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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,775 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1775
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%


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.

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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. Loved the old-school look and the heaviness of the bottle, as well as the "best before" date on the bottom of the back. This seemed like one of the classics and after finally giving this a go, I can say that this was something I should have had a long time ago. Nothing about it blew me away but but when it comes to quintessential English beers, there isn't a better example than this!

Good pour to this, with a fairly deep apricot hue, present but not overpowering head, and just a bit of lacing that slowly slid down the sides of my pint glass. Not a terribly strong aroma to accompany this but there was some tea and a hint of earthy hops. More of that could be picked up in the taste, along with some earl grey, floral notes, mild sweetness, and a slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. Just the right amount of carbonation to go with a slick and almost buttery mouthfeel. I was amazed how easily this went down for a beer that never felt or tasted weak and this reminded me of the ESB when it came to the balance the consistency of it.

Even though I only bought one bottle of this, I could have downed a few in a sitting. This had "session" written all over it (not literally) and thankfully, all of the ingredients were British. I say that because it's hard for me to picture something not along the lines of Boddington's or Bass but had a nice niche all of it's own. While not like their American counterparts, this fell into a style that I could easily enjoy and even love. Beers like this are a classic for reason - no one would ever want to see this change. A must-try for anyone looking to find a new session Ale that feels like an old friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 06:36:24 | More by JerzDevl2000
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The-Jolly-Imbiber

Antarctica

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

An attractive, dim gold colour. Just shy of 2 fingers of head.

Smell is faintly sweet, and rather light, but has the presence of a certain scent that I can't quite describe. "Soapy"?

Taste was mild. A basic "beer" taste. Mild carbonation.

Pale Ales are not my thing, but, overall, this beer is not too off-putting to me.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 00:53:46 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer provided a "tight" flavor-- hops commingled with a sprite of malt.
I want to use the term "dry" although the ABV is not particularly high.
The mouthfeel was a lively combination of bitter hops and effervescence to create a life on the finish.
Overall this beer is spot on its style with a satisfying combination of hops malt and flavor robustness.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:35:08 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Clear deep amber topped by a finger thick white head which declined to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Malt.

t: Caramel malt up front balanced by some hop bite. Very tasty.

m: Moderate with good body.

o: A fine English ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:33:16 | More by scotorum
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a short-lived white head over golden liquid with just a hint of redness in it. Nose is weakly malty, very clean though. Taste is somewhat on the light side, a lightly malty start with a slight but pleasant hoppiness. All in all it adds up to a very easy to drink English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:21:55 | More by beerluvr
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dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear orange amber. A light reddish gold. It has a finger of

The aroma has floral and earthy hops and a big bready malt. It’s not a big nose, but a bit hoppy with lots of toasty caramel malt. Toasty white bread.

The flavor follows with an easy drinking light bready malt along with some yeasty flavor. There’s earthy bitterness on the end. It’s quite drying. Reading about this, as it warms, but it definitely gets a lot better. The fruity notes start coming through with slight pear and apple. The grassy notes are stronger along with that complex touch of the toasty, biscuity malt.

The body is clean and light.

At under 5%, this is a really one of the best session ales I’ve had. It surely would pair well with many heavy meals as well as chicken. Pleasantly surprised and impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:53:03 | More by dar482
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Cyrion

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint. Best before 2 Feb 2014. Not saving any for a groundhog.

Appearance: Dull, dark gold with lots of carbonation. The 2-inch off-white head disappears inside five minutes. Decent lacing.

Aroma: At fridge temperature, there's not much to work with- a faint sweet smell with earthy hops. As the beer warms, toast and raisin develops with some delicate hops.

Taste: When cold, this is a mild and inoffensive beer, with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. When warmer (50 degrees) the character of the pale ale appears and the style is more in line with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Almost a soda effervescence.

Overall: Do not drink this cold. It needs some air and warmth to do its thing. It's an English ale, so no real surprise, right? I really expected a little more malt, but for what it is, it's a tasty session beer that appeals to a wide audience. Me likes.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:25:01 | More by Cyrion
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; honey-like; medium head

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried fruit; hints of tea

Taste: Malty; creamy on start; semi-sweet in mid and finish; not much bitterness, but nutty aftertaste; quite good

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:23:42 | More by IchLiebeBier
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange, amber or even darker golden the color of this ale is quite striking. The head is a bit wimpy, fleeting and was gone in a second.

Fragrant malts, tea leaves, iced tea and subtle sweetness fill the nose. Not terribly complex but nice enough.

Malty, grassy, toasty and some biscuit like features highlight a hoppy finish. Very smooth easy drinkability add to an old favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:10:28 | More by KYGunner
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this one into my I&G Tulip glass. The colour is a striking red-brown, almost a perfect mix of the two. The head, frankly, smells sort of.. off. The head smells like an adjunct lager with citrus notes (and my bottle is nowhere near expiry, so staleness is not the issue here). The beer itself smells a little better, there are some malty notes and some orange peel aromas also. The mouthfeel is much better than the smell; there is some moderate carbonation going on which leaves a pleasant numbness on the tongue. The taste is nothing special in my honest opinion; it is refreshing going in and does not have much detectable booziness, but it just tastes way too bitter for me. After going further into the bottle, I am picking up more of the orange notes that I described earlier, but it`s still not something I`d be eager to grab at the store again.

Overall, the colour is downright beautiful for a beer, and it feels pleasant in my mouth. The smell is a little off, but the taste somewhat redeems that. Regardless, I cant justify a repeat purchase of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 07:19:44 | More by Olek4374
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Murphious

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though a little "thin", this beer could be drank by the pint all night.
Pours with 1/4 inch head that disappeared within 10 minutes. Has a good amber color. Aroma is hoppy but not over powering. Very smooth without a tasting weak, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:44:48 | More by Murphious
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber with a creamy head about two fingers in height. Very nice aroma that actually harkens a bit to darker Belgian ales - fruity esters evoking raisin and fig, but without the yeast notes. Mild floral, herbal hop aroma.

Light malt body and mild bitterness. Despite the light body, it's by no means watery. Hops offer a tea-like, herbal quality. Fruity esters are more prominent than in a typical APA, with a corresponding reduction in hoppiness. This is preferable for me in a lower gravity beer. Texture is soft and sudsy. It'd be all too easy to throw down pint after pint of this.

Great flavor and aroma in a small package (in terms of ABV). London Pride remains the best sub-5% beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:27:08 | More by gr0g
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle to an English tulip

A: Typical pale ale color. golden color with with an amber tint. One finger of head with decent retention. Carbonation appears to be very low.

S: Floral and a bit earthy hops are present to the nose but nothing overpowering. Just the right amount for something of this style.

T: Once again hops are good and appropriately mild. Floral and earthy are the key flavors. A little bit of crystal malt caramel like character is present and balances the hop bitterness nicely. Perhaps a tad of honey as well. A tad of citrus hops but its very subtle and in the background.

M: Very smooth due to the low carbonation which is presumably due to the tradition of lowly carbed cask ales that were popular in English beer history.

O: Equivalent to the comfort food of beer. Fairly simple and not complex but still a well done beer with good balance and a nice flavor. I really liked this beer and it appear to be a bottled emulation of traditional cask ales. Pub quality in a bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 21:33:33 | More by Haydn-Juby
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 22 Dec 13. Light bronze color with exceptional clarity. Only a half-inch of eggshell head. Looks great in my Sammy Smith nonic pint.

Fruity English malts with tones of apple and pear and caramel. Sprigs of herbal hops layer out in the background. Smooth balance. A little sweet. Great nose.

True English flavors. Fruitiness in the form of pear and apple with a light toast and some noteworthy light caramel. Hops resound with more herbal and grassy character that carries out with some crispy bitterness in the finish. Dries out slightly with a familiar quince note.

Sessionable feel. Light in alcohol, but filling. Modestly carbonated with a smooth body. What I look for in beers of this style.

Drinking this fresh is a pleasure. I will stand by London Pride. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 15:03:24 | More by thecheapies
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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a British Airways plastic cup on a flight from Heathrow. Not the most ideal of drinking situations, but still classically delicious and refreshing. Balanced malty goodness with a touch of pear fruitiness. Light in body but packs considerable flavor. Easygoing and sessionable. The best I could ask for in a cramped cabin 40,000 feet above sea level.

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 21:51:14 | More by Fusion7777
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fuller's London Pride has become our favorite. Every day beer. The balance of malt and hops is masterful. It pours a rich amber color with a big white head to head stays for most of the session. The aroma has a mild Bready quality. The taste has a nice clarity to it that ends up with the full malty mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 17:50:08 | More by dennarb
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tonton

Hong Kong

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this the first time I tried it, and I enjoy it more and more each time.

Pours beautifully from a 50cl bottle into the official London Pride conical pint glass. Ample snow white fluffy head with medium retention, beautiful blonde body, large bubbles rising beautifully throughout.

Easy on the nose, but nothing that really says "delicious"... just... nice. I'm getting apples, some gentle spiciness, really subtle and simple.

The taste while drinking is just clean. Totally clean. Perfect sweetness (it is sweet but I prefer sweet), just the right amount of hoppiness, honey, apples. This is just so easy to enjoy while drinking. The only reason this doesn't score higher is an ever so slightly metallic aftertaste. But the primary flavor is unmatched.

Mouth feel is smoothly sticky, good carbonation (I like that as well).

It's so nice that such a fantastic beer is so easily accessible. I haven't tried it on tap yet, but we do have a bar here in Hong Kong that serves it draught, and I intend to go there this week, and then regularly. Meanwhile, it's about half again as expensive as Boddingtons, but oh, so much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 15:21:57 | More by tonton
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Fullers London Pride poured a dark gold/amber color that formed a 3/4 finger off-white bubbly head that slowly faded to a ring. The nose was first hit with the sweet scent of caramel malt and maybe a little butterscotch too. A slight detection of light floral hops is in the background. The flavor is very similar to the nose with caramel malt upfront followed by a mild hop bitterness that lingers after the finish. Mouth feel is medium with a nice medium carbonation.

Fullers London Pride is the classic English Pale Ale that is easy drinking, refreshing, and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 19:40:08 | More by bushbeer75
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Premo88

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
(bottle from 6-pack)

L: amber. classic red-gold with virtually NO head. very slight lacing.

S: light malt that warms up (for me) over time and becomes a bit maltier. I've had this a handful of times, and only once did I smell a good amount of hops ... generally the malt overwhelms it.

T: clean, crisp, slightly watery but still solid malty English ale taste. decent balance with a tasty sweet finish at times.

F: good carbonation but a bit watery. still solid though.

O: strangely, this beer seems to taste better when I use it as a backup beer; i.e., when I start a session off with this one, I don't like it as much as when I drink it second or third after a different beer. the overall presentation lacks compared to Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale, but the taste holds up just fine. if you're looking for an English pale ale, you could do much worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:22:10 | More by Premo88
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready caramel/molasses? Sweet, assertive bitterness but not the expected citrus hop bitterness . Full bodied nice mouth feel/ Light aroma and easy drinking. I haven't had many classic English Pale Ales but I've been told this is a staple and good representative of the style in general. Highly recommended for those who want a robust ale with moderate bitterness. I think I drank this one too cold to appreciate all of its flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:35:47 | More by Theheroguy
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange in colour. A small, half clingy whitish head.

S: Toffee fruitiness - the Fuller's signature blend.

T: Dry, tart and a bit sour. The hops emanate a nice amount of bitterness and some of that classic English bathwater flavour. Malt is very neutral. Plenty of citrus in the aftertaste. Some laquer-like alcohol in the last few glugs, which is nice.

M: Modest on the fizz. Adds a touch of docility to this tart brew.

O: Not a benchmark beer, just a bog-standard (and therefore a quality) English ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:39:53 | More by Hoppsbabo
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served as a sample, on tap, at Fermentation lounge, Tallahassee

a: Light amber with about 1/2 a finger of head
4/5

s: sweet toffy, caramel, and a bit of honey. No hop character. A dash of nuttyness to it as well
4.5/5

t: strong nuttyness to this one, backed by a dry malt backbone. A bit of wheat character as well. Hops dominate the aftertaste
4.5/5

M: Dry and grainy, almost wine like in mouthfull, but with more character
3.75/5

Overall: This is a excellent beer, easily drinkable, and very refreshing. Aside from its mouthfeel I highly recommend this brew

Fullers knocks it out of the park yet again!
4.25/5

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 13:39:24 | More by jucifer1818
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I though there were a lot of similarities between London Pride and Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which means I really enjoy this beer. The beer poured a very nice amber with white head that laced. The smell was primarily buttering hops. The taste was a well balanced beer between the hops and malt. There was a subtle sweetness that worked well with the bitter hops. The mouthfeel was a decent light to medium bodied ale with decent carbonation. Overall it was a good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:25:51 | More by WoodBrew
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TheSixthRing

California

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a white, finger width head and fair retention. Lacing is spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Clean, sweet caramel malt upfront. Light citrus pops up as the beer warms.

Taste - Malt forward, with buttery caramel and subtle bready character. Moderate citrus hop, in the form of orange zest, hits mid-taste and follows through into the finish. Great, mellow flavors and strong all-around balance.

Mouthfeel - Close to medium in body, and lightly carbonated. Buttery diacetyl feel to start, quickly flips to crisp and semi-dry on the finish.

Overall - This is a great, sessionable English PA. Doesn't overpower with flavor, instead relying on great balance and solid drinkable quality. It's nothing that's gonna blow your mind, but if you wanna kick back and have a few brewskies during the game, you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:27:29 | More by TheSixthRing
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Transparent copper colour. Big, frothy white head, soon recedes to a quite thin ring but it then shows nice retention. not much lacing to speak of

S- Slight toasted malt on the back of things. Then herbal/piney notes from the hops, along with a gentle spicy touch. Some light fruity hints may also be noticed

T- More or less what the smell suggested, maybe not as bright. Sweet malty entrypoint, with bready notes and a gentle crispness, along with a slight soapy feel. Herbal notes on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste, bringing a bitter edge, alongside with some earthy notes. Not at all dry but still decently refreshing

M- Light to medium body. Delicate carbonation as typical with english ales. Overall very smooth and easy to drink

O- A very nice beer. One that you can easily drink without thinking too much, but that will still provide you depth and flavour. Perfectly balanced, found no issues

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 10:00:54 | More by Cozzatoad
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.