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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 75
Gots: 177 | 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 revdrjbob
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from the openning night at the local Dan Murphy's.
Poured a pale golden honey colour with a dense white foam on top, leaving behind plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Heaps of delicate English hops (EKG?), plenty of malt, hints of crystal malt sweetness, and a dash of caramel and honey.

Taste: Full malt in the mouth, sweet crystal and a well balanced hop profile. Strong and bitter, but not overly. Very well balanced, finishes dry with a longlasting bitterness. No ninny here. Awesome!

Teaser actually said "If this is what English beer is like, then I'm happy to visit anytime". I'll hold her to that.

revdrjbob, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of cracgor
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a white creamy head that subsides to a thin layer of head that just screams beauty to me. The body is transparent amber.

Smell: A nice bitter and slightly sweet hop. A little cedar-like. Delicious.

Taste: Delicious hop...perhaps the best hop taste I have ever enjoyed--fruity/ester. The bitter hop is quickly replaced with the a nice pale malt flavor. I don't know how to explain it well, but it is not as sweet as it is earthy and smooth.

Mouthfeel: light bodied. crisp. A beer's beer!

Drinkability: I can't imagine it getting anymore drinkable.

cracgor, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Fuller's London Pride pours from the bottle a bright amber with hints of red and a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of sweet caramel, toasty bread and light fruits mixed with some herbal hoppiness as well. An enjoyable nose that seems fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings a caramel covered toasty pale maltiness that has a nice fruity (apples) profile as well. A slightly spicy, herbal hop hits the back of the palate on the way down. A bit of grainy huskiness lingers after each sip. A tasty pale ale overall...easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with good carbonation and just really easy to drink. I could see this being really great on cask. Another brew I would have no problem sessioning as it goes down so smooth and easy. Well worth your time...and probably worth a trip to the UK as well!

orbitalr0x, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Orange-brown amber and clear. 3/4 inch light beige head with big bubbles. No carbonation lines are apparent. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and lightly hopped.

Taste is fantastic. Sweet malty start blending smoothly into a neutral middle with light carbonation then morphing into a hoppy, dry finish. A little hint of buttery caramel at the start and a bit of a grassy feel at the finish. Aftertaste is a nice medium bitter. Alot of elements combining nicely in this one.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. A nice round mouthfeel.

What else can I say? This is pretty much exactly as an English Pale Ale should be. Fuller's can certainly take pride in this beer.

Review made from notes.

Noxious26, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Barley’s. Notes of baked goods, oatmeal cookies, and light hops. Copper orange. Poured with no head. Little evidence of carbonation. Bready/biscuity caramel malts. Floral/perfumy hop flavor. At bit on the thin side, watery, with little carbonation. All said, this was a very ordinary beer.

tjthresh, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The ale is a slightly dark amber in color with a slight, white head.

There is a moderate malt sweetness to the beer, with a background of english hops. There is a decent amount of hops present, but they are unlike the hops I am used to. There is a floral greenness to them. They are very mild and earty, with no "bite" whatsoever.

Carbonation is medium low and the body is the on the heavier side of light.

The grainy maltiness is balanced with the mild hops. The hops are green and impart a very slight bitterness that lingers for a short while. Not very complex by any means, but a pleasant brew.

blackie, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi copper color with a nice medium tan head. Aroma is of a toasted grain quality followed by a caramel sweetness and then a slightly spicy quality. Taste has more caramel sweetness and toasted bread upfront in that traditional English ale quality. Body is a bit buttery and really smooth. On the light side but it works well for this beer. Hops seem a little fruity at first but finish with a little of that spicy flavor I got from the aroma. Good beer in all. Fuller's can do no wrong imo.

granger10, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried it on cask before. From the bottle this time. Pours a solid to dark copper with golden and ruby highlights. A full off white head diminishes to a trace and leaves nice lacing. Smells decidedly malty and caramelly with sligh hop spiciness in the background. Maybe a bit buttery. Tastes also malty and caramelly. Sweetness is full and rich up front. Tapers a bit over the toung, leaving hop resins to dominate. English hop flavor adds spiciness and a bit metalic (not from oxidation, but from hop flavor). Body weakens into the finish leaving the beer a suprisingly thin. Slight buttery flavors and slickness are present in the finish and aftertaste. Despite a few flaws, this is a plesant tasting beer.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish-golden color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is grainy with a background of floral hops. Taste begins with a bready flavor followed by a light caramel sweetness and a lingering floral hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is cream and smooth with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable English Pale, a bit hoppier than expected but still an excellent choice.

silver0rlead, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came from the tap a deep copper color, very clear. There was little to no head on the beer, but I blame that on the pour. I’ve had this beer before (although not reviewed, and there was no issue. I think it was just the 1st pour for a couple of hours. The nose is all malt with caramel and toffee. It really smells like candy. The taste is fruity apple pear with lots of caramel. There is ieven more toffee in the flavor than I detected in the nose. Slick light mouth feel. Decent drinkability.

carln26, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of palliko
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is translucent amber with beige foam and long lived lace. Aroma has notes of toast, crackers, toffee, brown sugar – and lots of hops. Initial taste is of just-right carbonation, malt, sourdough bread, sweet butter and bitter hops. Finish leaves apricot hops on your tongue. Masterfully crafted!

palliko, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of Maestro
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle

Appearance: dark orange with a one finger bubbly head

Smell: Sweet, with almost no hops noticeable in the nose.

Taste: This beer is quite mild and a bit bland. There seems to be a shortage of hops. The beer is sweet tasting and seems to have some vegetable/corn taste.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and smooth, with little to no dryness.

Drinkability: I am sure this would make a great session ale.

Overall this beer was a let down. I have had great experiences with the other Fuller's products. But this one seemed to be more of an average brew. It is probably better on draft in the UK. I will have to try it there someday.

Maestro, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper red color and is topped by a frothy cream colored head that starts out a respectable two fingers thick. The aroma is nice; it is a good mix of hoppy, malty and fruity notes. I get aromatic notes of herbs, lemons, cherries, caramel and toffee. The taste is lightly sweet, and quite light on the palate. There is a nice herbal hoppiness to this beer up front and it carries through to the finish. The finish has a pleasing bitterness to it, but also has a bit of citrusy lemon character to it. The taste has notes of toffee, and caramel; this has a really nice maltiness to it that really compliments the hop notes quite well. This is an eminently quaffable beer that is really well balanced between the malt and the hops, though it is balanced towards the hoppy side of the spectrum.

Gueuzedude, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm so used to APA's that I had to come back to reality with an EPA. Glad I did. While APA flavor is very good, the EPA's add more complexity, almost like APA's stop, but EPA's invite you to the cellar where they pump these beauties. I have had Fuller's before but got my chance to review for BA for the first time in 4 years, so lets go.

It's dark orange, had a non-existant head. It is hard to desribe what makes this different in smell, but something that I've had smelled before with other imports, an odd, malty scent, but it tells of the heritage. Mouth wasn't much to speak of, average beer. The taste, wow. It started with the flavor of malt and hops, then went into a dark flavor that was the blend of these flavors with the alcohol peeking through. Yes, this would be better if I was in London having it from the tap, but beggars can't be choosers...

Drinkability is, as it does. I love this stuff, but because it's not available all over the place, I consider this a "once in awhile treat" otherwise I'll be deprived.

Ricochet, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark copper with a thick white head. laces down the glass and never completely fades.

S- sweet fruit syrup aroma

T- not much hop presence at all, mostly just a sweet malty taste that takes some getting used to, but is enjoyable.

M-medium body with little to no carbonation

D- very easy to drink. light on the palate and very smooth,

overall- got this on sale for 3.99 a 6pack. the store was overstocked and it was getting close to the best by date. glad i picked this up because its a nice change from what i have been drinking.

Gritsak, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, 12 oz. bottle, best by 9/16/05 - served chilled in a nonic. Pours a honey/amber with a beautiful 2 finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of diacetyl in the aroma (buttery/butterscotch), with caramel, some hops, and a hint of metal. The flavor is the same with some citric character in the hops and a hint of chocolate in the malts. It has a medium body and a decent amount of carbonation that isn't too tingly and is overall very smooth. The only thing that detracts from this being a session beer is the price.

mmmbeer, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear, rust colored beer topped with a small head and minor lacing. Mostly malt smelling with very faint hops coming through. Tastes... well... bitter, otherwise it's all malty with some hint of caramel and maybe some amber malt. Thin mouth but that's kind of what I expected. Surprising how much malt flavor there is considering the thin body.
Fairly drinkable beer although maybe a little too bitter for my taste.

Chadbrew, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well ! Started out with a nice, clear, amber body with a tan head. Great lacing throughout the glass. Aroma of malts and citrus, taste included these and some lemon. Very low hop kick, but low carbonation made for one you could drink day and night, summer and winter. Not very exciting and somewhat thin, but still tasty enough to go back for another.

Vancer, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full, copper-toned body with golden highlights. Thick, dense cap of creamy, off-khaki head. Nose is light sugary biscuit malt, a whiff of toffee, but predominantly slightly resinous, herbally bitter hops. Toasted caramel biscuit malt flavors up front. Nice, even bitterness intrudes with good floral, herbal hop flavor. Nice. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a minerally finish. Medium bodied. Probably better on cask, but not bad on nitro.

alexgash, May 30, 2005
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
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.