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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden, light amber. Very clear with a thick, sticky head that leaves generous lace.

Strong crystal malt flavors, subtle hop. Excellent caramelized sugar aromas. The flavor has hop bite up front that is counter-balanced by a rich malt roundness. The mouthfeel is similar to cream, while the aftertaste features a 70-30 balance of hop-malt respectively. The hop is very fresh tasting.

A very strong example of the traditional English Ale, albeit close to an ESB in flavor with the extra touch of hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on tap in London at The Wellington.

a - Pours a dark amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of bready and caramel malts with a tiny bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A very nice, easy to drink English pale ale. Would have again.

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

A: Crystal clear and light orange hued with mild effervescence. Atop the beer sits a half inch of clean, white head. As the head rapidly fades, it leaves an ample supply of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

S: The aroma is faint, but seems to grow in strength as the beer warms, with bread and malts first, followed by English hops.

T: This is a decent, simple, straightforward English pale ale. Light bread and malts mingle well with a mild sweetness and fruity character. Following the fruit and mild sweetness of bready malts is a pleasant hop bitterness, albeit gentle.

M: Good carbonation levels and relatively light in body.

D: Pretty easy to drink, though I prefer this on cask.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I CAN't believe that my local CANTrader, tone77, is starting to find beers in a CAN that surprise me! I thought that I was pretty well attuned to everything CANned and then he laid this gem on me! Well done.

From the CAN: "England's Finest Premium Beer Rich, Malty & Satisfying"; "Whatever You Do, Take Pride".

The Crack of this little 11.2 oz (330 ml) CAN went off without a hitch and the Glug produced just better than a finger's worth of thick, dense off-white head with great retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had the upfront biscuity maltiness that I have come to recognize and enjoy, underlain by some earthy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium with a very pleasant interplay between the bready malt and the earthy hops on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry, very pleasant and certainly worth both seeking out and placing in the cooler for an outing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on Tap today at the British Beer Company. Comes to the table a deep golden color with a thinnish off white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of rich sugary maltiness, lots of dark sugars and rich fruits with a hint of earthy and floral hops. The flavor is rich and malty but does have a bit of an earthy hop bite to it. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice beer, I've never had it before but it was on special so I gave it a shot. I probably wouldn't seek it out again as its really not my style, but there was certainly nothing wrong with it.

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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 jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

best before 14 March 07.
Pours amber with nice clarity but a quickly disappearing head.

The smell is earthy, fresh and fruity.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt - caramel with a touch of vanilla. Soft fruits with a lemony zest in the finish. Not overly complex, but fresh, refreshing and well-balanced. Very smooth, a bit buttery.

Rich and full-flavored in a solidly medium body. Nicely textured.

This is a classic English Pale Ale. "Sessionable", refreshing, tasty, well-balanced. Another wonder from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a great clear copper red/brown, with a three finger sized head that disappears fairly quickly. The head bubbles are white and seem to vary in size, and leave minimal lacing. A very tiny collar manages to stick around in the glass.

Bouquet is of very light bread and very light hops. Very clean smelling simple and really nice. Very airy, and aromatic. There's a small fruit behind it all perhaps apricot but it's very hard to pin point.

Taste is primarily hoppy, with a smooth and slight chew wet finish. Super easy drinking at a low abv but full of taste. Carbonation is just about right with some malt taste at times after the hops. Carbonation in the mouth is also pretty low.

This is a great simple drinking beer I could pound these back and enjoy them all the time.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color, medium amber at the edges, with a nice 3/4" fluffy white head. Aromatics are soft, creamy, herbal, with a touch of spice, and a little hint of fruit, with a hint of apple and citrus.
Assertive hoppy bite upfront on the palate, which slowly, softly subsides. A touch of copper exists as well. Texture and body are mild, with a good, lasting finish. For a "pub ale", quite good. Not the sort of brew that I'd write a sonnet upon. It tastes good, but not enough to divert your attention from the dartboard.
This exists solidly between their ESB and IPA. And that's OK.

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

Stateside bottle

A – Clear, rich apple cider body. White head is tied together with a loose bubble structure.

S – Apple, malt, and some dark cherry. There’s a wisp of what I can only describe as a vinegar-like twang somewhere in there.

T – Soft malt with a juicy, orange marmalade center. Flinty dryness on the backend with a soft, bitter backdrop.

M – Medium/light body is smooth, with great drinkability. Nice carbonation.

O – Restrain and well balanced, it’s a nice session brew, but nothing really jumps out at you as particularly noteworthy either.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founds this on cask at Church Key in London, ON. Served in a matching pint glass.

A - Transparent orange with glowing red highlights. A finger of tan foam with good retention that settles to a solid cap. A few spots of lace here and there.

S - Nice aromatic hoppiness - I was quite surprised when I took my first sniff - with hints of orange citrus, grassiness, and floral notes. As the beer warms the malt character takes over and gives a light toffee, biscuit, and nut. This seems different than the bottle - I wonder if it is dry hopped in the cask?

T - The taste is more mono-dimensional, with less of the hoppy goodness. Light toffee and fresh-baked bread predominate. Thankfully it is low in diacetyl, even though that flavor is appropriate for the style. Good, but somewhat unspectacular English Pale Ale.

M - This one was a little too watery, and not because of the low carbonation. The body is a touch too thin, even for a lower ABV brew. Nice dry finish though!

D - This is a pretty fast drinking session beer. It does get a little sweet after a while, and could use perhaps a hint of bitterness to make things more balanced, but otherwise I could put down a few of these in an evening.

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

I though there were a lot of similarities between London Pride and Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which means I really enjoy this beer. The beer poured a very nice amber with white head that laced. The smell was primarily buttering hops. The taste was a well balanced beer between the hops and malt. There was a subtle sweetness that worked well with the bitter hops. The mouthfeel was a decent light to medium bodied ale with decent carbonation. Overall it was a good session ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer has a crystal clear amber coloring, with a short stack of thick, beige foam that quickly disperses into an uneven film of bubbles. The beer has a roasty/toasty malt nose. Flavors are malt heavy, with hints of toffee and caramel, but balanced by a very slight bitterness that I get only on the sides of my tongue. I get a little taste of candy/taffy every once in a while, also. The bitterness steps up in the finish and aftertaste, which makes it easy to take another sweet sip to follow-up. The beer is crisp, light, and smooth in mouth, and the finish is subtle, but hangs out long enough to remind you that the beer is hopped a bit. Very tasty beverage, and my first from Fuller's, so I am looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear and amber / red. Forms a big head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is pretty malty with some nice earthy hop character.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice malt character. Finishes cleanly, highly drinkable. Flavors are subtly layered. Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and smooth.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/18/09- Purchased at Draegers in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date printed on the back label. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Bronze-orange colored pour. About a 1/2 inch lightly creamy head forms upon pour. Very slight rim left over for the duration. Leaves some trails and lines of lace behind.

Smell- Nothing that really sets your nose on fire, but a nice light nose of toasted malts and english style hops.

Taste- Very well rounded beer. Freshly toasted malt combined with what seems like a combo of american and english hops. Kinda of earthy in flavor. I know it's strickly english hops, but it doesn't have that distinct flavor I am used to.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, not creamy, but the perfect amount of carbonation. Really no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'm liking these English beers I am having lately. Super easy to drink and flavorful. Could drink these all day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from dark bottle brought from London. Poured into Parkbrau lager glass.

Appearance.- Pleasant golden hue, clear.

Smell.- Grains up front.

Taste.- Typical British style for taste.

Mouthfeel.- Low carbonation.

Overall.- Tasty, but prefer the draught variety.

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

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with decent retention and good lacing. Smells of some hops (English characteristics) and some slight malt aroma. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Has a really smooth mouth feel. Also, there is a crisp mouth feel along with low carbonation. Tastes of some dry malt and hops. The aftertaste is all hops. There is a dryness inherited from the malts that leaves you wanting more. Overall, a good example of the style - worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's maybe the best English pale ale I've had, but I can only imagine what this might be like on cask. I'll have to add that review some day. The aroma is of very smooth, buttery caramel with bread and something almost like smoke or meat. The flavor has a decent, grassy and spicy hops profile and a bit of malt in the background. Nice beer, nice beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4-pack of cans for the half-price of a 6pack bottles. Yes please.
A shiny light amber/golden pour that supports a medium dense white head. Lacing is light and clean. Looks ok. Let it sit to warm up a bit.
Faint aroma of biscuit and caramel, some fluffy hops come in and out, herbal.
This is a good drinking beer. By that I mean the flavors are present, but not overpowering. Just enough to get the "feel" of the beer. The biscuit and caramel work well together, and the slightness of hops gives it a clean finish. Some spice in the end.
Easy drinking.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a has an awesome malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts along with a wonderful noble hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes earthy and mildly bitter. It is a bit weak in the malt department, but it has a nice complex taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is one of the best English pale ales I've ever tried. It has tremendous aroma and flavor; a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint of this from The Olde Ship in Fullerton, on to the beer:

It does well in the two most important characteristics in beer; toasty/bready malts and hoppy tingling in the taste, and a pleasant sweet smell. But it dissapointed me with its loose ends: a little on the watery side, and a not so lively body. I'll try this again in the future, but for now London Pride will have to settle for being a merely good beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rhino, into a pint glass.

Clear gold with some orange hues. Thick white head with rocky retention and fairly dense lacing. Nose is bready, some pale English malt notes, orange and milder citrus. A fairly signature 'Fuller's' character, something smells a bit 'waxy' for lack of a more revealing descriptor. Taste has more breadiness, pale malts, that 'waxy' notes, more citrus - orange, grapefruit perhaps. Smooth and clean finish, lightly bitter. Quite an English offering, a decent pint.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml can. The beer pours a nice orange color with a large white head. The head is very fluffy and soft. The aroma is bready malt with some earthy hops. Very British smelling. The flavor is bread, toffee, grass and some spicy and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 13 Sep 15
11.2oz. Bottle
Best Before: 15 Jan 16

Been many years between tastings.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, with a quick foamy white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, pretty nice. The taste is mostly malty, nice. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew.

A - Pours a clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is of sweet malts and a under tone of caramel.

M - Medium body, slighty carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. I believe this is my first English Pale Ale. Simply an awesome brew. Totally different than a APA, maltier and less hoppy. Highly recommended.

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3.94 out of 5 based on 2,483 ratings.
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