Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of IceAce
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium-copper body with excellent clarity. Head is virtually non-existant with just a smattering of foam in my straight-side Libby pint glass. Large fish-eye bubbles cling to the inside of the glass from top to bottom...soap? grease? This beer certainly deserves a better presentation than this...

Aroma: Acidic nose with malt-vinegar undertones.

Taste: A true English-malt dominated brew made the classic style...just a hint of hops (fuggles?) in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A virtually flat beer with a thin slippery presence.

Drinkability: A dependable English PA...best paired with an order of Fish-n-Chips.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper brew. A small head, scattering dots of lacing.

S - Malt and an earthy hop. Simple, but pleasant.

T - Slightly sweet, with a slight wooded taste with a minuscule sour bite. Aftertaste is a little odd with some weird earthen flavor and a bit of a bland wood.

M - Watery, a little harsh and a little drying.

D - Not awful, but not great either. I could see why it would be easy to drink a half dozen of these with some british pub food, but I'd rather drink something else.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of anneseg
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Color was amber with barely any head. Not much in the way of aroma, I thought that were would be a more noticeable hop aroma. Honestly the beer tasted a little watered down, more so that normal cask beers. The most prominent taste that came through was the challenger hops.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06 April 10. I'm not sure how they expect it to last that long but if it's claimed to be at its best than it's fair game for reviewing.

This beer comes out looking exactly like applejuice. Maybe a shade darker in color, with the same very thin lacing of bubbles.

Aroma is mild, with a touch of floral english hops and the recognizable English malt character. I know the english hops are supposed to be mild, but I could use a lot more of that nice floral presence found in other EPA's.

Behind the mild, malty flavor of this ale is a cidery/apple flavor, maybe indicating acetaldehyde. And I'm not judging a book by its cover...

Mouthfeel is watery thin, with appropriately low carbonation. Nothing to love or hate there.

The beer is drinkable enough...although to be honest I don't know if I'd want another.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or batch, but this beer just seemed to have a lot of rookie mistakes and problems in it that I wouldn't expect from such a historic brewery. The first time I see this beer on tap or cask, I will make sure to try it and review it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light brown colored beer with a medium head and standard retention. Aroma is quite malty and the same applies to the taste. Well balance bitterness at the end. This is another standard English ale in bottle which I’m starting to think taste all the same. I’m wondering if those beers should only be drink form a cask to truly appreciate them. Overall, this is not bad, nor good, just standard.

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Photo of nickg902
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle

A: Pours a light copper color, quite clear. Small head disappears quickly with little to no lacing

S: First smell yielded a somewhat biscuity, hoppy aroma. Very mild, nothing special at all

T: Taste is somewhat citrusy with perhaps a hint of carmel, very watered down taste, with a very slight, bitter aftertaste. Absolutely boring in my mind

M: Thin, watery, med-low carbonation

D: Easily drinkable since there is very little complexity in my mind.

I am not sure why this is rated the way it is. I find this absolutely boring and plain. It is too watered down and the flavors are very average. There is no reason for me to try this one again, and I hope the rest of the Fuller's beers I bought arent this bad. I'd avoid.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a standard English ale, copper tan head, a little thick. Aroma, weird, like biscuits/crackers, apple/banada, but doesn't come through so much taste wise.

Lacks bitterness, seems just real smooth, with that biscuit taste going on. Tastes like what I've come to know as a mild ale.

Mouthfeel lots of flavors come together and cancel each other out, a little pricey and when you're done, you want something with a little more oomph.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am very dissapointed with this beer, especially with the other products from Fuller's.

A very limpid beer of golden color with some amberish, a good generous head came and stayed a tiny bit of time just to know eachothers.

Smell was quite boring, malt, caramel, shy hops, nothing to jump out of the bridge, some flavour of butter was present too.

Her taste was very flat! Maybe I got a bad bottle I dont know but the beer was flat, the experience was quite flat. Very malty beer with some notes of butter that came. A floral flavours came from the hops, but in a very very shy manner.

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Photo of Crotor
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby wiht two fingers of pillowy, long-lingering white head - hardly pale, but dead sexy nevertheless...

The aroma is all metal and bread. Seriously, that's all I get. Perhaps a *wee* bit of grain husk, but otherwise it's fresh bread, steel, and aluminum. Do these British beers have hop aromas when they're fresh and just lose 'em in transit? I'm not objecting, it's just kinda weird to not smell *any* hops in a "pale ale."

The flavor is quite rewarding. In the back there's those odd Brit-style bittering hops - why do they stick to those so? All hop flavor and aroma have been lost, were they ever present. There's a bit of tannic grain husk - not objectionable at all, and in fact I'd argue that it does something to balance the beer in absence of aggressive hopping. In the end, I'm really struck by just how hard the water is, and how much that carries through in the finished beer. Utter insanity. Not at all unpleasant, but *damn.* If they use water this hard, I think my crazy idea about brewing with Ashland, Oregon's "Lithia Water" might not be too off-base...

I don't normally buy British beers outside of the barleywines, porters, stouts, & impy stouts, because I think the non-roasty/lowly hopped British beers just get brutalized in transit between the brewery and the shelves of California. This beer, though not *bad,* only reinforced that notion. I suppose I shall just have to travel to Britain to taste their beers when young, so fresh and so clean...

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Golden amber body, big bubbly white head with low retention. Lots of carbonation.
S- Apple, peach, subtle grassy hops. Weak.
T- Sweet caramel, dough. Slight hop bitterness at the end.
F- Light, fizzy.
O- Didnt live to what I expected. Wouldnt buy again.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden light amber color and a big head which dissipates quickly with some minor lacing.

Smells of not much at all, some bready malts a light hops, nothing strong overall.

Tastes is a little better than the smell, bready malts from start to middle, and a slight hop aftertaste.

Feels a little thin and carbonated, however, it's easy to drink and is very smooth.

Overall, it's a bit on the weak side. The flavor and scents are understated, but then, it's meant more for the session drinking than anything else.


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Photo of radshoesbro
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown pint bottle bottl with a best before date of..oh SHIT...september 24, 2004. this is the second time i've totally spaced on double checking dates from things bought at yankee! damn it!

a - red amber with fair head that quickly subsides to form an alright lace that seems to stick for about a minute then slides down the side of the glass.

s - sort of breadish, malty, with a waterish hint to it. very unique smell.

t - uhhhh....god this is odd. it's got an astringent hop feel in the finish with a waterish feel to it. i'm not picking up any of the doughy esters that i've read about. probablly due to the bad bottle. i'm gonna have to find this again and rerate it.

m - light bodied with an almost lager like feel to it.

d - this is just really strange tasting. i have to try this again some time.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Forms a decent off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, faint citrus and a whiff of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild finish. Notes of grain, stewed hops, the faintest hint of citrus and again a smidge of diacetyl. Quite dry, with little bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Aftertaste of caramel malt and stewed hops.

Drinkable, but not terribly exciting. The malt is OK, but more aromatic hops would be nice. The diacetyl is also a minor flaw. It's unusually dark and a tad strong for a pale ale; I'd class this as more of a bitter. At any rate, not one of Fullers best brews despite it's ubiquity. I'd recommend trying the cask version.

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Photo of gatornation
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this at brits pub on a beautiful fall evening we sat outside on the rooftop..the look was a darker color than most EPA with a quickly dissipating head that left an ok ring..the smell was was caramel malts and toffee the taste was bitter sweet malts and toffee with some hops and spice it was ok/above average taste it went well with the fish and chips... overall a pretty tasty ale but the deck and evening on the roof set the tone it was beautiful outside and the food was great the beer was just average

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber in color, off white almost tan like head 1/2". Aroma was plenty of the English style jamz, toast, biscuits, grain.

Taste was a very mild smooth grain. I don't like the single bottle format all that much, higher cost per oz. You get a very mild earthy noble like hop presence, biscuit malt, eh. I don't want to say weak tea, but you do kind of get that vibe. Just uninteresting pretty much despite no off flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light malt and grassy hops, flavor is same with light malt, light caramel, hints of hops. Clean finish. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a glorious golden copper color with incredible clarity and vibrant carbonation. The head is a three finger vaguely off-white shade with a soapy texture and low retention.

S: The scent is a slightly weird cornucopia of butterscotch, toffee, hazelnut, mint, caramel, and earth. Very malt driven with only a slight touch of hop aroma.

T: Quite nutty, not to brown ale levels, but the initial sips have a nice hazelnut quality to them. Eventually, this will smooth out to a slightly buttery, earthy biscuit flavor (the diacetyl is kept in check to a decent degree) in both the midtaste and finish. A simple brew, but nicely balanced and refreshing. Fine for what it is.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation and no dryness to speak of. The feel really gives it an amazing refreshment quality, but feels a bit lifeless on the tongue at the same time.

O: Well, James May gives it his seal of approval, but I can't be so generous. An OK session ale, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of TerryW
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty tame stuff compared to some other Fuller's beers. Looks good, mind you. Very nice looking pour, lots of action. Clear copper amber colour with a good steady head and nice chunky lace.

After that everything about the beer is subdued. Gentle nose with mild malt and hop. Taste is slightly sweet with quiet hop bitterness. Mouthfeel lack sbody and borders on thin.

Inoffensive, but not exciting. Suitable for weaning someone off of macros.

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Photo of MNAle
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz can into an Irish pub-style imperial pint glass, demonstrating how much short of an imperial pint 330 mL actually is! Dark amber with a 3/4 inch off-white head, receding slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Lightly carbonated. Sweet malty smell, just a faint hint of fruity aroma. Mouth feel is a bit thin to medium. Mild initial taste, some hops bittering in the middle, with a sweet malt finish balanced by hops bittering. There is just not much to this beer. The taste is not particularly malty nor are the hops flavorful or bitter. Overall, a relatively thin, uninteresting beer. Very disappointing, especially given the high ratings.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber Brown color. Dull. It forms a light bubbly head that dissipates immediately but leaves some tracks of head swimming in a dim murky sea of malt. Light carbonation.

Smell: Immediately I perceive a smokiness. Caramel malts. Toasted biscuits. No real hop presence.

Taste: Once again, the smell and taste aren't too different except I prefer smelling this beer too tasting it because it is so watery and malted.

Mouthfeel: Watery, light bland malts, dulls in the glass.

Overall: I don't think this beer is as interesting as the other options that Fuller's produces. I'll go for the ESB next time.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/16/2009(Can BB 13Jun09):

Pours a pretty clear amber orange colored body with a smalllish creamy, white head, that's lasting. Has a malty grainy grapey aroma. A molasses-y, watery grainy taste, very malty. Tastes very English-like. Very grapey.

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Photo of haddon
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight cloudy orange with little retention on the head. Not much lacing either.

Not much going on with the nose. Perhaps a slight citrusy orange smell with grass and faint lemons.

Sweet like butterscotch flavor that began to fall apart as it warmed. tastes buttery with very little carbonation. Made it seem almost flat.

Light body with very little carbonation that made it watery.

Wow, for a beer that is considered to be the standard for epa's, this was underwhelming. It's reputation certaintly warrants another try and I will update rating if it improves.

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Photo of tdm168
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - light, see through amber with a soft, short, off white head that has good retention

S - very faint caramel

T - nusty, milky, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

The milky notes were very off putting. The base beer is all caramel and very one-dimensional. This is rather disappointing, but it is low-abv and very sessionable. I won't be buying this again, though.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 1pint 9 oz. can into a tulip glass. The bottom of the can has this printed: BB 30 JUN 08. The body was lightly hazy and honey colored. A moderate cap of creamy, egg-shell colored foam stayed and stayed.

Smell was metal, sweet grain and fruity.

Taste was also fruity with a light nuttiness. There was a gentle tartness. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the body was light to medium.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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