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Reviews: 1,006
Hads: 2,272
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 104
Gots: 298 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of saskguy
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Fuller brewery is about a block away from where I generally stay when I go to London and the brewery workers are quite friendly to a jet lagged canadian staring into the brewery at 4am in the morning...

Light copper with a great off white head that sticks around.

Being casked, the carbonation was there but not to strong. A pleasant hop malt aroma.

A good hop and malt flavour.
One of my favourite UK pale ales. (426 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal beer. This brewery really has their act together. I would really like to know what their trade secrets are.

It looks great. Its taste is strong in both malt and hops. Despite its strength it is quite smooth. It is quite drinkable, but the only problem is that stateside it is a tad expensive. It's worth the price, but not as your everyday brew.

I'm not sure if there are better pale ales, but if you like the pale ale/bitter style you need to try this. (472 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Narrow 12oz. amber bottle with a best by date of 06-Jun-04 (Interesting bit of trivia...06-Jun-04 would be the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion during WWII).

Appearance: Poured a clear burned orange in color. Thin layer of off-white head has excellent staying power and left a patchwork quilt of lace on the glass.

Smell: Different. A sweet, almost "tea-like" aroma. Malty sweet with a bit of citrus/pine hoppy scents peaking around the edges. Like I said, different...but in a good way.

Taste: Great mix of sweetness and bitterness. A cracker-like flavor, too. Bitterness is just right, complementing the malty sweetness. Finishes with a tasty, bitter dryness. Nothing oily or burp-inducing, this is a more civilized brew. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation and the crisp, snappy finish make for a flavorful mouthfeel.

Drinkability: 4.7% ABV? Serve up another, Mr. Bartender. I'm drinking this all night. Exactly what I picture an English-style pale ale to be. To try this one on cask would be very interesting.

Notes: I'm still an American IPA lover, but this is one great beer. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper clear body, dark bone head. Very bready aroma, so yeasty that it's almost spicy. Good lacing. Much more brisk in the mouth than I had expected. Slick and sparkling. Bready taste with slight sourness.

A very presentable, interesting, yeasty, and drinkable ale. (275 characters)

Photo of skar
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Head explodes out of the bottle, but fades fast. Very light brown color and clear.

Aroma: Oaky, notes of molasses, mild British hop aroma. I wish the aroma was a bit stronger.

Taste: Subtle bitter hops. Decent malt backbone. Finishes clean.

Bottom Line: Quite nice, but simple for a British bitter / pale ale. (351 characters)

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

Appearance: Caramel amber tone with a decent sized cream hued head after each slip needs a fluffy layer of lacing in rings around my pint. Aroma: Slightly nutty with a pine scented hop aroma sweet caramel malts used here as a well simple but solid and plentiful scent. Taste: A fresh bottle of this should be everyone's introduction to English style pale ales very tasty brew, buttery sweet snappy bite of hops there but the mixture of the two is downright excellent I love the flavor another one of those to hunt for on cask. Mouthfeel: Rich slightly residual sticky texture in a good way, medium-light in body crisp carbonation smooth session ale. Drinkability: Perfect balance makes this beer an all around any time good beer, really enjoyed my tasting with London Pride Outstanding Pale Ale awesome English pale ale, could definitely handle a six pack happily. (864 characters)

Photo of Scoats
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at a beer bar with an ugly suburban strip mall decor that everyone seems to wet themselves over, but I found their draft selection rather boring. I got this but was afraid it would be a boring mixed gas beer. So it was a very pleasant suprise when I recieved a pint of a very thick cloudy liquid with a natural beautiful head.

The beer is the reddish color one would expect from an English Ale, but the beer is wonderfully thick, being only very lightly filtered. It is very balanced with a lot of malt and a level hop presence.

Another fantastic beer from Fullers. (579 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange bodied with edges of gold, under a sturdy, clinging and slow-to-fade beige crown.
Toasty aromatics with herbal hop accents.
Begins with an english muffin, straight from the toaster, piled high with caramel slathered apple puree. Bready in the middle, and the tide begins to wane towards hops. Herbal, mineral closure. Tonic water and raw leaves. Clean afterward.
Medium bodied with swirling carbonation.
The definition of session. This is choice stuff. (464 characters)

Photo of ecoboy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots more brown and red in hue than someone accustomed to an American Pale would expect.

Lots more sweet malt in the nose, too. very appealing aroma.

and LOTS more sweet malt character in the flavor. Is there such thing as a malt monster? This is so far from Geary's Pale that it's akin to being another planet's pale ale. A Gordon Bierschlike sweetness tempered by pert small-bubbled carbonation, and only a swipe of hops. Bitterness is mostly in finish and aftertaste. Mouth is very round and full. I love the smell more than the taste. London Pride is a great example of why nose should be part of every beer's enjoyment. (630 characters)

Photo of Reverand
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I know why this brewery has been around for so long.I have to agree with vitesse and say that this is probably the most balanced beer I have ever had. A crystal clear amber, tawny color. The only bad part was the head disappeared too quickly for me. But, certainly the taste, aroma made up for that. If you find this do yourself a favor and buy a case and keep it soley for yourself. A true English ale that won't disappoint. (429 characters)

Photo of vitesse
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 1 pt. 2.6 oz. bottle.
this may be one of the most all-around well balanced beers i've ever drank.
beautiful amber brown color. thick pillowy head that retains really really well. smell is slightly carmely, with some mild hops aroma.
taste is just so amazing. very carmely, doughy maltiness, plus some nice fruity esters and just the right amount of hops to balance it all out.
fairly well carbonated mouthfeel out of the bottle - that part may be more subdued on cask.
very drinkable. moderate abv and a great beer that suits any season. highly recommended. (574 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an amberish color, topped by a 1 inch head, which disappeared quickly, a very soft aroma with just a hint of malt. The taste was also soft,with just a hint of malt.Tried and triend but couldn't detect the carmelly "Sugar Daddy" taste this was supposed to have. Its OK but couldn't find a reason to recommend it (326 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a amber color, with a small white head. The head disappated quickly, and there was no lacing. There was a medium nose of hops and malts. Taste had some hints of caramel to it. Fairly good presence of hops and malts to the taste. Definite malt finish. A little hoppier in the finish. Very close to the cask version, but just a hair less smooth. Overall, Pretty good! (380 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rocky white head takes its time before leaving the party with a nice sticky lace following behind. Beautiful clear copper color and a nice lively carbonation. Aroma is of a little sweet, grainy malt with a good english hop aroma and a little yeast. Taste is excellent with a slight roasty character in the front followed by a strong malt background that is matched perfectly with a flavor of english hops and a light hop bitterness in the finish. Body is in the medium range and is perfect for this beer. This beer relaxes me just by taste alone, after a long day a london pride is a welcome sight. Excellent english pale ale though it is hardly pale. (651 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head that is resilient (but diminishes quickly), and has a sticky lace. A copper color and a lively amount of CO2. Smell is like cider with some yeast and hops thrown in. Taste is smooth with a slight bite and some sweetness in the background. The mouth feel is smooth, yet also crisp. This beer has an exceptional balance of flavors for a pale ale. Quite drinkable. (379 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from cask at Cricketers Arms in Orlando, FL.

Served a dark bronze almost tawny color with a thin, wispy white head that clings to the glass. The lacing was wonderful and definant.

Loaded with subtle aromas and hints of scents. Wisps of bready dough, sweet caramel malt, cream, and hops. Very subtle, but very pleasant and enticing.

Tastes of bread, dough, and sweet malts. Hints of caramel and fruit that slide into bitter and floral hops. The cask also gives a earth, peat, and must flavor that is unique to casks but a wonderful additon. Truly wonderful balance of flavors. Medium bodied that goes down way to easy. Clean and crisp finish.

Another proper pint and another textbook beer with the bar set way up! (732 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copery orange with a white head that thins, but laces.
the aroma is caramel with a sweet floral fruity smell, and a little bready too.
sweet and malty with hops to begin and end. some bread comes through in the taste too, with a little bit of diacetyl throw in the mix. balanced with an appropriate amount of bitterness. i cold use the same flavor turned up a half a notch. it deserves somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0 for flavor, i'm rounding down, because while it does taste good, nothing about it really defines it or comes together in any way that makes it a "good" 4.0 beer..
mouthfeel is smooth and delicately carbonated and well suited to this beer.
a little subdued, but relatively solid english pale. (718 characters)

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

Clear amber in color with a decent head. Bouquet is yeasty and grainy with a touch of hops. I also picked up some fruit. Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Fairly malty in taste with the tiniest bit of fruit. Ends slightly hoppy. All around a pretty good brew. Probably one of the better pale ales I've had, but by no means the top of the Fuller's line. (350 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Nice malts, somewhat hoppy. Full flavor. Nice body. Mouthfeel is malty and round. Good hop/malt balance. Smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and bitter. Nice example of an English style Pale Ale (271 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a light tan head.
Aroma is a bit faint, but consists of a biscuity, caramel malt and earthy hops.

Taste comprised of biscuity, caramel malt as well as earthy and slightly floral hops. Nice level of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little fizzy.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale, but nothing exciting IMHO. (367 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If I never had ESB, maybe I would be more impressed with this beer. Certainly a good all around pale ale, and I know it's not really fair to compare it to a beer of a different style. Even in the category of pale ales, I've had better. It's just too thin and bland for the style. I admire subtlety, but this may be a bit too subtle. Looks and smells nice, tastes good, goes down easy. I followed it with an ESB, and the difference is huge. For the same money, I'll take the ESB every time. (489 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours copper as a penny with a nice frothy white head that disipated soon there after, although it was sitting for a while when I was cutting up some summer sausage and garlic cheese, good stuff. None the less an attractive beer.

Bouquet: The aroma consists of a good flowery smell. Well done. Very Hoppy aroma. Best waft in a while.

Taste: excellent. It has a roasty sort of carmel taste at first with a quick transition to a nicely hopped, but not overwhelming or too bitter finish. It is definately a good sippin brew.

Overall Impression: I like this one. I passed it over in the coolers many times opting for an old friend in Bass Ale but I haven't neglected the Pride of London ever since trying it. A good try for the hopheads. Its not as bitter as an IPA but the hoppy fragrance instigates the ol' taste buds to get ready. (853 characters)

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

The beer is an enchanting golden yellow. Not very much head. I think it disappeared before I could see it. Bitter and buttery aroma. Rather nice. Buttery and bitter taste as well. Feels nice, too. It's a good beer... I'll enjoy this and would like another sometime. But there's not enough complexity/difference to set this one apart. (333 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer was poured, it had a tan head with small-medium bubbles. This beer has a sweet and fruity aroma reminding me of apples. It has a nice hoppy flavor to it. I found this beer to be a smooth beer that is very drinkable and one that I truly enjoyed drinking and rating. (279 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is how it's done, the "Outstanding" on the label is well earned. Came in a sturdy brown 500ml bottle, with the freshness date stamped on the back label. Pours out a beautiful coppery tone, it damn near made me weep. Not much head, but it rings the glass and leaves a small amount of lacing. Nose is rich, buttery bread, sweet malt and caramel, a bit of toffee, and a faint hint of mild hops. Flavour is smooth and well blended, buttery toffee taste, toasted malt, and nice compliment of hops towards the end. It goes down like liquid heaven. This would make an amazing sessional, a pity I only have the one bottle. This is an ale to be proud of indeed. (661 characters)

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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