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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 71
Gots: 163 | 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 oelergud
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark red bronze body, light tan head, decent lace and retention low carbonation.
Alcoholic and sweet floral/grassy scents make up the nose. Some dark malt notes underneath it all.
Well balanced brew, malt flavors dominate first impressions after which comes the hoppy aftertaste that could linger abit longer, otherwise very true to the style.
Mouthfeel is decent, some coating and substance to be found.
Good drinkability, a quiet and enjoyable brew.


oelergud, May 30, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure orangey amber color-no head to speak of --some wispy foam with minimal lace .No additional carbonation. Smell is buttery and rich- but quite mild. Also some cider like maltiness in the smell.

Smooth, mildly buttery caramel taste with some bread or biscuit like aspects. Tastes like it would pair real nicely with a wide variety of food--from cheese to chocolate to nuts a good match--although would probably match up better with sharper cheeses rather than creamy ones.

The mouthfeel is good but very plain and simple. This beer is smooth and extremely mild and drinkable --the only negative is that due to the flatness (lack of carbonation), I could see growing tired of it after a couple/few.

rousee, May 14, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color, 1/3" of off-white head. Pretty standard stuff for an EPA. Smell is carmely and light floral hops, some diacetyl. Taste is well hopped, grapefruit in nature, starts sweet and ends. Could be more carbonated, but ok. Seems underpowered compared to the hoppier and more flavorful APA's, but for an EPA, not bad

TastyTaste, May 11, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a pasturized imported bottle, this poured in perfect condtion. Medium red/ amber color, firm, dense off white head with slow trickles of carbonation. Good lacing was left behind the persistant blanket of foam.
Great mild aromas of brown sugar ( Demerera?) from the caramel malt along side classic woodsy hop and leather aroma.
Soft malt flavor on the tongue up front with some sweet fruity stuff comming thru. Hop bittering takes over mid way and balances the thing off quite well.
Medium light mouth feel and warm, bitter finish makes this an outstanding beer to drink all night and / or offer to a Sam Adams or Bass drinker for a step up.

Shiredave, May 10, 2005
Photo of helloloser12345
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Brown 500ml bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber with orange hues. Sticky off white head. Fair retention and a slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Bread and malt with hoppy tones coming through at the finish.

Flavour: Nice initial strong but balanced malt flavour finishing with a hop bite that lingers in the back of the throat. Slight fruity flavour.

Overall: A nice ale and well recommended.

helloloser12345, May 08, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive clear orange with a very large and slightly chunky off-white head. Very good head retention and lots of lacing. Smells faintly of grainy and bready malts, slightly toasty caramel, and restrained hops. Nice blend of flavors. Toasted caramel malts and yeasty bread with floral hop notes and a long, lingering leafy bitterness in the finish. Slightly sticky, with low carbonation and medium body in the mouth.

Pleasing and drinkable. One of the standard-bearers of English pale ale.

dgallina, May 01, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice upgrade over the last beer I reviewed. Poured a very nice amber color. Very clear. Only a slight head and stringy lace. Nose is bready, malty and fruity (apples and apricots). Taste is very simple but very full. Lots of sweet malts but balanced with nice subtle hops. A nice slight bready feel was on the tongue. Other than the perfect balance, there is not much more to the flavor. The mouthfeel is very full, the malts just coat the inside of tghe cheeks. Ver smooth drinking and quite pleasant finish.

MuddyFeet, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one pint and 2.6 ounce bottle purchased the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. Well over an inch of head rises in the glass. Thick, sturdy, off-white (cooked egg white) in color. Nice retention. Leaves some pasty streaks of lace on the walls of my Celebration Ale pint glass. Body is bright garnet in color. This brew looks good.


Subtle prune juice sweetness upfront, backed by a freshly peeled green apple bite -- soft -- followed by a thin but present hop citrus twist. Very balanced, and laid back.


Beautiful rake of hops on the tip of my palate, right off the bat, followed by a stronger hop presence (has a toasty, gritty character -- if I knew more about hop varities I would be specific -- this is good), some sprays of sweetness pop in the background, perfect. Aftertaste is a mildlly peppery bitterness with a lingering green apple tart-sweetness.


Full without invading. Middling carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Incredibly balanced. I will be having this again sometime.

RootedFool, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden amber in color. Medium sized head of frothy white with minimal retention. Zero lace.

The nose is a classic English pale aroma. Slightly sweet, bready malts, caramel, English hops (goldings, fuggles?) with a slight metallic twinge that is not uncommon in English beers.

The flavor is soft and easily approachable. Caramel malts and fragrant English hops sing together in perfect harmony. Nothing spectacular, but perfect for what it is.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is ample, and it is very thirst quenching and suitable for a session brew.

AlexJ, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, very nice dark amber color with a slightly off-white head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is primarily malt - sweet, toffee/caramel, biscuits - with a bit of mellow hops for balance.

Taste is along the same lines, starts with a bit of hops bite and mellows out to toffee, caramel, bread and butter, slightly fruity and very smooth. A bit of hops again at the finish, but the aftertaste is primarily back to the malt.

Very drinkable, even for hot weather.

whynot44, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with reddish tints pours with a thin head. The head doesn't hang around for long. Very low carbonation, once the head is gone, there's little sign of activity in this beer. Smell is malty, bready, fairly light. Taste is mostly the malt backbone with some very subtle hoppiness. I expected more out of this brew, it just seemed rather bland and unexciting to me. The minimal carbonation almost makes it seem as though it's flat. But despite those concerns, it's a decent brew and obviously well crafted.

LarryV, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, very bright orange, decent cap-sized head. Buttery, sweet malts and some chestnuts (roasted) on the nose. Sharp and bitter hops, coupled with a decent blast of fresh bread tastiness; medium bodied all the way, becomes increasingly dry, ultra-smooth and clean palate. Diacetyl noticeable along with some tender caramel malts; just a tinge of carbonation. Lush and enjoyable; the true standard/classic English pale ale. Cheers!

GeoffRizzo, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz can aboard British Airways flight from Heathrow to Seattle.
Nice chesnut brown beer with a lovelly ( even in a plastic glass) creamy off white head.
Has a very chocolaty,malty and thouroughly pleasing aroma.
The taste has very nice creamy ,milk chocolate tones then hints of nuts and pipe tobacco at the end. Small bitter aftertaste.
Nice on the palate, not wonderful but easy on the tongue.

This was a very drinkable ale even in the cans..wpould love to taste this on draught.

Reidrover, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pretty amber with golden hues, but almost no head.

Smells rip-roaringly fruity. Wonderful malt mixed with that BAM of apples and tea that you find in a good English Ale.

Tastes very much like it smells. Almost like a cider up front, only more sweet, and that fades into a grainy, bready zip in the back that ends with just the slightest kiss of hops. Nice.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but the low carbonation makes this a wonderful and flavorful session ale.

mynie, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was just fantastic. It poured a copper-like colour with a snow white head that subsided to a sticky lace ring in just few seconds. The lace clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell is just delicious. It takes something special for me to hand out a 5.0. The smell is full of malt with a noticeable amount of hops. There is quite a noticeable caramel smell as well. It's just so well balanced. Not too much or too little of anything. A masterpiece. The taste is quite lovely as well with a robust maltiness in the beginning with a pleasantly bitter hoppy finish. The mouth feel is so smooth and almost buttery. This is also very drinkable. A great session brew, or one to simply sip on and savour. Absolutely smashing!!

SilentSabre, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep orange and perhaps tobacco tinged brew. A quick white head, but plenty of carbonation. A malty nose, a bit grassy, lots of hops, and then a crisp taste of malt, fruity and buttery, nicely balanced bitter hops finish. Love this beer. Delicious, nice body, very drinkable. A favorite pale ale.

horndecker, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best before 19 Jan 2005. I'm a little late. Pours a light copper with a soapy light tan head. Poor retention and scant lacing. Low carbonation consistent with an English ale. Butterscotchy, toasty malt aroma with a hint of Kent Goldings hops nearer the end of the whiff. Assertive malty and buttery diacetyl taste with a slightly hoppy, drier finish. Trace vegetal notes. Lighter bodied, very drinkable and carbonation level is just right. A very nice English pale ale that is a benchmark of the style. This would have to be great on cask.

crookedhalo, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of John1985
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with an ample white head. Herbal aroma, malt dominates with butterscotch/toffee flavors. Hops stay quiet in in the back but still provide decent balance. Very drinkable smooth ale. Nothing terribly complex, rather straight forward but the overall effect is very good.

John1985, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first English Pale Ale I've tried. It was definitely a bit different from an APA, and not necessarily in a bad way. The appearance was a clean and clear amber color with a small cap of white frothy foam that soon disappeared to nothing. The smell reveals the british hops varieties with a hint of barley malt.

The taste was one of the best parts of the beer, as it should be. It starts off with sweet malts and finishes dry with a generous aftertaste of british hops. The body is light to medium. This would make an excellent session beer. I can't wait to have it on tap soon at my local watering hole.

neonbrown82, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden/orange has a one finger head with good retention and average lacing. The aroma is grainy and bread-like. The taste is malty caramel with a grainy and bitter finish. This beer is medium bodied and easy to drink.

Reflection: This is a very good ale but I can think of quite a few local breweries that I would rather buy from that make ales of this caliber.

Kookiekwan, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pt. 2.6 fl. Oz dark brown bottle, very upstanding, very “British” bottle and label. Best before label: February 8, 05 (tasted in mid January 2005).

Appearance: Bright, clear, copper color with a healthy carbonation and a largish head, mixed with small and large bubbles.

Aroma: Clean, refreshing, light, slightly hoppy, neutral sweetness, nothing real obvious in any direction.

Flavor: Malty, roasty, very slight heavy fruits, with a very slight hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just sits in the mouth so pleasantly. Hard to call it full or thin or watery, it’s not any of those, but it does feel very good in the mouth…

Drinkability: This is a very nice session-type English Paler Ale. To be honest, I haven’t had a lot of the English varieties (a few), but to me, this one is very good.

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a nice warm shade of brown with a modest head that lasted very well and left layers upon layers of great lace.

The taste is very nice, bringing loads of smooth and rich malts through without being overpowering. Something about the smell seemed funny but that wasn't bad either. The mouthfeel holds the richness and smoothness of the taste.

watermelonman, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a ton of carbonation, making for a big fluffy white head. Not much in in the way of aroma. A hoppy, spicy beer, and surprisingly clean tasting for an English ale. Pours as clear as most pilsners -- where's the yeast? (This is obviously not a bottle-conditioned ale.) Almost reminds of a little bit of the last Pilsner Urquell I had -- but his is supposed to be an ale, right? A good beer, but lacking some of the traits of other English beers from other breweries I Iike -- Young's or Adnam's, for example -- the mouthfeel, body and fruitiness contributed by the yeast. A bit of a dispointment in terms of the style but is good for impersonating a nice spicy pilsner.

marcobrau, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of taez555
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear tan/brown body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a mix of biscuit malt, bread and caramel. Rather sweet smelling with just that classic English Pale ale smell.

Medium bodied with a wonderful biscuit and caramel malt against a classic English hop taste. An upfront earthy hop taste balances well against the surprisingly big, but muted, hop bitterness. Honestly there’s really not much more to this beer. It’s just so simple, yet delicious. A perfect balance of English malt and English hops.

Simply a classic English pale ale. I love the big muted hop notes. It reminds me of sitting in an English pub. Even better if you can find it on cask. I could drink this beer all day long.

taez555, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of xforce
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great beer in the cask. far better than the bottled version, as the bitterness is much more rounded out. the beer poured off with little head (maybe 1/4"), but it lasted most the way to the bottom. nice copper/orangey color, a bit hazy. smell was great. creamy malt aromas and nice floral hops on the nose. the taste, though, was awesome. again, creamy malt texture, biscuit/cookielike flavors, finishing with delicate hops. nice malt finish too. i could drink this beer all night long (and i did, that one night...).

xforce, Dec 07, 2004
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