London Pride

London PrideLondon Pride
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
England, United Kingdom
Bitter - English
Ranked #6
Ranked #15,750
3.91 | pDev: 12.28%
Jun 09, 2022
Feb 01, 2001
Very Good
London PrideLondon 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.
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
3.7 by Miles_Nilges from New York on Jun 09, 2022
Photo of cebsch
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cebsch from Michigan

A classic English pale ale, though of all of the varieties that I tried in the U.K., this one impressed me the least.

Jun 04, 2022
3.74 by Eychung from New York on May 31, 2022
Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

Bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring

S- mild spicy and floral hops with some fruity undertones of red berries. Caramel malt, brown bread, raisins

T-slightly sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel, toffee and fruit cake. Mid-palate gives light floral hop notes, as well as some spicy notes. The finish gives more caramel, raisins and bread

M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

May 22, 2022
3.79 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 12, 2022
Photo of StephenLovett
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StephenLovett from California

Clear caramel color, with a light off white head that dissipated quickly.

The best bottled English amber ale on the market. Freshness, and keeping it out of light are important.

The Crystal malt is apparent on the nose, with a mild sweetness and hint of hops. Very understated.

This is great tasting beer, like all of my favorites it gets the balance between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops dialed in perfectly to style. I like this better than most American pale and amber ales because the hops don't overwhelm the nose and taste. This ale does a great job in bringing enough bitterness and bite to make the beer refreshing, while keeping the full clean malty flavors that define an English ale. Very drinkable.

It is uncharacteristically high in carbonation. At least for an English ale. I really doesn't get in the way, but I think it would be better if it were dialed back a bit.

Apr 11, 2022
Photo of milkshakebeersucks
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Copper appearance with a small, white head and sparce lacing. Caramel malt aroma with a faint note of butterscotch. Taste was fruity, mildly sweet, along with a toasty, biscuit-like flavor. Medium bodied, modestly carbonated with a fruity, short lived finish.

Apr 10, 2022
Photo of NCSapiens
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Tawny colored appearance is fine but no head retention. Really distinct blend of caramel sweetness, biscuity malt and bitter hops. Fresh on tap there is nuance and complexity. Crisp, fresh, subtle nuances of dark fruit and pine. Smells great too—like caramel and bread. Really has grown on me over time, and I keep going back again at my local British soccer pub.

Mar 10, 2022
Photo of jemsdelajems
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jemsdelajems from Ghana

Would taste great with fish and chips. Overall an enjoyable Bitter. For what is a nord without his mead?

Feb 14, 2022
3.83 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia on Jan 30, 2022
Photo of Steve555
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Steve555 from Wales

Copper body. Small amber head. Smells of caramel and fruit acids. Taste is malty sweet with a lemon rind bitterness balanced. Feel is slight lingering bitterness and quite a crisp sweet fizziness on the palate. Very balanced but full. Makes it a sipper despite low abv. Stands the test of time.

Jan 22, 2022
4.08 by I3eer from Massachusetts on Jan 07, 2022
Photo of Rug
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 6/1/22

So this is my first English Bitter, though I’m not really clear on how different it is from a regular old ESB. Regardless, I’m excited to try this since it’s considered one of the classic examples of the style. I don’t have much else to say here so let’s just get into it

Pours a mostly clear orange gold with 2 fingers of off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

This is pretty similar to an ESB in the nose, though a bit lighter. I’m picking up on aromas of caramel malt, brown bread, earthy hops, light raisin, toffee, and a touch of diacetyl

It’s definitely more crisp than an ESB taste wise, and pretty different than the aroma led me to believe. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting biscuity malt, earthy hops, lemon rind, toffee, and light raisin. The swallow brings notes of toast, herbal hops, apple skin, toffee, biscuity malt, and light pear

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a clean beer. Finishes neutral and trending slightly bitter

I think I have a better idea of the style now. It has a bit less substance and a decent amount more bitterness. Whatever it is, it’s easy drinking and very well done

Dec 18, 2021
Photo of Pat14
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Pat14

Very nice for a treat. That’s because it’s $7.99 here in Auckland. Ouch.

Nov 23, 2021
4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 09, 2021
Photo of hopsputin
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: clear amber color with a nice cherrywood note as well. maybe some faint purple in there as well - very faint. 1 finger solid off-white head

s: crisp caramel and sweet berries. fruitcake and sweet grains. some fig, toffee, and sugar. nice bready backbone in here as well. more berries and sweet malts at the end

t: big hit of sweet grains and caramel malt upfront. sweet berries, fig, and toffee follow. a nice bready/grainy backbone in here with a hint of earthy hops - just a hint. the finish is sweet and crisp

m: lighter side of medium with low-medium carbonation

o: fantastic beer here. not complex, all the flavors are easy to pick up, and this drinks very very easy. benchmark of the style for sure

Oct 23, 2021
3.94 by uncleotis from Illinois on Sep 14, 2021
Photo of LanceBiggums
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Nice copper colour but the head is gone within minutes. Caramel malt and tree sap on the nose. Taste is more sweetish malts, nicely balanced by some bitter piney hops. Slick, satisfying mouthfeel. Overall a nice British beer that I'll go back to for sure.

Aug 31, 2021
2.75 by bad_poetry from England on Aug 15, 2021
4.42 by beerrat from Virginia on Jul 25, 2021
4 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 20, 2021
Photo of Captain68
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Jun 15, 2021
Photo of InspectorHound
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Coppery orange, like a strong orange pekoe tea. Pours with 1 finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving solid lacing.

Smell: Carmel malts, sweet floral undertones, and honey.

Taste: Caramel sweetness right up front, doughy and bready (light rye/cracked wheat).

Feel: Watery and very light bodied. With the sweet sticky finish being prominant.

A decent ESB, but not one I woud seek out again. It earns a B.

Jun 12, 2021
3.93 by BEZMEZ on May 29, 2021
3 by BeerDreadz from Florida on May 23, 2021
3.42 by readyforthenet from New York on Apr 22, 2021
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Currently ranked #4 on the "Bitter - English" top beers list.

4-pack of 330ml brown glass bottles with pry-off crown caps ran me $8.79 USD plus tax at a Total Wine & More in Metairie, Louisiana. Best before: 01 Nov 21.

4.7% ABV (rather high for a best bitter by my estimation). Brewed with "...British malt and a diverse blend of Target, Goldings, Challenger & Northdown hops."

Served cold into a dimpled mug. I dig the classic looking regal red label/cap and the slim profile of the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Straw-tawny body colour. Looks rich and robust and boasts a gilded vibrance. Head is thicker than I'd expected, also looking robust. Frothy and inviting. Head retention is excellent (~10+ minutes). ~3cm head height.

AROMA: Dry biscuity ale yeast. Naked hop bitterness. A hint of orange marmalade. Creaminess. 2-row and caramel malts. I'm not getting much resin from the Northdown hops nor much spiciness or earthiness from the Goldings.

Promises a drinkable beer with a bitter yet subtly fruity flavour profile and a rich malt backbone.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Dry yet rich - or at least richer than I'd have imagined a 4.7% ABV beer would be. Scintillae of marmalade, caramel, toffee, and dried citrus fruit peel. 2-row/pale malt and some caramalt seem to comprise this beer's simplistic malt backbone.

Alcohol is well disguised.

Wet, unrefreshing, well carbonated, somewhat soft, medium-bodied.

OVERALL: I can't say it's not true to the style, but I can say it's a bit underwhelming in comparison to Adnams Bitter or even Goose Island's Honkers. I wouldn't honestly buy this beer again unless it was on cask in some traditional pub in England and I felt compelled, but maybe that says more about my relative lack of love for English best bitters than it does about this beer. I don't see what's here that isn't done better by other breweries, and despite the heavy marketing Fuller's does for this I don't find it better than its primary competition in the U.K., Australia, and (even) U.S.A. Above average at best, and I say that as someone who doesn't dislike the style outright (even if does happen to be one of those I least cherish unless tremendously well executed).

Low C+ (3.05) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Mar 14, 2021
3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Feb 13, 2021
3.25 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2021
3 by vladn from England on Dec 20, 2020
Photo of ilikebeer03
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ilikebeer03 from Texas

pour is a brilliantly clear low amber/copper. minimal white head that doesn't last too long.
nose is a hint of fruity esters initially. gives way to an earthy hop character and a biscuit, bready
taste is subtly bitter. a hint of fruit. finish is a nice malty cracker, light cookie, toasted bread
medium low carbonation

Dec 16, 2020
Photo of erickc
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by erickc from Washington

From a bottle.

Dec 09, 2020
Photo of SimplySinister
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SimplySinister from Florida

A - Normal pour into pint glass producing an amber colored clear brew sporting a non-existant head. Moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

S - Malt, honey, hops, nutty, some bread.

T - Very good. Malt honey sweetness up front and a slightly bitter finish. Some nutty flavors, restrained almost muted citrus. Bread.

M - Semi-lingering with mostly clean finish. Refreshing. Thin viscosity,

D - Enjoyable. This is a fantastic brew.

Nov 30, 2020
Photo of Kinger22
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Kinger22 from Virginia

Pours a golden amber with very little head. The smell is super subtle hints of hops and malt, but the taste packs more of a pinch, leading with the hops and finishing with a caramel-malt taste. This is a good a beer.

Nov 28, 2020
3.84 by Rhetion from Florida on Nov 13, 2020
Photo of danducati
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by danducati from Pennsylvania

Had this on tap while in Croydon, London a couple of years ago. My buddy loves it, but I was not impressed.

Nov 11, 2020
3.43 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Nov 10, 2020
London Pride from Fuller's
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2759 ratings