Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

very good
2,545 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SanDog
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am currently trying this side by side with Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale.

Also, let me be up front, I ahve always thought this was a world class beer and one of my personal favorites.

That said...

Pours a light copper color... a couple shades lighter than a Duracell cap.

Aromas of biscuit, bread and subtle fruitiness with a touch of herbalness from the hops. Nothing overpowers-- all balance all the time.

Taste is pure balance of malt and hops with a pleasantly clean, dry finish. Feels full in the moth, but not heavy-- a kind of Goldilocks of mouthfeels.

Overall, this can be held as a standard for the style.

For me, this is my favorite for a great sandwich and compelling reading on evening best spent at home.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DM1293
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's an interesting malt flavor to this brew. Really hard to pin it down proper, because its sort of easy on the palate. Hops snap in afterward, dissipating fast. The malt gives it a semi-thick body, but the hops give it a crisp finish. Bitterness is in the middle, but nothing too strong or lasting.

I was expecting a better flavor to be honest. Its not bad for what it is though, and its certainly worth a try.

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

We pour a brew of amber-brown. It holds a one finger cream-colored head of huge bubbles. Lacing is thick and striped, and aggregates of bubbles are left atop the liquid, as the head recedes at a faster pace. There is a slight haze, obscuring translucency, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears average, and the bubbles look tiny. The nose is malt heavy, with caramel malts, vinegar, and biscuit saltiness. Lactic sourness comes with warmth, and there is a slight wet, earthy mossiness. There is a final buttery quality, adding depth. As we sip, floury, sour malts hit first. These both pucker the mouth and make it water. There is a faint hop hollowness of grass on the back, mixing with more bittering, souring grain and pepper from the malts. As in the nose there is an added bitterness of vinegar. This enhances through the middle, with the strength of fermented strawberries. This also gives a sweetness. There are hints of caramel, and more echoes of those elusive grassy hops. There are some metallics weaving in among the maltiness, but this is additive, rather than overwhelming. The finish is balanced but a bit hollow, with lemony freshness, floury grain, and dirty earthiness. The aftertaste breathes of mineral, tannin leaf, sourness of bread, and that simple hint of grassy hops. The body is medium and the carbonation is borderline high. The mouth is cooled and wet, but it doesn’t really leave the mouth dry or coated. The feel is actually quite refreshing, and the mouth is happy. There is decent slurp, but little cream or pop. The abv is appropriate, and the drinkability is okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the forward maltiness, and just how refreshing the brew is. The flavoring is very “English”. The preparation of the grain bill and the vinegar quality gives this brew a characteristic mouth and feel. It certainly fits the style, but we wish that the hops were a bit more present and bold.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with a little white head.

The smell was fruity and malty with a little hops.

The taste was slightly hoppy and bitter with caramel malts.

This beer is smooth with a medium body and slight carbonation.

Overall one of the best EPA's I'm just not that big a fan, however I would say Bass is better.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a standard clear amber in color with a single finger of foam that recedes in about a minute with some mediocre lacing. Smells of bready caramel malts with a side order of esters and a (acceptable to style) garnish of diacetyl. The flavor is a sturdy blend of biscuity malt with herbal and earthy hop tones and the same acceptable diacetyl garnish. Medium bodied, smooth and almost creamy texture without getting obnoxious or oily at all.

This is one of the "textbook" examples by which English Pales like to measure themselves. The only thing really wrong with mine was a sub-excellent head, and I think that problem would most likely not exist at all in a tap version of the brew.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a deep amber colour. Good head, no lacing.

Smells dark and sweet.

Tastes nice, slightly alcoholic and quite malty with a slight hop bitterness.

Overall a good session beer though could do with being a bit weaker in terms of abv.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours rust in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a film, not leaving much lacing at all behind

nice caramel malts

really get the caramel malts, a little bready, with some hops present

light bodied medium carbonation really wet mouth feel and smooth.

overall very nice pale ale

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: Poured into pint glass; the bottle lists ABV and a DBD.

A: Clear amber half-a-fingernail white head with ample carbonation but little lacing.

S: Earth, toffee, fruity raisin, and citrus.

T: Biscuit, earth, mild hop bitter, and raisin.

M: Surprisingly light (almost watery).

O: Needs a bit more body, but it does have a pleasant finish and it is excellent with most beers. A very mild slightly fruity pleasing balanced beer.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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