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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 kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn. We have cask ale in Lexington! This beer came off the firkin a golden amber color with just a coat of head over top of the beer. The nose was sweet caramel with deep grainey tones, but not bad. I like it. The flavor was good caramel sweetness with a nice background of sweet grain that finished with a really nice hop bitter. The feel was silkey smooth and creamy, and just a nice drink. My only problem is that the beer was served way too cold for a cask ale, but letting it sit took care of that. Still highly drinkable and awesome.

kmpitz2, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all.-clear, golden beer with a cream-coloured foam and light carbonation.

The smell is bitter with a clear malty character. There are som citric tones and a caramell sweetness.

Taste is malty with a big bitterness. It has a nice sweet and buttery taste with bread traces. Leaves me with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

A very nice and easily-drunk beer. Very well balanced.

stjarnflikka, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden colour with lots of tiny bubbles racing up through it. Fairly small amount of white head.

Smells like a caramel or toffee, pleasant smell, not powerful, also a bit flowery.

Starts off with a mild sweetness and some citrus flavour, then as it passes to the back of the mouth it pops up a fair amount of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, rolling this beer about the tongue is pleasant and comfortable. It's also quite easy to drink, it's relatively light, and the flavours are not overpowering.

A good beer, my first from Fuller's. I'm not this style's biggest fan, but this beer would not be avoided.

elricorico, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NI CAMRA fest

Pours with a wonderful amber body, fairly good head, foamy , retention is fairly good, slightly cloudy

Smell, toasty and a warmth, leafy hop aroma, slightly milder than the bottled however

Taste, biscuity, nice residual sweetness, some nice english hops on the finish

A very good session ale, fullers have again impressed me, on cask its even more drinkable as the carbonation isnt as aggressive

cypressbob, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smooth, soft, mellow are the words that come to mind...
Appearance: amber, no orange, looks like wood, buff head, which dissipated quickly to a thin, sticky head
Smell: malt, bread, nuts, mild roasting scents, herb/hops are restrained
Taste: medium is a complement here, maybe balance is a better word, great malty, sweet, nutty, buttery flavors, just enough hop bittering to balance, easy to drink
Mouthfeel: I would not call this full, actually it's "thinness" surprised me, again moderate is the word
Drinkability: the easiest drinking ale I've tried. If you're drinking APA's, you need to try this to see how the "mellower" half lives

surfmeister, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the local pub. Cool hand pump. Pours a copper color with a very small head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass - didn't expect the cask version to have much head. The aroma is sweet and malty; caramel and biscuit malts. The flavor was very smooth and enjoyable. Has a caramel flavor with nice hop presence. Very nice on cask. I recommend it.

clvand0, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber color and has a thin white head that leaves decent lace. There is very little hops in the nose, but the bready malty aroma is inviting. I have never had a English pale ale before, so this was a total surprise to me. The subdued hoppiness and strong malty character is vastly different from the American interpretation. This is a very drinkable brew that is surely going to grow on me the more I drink it.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper to amber color with large bubbles of carbonation. The head head is made up of those same large bubbles in an off-white color. The aroma is sweet and malty with a fruity apple cider like smell. The taste is a bit sour and sweet with bready malt flavors and some weak hop bitterness at the end. It's a reasonable beer to drink, but nothing particularly special.

BrewMaster, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, orange body with a small ivory head that hangs around for a minute, or two, then falls to film and minimal patch lace.
Aroma is subdued, with a malty note of freshly baked biscuits, earthy hops, and a mineral note that seems to come from the water.
Mouthfeel has even carbonation and a light body. Smooth and delicate.
The taste, like the mouthfeel, is basically smooth and delicate with an ideal balance of hops and malts. Malts provide a fresh biscuity character, with buttery toffee and a note of fruity pears. Hops add an excellent bitterness that is earthy and herbal. The finish is dry, with a fine bitter herb aftertaste. Minerals are also noticed in the taste, a character which I enjoy greatly in certain English pale ales.
Excellent drinkability, ideal as a session ale, and the prototypical English Pale Ale.

merlin48, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of IceAce
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium-copper body with excellent clarity. Head is virtually non-existant with just a smattering of foam in my straight-side Libby pint glass. Large fish-eye bubbles cling to the inside of the glass from top to bottom...soap? grease? This beer certainly deserves a better presentation than this...

Aroma: Acidic nose with malt-vinegar undertones.

Taste: A true English-malt dominated brew made the classic style...just a hint of hops (fuggles?) in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A virtually flat beer with a thin slippery presence.

Drinkability: A dependable English PA...best paired with an order of Fish-n-Chips.

IceAce, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: poured a decent copper-gold with a smallish tight cap. moderate carbonation...aromas of spice, apples some pine. prickly mouth feel from over carbonation for the style (IMHO)...Hop pronounced.... malts take a back seat but deliver a distinct sweet biscuit taste that is not overpowered by the well balanced pine, woody hops. A smooth and mildish character in a standard for the style.

pootz, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid gold with a thick head this beer belies a malty nose that suggests old breweries and tradition. The taste is flowery, malty with subtle hops with the clincher coming with a great finish. The great English Ales are very complex in ways that only contemplation can produce. A true classic.

canucklehead, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pride poured a light amber colour with an off-white thick head that is quite long lasting. Very tiny bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is mild and hard to detect. The beer could be more aromatic - a malty smell is all I can get. A very nice rich taste - a smooth malty caramel or some kind of sweets. A taste of toffee or nuts lingers at the end. This is a great ale, smooth not really bitter and quite drinkable too. This beer is made for sucking back pints at a pub.

SaunaKing, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Dark amber in color with a medium off-white head. Tall, thin, attractive bottle.

Smell: Malty with a hint of biscuits.

Taste: Tastes like butter toffee. Very sweet, smooth malty flavor. The best character of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very smooth, creamy texture.

Drinkability: I'm going to give it a 4 on drinkability. Could be higher but it's sweetness and great taste should make people drink it slower to savor it's flavor.

Overall, if you're looking for a solid English Ale, this is your beer. Good character and great English toffee taste.

hero27, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First rated in October 2002 and sampled with bottles of other Pale Ales. I may have been too kind to that lot; or, at least, my taste has tipped in favor of this style decisively. I'm raising it 0.5 on appearance.

The color is of reddish burned sugars, and it demonstrates a clotting off-white froth; this before it resigns to a state of a translucent paper-wrapping over a glass-clear globe of tawny liquid. The bouquet is well-fruited: suggestive of whole, ripe red apples. A surge of perfumy vanilla and arsenic endow the nose with sophistication. Big drafts of it on the gob are a challenge to humble, proletarian modesty. The silk in these tannins must be very high priced, one would assume. But then -- especially for whomever gustatory thrills are routine -- it is just as easy to tear open that silken bodice and inhale the busty brilliance of this bronze.


It is rich, replete with the flavors of best-quality nutshells, quite bitter actually, and hopped lavishly; yet with complete deference to the fruit. And so it is in the background where herb joins malty, yeast-mothered apples, cherries and melon rind. This intersection -- and one must search a little for it -- contains all of the staple sensations of an opium or cigar den: vanilla, tobacco, incense, grape jelly, toast.

Granting myself the last word, Fuller's seems like a top-notch outfit. I can think of no reason not to consider them for Best British Brewery and an automatic contender for Best World Brewery.

putnam, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky, doughy, cream-colored (almost white) head on top of a clear, pure amber beer. Nose is a gorgeous toffee caramel, chewy delight. Buttery, bready, caramely up front. A dark, rich, buttery caramel, smooth middle. Finish is tangy, hoppy bitter and nutty too. Yes! This is just a fabulous English ale.

kbub6f, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on my latest beer run. 12 oz bottle with a best before date of 12/apr/04 (about 5 months past its prime). Appearance is copper with a small white head which initially consisted of large bubbles. Aroma has very pronounced bread-like qualities, a lot of malt in this pale i guess. A little bit of nut aroma slips through as well. Taste backs up the aroma well. A very strong malt body is the dominating force in this beer. The nut flavor is present as well. Pretty well balanced if you are a malt lover. Mouthfeel is nice. This could be a great session beer, but I seem to prefer my pale ale's to have more floral qualities. I guess English Pale Ale is not my style, but I'm definately glad I sampled at least 1.

soper2000, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 18.6 oz brown bottle. I was surpised to see this at a local beer store. This must have been a new order, but the weird thing is that the before date is for 9/28/04. Neverthless, I was excited to see this single bomber.

Appearance is a light brown color.

Smells like sweet malt and caramel. A little grainy as well.

Old fashioned candy flavor at first and then a sweet malty finish. Very drinkable English Pale Ale. Excellent balance with just enough of a hop presence. Tasty session beer.

Hibernator, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first pint upon arrival in London, enjoyed at The Sherlock Holmes Pub. Poured a crystal clear copper, though it had but the tiniest bit of bubbles around the rim serving as a head, and left minimal lacing. Nose was semi-sweet with some toffee notes. Nice but mild. The Pride was medium in body, and glided smoothly over the tongue. Flavor is toasty malt backed up by plenty of caramel, along with a hint of hops near the end which melds with the caramel and sticks all over the mouth. Tasty bier!


overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller's London Pride Pale Ale

Appearance- caramel brown with a thick, creamy, frothy head that lasts throughout the drinking of the entire beer.
Smell- malt and caramel.
Taste- delicious malt with a hint of caramel. A slight fruity/nut flavor too.

Overall- A perfect beer!!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper colour, with a creamy, fluffy off white head.

Nose had hints of caramel, and bread like qualities.

Taste: Initially, the hop bitterness got me thinking this was more an american style pale ale. But as it warmed, as usual, you get a sweet caramel flavour. Slight graininess, a little fruity. The hops balance it nicely.

Body a bit fuller than what I'd consider medium bodied. Smooth, good amount of carbonation.

A great session beer. One of my favourite english pale ales.

baiser, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden, light amber. Very clear with a thick, sticky head that leaves generous lace.

Strong crystal malt flavors, subtle hop. Excellent caramelized sugar aromas. The flavor has hop bite up front that is counter-balanced by a rich malt roundness. The mouthfeel is similar to cream, while the aftertaste features a 70-30 balance of hop-malt respectively. The hop is very fresh tasting.

A very strong example of the traditional English Ale, albeit close to an ESB in flavor with the extra touch of hops.

smcolw, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown colored beer with a medium head and standard retention. Aroma is quite malty and the same applies to the taste. Well balance bitterness at the end. This is another standard English ale in bottle which I’m starting to think taste all the same. I’m wondering if those beers should only be drink form a cask to truly appreciate them. Overall, this is not bad, nor good, just standard.

Phyl21ca, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear coppery colour. Long-lasting white head. Fresh hop aroma with light grain and some toasted. Crisp carbonation to start with a very smooth texture that follows. Hop bitterness is more dominant in the bottle than when on-tap, and malt/fruit flavours are more mild. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate.

DrJay, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is still great in the bottle. It has a wonderful light red colour with an off white cap of foam and the great aromas of fresh british hops and malts in perfect unison with one another. The taste is a bit malty, but still quite hoppy at the same time. Although the bottled pride is much sweeter than the cask version. The mouthfeel ia a more full bodied as well and the drinkability of this stuff is still quite wonderful!

PS: It's great that the Fullers stock at Shangy's is always super fresh! It's not as good as cask, but it's the next best thing!

francisweizen, Jul 20, 2004
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.