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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 153 | 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 vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rocky off-white head, which sinks unevenly.
Orange/amber colour.
Nice integrated nose of malt & hop, toasty & flinty.
Toffee malt notes, some herbaceous/tobacco leaf hints.
Fairly dry, full palate, slight residual sweetness, but crisp finish.
Kinda restrained in nose & taste. Good balance, though.

vancurly, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark transparent brown, with a thin head. Smell is weak but promises a good ale. Flavor is rich and hoppy but not too bitter, with a smooth and crisp feel. This is a very drinkable brew that makes a good companion to a hearty dinner, or stimulating conversation, or both.

Cyberkedi, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big heavy bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is dark orange with a slight reddishness. The carbonation in good and swirls nice in the thick liquid. The head is ok about a finger and it fades to a ring slowly, not much lace.

The smell is ok lots of vanilla, like it was aged in the stuff. could use less of that and more hops.

The taste follows this beer is some where between Goodberg and Less Then Exciting Island. A little to much vanilla ( I'm not sure where that came from) not enough hops. the malt is nice.

The mouthfeel is good and nice drinking brew. Good body and carbonation.

The drinkability is just a tic off. A good solid brew but not one I will bring home again soon. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of andebrice
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-amber hue. Frothy white head dissipates quickly. Fairly good lacing on my glass as I drink. Smells of fresh sweet fruits, with a bit of a pronounced yeast smell. Taste is smooth and malty a little sweet then fades to a mellow dry pine flavored hop. Doesn't feel very full in the mouth but not too light either, think I was expecting a little more fullness. The carbonation is a little on the low side, but it works well in this balanced brew. I could definetely have a few more of these.

andebrice, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of maximumsheehan
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew really blew me away. Pours sort of an off red. The malt flavor is really prominent with some hop bitterness at the end.

There are notes of coffee and other earthy flavors in the taste.

I wouldn't characterize the mouthfeel as being thick but it has some substance to it.

Great beer, even for a hop addict like me!

maximumsheehan, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Daredevil
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from a slightly modernized but conservative bottle and label it pours neatly into the glass ... light brown colour and a small but firm head .... the nose is somewhat discreet, hints of wheat and cidre apples .... taste is full and well balanced with hints of ginger, pepper, oranges and butterscotch cake but none of which has dominance ...
a remarkably smooth and elegant brew ...

Daredevil, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale amber with a big sturdy head. Lovely toffee and malt in the nose. Toffee bisquit taste: the finish almost snaps in your mouth. Distinctly different from the ESB, lighter, but still a substantial beer. Macro drinkers could probably handle it though -- light and not overly hoppy.

A nice one.

alexskovan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of atuite
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local beer/wine retail store. Have had the ESB before but never the pale ale. The beer pour smoothly into a glass mug with an amber color and one inch of medium bubbles head that dissipate within minutes. Smell is a sweet toasted smell over malts (almost like burnt marshmallow). Taste is medium malt with background fruitiness. Carbonation fits the potency of this beer and it goes down very smoothly. A great beer for a dinner of fish and chips or for sitting on the couch watching the game.

atuite, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint of this from The Olde Ship in Fullerton, on to the beer:

It does well in the two most important characteristics in beer; toasty/bready malts and hoppy tingling in the taste, and a pleasant sweet smell. But it dissapointed me with its loose ends: a little on the watery side, and a not so lively body. I'll try this again in the future, but for now London Pride will have to settle for being a merely good beer.

DoubleJ, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear, light amber color with a nice head and fantastic retention. The aroma is dominantly malty, with a faint trace of hops. The flavor is mostly malty with a mild hop finish. It's very well balanced, malty, but not sweet. It has a medium-light body with moderately low carbonation.

I'd consider this a special bitter instead of a pale. It's very enjoyable, but not overly exciting, a classic.

scoobybrew, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This was actually two different tastings. I picked up a six pack at a liquor store. There were only two left, and they the bottles had a best before date of 13/APR/07. After a few sips, I went to check the local liquor store, and they had some bottles labeled 25/SEP/07. There were some differences, but not enough to break down each beer completely.

This beer pours a pretty good sized head that dissipates to a solid one finger. The color is a nicely golden and slightly amber.

Predominant smell is grain that is followed up by a nice malt sweetness that is similar to apple juice. Very subtle hops that give it a slight orange smell.

The less fresh beer was surprisingly bitter. Due to the slight age, I was expecting more maltiness, but it was definitely the hop bitterness that moved to the front. Slightly bready and a bit tart or sour. The fresher beer definitely had more sweetness and was on par with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a pale ale. Medium to high carbonation, but the fresher beer definitely had a more creamy feel.

This may be a new standby beer for me. It's very enjoyable and has a nice impact on the palate. The more I think about it, the more I've decided that this will be my go to beer when I'm not needing a big hop trip. Drinkability is up there with the low abv. If you haven't tried it yet, it's a must.

biking4beer, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange color into a pint glass with a one and a half finger cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet caramelly malt with faint hop pressence in there as well. Taste is of sweet and toasted malt up front with a touch of fruit balanced out with a lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and pleasantly carbonated for this medium bodied ale. This is the definition of a session beer, it doesn't get much more easy drinking than this.

hckyfn9999, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a big, heavy bottle that had me thinking it was way more than a 1/2 litre job. Nice copper colored beer that left lots of lacing after the head disappeared. Smell of subtle hops and caramel malt. Taste was carmel malt and lots of bitter hops. Refreshing mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I liked it a lot.

Shadman, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of adams82
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/25/07.

Pours a dark burnt copper color. Brilliant and clear with a small white head that leaves a decent lacing.

A nice floral hop aroma and sweet and toasty malt come right up to the nose.

A nice sweet malty start on this one. As it rolls back, the toastiness picks up and it finishes slightly hoppy and dry, but not too dry. Actually, a nice change from the more assertive America Pales, each draught is better than the last.

This has a nice smooth mouth feel with perfect carbonation, which leads me to say that this is a wonderful session brew! Very easy to consume your fair share and then some. I will certianly seek this one out more often.

adams82, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clead orange color with a huge off-white head that is creamy and tight. The aroma was bready, or buscuity. There were hints of fruits.

Wow, what a contrast to the APAs I'm used to. The beer has a very modest, yet strong hop profile, which comes through more in the finish. Up front is a nice balance of malts, giving off a balanced, somewhat fruity (bananas and pineapple) flavor. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Even though the beer is on the filling side (especially for such a light beer) I could have several. This was my introduction to English pale ales, and I came away quite impressed.

BBM, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin head that receded fairly quickly. Smelled biscuity and malty. Taste was smooth and malty with the buttery undertones characteristic of an English pale ale. It had a nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with exceptional drinkability. Very sessionable and very enjoyable.

eberkman, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

best before 14 March 07.
Pours amber with nice clarity but a quickly disappearing head.

The smell is earthy, fresh and fruity.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt - caramel with a touch of vanilla. Soft fruits with a lemony zest in the finish. Not overly complex, but fresh, refreshing and well-balanced. Very smooth, a bit buttery.

Rich and full-flavored in a solidly medium body. Nicely textured.

This is a classic English Pale Ale. "Sessionable", refreshing, tasty, well-balanced. Another wonder from a world-class brewery.

jwc215, Dec 26, 2006
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
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.