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89
very good

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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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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 bennyguns
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I was first offered this ale at a Bar in Dubai I was a little skeptical. I felt that the bartender was being forced to sell the beer so they can get rid of it. However after she assured me it was new to them and she just wanted to promote it I gave it a shot. I was very surprised to say the least. First the bottle this ale comes in was nothing short of classy. It gave me the feeling that I was drinking at an old english pub. Then as the bartender filled my glass the color was the next thing that caught my attention. Its a beautiful reddish brown. Im not overly familiar with European beers so maybe most of their ales have this same color and reddish hue to it. Its exactly the kind of color I see on TV shows when they are depicting ales on your favorite sitcom. I really didnt believe that color truely existed until I saw this ale. After she filled my glass and I was done admiring the color I went for the first taste. I have been duped by beers before that come with excellent presentation but leave a less than desirable taste in my mouth. So I decided not to expect much. Boy was I wrong. This beer taste better than it looks. It is exactly the flavor I would look for in an Ale that looks this good. Not only that but the smell as I drank it was a stark contrast to the flavour of the beer. The smell is very sweet. It almost reminds of a camarel covered chocolate. The taste while bitter is very smooth on the pallete. Overall I would say this beer is very well balanced. It is now one of my favorites and should be on everyones list to try.
Cheers! (1,569 characters)

Photo of djura
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it from somewhere,Bulgaria i think. It is 0.5l bottle,so it imported beer,out of U.K.

A - Clear nice reddish color,few bubbles with decent one finger tick creamy white foam.
S - Haze,honey mostly. With some malt.
T/M - Very drinkable. Low carbonation,sweet high bitter aftertaste.

O - Good ale,highly drinkable with decent aroma. (336 characters)

Photo of Ron860
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy drinking this fine brew. I've also had it on tap while I was visiting London a few times. This one is sort of in a class all by itself... it has just about the right balance of everything.

Appearance - A slightly hazy amber color with light carbonation, poured with a nice 6 mm head that diminished ever so slowly... although I may have consumed it too fast to truly tell. Left a considerable amount of lacing around the glass. The overall appearance is very inviting.

Smell - Sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops. Can almost imagine I sense some barreled oak
with a mix of fruits and flowers as well. No citrus is evident.

Taste - Difficult to tell but I do sense a hint of vanilla and some berries on the aftertaste. Whatever it is... it is quite good!

Mouthfeel - Just about perfect. Extremely smooth beer that went down begging for more. Would definitely go very well with an order of fish-n-chips or a sheppard's pie!

Overall - Please don't pass this one up if you have the opportunity. It is very well crafted and has earned it's right to stand amongst the very finest ales in the world! (1,114 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 12/22/2013. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very well balanced and moderately robust malt, yeast, and hop flavors; with a moderately crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,336 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It made lots of thick head that would not go away. Amber reddish color. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma and a hint of malt.
Low carbonation and very small bubbles. Light going to medium body.
Malty sweet flavor well balanced with refreshing hops that leaves a nice sensation on your tongue. Notes of caramel, Earthy and floral English hops and a slight touch of toasted malts.
Mild dry and bitter aftertaste. Solid good bitter and sweet beer, it proves you can be big and still produce a decent quality product. (507 characters)

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

bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass

A - clear gold with a quickly fading off white head, not much lacing.

S - earthy notes, citrus, and pine

T - malt forward with a slight metallic taste and a mild hop finish

M - kind of thin and metallic

O - decent but not memorable (279 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a foamy two finger head that recedes moderately fast. Light copper.

Aroma: Iron, hops, and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Rich and malty, with a nice balance and a hoppy background. Some toffee-like sweetness and toast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Goes down easy.

Overall: A fine example of its type, London Pride is a long time favourite of mine. I like it from the tap (cask), from the can, and from the bottle, and it's a beer that doesn't seem to suffer much from any of these storage methods. This one really is what it says on the tin: rich, malty & satisfying. (608 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at an alehouse in Calgary (1600 in the south). Arrived in a signature London Pride pint glass (always a nice touch), a nice honey golden to orange amber color with around three fingers of white head. Aroma a classic British ale waft of pale malts, woody earthy hops, and a touch of fresh orange and coriander spice (the latter a bit unusual in a British pale, but I swear that's what I smell here. Must be the integration of citrus and peppery esters). Body is classic for the style, on the thin side but not watery. Palate is a subtle but rich complexity of soft bready malts, savory spice, floral citrus that mirrors the orange and lemon aroma, medicinal herb notes, maybe a little diacetyl butter, and a clean ultra-smooth bitter finish. Even the non-beer geek I was with was amazed by the smoothness. Overall effect is malty and bright vibrant citrus notes rather than super-sweet, but make no mistake, I am not talking citrus as in pungent West Coast hops. This is earthy, woody, fruity (from ale yeast), but smooth and bitter, with only a touch of caramel. A sublime integration of classic English flavors that taste quite bright and fresh on tap and with an aggressive yet English hopping regime that leads the way but does not overpower the malts. Rivals Samuel Smith Old Brewery but tastes a bit less rustic and "dark", more bright and fruity. Incidentally, many sources say this is a bitter rather than a pale ale. I think the cleaner malt taste and hopping make it a pale ale, but a perfect example for the old debate around whether these are even different styles. (1,587 characters)

Photo of jkrane
1.11/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I bought a can of this stuff at LCBO, because it looked good, and I thought it was on sale for $2.00 for a tallcan. It was actually $2.80, not $2.00, so I expected something delicious.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

I cracked open the can, and the distinct smell of urine wafted very quickly up to my nostrils. I drank a small sip, it tasted like it smelled, and I kicked myself in the ass for wasting my money on this "premium ale".

Now I understand why the British refer to "getting drunk", as "getting pissed"!

The urine the beer ratio in the can is UNACCEPTIBREW!!

Shameful 1/5.

The British should stick to fish and chips, and leave the brewing for us North Americans! (678 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best Before 08 APR 14

A: Pours an amber color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap after a few minutes

S: A good deal of pale and caramel malts with a nice fruity presence that lends some apple, grape, and other aromas

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the maltiness up front, followed by the complex fruitiness. Goes into some bread and butter notes and well as some mustiness as it nears the finish, which is fairly clean with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very fine English Pale Ale, and one that could most certainly be the benchmark for the style. Extremely easy to drink with a coy complexity. Definitely worth trying if you're into English ales (732 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice clear golden color. 1+ fingers of head that linger for more than a few moments. Some bubbles readily apparent inside the glass.

Smell - This comes off smelling like a wonderful English Bitter to me, sour notes, floral hops combined with some light malts. Definitely picked up a bunch of lemon as well.

Taste - Lemon was extremely present on first few sips. Milt malts also perceptible throughout. Strong bitterness and especially bitter aftertaste were probably the stars of the show.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but very nice and wet that would quench the thirst. Slightly thin which worked as well.

Overall - Quite a bit of flavor in this beer, however for whatever reason just didn't enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. To me it was a bit too lemony and too bitter (at least for what my expectations were) and that's why the review is as sparkling. However, anyone with an interest in beer should definitely try it especially those loving English Ale styles. (1,017 characters)

Photo of UKFlorida
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well rounded, malty and bitter without being overdone. Bursting with flavour - particularly for a 4.7%. Full taste whilst sessionable - hard to beat. The live cask ale draught is a 4.1% and even better, but bottle conditioned is a close second. Both are made at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick (West London) where the brewery and company have a long, proud history. (365 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden orange with a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is floral, fruity esters, and nutty, with hints of caramel and toasted malt. Smells rich and buttery, and almost like a very grainy whole wheat bread.

Flavor follows suit, with fruit underlying a toasted, grainy bread backbone, accompanied by diacetyl, finishing floral and a touch bitter. The balance is toward the fruity character. Minerally notes surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Great, rich malt character, and the hops balance nicely, but don't overwhelm. The diacetyl complements the malt backbone well. The fruit character was stronger than I recall. (729 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear copper color with an off white head with decent retention and leaves some nice lacing
S-slightly sweet with a hint fruitiness
T-more sweetness up front followed by a great hop bitterness that balances the beer out and finishes clean
M-medium-light bodied
O-easy drinking straight forward brew. Great session beer (328 characters)

Photo of Brianhophead
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Burnished copper in color. Crystal clear with a cream colored head. Head is fairly lasting.

S - The aroma is bready up front, sort of like soda crackers. Hops follow smelling at first of citrus. Then comes the sweet smell of malt, giving nuts and caramel. Malt presents itself without interfering with other aromas.

T - London Pride is medium bodied with a wonderfully juicy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose very well. In particular juiciness followed by hints of caramel. In the end comes an assertive citrus and hay finish of hops.

O - Very decent English bitter overall. It's tasty, well balanced, and bitterness is assertive without dominating. (657 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,732 characters)

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of Cyrion
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
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 (300 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
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. (1,067 characters)

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.