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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 91
Gots: 242 | 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 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.

Photo of Crotor
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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 -1.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +10.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.6%
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.

Photo of haz77
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours dark copper with an inch of off-white head, which drops to form a thin layer. Small bubbles and moderate to high carbonation.

S – Bread, caramel, some hops.

T – Bready malts at first with some restrained hop bitterness following and continuing into the aftertaste.

M – Smooth with moderate carbonation. Starts out medium and finished thin in body.

D – Solid beer and very drinkable.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a spongey, pourous white head that recedes to a filmy foam at an average pace. Sparse bubbling is noticed amongst a copper/amber hue.

Smell- MIldy bready adn grainy m,alts with only a dry hop nose.

Taste- Reminds me of whole grain wheat bread with un-cracked grains in the toasted crust. A good dry hop presence is noticed in the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- An overal dry but grainy almost oatmeal like mix of flavors coating all the tongue. But especially the back of the tongue.

Photo of neenerzig
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 5th and final beer I had on my recent trip to London on my last night there. I got a pint of this at a pub I went to along with dad and twin sister. Never heard of this beer before I had it in London. Don't believe I have ever seen it for sale anywhere in the States. This beer is a dark copper like color with a pretty nice foamy white head that stuck around for awhile. The smell didn't really impress me much. It tasted pleasantly and mildly sweet and also of malt and some mild hops along with a faint trace of caramel or maybe chocolate. It has nice smooth and perhaps creamy mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. I found this beer to be very drinkable as it goes down easy. Not great, but a good solid beer and I would try this one again for sure if I ever see it here in the States.

Eric

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

A - Pours a clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is of sweet malts and a under tone of caramel.

M - Medium body, slighty carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. I believe this is my first English Pale Ale. Simply an awesome brew. Totally different than a APA, maltier and less hoppy. Highly recommended.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Yardhouse in Long Beach, served in a pint glass. The beer was burnt copper colored with a bright white head. The smell was mostly neutral and the taste was slightly malty and sweet, no major hops component to the flavor.

An OK beer that I'd try again in the UK. But not as good as Fullers ESB.

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

My favorite English soccer team--West Ham United, of London's East End--came up painfully short in the FA Cup final Saturday. It was a bitter loss, but also a day that left all Irons/Hammers supporters full of immense pride at their underdog side's brave performance. Hence, it was a perfect day for Fuller's London Pride. This is such a classic example of its style, there really isn't much to say. Its caramel-malty aroma and golden copper-brown appearance are extremely inviting. Again true to style, its flavor and body are perhaps a little on the thin side, but extremely drinkable and balanced, with a straightforward hop bitterness slightly more assertive than the caramel malt background--although the maltiness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. The only thing really limiting this style-defining beer is being served in a bottle; this refreshing, lightly carbonated, but deceptively flavorful session brew absolutely demands being served traditionally cask-conditioned.

Photo of nickg902
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle

A: Pours a light copper color, quite clear. Small head disappears quickly with little to no lacing

S: First smell yielded a somewhat biscuity, hoppy aroma. Very mild, nothing special at all

T: Taste is somewhat citrusy with perhaps a hint of carmel, very watered down taste, with a very slight, bitter aftertaste. Absolutely boring in my mind

M: Thin, watery, med-low carbonation

D: Easily drinkable since there is very little complexity in my mind.

I am not sure why this is rated the way it is. I find this absolutely boring and plain. It is too watered down and the flavors are very average. There is no reason for me to try this one again, and I hope the rest of the Fuller's beers I bought arent this bad. I'd avoid.

Photo of Phatz
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an amber-ish orange color/ with a small head that fades quickly; little sticky lacing.

Smell: There is an immediate sweet caramel and buttery aroma that has subtle bready malt characteristics as well. There are very gentle English hops in the back of the nose.

Taste: This is a remarkable quaffable easy to accept beer. Very tasty. It has a soft flavor that has no bold characteristics; but its glamour is in it's gentle approachability. There is a bit of toasted malt, caramel, and breadyness up front. Then through the center, the beer seems very fruity and a bit juicy. There is a bit of buttery diacetyl and oily / juicy texture to the mid. The finish is slightly dry with just the perfect amount hop presence to leave a gentle bitterness lingering magnificently on the tongue. Well-done Fuller's!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth slick texture that is slightly crisp around the edge but more oily / juicy through the center. Solid backbone leaves this lightweight beer feeling solid enough, and the dry finish is brilliant.

Drinkability: This is one of the easiest drinking beers that I have encountered. It was so easy to drink and put down I hardly have words to describe it. Maybe the simple straightforward attributes. Maybe the perfect balance. Maybe the juicy characteristics; whatever it is that made this beer so quaffable and approachable made it a fantastically easy beer to drink!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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

Very clear in appearance and copper in color with a beige head. Smells of hops and malt. Mild in taste with a slight hops finish. What comes to mind is a balanced beer with a decent taste. A bit of an aftertaste but overall a drinkable pale ale. I would add this beer to the list of beers I would probably enjoy more if I had it on draught.

Photo of ProfessorHops
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. If you like malt heavy easy to drink beers. This is your guy.

It looks great with care invested.

Scent is complex.

Mellow flavor with hints of wood, almonds , and vanilla. Very sweetlly robust.

Finishes very comfortable and friendly.
simply scrumptious.

Everyome should try this beer.

On my top five.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a can. "Serve cold" it says. Clear copper, with a creamy head. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet malts. Grassy hops. A touch of astringency in the nose.

T - Well balanced. Grain and citrusy hops. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Delicious.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is not too hard, not too soft. Nice

D - Easy drinking, but tasty.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

This beer poured a clear, deep amber color with creamy, light tan foam that clinged to the glass and slowly settled. There was a good stream of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The smell was nice and malty with a good aroma of English hops. The taste was dryly malty with "chalky" hops and a light fruitiness. The beer was well-balanced with mild bitterness overall. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppiness and light fruitiness lingered in the finish. This was a great session beer, and even tasted great straight from the bottle.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice, bright copper color with fiery red highlights. Head is a light beige that dissipates quickly into a thin film atop the beer.

Smell: Diacetyl, grape juice, sweet caramel malts. The hop aroma is quite good; spicy, floral, and piney all at once.

Taste: Sweet malts, piney hops, some intriguing cinamonny notes, and butterscotch. Everything is in its place; a very well-balanced, mild-mannered ale with just enough hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Finish showcases hops nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly tingly. Very clean despite its relatively full body.

Drinkability: Painfully sessionable. This is a good one.

Photo of phisig137
2.43/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a amber color with a thin white head. Blanket forms on top of the glass.

Aroma is a let down, hints of caramel, but mainly corny smelling.

flavor is just as bad. Tastes like a train wreck of adjunct grains and diacetyl. Mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Drinkability is decent at best. I find myself almost choking this down.

Photo of klewis
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a big frothy head. Rings of lacing are stuck like glue all around the glass. Very nice

S: Not much here, malt, maybe some honey. Smells almost like an amped up BMC beer.

T: Malty up front, some bubble gum and honey flavors, and then some delicate hop flavor in the finish. Overall the flavor is sort of flat.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and slick texture.

D: Great appearance and mouthfeel, but the smell and taste leave something to be desired. Overall, this gets a "meh" rating from me.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.