Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 78
Gots: 199 | 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 gunnerman
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom Delray Beach, FL. Poured into a pint glass pour an yellow orange with a foamy fluffy head that leaves pretty quickly. Smell is a hoppy lemon grass smell, not over bearing with the hop nice and mellowed out. I was expecting this to be a bit more hoppier was kind of mellowed out I could taste hops, malt and a bit of alcohol burn on this one. Overall a nice product and would drink again.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance was very carbonated and had a thin head. Auburn color that had gold tints to it, not a very solid color beer.

Smell from the malts was fresh-out-of-the-oven bread which I liked. Hint of mint that I'm probably getting from the hops.

I got the bread in the taste, which I really enjoyed. Slight sour citrus in the finish, but not enough to take away from the overall taste. I didn't get much bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel was actually rather flat. The body was good, but it tasted somewhat flat.

Easy to drink beer, but it was a little flat tasting. I will definitely try another though. The fresh bread taste I got from it was really enjoyable...I would just like a little more hops to balance it out.

Photo of pershan
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a dense, white head into a pint glass. The aroma was of sweet malt with a hint of hops. The taste was the classic English Pale Ale profile - buttery caramel malt sweetness balanced beautifully with subdued hop flavor and a nice, lingering hop bitterness at the finish. Carbonation was low, as it should be, but still there was significant lacing down the inside of the glass - fantastic. Just as I remember the ales in the English pubs I visited years ago.

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one on tap at the Coal Hole Pub in London.

First time to London, first time I had an English still ale.

A - Hand-pumped from a wooden cask into a standard pint glass produced a deep dark amber with crystal clarity. No carbonation and a very thin head that disappeared quickly, yet managed to lace the glass surprisingly decently.

S - Very floral, slightly bitter, very mild.

T - Very mild, some hops, very little malt.

M - SMOOOOTH.

D - Very drinkable. Not as filling as most other beers.

NOTE - This beer is always served at room temperature, or slightly below, at most English pubs.

Photo of Nipitato
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Brilliant glowing clarity. No head.

S: A nice caramel malt aroma. A touch of sulfer. Fruity strawberry like esters provide some additional character. A touch of biscuit as well as a touch of hop aroma. Mild and pleasing.

T: Strong bitterness but overall a mild flavor. Some uncharacteristic malt flavor. Some ester fruitiness that is similar to the nose.

MF: To me this beer is made by its mouthfeel. Medium body but moderately high carbonation adds significantly to the mouthfeel to make it full and creamy. Dry.

D: Very sessionable. Probably overly carbonated but not much to knock with a classic like London Pride. Definatley let this beer warm up.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can
4.7% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing at my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a large, loose, white head. The aroma is a mixture of malt and hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. mild carbonation, and almost 'dry'. The flavour is mainly malt, with some hops, and grassy tomes to round it out.

Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/08/08.

Clear light copper color with a thin layer of fine white foam on top. Soon there is no head save for a ring around the glass.

Sweet and malty caramel aroma.

Smooth in the mouth. Sweet caramel malts with faint bitterness. A touch of dryness on the finish.

Simple but flawless and easily drinkable.

Photo of timbro81
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a heady dark straw/copper color with low carbonation. Respectable lacing down the glass. Smells of light bready malts mixed well with subtle earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light. Slight toffee with bready malts in the mouth with those hops bringing up the rear. Superbly well balanced. A slight toastedness to the malts that becomes nuttier as it warms. Great example of the style.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a jenny lou's in beijing.

500ml bottle. with a "best before" date of 2/23/09, this is actually fresher than i've ever had any bottle in the states...

about the same as i remember from the can. maybe a sharper hop profile? maybe...

cheers to the importers!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear amber color and had a very large off white head. The frothiness of the head was impressive and was followed by a plentiful amount of lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of fruitiness. There is a slight hint of grain and a good amount of hops present.

The taste is full of caramel and buttery hints. The malt flavor is is very nice and perfectly balanced with the hoppiness. There is a pleasant bitterness. The feel is tingly from the carbonation but overall is creamy, slick and smooth. I would glady have 2 or 3 of these in a session.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice orange-amber colour. Light streams of carbonation push their way up and through to the yellowish head. Excellent lacing. Looks nice.

Fragrant metallic hops on the nose, hints of citrus, almost a lemonade character as well. Not bad.

Taste is very pleasant. Caramel/toffee characters and a sharp, but unobtrusive hop bitterness. Very pleasant, crisp and dry. Mouthfeel is great too, hints of that streaming carbonation, but quite full bodied to back it up.

This is a very pleasant beer - crisp, drinkable, enjoyable. I'll definitely have it again....

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer with some substance that you can drink for a long time, a quintessential session beer.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, off white head with good retention that leaves behind some nice rings of lace as it settles.

S - Fruity with a mild malt aroma. No hops in the nose, but some caramel malt hiding in the background.

T - Malty flavor with some sweet caramel notes. No hop flavor. Mild bitterness and some yeasty fruit in the finish.

M - A creamy, medium thick body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable with a nice malt character.

Photo of WJVII
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice copper color, transparent, slight white head with a thin ring around the top of the pour. The smell is of floral hops, there are hints of sourness. The taste of this brew was unusual. There was a hint of vanilla in the hops with some nice tones of sweet spice and a wonderful balance of malt. There is less bitterness that I expect from a pale ale, but the medium body, moderate carbonation, and balance is just right in this beer. Glad to have come across it!

Photo of swizzlenuts
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A copper colour with a decent amount of head. It has a fair amount of carbonation

S: Slight bit of hops with some malts in it. I smell a bit of yeast too.

T: There is an initial hit of the traditional English bittering hops with some malts in the back ground. There really isn't much in the malts of this beer. I mainly taste hops and a slight bit of malts. The taste is good though, and I keep sipping on it. The sweet malts do, however, come out more towards the end of ther beer.

M: A bit thin but creamy at the same time.

D: Yes, it's easily a session beer.

Photo of montageman
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Immediately evident from the first sip of this beer is the outstanding overall quality. This is an excellent beer all around. Perfect for a session - golden, crisp, clean, and very flavorful. No complaints. Highly recommended.

Photo of chadlebald
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had an imperial pint at king's head in Santa monica. Off white head that retains itself a bit. Light caramel aroma with some perhaps some fruit sweetness.

Taste is smooth and malty with the caramel flavor coming through. Nice amount of hops to add that touch of bitterness-- which also lingers for some time.

Seems to go well with the chicken tikka masala I had for lunch.

Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a good amber color and a nicely thick texture. Small amount of head, but it did stick around.

S: Malts and sweets come through in the smell, though it's very, very understated.

T: High malt content, with maybe a bit of caramel. Like the smell, a bit understated.

M: There was decent amount of carbonation and dry finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: I have some misgivings about this beer, but it's not a bad one. The taste could use a bit more complexity in my opinion.

Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aromas of earthy english hops, slight buttery notes, woodsy/cask background, slight peach tea quality.
The flavors start off with the hops, but quickly meld into a caramel, toasty malt character that drags some of the peach tea quality into it.
The finish is dry and and some what charcoalish, but ever so slightly.
All together a fantastic session ale. I was hesitant to try this out, but I am very glad I did.

Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a nonic. Orange-copper color with a beige, two-finger head. Retention is excellent, but not much lacing is left behind.

Aroma is bursting with English malt notes. Bread, cookies, and a dark fruitiness.

Taste is just about all malt. The notes echo those of the aroma, but there's a distinct bread crust note in the finish with some tannic hop bitterness. Very English, a bit understated but well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit low on carbonation. Creamy and smooth with high drinkability.

Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some of this on-tap in London 2 years ago, loved it but had forgotten why. I hadn't gotten to review it, then, and hadn't taken notes either. I managed to pull a few strings recently and get a case locally, this week. Ahhh...

A= nice rich lathery off-white head, subsided in a few minutes but laced throughout consumption. Nice rich golden color.

S= exciting mix of caramel & malts, pleasant hops and some citrusy florals.

T= amazingly good, very distinguished rich malts, with an extremely bitter-bitter but yet subtle undertone after the gulp. Some hints of burnt caramel subtly as well. Some mild sweetness but well-suited in the very nicely bold malts. Almost a creamy smooth feel on the tongue at first-gulp which remains. Nice bready-ness in the mix for a great aftertaste.

M= very nice, hints of the ultra-bitters with some creamy slightly sweet malts & caramel residing.

D= very much so.

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a deep, dark, copper hue with a minimal head and a negligent amount of lacing...
Sweet, caramel and sugar-laden smell dominates this one... Very sweet for an English Pale Ale made this sample even more attractive... Sampled quite a few brews from Fuller's, and all have been top-notch, satisfying beers...
Great caramel and vanilla taste, very rich, full, and thick, especially for a beer with a modest 4.7% ABV...
Overall, a light, easy-going, easily-drinkable brew with plenty of taste, style, substance, and character...
Good taste, with a decent mouthfeel coupled with an excellent level of drinkability make this a superb beer...
Good stuff...
Recommended as an excellent depiction of a light, but flavorful brew...

Photo of cbleary
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Wow! This is a special ale. It poured with a small white head and a light amber body. The smell and taste were full of delicious pale malts and a surprising amount of hops, it almost borders on an APA in style. It was very well-balanced and enjoyable. I have to try it on tap.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-pulled at Cricketer's Arms into a pint glass.

Appearance was a medium amber, with substantial head, possibly due to inadequacy of pump technique (the other pint I had seemed better-poured with less foam waste). I can't comment on smell much unfortch. because my nose is stuffed up like I4 at rush hour. This was my first ever cask ale and I really enjoyed the smooth, clean taste of it. It reminded me of other English pale ales I've had as far as light flavor and a touch of fruitiness. Nice creamy mouthfeel allowed me to go through this one quite quickly.

Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber color with a small white head. Decent lacing that remained until the last sip. Almost no carbonation.

S - Not overly amomatic. Slight hoppy/fruitiness.

T - Slighty malty and mildly hoppy flavor. Clean with a very slight creamy butterscotch quality. Not nearly as bitter and a little bit thiner than I would have expected.

MF&D - Smooth and Creamy. IMO the lack of carbonation on cask minimize any gassey bloating and makes this the perfect session ale. If you can sample this one on cask its sure to impress.

04/08/08***
Review in Bottle
Poured from a 1pt.9 bottle into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

The bottle had a good bit more carbonation and a little more of a buttery aroma than the cask version. IMO slightly better in the bottle. Highly recommended.

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88 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.