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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
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 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
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask it's light and understaed but flavorful and my review score is based on that Sessionable and melts in the mouth. .Bottle More bitter hops but also more caramel toffee biscuit malt sweetness noticeable in the bottle than the tap I have previously tried. Very drinkable and on light/medium fulness side.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a perfect amber colour with a thick luscious off white head. bready, toasty aroma...with just enough floral english hopping to balance. plentiful lacing. flavours of fresh bread dough and toasted crackers....some light caramel and toffee notes come through. hopping for flavour with little bitterness. balanced all around. the body is relatively light, with a mouthfeel that's rounded and crisp. finishes dry and wanting another sip. pleasant malty aftertaste. high drinkability because of the lower ABV and lessened flavour profile. a perfect session ale. would be a perfect compliment to some pub grub.

budgood1, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is it. This is what many consider to be the quintessential English Pale Ale. I'm a little surprised that it's taken me so long to try it. Crystalline, bright orange with a hint of amber. The head is on the small side, is light tan and is semi-stiff. Abundant, delicate lace. The nose, less bold than I'd hoped, is of caramel malt with a smattering of English-style hops (Target, Challenger, Northdown).

I enjoy the flavor, although it doesn't set my world on fire. The beer is nicely balanced between toasted malt and fruity, tea-like hops. 'Simple', 'straightforward', and 'clean' are all words that come to mind when drinking London Pride, and I mean none of them in a negative sense.

The only reason that I prefer American IPAs/APAs to English ones is that I like the varieties of hops used in the latter and I *love* the varieties of hops used in the former. The finish is austere with a slight mineral character and the mouthfeel is smooth and soft, but doesn't even aspire to creamy.

As a gold standard for 'across the pond' pale ales, Fuller's London Pride is solid in all respects. Though, again, I prefer the American version of the style, this beer's relatively restrained use of hops allows it to be consumed in quantity without risking palate fatigue. I'm glad that it's available less than 5 minutes from my house for those (admittedly rare) cases when I don't have a U.S. hop crave goin' on.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ooooh, am I ever glad Craig brought me this. I've been searching at home for this, and he found it while working in Ottawa. I gotta give him a reward for this. Nice, amber red with subtle hues of orange. Big, fluffy head that disipates slowly to nothing. But by then, the glass is almost empty. Lace coats the glass like a curtain. Beautiful. Extremely well balanced smell of malt and hops. Even a bit of a yeast strain smell. I like it, alot. Taste starts out crisp and mellow, then this full flavoured malt profile kicks in like kung fu. Nice, I like it. Leaves pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is definitely a full bodied beer. Not a heavy body, but full. Sinfully drinkable. I'd drive all the way to Ottawa to get a couple bottles of this bliss.

slitherySOB, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very nice looking amber pour with a smallish off-white head. The nose is malty sweet with subtle fruity hints. Taste wise, it's light fruitiness up front that quickly turns to a malty body down the middle. Medium bodied with a smooth & fizzy mouthfeel. The finish is dryish with a metallic sorta zip to it. Nice light hoppiness. An average beer in my books.

Popsinc, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper pour with scant slightly of white head followed by some bubbles stuck on the inside of the pint.

Slight vanilla & malts that are more pronounced upon warming.

Caramely malts front the flavor, then hops round up the taste. Balance is good. Even though it's a pale, hops followed in the aftertaste. Woody dry finish.

Big bodied ale and easily drinkable. Found meself going back for sip after sip.

Lastr swigs: Sweet caramly malts and a dry finish Pale with a full body.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of sraimondi
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this one again on draught at St, Andrews in NYC last week. While I have always enjoyed this beer from the bottle, you must have it on draught to truly enjoy it. St. Andrews also keeps it at the proper temperature so that the true flavour abounds. The mouthfeel was particularly wonderful, and taste is always good. Well, I'll be going back to the bottle version, as I don't get the draught up here in NW Connecticut. One of my favourite session beers--full stop!

sraimondi, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on my way to London on an American Airlines flight.


Mint, english hops, caramel, herbs butter and apricot in the aroma.

Apricot, orange, herbs, lemon and pine. Finely balanced. Light bodied. Velvety texture.

This hit the spot. I would have had a few more if they weren't five bucks per can.

Crosling, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out a rusty copper color with a nice amount of carbonation in there that leaves a lacing around the glass. Smell was a little light. It was mostly malts blended in with some hops (very light though), some caramel and a light floral aroma. Taste is quite good. Malts hit the palate big time and lasts through the aftertaste. In between some caramel and sweetness flavors blend in to balance this brew out. The carbonation in this beer was almost perfect I thought. It let the flavors show their punch. Perhaps on the best session beers out there.

necoadam, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Horseshoe

A tawny gold with white foam scudding over the top. Faint toffee scent. A touch of bitterness bites into the appley malt, which seems covered with butterscotch, with more butterscotch in the finish. Served too cold again as well. sigh.

gentlebubbles, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in the singles cooler at Whole Foods. Pours a deep copper color with a light foamy head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, biscuit, and a light fruitiness. Beautiful palate of sweet malt, very light hops, and a hint of brown sugar. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel allows the maltiness to linger on the palate. A great beer, to say the least.

ElGordo, May 26, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. This one poured a nice dark copper color with a very big frothy white head that coated the whole glass with lace. The smell was pretty light with a slight hoppiness and a very bready scent as well. The taste was super balanced with a very light hoppiness, medum malt presence and a great earthy taste that I couldn't put my finger on. The mouthfeel was so light and airy off the cask it was great. A true session beer indeed.

Dmann, May 20, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A benchmark bitter. It pours a bright orange color with a generous and long lasting rocky head. Half the head must stay behind on the glass, the lacing is copious. The smell is citrusy, perhaps grapefruit, piney and, possibly, ginger? The taste is refreshing, with cedary hop notes and a solid malt background. The bitterness and sweetness is very balanced. The carbonation is generous with medium sized bubbles that make for an active mouthfeel. This beer is an excellent session beer. Fuller's is one the best English breweries for sure.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of murphyl
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this one in London, at a hotel bar with my parents and a handful of business associates. Since everyone else at the table was drinking imported Belgian white beer or (God forbid) imported American pseudo-beer, I decided to do the honorable thing and drink locally...

Appearance: I found myself asking why the girl had brought me a practically frozen bottle and a frosted pint glass when the brewery was ten miles down the road and no keg I know of lives in a freezer. I can only assume that the place had run out of kegs or that she mistook my American accent for a taste for weak, cold, bottled pseudo-brews. However, once warmed up a bit by judicious application of my hands to the bottle, the beer poured a lovely rusty golden color, with a decent-sized creamy head and minimal lace on the glass.

Smell: Nice whiff of hops up front, caramel and buttered toast notes persisting throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tangy hops open up the beer, with lots of toasty, yeasty flavors, much like an old, well-oaked California Chardonnay. Generous body and a decent finish with notes of caramel and vanilla. Being bottled, it was a bit more carbonated than I'd prefer, but each sip left you wanting another, which is always a good sign.

Drinkability: This one goes down quite easily, and you can have quite a few before you start feeling the alcohol. A good session beer or a dinner quaff. Now, if only the barmaid had brought a proper pour from the keg...

murphyl, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with the uber-cool fullers logo.
Pours a dark orangy-yellow, with a very small head, even after a rough pour.
Aroma had notes of bread, grains and a mild hop floral scent as well. For some reason I am smelling dried fruit (apricot/raisins..namely raisins).
This is a fine beer on a hot day. Very dry with a nice graininess and hop bitterness.
A great brew and one that I will return to often.

LuckySevens82, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Biffster
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer starts with a big malt aroma that yields to some fruit and caramel and then substantial floral and toasty notes. There is a hint of English hops, but not Goldings. It is citrusy and even spicy (Challenger?).

The beer poured with a brilliant copper color with amber/golden highlights. It had a persistent off white head that left lace on the glass.

Malty and bisquity at the first sip, it proceeds to the barest hint of sweetness with a balanced earthy/grassy hop flavor and restrained bitterness. The caramel reasserts itself at the swallow but the finish is balanced somewhat to the bitter side.

The mouthfeel is suprisingly full, with a medium body and low to moderate carbonation that exhibits no astringency or warmth.

All considered, this is a very well made effort. It is restrained, yet complex and interesting. I will definitely have another.

Biffster, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of flaminghomer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very good colour, a nice copper. head is a dense off white but only about 3/4" thick. smell is clean with a very good smelling mild hops. at first taste i was a bit surprised the the hops did not stand out as much. a nice smooth malt flavour. it is very well balanced and very, very drinkable. a very good beer, that lots of different people could enjoy. this beer should be a world standard for good, drinkable beer.

flaminghomer, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper body with a two finger creamy off-white head. Laces in webs.
Wonderfully sweet aroma, very floral, biscuity malt, simple but great.
Floral and caramel taste, a undertone of nuts, and an undertone of butterscotch. Toffee and bread.
Light to medium feel, light bitterness. Great session beer drinkability. Just a great pale ale, may be underrated due to expectations based on American pales. What doesn't this brewery do right?

mschofield, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of govtmule
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. For the style I can't think of a beer that looks better in a glass. Nice foamy, cream colored head (my only negative comment is that I wish the head would hang around a little longer). It's a nice amber and copper color in the light.

This is my favorite Pale Ale. I like the floral aroma and the hops. It has a caramel character but not sweet. Smooth and creamy feel.

You need to try this one. I'd like to make this my every day beer.

govtmule, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color clear liquid with a foamy white head that disappeared fairly quickly. Smells slightly skunky, woodsy and earthy. Not really a great smell. Taste is much more pleasant. Not much malt sweetness, but more of a toasted flavor, with a very dry hop bitterness. Not much hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel, not too thin at all. This seems to be a very drinkable beer. A good example of an English Pale Ale.

Bierguy5, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-pulled from the cask at Ashley's for lunch today. Woo! Burnt amber in color with a frothy white head -- laundry soap bubbles? Every sip leaves another ring of lace around the glass like rings in a tree. Very nice.

The nose is a bit malty -- hints of white toast with honey. Hoppiness alludes to grapefruit, but it's thin. But man, what an incredibly balanced, beautiful, simple flavor. Simple pale malts -- melba snacks and homemade biscuits with a crunch --mingle with the most pleasant estery middle and a great leafy, herbal hop finish. Simple but excellent. And oh-so-light. Beer bliss.

marburg, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of dannyvee
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a small off-white head. Fruity and malty aromas dominate the nose. Tight carbonation and medium body leads to a very nice mouthfeel. Taste is malt, caramel and a touch af licorice along with the subtle hops at the end.

Overall I found this to be a very well balanced session brew. Not a huge fan of British ales, but this one really did it for me.

dannyvee, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of johnrobe
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good brew...but my tastebuds have been indoctrinated by hops-laden American PAs and this one just seems weak in comparison. It pours a light amber with a scant white head. Lots of caramel malt in the nose with some spicy hops in the background. Fuller's signature buttery burnt caramel flavor dominates the flavor, though it is more subdued than in the ESB. Spicy and slightly herbal hops provide nice balance but never dominate the flavor. A malty PA by American standards. A malt lover's beginner Pale Ale.

johnrobe, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s London Pride: This is one of those beers I’ve probably had a hundred times, but never got around to reviewing. This is poured out of a thick embossed brown bottle. It pours a nice amber, perfectly clear. The head is pure white, and a vigorous pour spills up a nice head that does not last too long.

The aroma is very mild, clean and barely malty.

The taste is very nice, highly malted, sweet and mild. There are nice floral hops that help to clean the taste up toward the end. Some caramel tastes add a pleasant taste as well. Very nice beer, one that you’d not have a hard time drinking all evening.

jackndan, Feb 29, 2004
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.