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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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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with light off-white head.

Smell: Caramel and tea-like malts, some floral and metallic English hops.

Taste: Focus is on the fairly dry, almost slightly sour, malts. There is some nice floral hop counterbalance that ends slightly metallic and spicy. Light fruit, caramel and tea throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (slightly higher than I would like for the style), light to medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Strong example of an English Pale Ale. Maybe slightly too simple and carbonated, but a great, easy to drink example nonetheless.

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Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper amber brew, an off-white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mostly malty aromas.

The taste is ranging from a toffee sweetness to buscit maltiness, sour green apples and grass, and a seedy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, soft and refreshing, on the verge of being watery.

A rather good ale. On-tap at The Blackbird in Earl's Court.

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Photo of dolzan
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears very clear, almost bronze, with a nice, lasting head.

The smell is malty and perhaps reminiscent of herbs.

The taste is mellow, woody, malty, with some bitterness too, just the right amount to round off this exceptionally complex brew. Very smooth and soft.

An exceptionally drinkable ale, one of my favourites.

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

A - Light amber, very clear, slightly off white head. Head stuck around for the entire beer, but was just laced around the edges at the end.

S - Malty with some caramel. Slight fruitiness. Peach or apricot maybe.

T - Malty again with that caramel note. Again a slight fruitiness.

M - Good mouth feel. Very smooth and malty.

D - Highly drinkable. Could easily spend a night drinking pints of this.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
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 Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce bottle pub can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a medium, golden amber color with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which held on for quite a while before fading to a solid ring, leaving no lace.

S: Smells slightly sweet, with a burnt caramel and toffee aroma followed by some fruity ale esters. Grainy, soaked hop leaf herbal tones noted in the smell.

T: Smooth, creamy and lightly sweetened malts present themselves first. Some light buttered bread and toffee flavors creep in next, while a slightly bitter, floral hop resin takes hold in the semi-dry, slightly creamy finish. Very balanced and super drinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy throughout. As the brew warms, its zesty hop pull comes out a bit more, but its quite nice.

D: I now see why Fuller's London Pride is amongst the all-time great session brews and a benchmark English pale ale. Just under 5% ABV, this brew is easy drinking, balanced and satisfying as hell. Could stand for a little more warming, sweet earthy flavors from the malt, but its close to perfection for the style.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how little head there was with this beer (pretty much non-existent). It's a deep honey / amber colour, and very clear.

Like the appearance, I get honey from the smell, too.

Not too bitter at all... I hardly pick it out (some of the last few beers I've reviewed were really bitter, though). Nice light honey / cramel / toffee flavour.

It's fine in the mouth... not fizzy at all, and very smooth.

Very drinkable!

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Photo of drinkankuss
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Station Tap Room pint draft

A- Little to no head, good full pour. Copper

S - Crystal malts, English Hops

T - Good smooth, nice biter bite

M - Same as taste

D - Very drinkable beer. In my opinion much more flavorful than say Bass. Good hops and malt balance. very close to an ipa. Refreshing yet not light in taste.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The BeerMongers here in PDX...

- Dark caramel and clear... big fluffy white head.... lots of lacing....

- Great malt and grain scent... sweet, caramel, light oats... little biscuit... zingy hops... and brief esters...

- Smooth sailing malt profile, biscuit, oats, earthy grain, and a bitter hop up front... little pine, and some floral. Nice for an English brew... hops come through.

- Medium bodied... lightly creamy...

- Overall I am very impressed.. tasty. Well balanced pale... scent is robust, but yet taste is full of flavor, but light.... very nice English pale.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the FLP sometime back in Mumbai. Was really surprised to see this one available there. I was mighty pleased with the catch, having really like their porter. I poured this one from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Poured a clear sunburst with glowing red highlights. An inch of brownish foam with decent retention which finally settled into a half cm coaster. Random lacing from where the head receded. The beer had a nice (though slight) aroma of hops - as I took further notes I also noticed some citrus, flowery overtones. Some noticeable malts as well - wow this was a diverse nose for a pale ale.
The taste is a little stunted as compared to the smell, but has good depth. Very malty, with some hop presence. But I found the beer to be a little light on the palate - watery and a tad flat. I associate liveliness with a pale ale which was clearly missing. Great length of taste meets a watery end.
This would be a great beer to have anytime during the day when I am not looking for hoppiness. I wish this was available in Delhi. I would have loved to dedicate a few evenings to this one.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a slim white head. The aroma is of toffee malt and caramel malt with hints of green fruits present, and a slight earthy hop smell. The smell is complex yet very faint. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with toffee included. The green fruit is there but not very pronounced, the end has a mild earthy hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a creaminess to it. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a very smooth and easy drink. Nice flavor to keep your intereest with nothing distracting.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely bronze color with a short and short-lived, but very creamy and dense head. Smell is light but a bit fruity. Only lightly carbonated.

The taste is very interesting. At first, each mouthful goes through a little cycle of tastes: initially a slightly roasted taste, quickly followed up by a nice fruitiness, ever so slightly sour; as the beer goes off the back of your tongue this becomes an incredibly creamy-tasting sweetish caramel taste. After swallowing, there's a lingering delicate bitterness. Not at all "hoppy" by American standards, but it's clear they're in there; it's super well-balanced. It's very delicious!

Unfortunately as I drank my pint, this initially intriguing and complex taste sort of faded, and in the end, all I could taste was a kind of watered down fruity malt.

The mouthfeel similarly starts out as _very_ creamy, but eventually becomes kind of watery.

I'm not at all sure why this dramatic change happens (beer warming up? taste buds getting saturated?), but I was very disappointed ... it was so good at first...

I suppose it may be simply related to freshness and serving style -- the normal market for this beer seems to be as a cask beer in pubs very close to the brewery, but I had it on-tap in Japan. I'm not sure if I'll get this again here, but I definitely want to try it in London!

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Photo of nicnut45
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A nice dark straw color. Super clear. Smooth and uniform white head covers the top of the glass. A thicker band around the sides. A nice tight beady head.

S-Not a strong scent. Fairly hard to pick up. What is there is earthy hops. Just enough malt to let you know its there. And always that clean smell that I get from all of Fullers products. Never any off scents or infections in there products.

T-Pleasent bitterness that backs off quickly. Fades into what reminds me of tortilla chips. Corn used in grain bill perhaps? It is pleasent though. Bitterness sustains in the swallow and after taste. Corn becomes more evident in between sips too and it is not bad.

M.F.-Smooth all in all. Not a lot of carbonation shining through. 4.5

D.-Wouldnt be hard to polish down a few of these. Flavor lacks depth. I imagine they pound these like Bud lights in Britain.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is a 50 cl brown short-necked one. The label is black and red with a picture of a griffin on top.

A: Pours copper with a small light white head.

S: Smells of bitter hops, a lot of "English fruits", caramell and butter.

T: Dry and bitter from the hops. Fruity and caramell at the same time. Lots of butter.

M: Aftertaste is long dry bitter and buttery. Moderate carbonation, slightly offensive though. Body is medium.

D: A nice English Pale Ale, works great with salty/fat pub food as well as on it's own.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 champ103
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange/copper color. A perfect two finger white head forms that sticks throughout. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind. Looks like the perfect pint.
S: A great toasted malt aroma. Toffee and vanilla. There is a great fruity aroma of apples, pears, and cherries. A lingering floral hop bitterness.
T: Sweet toffee and toasted malt. Lots of fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some floral hops as well. A little to much sweetness lingers on, but does not detract to much from the experience.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated or watery at all. Creamy and smooth. Really easy to drink. I can quaff a few with ease.

One of my favorite English Pale Ales available in the States. I finally get to try it fresh on cask, and it is even better. The standard for the style as far as I am conserned. Highly recommended. Also, the cask clip says it is at 4% ABV. Very much a session beer on cask.

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Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a fine cascading head of light tan bubbles that settles to a whipped foam and leaves scrappy lace on the glass. Clean, herbal hops and caramel malt. A perfectly trad smelling EPA. Lightly toasted grain and earthy hop notes balance well. A simple but well made beer that I'm sure would shine on cask but that is not an option. Creamy, with smooth carbonation. This is the best EPA I can get in the U.S.

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

Another solid benchmark ale from Fuller's. Classic English Pale flavor and feel.

Light brown-orange with burnt sienna/salmon highlights. Quiet, pensive head that collapsed into a frothy blanket on the surface. Was lacing briefly, but it all washed away, sadly.

Mild bitterness and cold strawberry essence (not smell, essence) in the aroma.

Once again, mild bitterness is present in the flavor and a mellow, tangy melon fruity sweetness prevails throughout, superseding the bitterness more and more as it goes along. Bit of a biscuity backbone. Really just mild all around.

The tang of the fruitiness coats the mouth from beginning to end. Soft and smooth drinking. Stable session beer. Brooklyn Pennant Ale is similar to this. I would take this over the Brooklyn any time.

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Photo of likethetaste
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high expectations for this Pale ale. Got a 6 pack and don't know if i got a defective 6 pack because this smelled and tasted like medicine. Just not a good flavor and the mouth feel and drinkablity was just so so. I Like Sam Smith's Pale ale much better but so far, I know I am crazy to say so ... I just like Sam Adams Pale ale better than any others I have tried.

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Photo of turkob
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with a thin white head

S: Nice mild hop aroma, a little fruity

T: Fruity and malty up front with a nice hop kick at the end. Finishes dry.

M: Medium bodied, not too carbonated so it goes down smooth.

O: A nice beer with a lot of flavor for something under 5%. This would be great off a cask!

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Photo of jhtipton
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pale ale. Nice coppery appearance in the tulip glass I poured it into. I was impressed with the nose it had. Picked up a trio of these at the EMart in Seoul and must admit I will walk down there again for some. I can taste the slight bitterness and hoppiness I was hoping for. Nice mouthfeel, pleasant to the palate. As fa as drinkability goes, I could certainly have another, especially if you are treating. Cheers, old mate, let's split a six pack in the car park.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy white head that is gone soon enough. A slight ring of white bubbles around the rim of the pint. Good clarity, rising bubbles, very limited lacing.

Light toasted malt and caramel aromas.

Good balanced complexity. Light caramel, some bread crust, toasted maltiness, some light fruit, butter, leafy bitterness (but not overdone). Great. Very easy to conceive that this is a simple beer -- but far from it.

Medium body, with some good tingly carbonation.

Overall, a very easy drinking and satisfying beer. Nothing overdone, but nothing missing. Love this stuff.

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Photo of goldbot
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Best before 13 Feb. 2011.

Pours clear, dark copper to amber. Fizzy, off-white head which dissipates pretty quickly with a bit of lacing.

Aromas of bready malt and plenty of caramel. Some floral hoppiness pervades. Flavor starts off bitter with plenty of floral hops. Bready malt, a bit grainy with a bit of roast quality. Turns sweeter with some caramel in the finish.

Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A bit crisp with very light body.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 4.7% abv

Appearance: Amber orange in colour with a decent, albeit short lived, off-white head that left little lace.

Smell: Great nose, caramel malt, slightly fruity (I'd say a mix of golden delicious apples and pears) followed by great earthy English hops (the smell of a pine forest comes to mind. It reminds me of an area in South Africa called the Highveld).

Taste: Great hoppy bite up front that fades into a sweetish finish. Slightly fruity as with the smell. Hints of marmalade, tea and a subtle earthy spiciness are also present

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation (perfect in my books for this beer) and good lasting finish.

Drinkability: Were it not rather pricey ($3.5 a 330ml bottle), this would probably become my session beer.

My first beer from Fuller's and a great one to start. I can't wait to get hold of the rest of their range.

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Photo of lamergod
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

First look. Very nice 3 finger semi fluffy head. Almost bone white. Spots a very hue orange body with nice carbonations going on

The smell isn't very plentiful. Some nice malts does the job up front. I non over powering smell of lovely hops. With a small dash of toffees.

The taste was very much identical to the smell. Very lovely. There is no bitter after taste. It's a very sweet beer with a hint of hops bitterness that has been perfected to be very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated. But very light. Lighter than many of it's other competitors namely the old speckled hen.

Drinkability is very high. Love to down a few pints on tap.

No wonder this is a top selling beer in the UK

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,575 ratings
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