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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 85
Gots: 228 | 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 Absumaster
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 +1.5%
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 +7.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -10.7%
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 +11.2%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -6.6%
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 -26.1%
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 +8.6%
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 -10.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.5%
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.

Photo of Crotor
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby wiht two fingers of pillowy, long-lingering white head - hardly pale, but dead sexy nevertheless...

The aroma is all metal and bread. Seriously, that's all I get. Perhaps a *wee* bit of grain husk, but otherwise it's fresh bread, steel, and aluminum. Do these British beers have hop aromas when they're fresh and just lose 'em in transit? I'm not objecting, it's just kinda weird to not smell *any* hops in a "pale ale."

The flavor is quite rewarding. In the back there's those odd Brit-style bittering hops - why do they stick to those so? All hop flavor and aroma have been lost, were they ever present. There's a bit of tannic grain husk - not objectionable at all, and in fact I'd argue that it does something to balance the beer in absence of aggressive hopping. In the end, I'm really struck by just how hard the water is, and how much that carries through in the finished beer. Utter insanity. Not at all unpleasant, but *damn.* If they use water this hard, I think my crazy idea about brewing with Ashland, Oregon's "Lithia Water" might not be too off-base...

I don't normally buy British beers outside of the barleywines, porters, stouts, & impy stouts, because I think the non-roasty/lowly hopped British beers just get brutalized in transit between the brewery and the shelves of California. This beer, though not *bad,* only reinforced that notion. I suppose I shall just have to travel to Britain to taste their beers when young, so fresh and so clean...

Photo of Abita45
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much enjoyed this beer. Pours a copper color which I like, and as pale ales go, it has a nice balance of hops and a smoothness that I will attribute to some measure of malt. The taste had some depth to it, and the flavors blend well together. This beer drank very nicely. It has a medium body to it and it has a very enjoyable mouthfeel. There's slightly dry aftertaste which couples well with the rest of the beer's taste. Fragrantly, it is mild and does not carry a hoppy aroma that you may find with other pale ales. Overall, a great beer and one that has stood out for me.

Fuller's has been a brand I feel like I've heard of but never find, so now that I've found a place that carries a couple varieties, I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with it, at least until such a time when I can go to England and enjoy it.

Photo of jettjon
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Well balanced flavor
Lows: Head retention

Pours a burgundy clear color with quite a bit of carbonation evident. Head is initially 2-fingers of tan foam, but fades fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and some lacing. Nose is primarily sweet malts. Taste is sweet but there’s a good solid hopsy bitterness too; actually it’s pretty well balanced for an ale, which is not my favorite style. Not much else going on flavor-wise, just a good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. Finishes up pretty clean on a light bitter note. Mouth is watery and refreshing with just enough carbonation to keep it crisp. Drinkability is good; it’s well blanced, tasty, and goes down easily. The 4.7% ABV contributes to make this a very sessionable brew.

Overall: A darn good and well-balanced pale ale. Recommended.

Photo of Conrad
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a British style pub in Ottawa.
Short and to the point:
A: Clean copper-mahogany colour, thin head, good lacing.
S: Mild malt and gentle hops. A bit complex.
T: Easy ale flavour. Light spice, a smooth bitter finish.
MF: Medium body, small fizz. Very pleasant.
D: Very smooth. Easy refreshing beer of its style. Yes, I would have another, and another.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light golden oak body with a thick yellowish white head and a good carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of pale malt is rich with a slight sweet note and a very nice complexity.

T- This beer has a nice pale alt with a faint honey malt note and a light sulfur bite to it. As it warms notes of faint caramel and apple juice come through. There is a nice soft bitter hop finish that rounds out the malt but does not compete with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel.

D- This is a great English Pale Ale with lots of great malt flavors that are very subtle and a nice soft hop finish. This was meant to be a session beer and I can't wait to try it on cask some day.

Photo of ernie
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks superficially like lager, especially in a 500cl Stein. But this brew is a genuine English ale with delightful complex aroma (malts, hops, fruit and citric tones), great fruity taste, dry and firm body and soothing sweet finish. Coming out of huge London brewery it feels an artisanal country-side ale. Very good pale ale, one of the best I ever tried.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color with a foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves generous lacing.

Smell is caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste is toasted caramel malt up front. Mild fruit undertones. Finish is rather clean, with lingering biscuit malt character. Overall flavors are balanced, but the hops have a slight edge over the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors are very smooth and well blended.

Another winner from Fuller's. I really enjoy the subtle complexity of this EPA.

Photo of bashiba
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very clean dark amber with a thick off white head with good lacing and retention.

Smell was grainy with a hint of breadiness and a slight buttery smell much like the Fullers ESB.

Taste has a very nice bit of malt to it with a slight bit of toasted caramel, fresh bread, and smooth butter, but with a slightly sharp earthy and floral hop finish rounding it out.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and a bit watery.

Overall another easy to drink offering from Fullers.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.