of brown sugar mixed in. The hop aroma is barely there.

A great smoothness to this one in the flavor, with light, slightly toasty grain along with only a touch of balancing bitterness. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is some lingering toasty grain.

Obviously not as fresh as if I got this in England, it's still a very enjoyable beer. Hopefully this one is still close to the bottling date. Very enjoyable, recommended.

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

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This brew poured a beautifully clear orange/copper color with a fluffy 2 inch snow white head. The head quickly dropped to 1/8 inch. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= This being an English pale ale, the malts were as upfront as the hops. I detected equal amounts of bakery, sweet caramel, and earthy hops in the nose. Very muted, very balanced.

T= This ale was a very malty upfront, with lots of bready and caramel sweet flavors leading the way. In every swallow, just when it seemed the sweet/malt flavors were too much, the hops came in with just the right bitter and dryness characteristics to balance the brew. All flavors lingered on the tongue after the finish.

MF= This was a medium bodied ale with good (medium) carbonation levels.

D= This was a damn fine example of English pale ale. I would recommend this as a good brew to start someone off on that wants to drink good beer but is afraid of overpowering hops. Perfectly sessionable, and another solid offering from Fullers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
1.74/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. I love me some London porter.... Their ESB is nice too... This was awful.

Appearance is average. It's a red pour with a rocky small head that diminishes.

Smell is so full of butter, butterscotch, diacetyl... ick... Ok there's some hops in there that make is somewhat palatable but this was not a beer I enjoyed.

Taste is loaded with butter.

Mouthfeel is thick with a tongue sweater that I didn't want. ... Not a good choice for anyone who doesn't like buttery overly sweet pale ales. The hops need more spotlight.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful red/amber with a small head, less than 1 finger. The head quickly died leaving little to no lacing. At first the smell was offensive, but after the beer started to warm up, it became mild and pleasant. I had a hard time describing the actual taste. There are some noticeable hops, but it is also sweet and spicy. I think the hops are more noticeable when it is cold and the malted sweetness comes out later.
This is a well balanced beer with a great complex taste and relatively low ABV.

Photo of Ralphus
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

London Pride is Fullers flagship beer and a best selling ale in Britain. It's found on tap in many taverns in the UK and with multiple awards both local and international it's easy to understand why. I picked up my canned sample in the LCBO - the best before date still 11 months off.

London Pride pours quite similar to other ales of the style. Copper in colour with fairly carbonated head that recedes quickly, if not surprisingly quickly. This isn't a lacy blanket your glass brew by any means. When you're done sizing it up and you've had a few mouthfuls you'll notice that the smell is there but it's not pronounced... merely content to complement the taste in well behaved and slightly floral manner.

Taste-wise, there's malt in the beginning with some earth tones, caramel and toffee. And just as you start to wonder what more there might be the hops kick in and give the ale some well deserved bitterness. The end result is a well balanced ale that's certainly deserving of a try.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a pint glass

A: reddish brown with minimal head and somewhat overcarbonated

S: toasted malt with hop...not a very floral nose but satisfying and appropriate

T: Clear malt flavors to go with the nose. biscuity malt with a nice balance of bitter hopos

M: this bottle seemed somewhat more carbonated than past experiences. the overall body gives the biscuit malt a good chance to shine. overall a bit dry.

D: this is a go to beer that will not blow you away again and again but will be there with you from drink 1 to drink XXX a true friend.

Photo of danny013
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pair of 11.2 oz. bottles lightly chilled, poured into a 20 oz. English style pint glass. Beer pours a light amber color with a light one finger head that slowly falls back into the brew, leaving a light covering over the beer. Lovely looking pint of ale, overall. Little to no lacing.

Smell is a gentle mix of light malt sweetness, biscuit/bread, and a fresh, spicy hop aroma. Good balance.

Taste is a good blend of all elements as well. Nice malt flavor up front with a light hint of toasted grains. Hops come right in with a leafy, spicy hop flavor to round things out. The beer finishes with a gentle tingle from the carbonation with some bready flavors and a nice pronounced spicy/earthy hop flavor. Delicious.

A nice pale ale with a medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is great, nice and flavorful without being overwhelming on any front.

Overall, a delicious and classic English pale ale. Don't hesitate to try this one out.

Photo of simonjohansson
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can.

Smell: nice sweet malt, caramell and some toffee, some grassy hops. Lovely "smooth" smell.

Taste: malty, with caramell and some smooth toffee notes; some grassy fresh hops, just enough to balance the malt; a bit fruity too.

Overall, this is a great beer. The only flaw is its somewhat watery character. But on the whole, its a solid english ale.

Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a classic this one, so much so that I was surprised I hadn't already rated it. There is a best before date nearly a year away.

The light copper coloured beer has quite a significant head and a sweet nose - raisins and golden syrup spring to mind: bread and butter pudding beer? Now there's a thought.

The carbonation and taste are both understated but well pitched. A creamy, dried fruit start gives way to a fairly delicate and slightly herbal hop finish. I can't really find anything to criticise here. It doesn't knock my socks off but it is well composed and conceived: a superior session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden reddish brown. Looks like a very full-bodied beer. Half inch head that laced evenly, but light.

S: Toasted malts and nicely balanced hoppiness.

T: Toasted malt with a slight hint of bitter hops. Dry finish that leaves subtle warming spice flavors.

M: Not as heavy as appearance with nice balance which I really liked about this beer. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Good call under any circumstance - if you're just having one or more than one.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.