Fuller's London Pride
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #4
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,947
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 12.18%
Reviews:
1,119
Ratings:
2,700
From:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride
Notes: Not just the iconic ale of the capital, London Pride is an all-British affair that unites a nation of beer drinkers. It’s brewed with entirely home-grown hop varieties - Target for bittering and Northdown, Challenger and Goldings for aroma - but the soul of the beer is unquestionably in the malt.

Crystal malts combine with spring-harvested Pale Ale varieties Concerto and Propino, to give Pride its inimitable depth and balance.

This tawny-coloured premium ale borrows sweet raisin, biscuit and dried-fruit notes from the Crystal malt, while fresh, piney herbs emanate from the hops. Rich, smooth and elegant on the palate, it draws to a clean, satisfying finish with beautifully balanced bitterness.

4.1% ABV on cask, 4.7% ABV for bottles, cans and kegs.
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Photo of chitoryu12
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear dark gold. One finger of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Earthy and floral hops, slightly sweet malt, dried fruit.

Taste: Mild doughy malt. Slight hop bitterness with an earthy note.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall: A perfectly acceptable and standard bitter that will always work.

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Photo of WanderingRonin
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a beautiful clear looking bronze color that pours with a single finger of off-white thin looking, sudsy head that has a middling retention that leave a slight skim on the surface of the glass and leave only a thin watery lacing.

Nice light noble hop aroma from it with a faint whiff of marmalade to it.

Malt forward mild toffee notes to it with a moderate sweetness to it, and some light sweet hints of marmalade.

Medium bodied with a smooth, rounded mouth-feel to it with an average amount of carbonation to it.

Finishes with a very faint noble hop bittering to it, maybe some ghostly hints of raisins and tobacco that leaves a lingering caramel sweetness and faint sour note on the aftertaste.

Overall a solid but simple British style ale.

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Photo of James94
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Golden amber colour, virtually no head or lacing
S: Dough, biscuit, malt bread, raisins, strawberries, raspberries
T: Rich malts, raisins
F: A little too much initial carbonation, but it's easy drinking. Somewhat dry finish.

O: 4

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber colour with a thin ring. Watery but delicious, has an earthy/fruitbread taste, some carbonation, finish is clean and good. Perfect summer beer, light and appropriate for everything from mowing to a BBQ.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Features Target, Northdown, Challenger, and Goldings hops, and Concerto, Propino, and Crystal malts...

Pale amber and clear, under a coupla fingers of fluffy soft white foam that showed great persistence... Lots of herbal and piney notes on the nose - earthy and almost medicinal... Softer malt impressions on the palate suggest warm fruit bread and fresh biscuit with honey, but shellacked with pine and herb and almost a little astringence, but I say that in a favorable way... Light-bodied and smooth, obviously with great drinkability... Malts give it a hint of chew, and there is that polish that lingers on the finish... Has a classic character; recommended...

Best by 01/08/20 bottling...

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Photo of ATL6245
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear copper color. Frothy white head with moderate retention.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal and grassy hops. Faint floral as well. Bready and grainy malt. No alcohol smell.

Taste: Nice semi sweet malt backbone supporting earthy and bready flavors. Moderate bitterness on a short finish.

Mouth-feel: Soft and silky. Moderate body.

Overall: Reviewed this vs other British Bitters. Fuller's London Pride is a classic British Mild Bitter that is quite sessionable. Silky smooth with a moderate body and relatively low ABV; it is an enjoyed and trusted choice. The bottled version is slightly different than the cask ale version you'll find at pubs, but still a reliable go to when available.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-deep amber bottle pour with a wisp of bubbles atop. The initial aroma has a sweet malt character; woody hop notes follow. The flavor is full with crisp hop bitterness and deep, smooth malt. The finish is clean.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Deep amber, clear, pours with thin white head.
S- Deep bready malts.
T- Lovely. I've enjoyed this on/off for decades, it used to be my 'usual' down the pub, for some reason I'd never noticed I hadn't rated it here before. It has depth, toastiness, and yet each aspect in moderation; no shouting statements here.
F- Eminently sessionable, a year-round beer.
O- Lovely. BB: 01/06/2020 Bought from Waitrose London. My bottle is labelled at 4.7%, rather than the rather surprising 4.1% suggested in the Description above.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It tastes more like a mild lager. Which is fine by me because it's a good tasting beer. Copper color with medium head that though dissipates fairly quickly does keep a thin head throughout the session. Well carbonated as the fizzle can attest and very low bitterness. No distinctive 'punch' to speak of like 'spice' or some other flavour associated with such a characteristic. Sweet, malt and caramel overtones in the taste with a pleasant fruit/nut/caramel/toffee/malt aroma. Crisp and light tasting with a smooth tail off.

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Photo of addylo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden copper color with a light head which dissipates quickly. The nose is the strongest point of this beer. Fruity with a hint of honey and caramel. Mouthfeel is thin but smooth and malty. Taste is crisp and clean with little to no bite. A good little beer for sipping when you just want a refreshing pour with a light ABV.

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Photo of eberesford
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with reddish highlights and thin head (too cold?). Aroma fruity, caramel and dough malt sweetness. Flavour balanced by light grassy bittering hops. Good balance and body.

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Photo of Gurney_Halleck
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to shaker pint. Color between copper and yellow with almost no head. Smell of sweet malt/fruit, dough/biscuit and hops. Very nice feel and flavor. Everything seems well balanced here. This is a very easy to drink beer with a pine/tart bitterness that is mellow. I did notice that this beer was quick to go flat.

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Photo of defunksta
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful & bright amber-copper color with a prominent sticky head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted toffee and some orange citrus marmalade. Some dark apple. A decent amount of woodsy bitterness on the nose reminiscent of a stout. Toasty and biscuity.
Taste: A bitter citrus and toffee blend. Toffee, caramel, dark, sweet bread. But a nice citrus orange, lemon, & pine bitterness to balance it out. Similar to a dark english ale, flavor wise. Some darker fruit and cherry is present.
Feel: Crisp and clean. Smooth from the maltiness, but not sticky nor sweet. A nice moutfeel. Lower carbonation, but it fits it well. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice bitterness to clean off the malts.

Overall: A very unique beer and quite remarkable as this is my first time trying it. Impressive flavors for the ABV! I would describe it most similar to a California Common, a German vienna lager, or even a English Dark Ale in terms of roasted malt flavor (I'm thinking Black Toad from Trader Joe's). Tons of toffee malts, but a nice piney bitterness to balance it off. This is a beer I could get used to.

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Photo of teromous
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "BEST BEFORE 01 SEP 19 205 12:03"

Appearance: The body has good clarity with an amber color and a hint of brown. The head is short and white. Good retention.

Aroma: There is a soft caramel aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a nice caramel flavor with just a light bit of what tastes like black tea. There is a hint of toast character.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very clean with a nice medium-light body and good carbonation.

Overall: It is a good tasting beer that seems to have held up nicely as an import. It would be a good beer to drink with a sandwich, soup, or salad. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Dreyski
2.2/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

If this was London Pride I’d hate to try London Shame. It looks the part , copper-coloured with a lasting head, didn’t get much from the smell, but then I tasted it, and it was thin, malty and overly sweet. And this was in a pub owned by the brewery, in the city where it was brewed, so it can’t have travelled very far. Avoid.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hotel glass. A clear golden color with a modest white head. I got rich caramel and bread on the aroma, punctuated by floral and faint pine. The taste followed with bread, biscuit, faint raisin, and a piney bitterness. An outstanding session beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best before 10/14/16"; drank 3/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dull orange appearance.

Small white head; decent lace.

Cream, corn & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Oats & cream flavors up front; corn & caramel notes on the finish.

Not objectionable, but really not to my taste. Cream ale fans take note?

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of biscuity malts, toffee and hints of dark fruit and grassy hops. Taste is dominated by biscuity, slightly grainy malt and notes of toffee and lighter dark fruit: fig, raisin, with some grassy and slightly floral hops for balance. Finishes with a light bitterness and some toffee and fruity notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A very well-balanced Ale that probably sits somewhere inbetween an English Pale Ale and Bitter. Easy-drinking, yet flavorful, quite enjoyable.

EDIT: I actually had this fresh yesterday and the difference was quite remarkable. Much hoppier, sporting an excellent balance of biscuity, slightly caramelly malt and herbal and resinous, slightly floral hops with some citrus accents and a hint of pine.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing as part of BJCP training, 11B. Best bitter. Best before April 01, 2019
Pours a nice fluffy foamy almost 1 finger head nice retention and lacing, very clear golden tan color with little amber hue

Nose fair to mild malt, little sweet like malt with toasty notes, more favors the hop side of the balance, a bit floral and grassy, but quite fruity, more pronounced and enjoyable as it warms

Taste is similar, malts bringing mild toasty grain and mild sweetness, hint of biscuit but no caramel, fair bitterness with hops bringing floral little grassy and fair fruity again, fruit seems to be combination of esters and hops, not too bitter either, well balanced and quite drinkable

Mouth is med to lighter bod, plenty of fizzy carb

Overall not bad, fairly well in style, doesn't really get that bitter with light malts and nice fruity flavors all balanced it's quite drinkable

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Photo of Rubicj
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very solid generic beer. If you're going to drink a beer that's probably brewed >6M litres a year, drink this one. Tastes solid, looks nice, smells acceptable, and goes down well in multiples.

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Photo of gvickery
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is clear light copper, very nice. Off white head is minimal. Smell is muted, but what’s there is dark malt and some dried fruit. Taste is malty, slight toffee, mild hops, mild, but adequate carbonation. It has a good mild lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium. It tastes very different from American pale ale but it’s a great change of pace.

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Photo of TigerSoul
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tend to measure all true English Pale Ales against my personal standard, Samuel Smith's Organic (and it's predecessor, the "Old Brewery" Pale Ale). I've had Fuller's version of the classic pale ale on draught, in London, at one of their company pubs, and I do remember it having a bit more character and flavor than the bottled version, which I find lacking in both. In contrast, the SS Organic has loads of musty, malty body and backbone. The Fullers misses the mark on the qualities that I look for in a fine english pale ale, in fact, I must agree with one of the reviews herein that compare it more to a marzen-style lager.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color, smell is toffee and sweet malt all day for me, a little agitation and you pick up some scant whiffs of dark fruit.

Malt dominant taste, very sweet, with some grassy hops to prevent it from being cloyingly sweet.

Sticky mouthfeel, tongue coating, but pleasant.

Not a great example of a Pale Ale. I'd be more inclined to call it a Marzen,, perhaps a sweeter version of a bitter, But the beer itself is very enjoyable.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Al vertirla tiene una buena cabeza espumosa que se disipa al poco tiempo. Su aroma tiene pan, cebada y toffee. Ya en boca tiene un cuerpo moderadamente ligero, con un gusto a malta y un sabor amargo bastante bueno.

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Photo of Nass
2.52/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

There is a bitterness that lingers with this beer. There is a date on the back of the bottle, so I know it is not too old. I agree with the faint toffee & floral note, & some hops. This beer just does not do it for me. If you want a good English Pale Ale then splurge on a bottle or 2 of the Timothy Taylor The Landlord, it will be worth it. Cheers! C

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2700 ratings