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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,930 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 64
Gots: 101 | 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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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very competent Pale Ale. Pours a nice amber color with a medium off-white head. Distinctly bitter hops aroma. Biting hops flavor with little malt to counteract, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It did seem slightly unbalanced though. I'd like to try this on draught some day. Overall though this is another winner from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 07:16:57 | More by Dogbrick
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read all the hype, had to try the beer. I liked the bottle, both the shape and the label. Poured a nice amber color. The taste, to me, was rather flat. It tasted like a good ale, but not spectacular. Perhaps on tap it would be better. Would drink it again, but it is a little too pricey.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 06:51:30 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Murph

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright copper color with a creamy tan head that slowly sinks. Nicely bitter hop aroma with enough malty sweetness to balance things out. Smooth with a nice malty start to it. Light diacetyl from start to middle and then in the finish lightly. Quite a nice bitter hop finish, especially for the style. Much more bitter that I expected. Nice lingering bitter finish makes this brew much crisper than I was expecting and a nicely drinkable brew with its medium body. This would make a rather nice drink in the summer time and I wish that I had discovered it then.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 00:35:31 | More by Murph
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BeerManDan

California

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden amber color was the highlight of this beer. Everything after that was down hill. The smell was not much to brag about and the taste was just of another average pale ale. Nothing exceptional with this beer. Slight bitterness in the end and smooth. No nothing flavor!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 15:19:43 | More by BeerManDan
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been a big fan of Fuller’s since my first sampling many years ago, and I keep a couple of each on hand at all times, as it is a fine line of brews, that always hits the “B” spot.

A clear deep amber delight, the head is creamy, light beige, the lace in clinging sheets. Nose is malt, the top is light, and the finish is corporeally hopped, pleasantly dry, leniently carbonated. Fuller's is one of my top ten all time favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 16:27:08 | More by Gusler
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zakery

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice white head on a clear brownish amber brew.

Smell: Yummy! Smells plum jam, caramel and toffee.

Taste: Wonderfully honey smooth and balanced. Jammy, nutty and caramel with a matching amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

An excellent pale ale. Each pull urges you to take another. At the end of one glass you'll start looking around for the next... An excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 16:05:58 | More by zakery
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it on cask at the brewery and at a couple of other pubs in London, from what i can judge, it has to be well kept otherwise you can forget it (as with most cask ales), well kept, it is wonderfully aromatic, resiny, hoppy, bitter, citrusy, there was a pub in richmond in London that totally kicked arse and served it better than the brewery did, i can't remember the name of the pub, but i often dream about that pint. My rating is based on that pint.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2002 01:47:19 | More by rastaman
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber color, full head fell to a thin ring of white foam. Flavor is malty with soft hop notes throughout. Slight esters contribute delicious buttery and sweet ale flavors that mix well with the malt and hops creating a slightly sweet and aromatic finish. I can discern the character that some brewers in the US are trying to capture. I like this beer. I will buy this if I can't get my favorite domestic English Pale Ale (see my reviews, I don't want to sound like a paid shill anymore).

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2002 17:54:00 | More by EagleTalon
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ryanocerus

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with decent head and lacing. The aroma was heavy on the malt with faint hop undertones. The taste was excellent when the hops shone through. The full, long-lasting flavor was big in the mouthfeel department and this is a VERY drinkable beer. An excellent english style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 07:50:05 | More by ryanocerus
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Jon

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale pours a nice dark copper from the bottle with a sizeable off-white head, which looks great. There is a faint hops smell. The taste is somewhat biscuit-like with heavy malt notes and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is rather creamy and malty. The drinkability is quite good. A great example of an EPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 17:01:12 | More by Jon
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real winner on draught. It has a healthy white head and a pleasant smell that is subtle hops and malt. The taste is also a nice balance of slightly sweet malt flavor with a hint of hops. It goes down like silk. This is one of my favorite session beers and goes well with many meals, not the least of which is a genuine plate of fish and chips.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2002 21:00:24 | More by mickeymac
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz old Euro-style brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny colour with a pasty thin off white lace which clings to the glass very well.

Smell: Mild hint of bread and grain, some malt sweetness and buttery caramel also ... and to add to the pleasure, a good measure of hops in the nose, it’s mild but pleasing.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and layered texture from the carbonation and malty mouth feel. A good dose of bread and biscuit come forth from the malts as does a pinch of fruitiness and malt sweetness. Touch of buttery diacetyl lines up with the caramel and malt flavours. Hops are right on the mark with an ample biting bitterness and a rich lingering leafy earthy flavour. Finishes with a lingering hop and a fruity and buttery mix.

Notes: Indeed this brew goes down as one of the greatest ... bliss in a bottle. BTW this is Fuller's flagship brew. A true ale-drinkers ale. Up there in greatness with the ESB also.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 18:41:48 | More by Jason
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proc

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Pale. Reminded me alot of Bass, but without that "metallic" taste Bass is known for. Fuller's puts out some fine beers and this is quite good as well. Pours out to a golden/amber color, with a light aroma. Slight hop taste that is in no way overwhelming with a slight taste of caramel. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 04:44:35 | More by proc
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StevieW

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich carmel colored beer with a pillow soft white head. Very inviting hop bitterness hits your nose. Extemely rich hop bitter taste with full malt backbone. Very creamy smooth balanced beer. Crisp dry finish, asks you to drink more and more. Very smooth feel, very easy to drink to the point you feel guilty putting your glass down. A real treat on tap, a great beer, and perfect example of the style. Magic in a glass....

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2002 14:18:24 | More by StevieW
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BillyBrew

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's brews world standards. An interesting orangey-amber colour with a big, cream and foam head that reduces to a thick lace. Mildy grainy and slightly sweet nose with a citrusy floral-hop end. Smooth, bready malt base with a solid hop complexity. None overpowering, but all in great english-pale complexity. Smooth medium body with crisp bit upon the tongue.

A fine example of what English Pales should aspire to be. It drinks hearty and tastey and is a good looker. Dig it, dig again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 12:14:58 | More by BillyBrew
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say anything bad about any of Fulers beers I have tried they are all very good. This pale ale is a little on the dark side IMO for the style. Not much aroma here and has a decent mouthfeel to it. Taste more on the malty side than the hoppy, I think a little more hops would enhance this beer. Overall I will gladly drink this brew again...............CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 08:16:38 | More by tigerpaws
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great traditional bitter,nice bronze color with a light amount of lace.A lot of malt aromas going on caramel brown sugar and biscuit dough only a light geranium hop presence lingers.A true session ale malty and fruity with some iron in there but there is a green hop presence light but it make the beer balanced,a gret ale from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 08:12:56 | More by oberon
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color with a hint of orange...small lace...nice doughy aroma...almost like being in a bakery...malt dominates the buds with a tasty bread/dough flavor....hops are not strong but deliver a tight dry finish...VERY drinkable...overall very good pale ale bordering on outstanding..

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 14:47:59 | More by ZAP
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange – copper color, with a minimal off-white head. On the nose the aroma is moderately malty light toasted bread, caramel notes evident, and hop aromas. On the palate the malty flavors take front seat with caramel, light toasted bread, and hops take the back seat, nice fruitiness to it, well balanced with a smooth mouth feel. I really liked this stuff, I love going back and forth from the English Pale Ale’s back to the more hop filled American pale ales. Overall great stuff, and a great session brew...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2002 14:01:46 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden with a very slight head that has no retention. I get very little on the nose. Just a little herbal character from the hops. Pretty good taste. Nice malt backbone. Good earthy tones from the hops. And a nice dry touch. Medium body. This beer gets better as you work your way through it. I tend to prefer American Style Pale Ales more than the English counterpart, but this is one of the best English versions I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2002 22:00:53 | More by Bighuge
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aracauna

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's is really good with Malts. I'm not sure if they malt their own, but if they don't, they sure know how to buy them. The malt flavors are complex in and of themselves. That's good because it's really light on hops (on tap anyway) and the malt has to carry it. It's not an IPA or a Bitter, so it's not supposed to be really hoppy. This is a really good meal to go with a meal. It really went well with the Shepherd's Pie I had.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 18:28:13 | More by aracauna
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fine clear deeper amber color, approaching copper. Nice 3/4 inch head that's big-bubbled on the outside and cottony on the inside. Sweet and sour smell, a little like candied lemon. Great low-carbonation body, malty sweet with a touch of restrained hops. Very much of the English style but far more flavorful than a Bass. Medium-bodied and satisfying and highly drinkable. I prefer the hoppier American Pales but this is good. Nice brew from Fuller's again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 07:39:05 | More by ADR
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marc77

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in hue and perfectly clear. The head settles quickly leaving a meager layer. There isn't any lace left. Assertive and earthy Fuggles hop nose hits first, but mild biscuit malt notes follow. The carbonation, at least in this bottle, is too high and results in a soda - like prickly mouthfeel. Hop flavor is grassy and distinctively British-- hop bitterness is crisp and assertive (considering the lack of malt body) while the subdued malt flavors are comprised of bready and generic caramal malt notes. London Pride finishes dry and a touch toasty. It's a good pale, but malt flavors were lacking, IMO. I could still drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 19:42:56 | More by marc77
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inebrius

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fat lace clings to glass above a copper liquid nirvana. Rich, bready, fruity nose. Drink in a deep malt start that turns instantly bitter and lingers enough to beckon you to taste again. Smooth and appropriate for a session or a treat. A standard that any brewer going for the English Pale should reckon. Worth the outlay.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 09:20:38 | More by inebrius
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the bottle.

Orangey color, hardly any head retention after poured. Smells clean, with slight prickly hops and a bit of fruit.

Taste is crisp and full, some toasted malt with some nice spicy hops, not overly bitter but a nice mild hop bite.

Taste improves and becomes more full and rounded as it warms. Straight from the fridge, some of the more delicate flavors are muted by the cold and it should be warmed a bit to fully appreciate it. Lots of caramel can be noted as it warms, Maybe a slight fruitiness in there as well. A nice combo of softer but full flavors.

An excellent all around drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 10:43:52 | More by bmills1608
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.