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Reviews: 1,006
Hads: 2,272
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 105
Gots: 299 | FT: 0
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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 Murphious
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. (250 characters)

Photo of gr0g
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. (720 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (1,021 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of Fusion7777
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. (372 characters)

Photo of dennarb
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of tonton
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Premo88
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready caramel/molasses? Semi-sweet, assertive but moderate bitterness . Medium bodied nice mouth feel/ Light aroma and easy drinking. Recommended for those who want a robust ale with moderate bitterness and a light hop flavor. Re-reviewing this one almost two years later with an evolved pallet. It is somewhat disappointing now. All in all it is still a great beer but I question if it's worth the price I pay for it here in the US. (435 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
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. (510 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
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

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

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

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

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 (617 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (934 characters)

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik. Served lightly chilled.

Bright, clear, coppery body shines a light amber when held fo the light; a fat finger of off-white foam dissipates into a light dusting of bubbles within a soapy risen circle. Delicate slippery lacing and faint legs. Average retention.

Pleasant caramel and orange notes in the aroma - faintly biscuity malt and low floral hops...

Malty palate entry with a moderate hop bitterness throughout to offset the sweetness. A touch of biscuity/toasty character from specialty malt peaks through now and again. Grows fruitier as it warms (esters from the yeast I presume). Extremely crisp albeit sweet and slightly earthy finish reminds me of a lager.

Light carbonation and a medium-light body add to the immense drinkability of the ale.

By no means the best best bitter out there, even among the paltry imported bottle offerings on the shelves in California...but a well crafted historical ale worth a try (though given the price, maybe not worth re-visiting often). (1,044 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - crimson amber colour with white head

Smell - caramel and toffee are coming through, cherry, malt, hops

Taste - Nice flavors of caramel, toffee, cherry, apple

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, initially some slight sweetness is there and then there are enough hops to balance the beer out without it dominating the profile. Finish is smooth and the flavors linger after the sip

Overall - This is considered a classic in the English Pale Ale style and it's easy to see why. Enjoyable beer that I will revisit from time to time

Price Point - $1.67/11.2 oz single bottle (596 characters)

Photo of Perduret
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had pride when I was stationed in London from 2002 to 2005. My favorite is to get on tap at the brewery but a bottle every now and then is refreshing. Pours a golden color with a white frothy big head. You can really smells the English malts and hops. Taste is a strong apple cider-like sweetness in the mouth. Aftertaste has the the right amount of hops. Carbonation is soft. This is one great ale! (407 characters)

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with a smallish head.

S: Strong caramel aroma, some grassy notes and a hint of citrus.

T: Malty and grainy with not much hop presence - some sweetness, but less than the nose would suggest. Fairly muted taste.

M: Watery and clingy with little carbonation.

I generally find this style a bit dull, so I'm probably unconsciously prejudiced against this. Nonetheless, I'd definitely rate it higher than the currently highest-rated English Pale Ale, 'Landlord', which I found to have an off-putting sweaty taste. This a very well-balanced brew and would probably be the perfect match for a pub lunch. (608 characters)

Photo of Giggy
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber to slightly red. White head. Good clarity.

S: toffee and sweet malts. Caramel, biscuits and hops.

T: a lot like the aroma. Initial sweetness from the malts followed by a clean bitterness from the hops. A slight grapefruit zestiness.

O: clean smooth and refreshing (281 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another great beer from Fullers.

A- A sexy Reddish brown tint.

S- Fruity Notes, above average smell for a Pale Ale

T- Quite fruity, almost a blueberry like flavour. Balances out well with a hoppy finish.

M- Pretty light body. Similar to a lot of macro Ale's.

O- Not a bad beer. Although I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Pale Ale, I probably won't be picking up this one anything soon. (403 characters)

Photo of Bashao
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearence: Pours light brown from the bottle, no too much head.

Smell: malty smells with hints of butter.

Taste: very acidic because of high carbonation. Strong hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: light body.

Overall: a good strong flavors beer but with a light body. (266 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with some earthy and floral English hops complemented by a solid toasted bready, buscuity maltiness. There is almost a deep nutty malt complex as it warms with some light English fruity yeast esters.

The tastes follow the nose with the Marris Otter heavy toasted bread maltiness mixed with some earthy and floral hop flavors but the bitterness outweighs the flavor in the hop department. Some more nutty and almost a caramel maltiness comes out as well more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is quite impressive for such a low ABV beer. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is mainly faintly bitter with balanced malt sweetness.

Overall I can't believe this is the first time I am reviewing this beer but just like the Porter and the ESB, I have zero to complain about. The flavors are not mind-blowing but just super solid and extremely enjoyable and drinkable for the ABV/style. Not many American brewers can make a beer this tasty and sessionable. (1,081 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5 L glass. Served right out of the refrigerator. Best Before 26 Nov 13. Halftime of the Syracuse Louisville game.

A - Clear reddish amber. Foamy head settles quickly into a thin layer of white lacings.
S - sweet malt, a little yeasty, bread
T - well balanced malt, hints of cardamon, clove. Grows on you after a few sips. Nice mix of sweet and bitter
M - good fizz, crisp
O - classic English Ale taste (433 characters)

Photo of kvnstfrd
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden honey color with a white frothy head. Smells of English malts, cereal, apples and herbal hops. Taste is a strong cider-like sweetness up front with cereal grain character while in the mouth. Aftertaste is smooth, buttery with just the right amount of hops. Carbonation is soft. Nice balance, awesome complexity. This is one great ale! (356 characters)

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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