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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,186 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 88
Gots: 239 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of lreice
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden amber. With a 2 finger off-white head that dissolved into slight lace. Looks delicious.

S- Not significant. Most of these ales have an aroma from a foot away...not this one.

T - Perfect mixture of malt and hops. I tried ESB from this brewer and while good, had more of a hop to it. This marries perfectly and there is no aftertaste. Crisp Clean.

M- Smooth and crisp. Very nice.

D- This will become a favorite. I like the smooth ,malt taste. Very nice and easy to drink.

Nice looking, slender, old-timey bottle.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" beige, rocky head. Good retention at 1/2" and leaves some lacing. Clear, clean orange/amber.

S - Light caramel malts. Herbal hop. Orange blossoms. Tea leaves.

T - Light malts, toffee. Touch of butter. Herbal, earthy hops. Citrus. Nice lingering bitterness that increases throughout the pint.

M - Light body with low to mid level carbonation. Crisp at first and then rounds out some towards the end.

D - Good drinkability. Pretty much a classic EPA. Hard to beat and easy to session.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only real drawback to this beer is it doesn't smell very good. Smells like most of the rest of the english ales I've had, a bit skunky. It pours a decent head and the beer is an almost off copper color. Not much lacing down the glass. The taste is quite good of caramel and some grapefruit, maybe? Strong, nice malty background followed by a smooth, light body and some nice hoppy kickback. A pretty decent session brew.

Photo of bcollar
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance --> Poured a beautiful amber colour with a bubbly white head. Very good head retention and decent lacing.

Smell --> Very noticeable caramel maltiness with a fruity (almost apple like) character.

Taste --> This has a great, rich caramel maltiness up front with hints of fruit. It progresses into a medium hop bitterness in the middle and ends with a mildly sweet yet bitter finish. There is a slight earthyness to it as well.

Mouthfeel --> A smooth, carbonated, medium bodied beer.

Drinkability --> This beer is a wonderful example of an English Ale; in fact, it's one of my personal favourites. The caramel maltiness balances wonderfully with the hoppy bitterness. By the time you finish your first glass, you'll be looking for seconds.

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

This was served up on tap in a pint glass at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA. Appeared as an clear orangish-brown with an off white fluffy and well-formed 2 finger head.

Taste contained a good balance of sweet malts and some bitterness from hops. The hops don't really display themselves much through aroma or taste, other than the bittering aspect, which I've come to realize is par for English PA's. Either way, reminded me of almost a slightly less sweet and thinner bodied ESB.

A good and easy drinking, yet intriguing offering overall.

Photo of Freshie
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a decent honey colour with decent head the sticks and laces to the side.

Smells of sweet malt and some hops.

The taste over exceeded my expectations. A perfect example of a well balanced pale ale. Bready, toasted malt, in perfect harmony with dry hop bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. the active carbonation lends very well to the crispness and bite.

Wow.

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

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in mid-April from Trader Joe's for $2.99. Best before 10/07/06.

Poured an orange color with a decent head that did not sustain very long. Nose is maltier than most pales, nothing much else. Taste is maltier as well, finishing with a nice slight apple hop. Mouthfeel is smooth on the palate and medium bodied. Drinkability is very good with a 4.7abv. This is another nice beer from a brewery that it definitely worth a shot.

Photo of vanrassel
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a bubbly one-finger head on top of an amber body. The head had good retention and left symmetrical rings on the sides of my pint glass.

The beer's character really came out in the aroma: buttery caramel, biscuit and even a bit of rum and oak. The taste builds on the sweet caramel aroma, but there's an offsetting bittering sensation in the middle that gives it nice balance. It finishes slightly chocolatey and sweet.

The carbonation is low, but there's a nice medium-bodied feel that gives this beer a bit of chewiness. I can imagine drinking several of these on tap at a British pub.

Photo of Absumaster
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in London and was amazed by how many pubs have cask conditioned beers, including this classic.

A brown, amber color with a very small head and very little visible carbonation.
Smell was a little too fruity with some caramellic and roasted notes. The hops are somewhat subdued by the caramel and fruity flavors of the English yeast.
Taste is bitter and fruity, reminds me of a lot of other English beers I have tried. That typical English yeast.. The right amount of caramalt is in here which perfectly balances the beer and produce a very drinkable beer.

Photo of numenor1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper colored with some head, and nice lacing. Smells bready with faint hops and caramel. Even-keeled earthy bitterness up front coupled with some fruit esters, then melds into bready malts with a touch of toffee and hints of diacetyl. Ends very dry, and well bittered through the finish with a lasting impression of bread. Medium bodied with mid to low carbonation and excellent drinkability. Very well balanced and a terrific ale.

Photo of mnfinnkidd
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served after work in a Weiss glass.
A: Very clear. Light copper tone with visible carbonation. Poured a 2" pure white head that fell to an 1/8" head.

S: A fresh but not overpowering hoppy aroma.

T: Bland to bitter finish. Hard to describe taste...but good.

M: This is a light on the tongue beer but still full of body.

D: Very pleasant brew. I think this could be a starter for getting converting to better brews. May be a little bitter for newbies to bitter but not bad for a session beer I think.

I thank the guy with the british accent who suggested it to me in the store. I think i'll try their ESB next time....

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A bronze color with a beautiful, one-inch, white head that had excellent retention to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here, except a slight fruity aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: It's malty - the bitterness is mild and definitely in the background - but not too sweet, more bread-like. There's actually a fruity, almost sherberty quality that I really dug. Mouthfeel was excellent, creamy with a light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: About as sessionable a beer you can find. Very easy drinking.

Notes: Simply a nice English bitter - and real tasty on cask. I'd definitely recommend seeking it out in that form.

Photo of Phocion
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear gold/amber. Thin head which quickly disappears.

Caramel and buttery malt nose with a citrus hint and a nice balance of hops. Pleasant but light.

Light toasted malts with an equally light bitterness. Biscuit and fruits. Non-offensive, but very weak flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Very little substance here. I'm a big fan of Fuller's, but this is one of their poorer brews, in my opinion. Very average British Pale Ale.

Photo of veech
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can sum up this beer in one word, delicious. I enjoyed everything about drinking this beer. The nose was milder than the taste in my opinion, but everything was outstanding. The finish was uncommonly clean for an ale with such strong flavors. This balance is quite impressive and I will without a doubt seek this beer out again whenever possible. Traditionally, pale ales aren't always my favorites but this stuff rocks!

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean, well filtered deep amber color with a two finger head of fluffy cream colored foam. The head sticks around for a while and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful mix of sweet caramels, fruity esters and spicy, woody hops. The mossy hop note is the most prominent but there are nicely complimentary notes of apple, cherry and peat.

The flavor is classic British Pale Ale with plenty of fruity notes of apricot and plum along with sweet caramel and lightly toasted grains. The beer is well hopped with noble flavors of pine, moss, herb and spice but it's not rather mild in terms of bitterness. I would have rated it higher still if there hadn't been a subtle but obvious diacetyl flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation and enough bittering to leave each sip clean. There's a slight oily residue left on the palate which is par for the style.

I'm quite impressed with the clean hop notes in this beer and I can only imagine I managed to snag a relatively fresh beer (the label reads "best before 4/17/2007" which is quite a ways off...) A near-perfect example of the style and an ale I'll certainly drink again.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber hue with a small, white head. It left very good lacing as I drank it.

S - It smelled like corn with some strong hop aromas.

T - The hops flavor was fairly mild and slightly bitter. It was a little less hoppy than I expected.

M - It was a nice crisp, smooth beer and light-bodied.

D - It is a very good pale ale. It won't overpower you with hops which is why I think it would be great with a meal.

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

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a nice golden orange / coppery colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to nice layer. Fair amount of light carbonation floats to the surface... Some light lacing...

Aroma - Strong toasted biscuity malts, juicy / spicy hops, nice juicy fruitiness (oranges, light figs), light toffee sweetness, some nuttiness, herbal notes, some hay notes..

Taste – Nice juicy, slightly spicy, hop bitterness, light toasted caramel / biscuity malts, bitter / tart fruits (light lemons, oranges, spicy apples), very light sweetness, some grassy notes, light nuttiness..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light / medium body... Extremely quaffable - an excellent session beer...

Overall - An excellent and very drinkable pale ale.... Recommended...

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

.5L bottle, best before Feb 07. (I love bottles with clearly labeled dates...)

Inviting, bronze color, nice little white head. Smells of biscuit, malty, maybe a little apple, grass... like a mini-ESB, with a little English hop presence. Taste is everything I'd want from an English Pale Ale! Caramel, malt, biscuit, light, dangerously drinkable, and yet interesting enough to keep coming back to. Great mouthfeel, substantial but not too thick. Nice mild hops on the finish to encourage drinkability.

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright amber color with a medium size almost white head. The head fades down to a small head fairly fast but then hangs in there, This beer leaves a good lacing on the glass. Definite aroma, mostly malt. The taste is predominantly malt as well, incredibly smooth with no unpleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about right for this style of beer - not watery but couldn't be called "rich" either. Drinkability is good. Average ABV, pleasant taste and smoothness would make this a good session beer. Overall very nice.

Photo of GallowsOak
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuller's London Pride, a heavily marketed reasonable ale aimed at the masses. Probably a beer that was in its day memorable but now a beer that is close to bland. Certainly better than keg bitters, but equally not worth a special trip for. It's a beer that I will happily drink unless there is something better on the next pump, and sadly for Fullers, there often is.

Photo of funkengruven
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty poured from the can to a fine amber with a slightly off-white head that stays on top nicely. Smell contains some hop aromas but not much of anything else. The flavor of this brew however is quite nice, Nutty with some bitter notes. The finish on this beer was so exceptionally smooth. That and this being so easy to down, I could drink this all day and not think twice about it.

This is great stuff.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle....rich amber color with a slight head, no remarkable appearance. A good beer, but I was expecting a lot more from Fuller’s considering how much I enjoyed 1845. All and all, okay, and I will drink again, depending on other choices available, but will not seek this one out.

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

1pt. 0.9 fl oz bottle

poured a medium dark amber with a 2 finger head (did i get that right?). Has an above average pale ale taste to it, with a distinct woody/flowery aftertaste that ain't bad. More complex than sierra nevada pale ale, but probably not worth twice or three times as much.

Photo of kmacphail
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on the recommendation of a friend and was not disapointed. A nice copper bitter with a nice thick creamy head. The nose was nothing to get excited about but did catch your interest in the sheer number of different flavours going through the senses.

Again it is very difficult to put your finger on any one particular tasted. A nice hoppy beer with a hint of nut, roast and slight tang of fruit. It had plenty of body and slid very nicely down the throat. The head remained throughout the drinking process, which is always a good sign.

It was a little on the heavy side after the second one and I do not think I would have gone on to drink it all night.

Worth a try.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light copper color with amber hues of the slightest nature, I suppose depending on the light. The head dissipates rather quickly, which I didn't expect at all. And the lacing's pretty shabby too.

Smell: Mild all over the place but still pretty up front as this is quality stuff. A bit of diacetyl, some mild malt, some breadiness and graininess, and some bittering hops to mellow it all out.

Taste: A good meld of everything, some acidity from the hops, some graininess and earthiness, some dark fruit in there, and some grapefruit-like bitter hops for a lingering finish with notes of malt and fruit also. Well-balanced stuff.

Mouthfeel: A bit astringent oddly enough, at first, that is. It mellows out toward the end, but it still feels a bit watery to me also until it's toward the end.

Drinkability: A good brew. Not my favorite of Fuller's, but one of the better English Pale Ales around, though I like it much better on tap.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,186 ratings.