Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride
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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 homebrewhawk
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head. Light hop aroma with some fruity yeast aroma. Light bodied. Soft and fruity in that English style. Some bready malt and mild hoppiness. Very drinkable. Classic English style that should not be served too cold.

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

At San Diego Brewing Company.

A - Thick, creamy white head, like real whipped cream on a coffee drink, stayed forever. Clear brass.

S - Light malt comes through, graininess, biscuity smell.

T - Slight sweet malt, grain, to dry finish.

M - Thin to medium body, not as carbed as I usually like in a beer.

D - Very, very easy to drink.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic from a 11 or so ounce proud and impetuous, yet delicate, bottle. Pours a reddish golden with a thin yet perhaps overly chilled and muted head of white foam.

Smell is intriguing and yeasty, yet not overly sweet. A definite step up from the typical caramel of the style. Hints of Belgian farmhouse with a touch of simple red sweetness.

Taste follows with a balanced sweetness and a light bitter sense. Offers a moderate carbonation which provides a perky feel throughout. Touch of spice on the finish. Feel is light and subtle yet yields an easy drinkability.

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

Fuller's Pride - the reputation precedes it, and it's easy to see why.

Appearance - pours a dark amber for a pale ale, clear and foamy with a one-finger head that settles to a fine cap after a few minutes.

Aroma - Citrusy and floral hops, with subdued notes of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - caramel, orange, toffee... the flavor is dominated by hops, but in a good way...I guess this is why they call these beers "bitters," though I would prefer the hops to impart more of a bitter character than the floral notes that interfere with what is an obviously high-quality malt profile. I'd be tempted to call this beer the "Pilsner Urquell" of English bitters.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, rich, and creamy.

Drinkability - In spite of the above comments, this beer was pounded all evening from a half-gallon growler. I completely enjoyed it, and bought another six-pack for a future night's session. Like their London Pride Porter, Fuller's never fails to deliver... :)

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

The color of Fuller's London Pride really surprised me; it is a clear, dark golden color that starts to get a bit red at its core. The head is about two fingers tall, and is a thick, sticky foam that has some good retention. Great lacing also.

The smell is sweet and malty, with toffee and bread aromas. Some fruity hops are lingering around also.

A burst of fruity, English hops bring a variety of fruit flavors including pineapple and apricot. The malts definitely are the star of Fuller's London Pride. There is a bunch of sweetness with flavors of toffee and a lot of bread. A good balance of hops and malt.

The body is about medium and the carbonation fairly low, which lends the beer a nice creamy feel.

This thing is mild, but very good. A nice beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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 seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A- Copper bronze body with creamy tan 3 finger head. This reduces quickly to leave a crown. Good lacing

S- Some banana, yoghurt, dough, spice, biscuity malt

T- Creamy doughy malt flavours soon turn to a faint fresh hoppy bite.

M- Creamy medium body

D- Very moreish. The easy mouthfeel with a tasty backbone make this an excellent quaff.

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

A - Light copper amber color with a good sized off-white, fluffy head. A bit of lacing left over.

S - Lots of malt smells with caramel, toffee, and bread scents.

T - Upfront is a lot of those malt flavors (caramel, toffee and bread). There is also a fair amount of apple, lemon, and some orange. Hops provide some of those fruit flavors but also bring a floral/earthiness too. The sweetness from the malts edges these out though, even though it isn't all that sweet of a beer more smooth.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D - As you would expect, this is a very drinkable beer. Smooth and easy to drink with those flavors that don't overpower or hit you all at once, but rather build on you.

Notes: Solid offering from a solid brewery. Has that quintessential British feel to it. Easy to drink. Worth getting. It won't amaze you but it is a great beer to just sit back with and enjoy a few.

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

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark copper color with a .5 inch white head that is very chunky on top and dense at the bottom. Head is retained for very little time.

S - Nice sweet caramel malt sweetness is subdued by the expected hop floral character. Some pine and nice crisp earthy nose. The malt sweetness is delicious.

T - Starts with some nice grainy sweet malt and is intertwined with the nice mild citric but fresh hop character. Very classic English Pale Ale flavor. Fullers always makes simple classic beers in a very delicious way IMO. The flavors are clean crisp and very well represented.

M & D - Nice CO2 balance and medium to light body. Nice ho character and balanced well with the malt sweetness. Delicious beer.

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Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice deep copper body (not too pale) with good clarity and a nice white two finger head. Head retention is not too bad.

S: Nice caramel malts and spicy hops. Fresh grains.

T: Damn good from a can. Hits you with the caramel matiness first then come the nice (Fuggles?) hops. These hops remind me of clover and beeswax. Then comes the honey nectar flavor that ends with a nice bitter dryness, But not that bitter or dry especially for this type of brew. This seems a bit more English ale than pale ale.

M: Rather light but very good nonetheless.

D: Very drinkable brew. Try one on. You'll see that it fits rather nicely.

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Photo of greenmiller
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at English in Chicago.

Nice 1 finger head upon pour. Aromatic and hoppy without being an overwhelming hop bomb. Well balanced taste and aroma, light copper color and very drinkable with no worries of getting bombed anytime soon. This is the type of pale ale I prefer along the lines of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and similarly balanced offerings. I have not found London Pride anywhere else on tap in the city and I'm glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pub can into a 12oz glass

A- light amber, light foam on a thin white head

S- Light molasses, sourdough bread, brown sugar and cinnamon, caramel malt, rock candy

T- Thinner than the smell would imply. Bitter, sour fruit mixed with malt backbone, brown sugar flavor at the end and a hint of honey.

M- Very light at first but begins to coat the tongue by the 6th gulp.

D- There's a reason these are served in pub cans.

Overall- decent beer. There's enough taste to keep you interested for a session and I figure I could put down 8 of these easy without getting IPA'd.

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

0.5 l can poured in an ordinary glass.

It's not only the beautiful bottle (the can is also imposing: Black can with the red blazon watermarked: "Whatever you do, take pride"). This is a very good Fuller's specimen. Nice authentic Bitter.

A: Beautiful amber-crystal color with a reasonable (1-2 finger) beige head.
S: Wonderful hop perfume. Some honey and, at the same time, dry and citrus. Malt and bread. Classic Bitter smell I have to say it...
T: Excellent composition of malt and hops. Those Fuller's yeasts are also a must.
M: Light carbonation. Bitterness from the beginning til the end: Very nice!
D: High. That's a beer that I would drink the all day long: God save the Fuller's!

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Wellington in London.

A: Clear rich copper color with a head of approximately one finger width in height. Beautiful lacing throughout the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Tantalizing hop aroma. Can the smell of a beer make your mouth water? This one came as close as any I've tried recently.

T: A superb english pale ale. Moderate hops quality with a nearly perfect crisp bite to it. Smoothed out with an excellent compliment of malts. Paired with fish 'n chips, this was a match made in beer heaven.

M: Light-to-moderate carbonation and an incredibly smooth quality made this one a pleasure to savor.

D: Outstanding. English pub + cask conditioned ale + dreary overcast skies = London Pride

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

Beautiful, crystal clear body.

The aroma is muted with a little honey, fresh baked bread and a hint of floral hops.

More going on on the palate. Floral hops are in the spotlight. Lightly toasted malt lends a bready, honey quality that rounds everything out. Hops aren't all that bitter, but they have a refreshing spicy bite that makes London Pride a tremendously drinkable and classically English ale.

Not overwhelmingly flavorful, more of a balanced session beer. This is the sort of beer you can imagine Brits drinking by the Quart in a dark pub. It is the sort of beer the we Americans still haven't figured out how to make (a few noteworthy exceptions) and not enough of us appropriately appreciate them. London Pride is the anti-DIPA.

Damn I want to try this in the UK straight from the cask.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a dark orange-amber color with a beige head that goes away relatively quickly. Aroma was a little faint, but what i got was some toffee and bread. The taste was very good. Initially a little hoppy, but going down you can really taste the mix of toffee and buttery bread. Carbonation was about right, didn't kill the thickness of it. A bit pricier since it's an import, but the best English Pale Ale I've had and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of erz316
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a translucent orange body, sorta lie copper or a slightly lighter orange blossom honey. slight malt notes. a solid malty body, chewy and a bit hoppy, hell of a lot better than the nose. this is a solid english pale ale, solid body of hops and malts, nothing to let you down initial taste is a bit bitter with mostly malts. the feel is great, perfect for this kind of beer: thick but highly drinkable.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden, orange, amber with a light head. Nose of orange peels. A mellow, malt forward brew with a balanced and earthy, and lightly citrusy hop profile. A classic English Pale Ale that is very refreshing and drinkable.

I could drink this bad boy all day long/

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4


A- Clear Orange/light amber. Head disappears before your very eyes.
S- Sweet beet. Sweet homestyle orange juice. Candy.
T- Like sweet vegetables. Something seems off to me. A little bitter malt. Tasty light hops. Spruce-like after-taste.
M- Medium body. Maybe a tiny bit watery.
D- High. Good if you want to drink lots of something with flavour.

Good, but seems like it's missing something. Feels like a shy beer made to please many.

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Photo of Long813
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From LCBO, 500ml
Dated: 11 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Clear dark copper body with half an inch of white head. Retention is good considering how little there is to start with and it leaves moderate lacing.

S: Caramel malts, some breadiness and some subtle pine hops in the back. Overall the aroma isn't that strong.

T: Mild tasting caramel malts and biscuits are dominant with some pine hops in the end. Although the flavours are somewhat mild it is mixed beautifully and not off putting.

M: Medium-light bodied and low carbonation. It's very smooth in the mouth but very thin. There is a subtle pine aftertaste which is pleasing.

D: I find this would be a great beer to start off the craft beer experience. It mixes to a nice balance which wouldn't be off putting to anyone. Very session-able beer, but I'd prefer a beer with more going on.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : redbrown color, with white foam head.
Smell : nutty malt and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty flavours, sweet fruity and slightly bitter.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English bitter.

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Photo of Richter35
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bronze/copper colour. As with many other English ales, there is not a lot of visible carbonation. Not much head to speak of.

Smell is very sweet, like a shortbread cookie, with a bit of earthy/pine smell lingering.

Taste is wonderful, with bread, sweet malt, and delicious cookies! This is good! A perfectly bitter finish. Smooth and mellow aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation on the tongue. Aberage overall, but perfectly suited to it's robust nature.

Drinkability is high, due to the lower [4.7%] alcohol content and the clean, smooth taste. Certainly could go for a few, but not quite a session beer, in my opinion. This is the 2nd time I have tried this beer and most definitely not the last time!

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

Pride and prejudice? Pours a crystal clear amber to golden color. A light carbonation but ok for style. The soft white bubbles hid to the side of the glass but did linger for a while.

The nose has a very distinct English malt aroma to it. Some blending of caramel malts but blends well together. A very distinct English yeast as well, with some very minor esters but very clean. Some hop notes with a earthy undertone to it.

The taste is similar. A good malty base with some lighter caramel tastes. A chalky flavors lingers in the finish and leaves a drier feel. The yeast is clean with a distinct flavor. Hops are limited with some hints of earthy notes. Even for style I would like to see a touch more hops.

The body is moderate to light. There is a dry feel to it and could use a touch more sweetntess to balance. Some sudsy notes on the back end as well. Overall very easy to drink and clean.

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

I've seen this around Dublin plenty of times and finally decided to give a 500mL bottle a try.

Pours a nice amber + copper color with a white bubbly 1.5 finger head that disappears fairly fast.

Some light grass hops aroma is present with a bit of citrus. Light malty and biscuity notes come though too.

Tastes nice-alot like it smells. A bit of hops, light malty notes, citrus/flowery and a bit biscuity too. Quite a good mix.

Taste: The buttery malts dominate the taste of this one. Pretty typical example of the style, really. Finishes with a nice, brief hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and nice mouthfeel. Not watered down, yet not heavy at all with a fair amount of balanced taste in each sip.

Plenty of taste in this one yet light enough to drink more of no problem. I'd choose this ale with some nice taste over a lager that may not have as much taste for a session any day.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant clear golden colour, with a 1/2" butter coloured head.

S: Earthy and slightly spicy hops that have a mild bitter edge, fruity yeast, light biscuity malt character that comes across as smelling a bit like popcorn. Light caramel malt.

T: Earthy bitterness with a light but noticeable fruitiness. Malt doesn't show up until a little later on, and is much like the smell. Buttery. This beer vastly improves as it warms, displaying greater depth of malt and flavours.

M- Medium carbonation with a rather thin mouthfeel--I long for when I had this on cask, and I swear it seemed to have a more substantial body then as well.

D: A great beer from Fuller's...now if only I could find this on cask...

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 74% out of 100 with 2,555 ratings
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