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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Ratings: 2,569 |  Reviews: 1,075
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Photo of bobhits
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is rather hyped up so I guess the question is why?

Well, the appearance is pretty generic. A nice orange color, head doesn't last and not lacing. The aroma really gives of a good bit of cereal malt sweetness and a hint of tea perhaps from the hops.

The flavor is rather complex...extremely so. I really like the yeast that fullers uses. There is a certain fruity flavor it gives off that is really nice. From there the malt is grainy and the hops are well English (BTW the big difference in american an english pales and ipas is often said to be the amount of hops. This is wrong. It is the TYPES of hops!) and frankly I just can't get excited for English hops. They just aren't for me.

Easy drinking beer with a LOT going on.

I love how complex this beer is. I really won't bother trying to put words to the flavors. The thing is I'm somewhat indifferent all and all on this one.

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Photo of Luk13
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from LCBO servec in McAuslan pint. 2-3 months old. Appearance: Long lasting one inch creamy off-white head with decent lacing. Beautiful copper pour with red shades. Aroma: Inviting cereal display, english hops and slightly roasted malts. I also get some nuts. Taste: Fresh cereal, citrusy hops and nutty malts blends nicely. Palate: Creamy and rich taste yet light bodied enough to session. Low carbonation. Overall: That went down quick. Very quaffable, awesome aroma. Could have had a little more flavor. I'm really getting into english ales, thanks to Albion.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, round as the mouthful. Great nutty brown color. Smells full bodied and has a nice even taste - no overpowering aftertaste. Been drinking it for years and never disappoints. No ill effects when drunk from the bottle. Great with food - particularly fish.

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Photo of sdj5
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Leinenkugel's Red glass. The head vanished very quickly, leaving behind minor lacing. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and dry. The taste is floral and hoppy with malt taking a backseat. The ending is not very bitter but leaves behind a little hoppy bite. It is easy to drink and light in flavor and body. It is a beer that can be consumed in large amounts if desired because it just brings you back for another sip.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Best Before 08/SEP/10 stamped on the bottom of the back label. So I guess I'm having this about a year too late!

Appearance - Clear amber body. Pours small one-finger off white pancakek batter head with low-decent retention and poor lacing.

Smell - Banana. Dark over-ripe fruit. Smells like a hefe mixed with a Belgian quad, but much more mild.

Taste - Extremely balanced. No off flavors. Relatively mild hop and malt.

Mouthfeel - Watery. The only texture is the slight creaminess from the head.

Overall Drinkability - Tastes like no other pale ale I've had. Very mild. Enjoyable. Unchallenging. Almost boring. I'm going to have to try a fresh bottle to see if the aging made it better or worse.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a foamy head with adequate retention. The aroma is mild; I smell some buttery overtones.

The taste is...strongly subtle. What I mean is that nothing is overpowering, but there is still a lot going on. At first, I taste a lot of butter with some undetermined fruit on the finish. With time and warmth, I begin to taste some unexpected citrus notes and some toastiness, with some bitter hops coming through at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth.

This is an excellent beer. There's enough going on for it to be interesting, but it's also highly drinkable. Well balanced. I'm impressed, even though this bottle is one month beyond the expiration date.

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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium tea, soapy sea foam fuzz on the top, uniform but like rising carbonation.
S: Mild, but confusing smell. There's something like japanese fruit bubble gum, very sweet amber, on the strange side. Leather.
T: An odd, and fairly complex flavor: an unsweet cream soda. amber, moderate bitterness. Very bizarre, but the quality seems good.
M: slightly astringent, basically no carbonation, but smooth.
O: A strange one. Not sure what to make of it.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper colored body. Decent looking frothy white head on top.

Aroma has a good bit of grain and biscuit malt character going on. Some spicy hops and a good dose of fruity ale character. Similar story on the palate, with just a bit more of a hop bite. Finishes with a bit of mineral character. Certainly has a distinctive English Ale yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Slightly drying in the finish. Overall, London Pride might just be the archetypal English Pale Ale. Not the hoppiest, even by English standards but still a treat.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a very clear light copper color with amber highlights. A thick sudsy foam head leaves nice lacing.

S- The nose is light and floral with some ripe fruits and caramel malt aromas as well.

T- Fruity esters and sweetness initially with some toffee, caramel, and earthy hop presence in the finish. Some toasted bread and a very minimal diacetyl character is present.

M- Medium/light bodied with low carbonation. No alcohol presence to speak of and a creamy smooth feel. Spot on for this style.

O- A very solid English Pale Ale but quite different from the American styles.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber color, very clear, with a finger of head that lingered until depositing a trace of lace on my pint glass

S: Bready, malty, with a touch of fruity ester.

T: More hops than malt, which surprised me a little based on the smell (but was not a disappointment at all); however, there's enough of both but not too much of either. It finishes with a little tartness and spicy notes mixed in with the bite of lingering hops bitterness.

M: Wet and refreshing, with medium carbonation

O: Not too complicated, but tasty and quite refreshing. The perfect pint for relaxing after work.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL can. Brew date: May 24, 2011, best by May 24, 2012. 4.7% ABV, 11.75 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Burnt orange color, very clear with lots of tiny bubbles. Very little head, but it hung around long enough to leave rings of lacing.

Smell: What aroma I got was floral and fruity hops. Not much else.

Taste: Well-hopped and right up front. Not as blow-your-head-off as American IPAs, I think I prefer the English hopping. Caramel malt and a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Light on carbonation. Nicely bitter finish. Crisp.

Overall: Very enjoyable quaff. I like this on warm spring afternoons at my favorite bar, looking out the window at traffic.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark golden amber body crowned by a finger of creamy head and then spits of lace.

S - Caramel malts are the main scent, backed by some subtle fruitiness.

T - Predominantly malty with the caramel, then peach, apricot with a slight bitterness flowing with the hops.

M - One of those English ales that is kind of watery and creamy at the same time, moderate carbonation.

O - A typical English pale ale in that it is pleasantly appetising and very sessionable, yet somewhat subtle in terms of flavour.

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Photo of gerite
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Nook in Huntsville, AL. Poured a clear reddish amber color with a good half-inch head that stayed around for awhile and left some good lacing. As a Pale Ale, it had a slight hoppy flavor and smell but not as strong as an American Pale Ale. The mouthfeel presented a medium body with a hint of carbonation. Overall a very decent Pale Ale that was easy to drink.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear mid-amber color with a thin head that is just barely off-white.

S- Some sweet caramel malts with subtle floral hop notes. Not too aggressive, but overall a decent smell.

T- Well rounded and balanced. A sweet caramel malt backbone is found throughout, with a decent hops kick mid-way through. The hop profile is clean and earthy, floral with a little pine, and it really balances out the malt quite well. The flavor isn't so much "I taste malt, now I taste hops" as it is "I taste hops and malt working together to make a really solid beer". Overall, London Pride is to the English Pale Ale what Sierra Nevada is to the American Pale Ale- a really solid, consistent example of the style that doesn't get caught up with being too extreme, instead favoring a balanced, smooth flavor.

M- A little too carbonated for my liking, that makes this beer have a little "sting" to it (especially if it is served too cold). This isn't a huge issue, but it does affect my opinion in the category.

O- Like I said, this is a great example of an English Pale Ale. Really well balanced and solid. There is a sweet malt profile and a strong but not overpowering hop presence. Great ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear medium amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, light hops and some grassy and fruity notes. Taste is sweet malt and yeast, with some light fruity notes and light hops. Palate is medium body with good carbonation. Finish is nice caramel malt, yeasty, with some light fruitiness ending has a nice hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good and nicely balanced easy drinking brew.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown, with some highlights when held to a light source. The head is tan and leaves no visible lacing, but sticks around on a thin layer for a while.

S: It has a sweet smell reminiscent of a milk-stout. It smells like coffee with sugar and cream, only the sugar is the most pronounced aroma.

T: Big coffee notes, but no sweetness that is detected on the nose. It has a great, simple, earthy finish to it. Low, but detectable bitterness though out.

M: moderately carbonated with a medium body. It looks like it will be thinner on the palate but it isn't. However, it doesn't coat the palate.

D: This drinks nicely, but I've had better porters from local breweries. I'd have it again, if I couldn't find Port City Porter.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance with finger head that quickly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of malt, hops,caramel and a hint of apples and bread.

Taste has a lot of features from the smell, caramel, malt, bread. Picked up vanilla, citrus and various fruits. Crisp combination of tastes, but a little light. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering citrus taste.

Overall, this is a drinkable and balanced beer. Taste can be a little weak, but inoffensive with some decent features. Worth a try.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL

Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, composed of both large and small, that fades within about two minutes to a ring around the glass and a fairly large island in the middle of the body. Lacing is left after each sip, both in small sheets and "blips." Body itself is a transparent burnt orange color, with visible carbonation.

Aroma primarily of faint caramel and malt, with gentle hops and fruit in the distant back.

Taste has a general light caramel malt flavor, some sweetness, tempered with mild hop bitterness in the close. Aftertaste is of toasted malt flavors.

Medium-bodied with slightly aggressive, but enjoyable carbonation. Finish is moderately dry. Very pleasing overall.

Highly drinkable, nothing cloying, nothing heavy, yet everything the beer wants to convey detectable. A pleasant one to drink, at the pub or at home. Pints of these disappear quickly.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally had this beer on my first visit to London. It stuck out to me, though drinking it from the bottle didn't really allow for a real appreciation of the flavours. Here's an official review:

It pours a pale reddish amber colour with a nice foamy head that settles down to a thin layer over the beer. It's pretty standard, but also quite appetizing looking.

The aroma is quite malty. Again, quite standard, but in a good way. It smells sweet and the hops almost give a slightly smoky aroma.

The flavour starts out with some light malts and faint bitterness. The hops get a bit more character towards the end. After a while, the malt flavours start to become lost. The body is quite light, making this a great option as a session ale. It is a bit too carbonated for my tastes.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but not as god as I remember.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Samuel Smith's Pale Ale.

A: Clear light amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a three-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Toasted malt and hops. Subtle tropical fruit aroma.

T: Very mild malt sweetness and a light hop bitterness. Butter and biscuit like.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly dry. Not quite as smooth as Samuel Smith's Pale Ale.

O: This one looked and smelled very nice. Though it had pretty good drinkability, I didn't like the flavor or mouthfeel as much as I did for the Samuel Smith's Pale Ale.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,569 ratings
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