Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

very good
2,528 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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Photo of hoplover82
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear golden color with a large creamy off white head that has pretty good retention with some pretty good lacing.

S-The aroma is of strong sweet pale malts along with some beautiful fruity esthers. Maybe just a hint of some earthy hops too. As the beer warms, and with a swirl of the glass, the hops come through more.

T-The flavor is just like the aroma. Slightly sweet pale malts. And light notes of dark fruits, like raisins. A very noticable bitterness, which is good. And the bitterness lingers for a very long time. There are some detectable floral hops in the flavor, but I had to really look for it. But after I found them, I was very happy. Also, as the beer warms up, the hops also come through more.

M-It has a full-medum body that is creamy and a little dry in the finish.

D-This beer is very VERY drinkable. I would be very happy to session this beer all night long.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a drak copper with slight cloudiness. Slight head that quickly dissipates. Sweetish aroma, with hops and minerals detectable in the background. Mineral, slightly metallic notes in taste in addition to hops in the background. Mouthfeel is decent, though a bit thin with very subdued carbonation. Moderate drinkability. Not a bad beer, but I believe I have had better representatives of the style.

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

Appearance: Deep red colour with a small foamy head. Still, with no clear carbonation

Aroma: Warm malts, with a slight syrupy caramel, and grapefruit.

Taste: Biscuity malts, with slight fruit cake flavours. Turns sweeter in the middle with a rich caramel, before ending on a bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, clingy, and slightly rough on the palete.

Drinakbility: Great pint. It's served in nearly every London pub for a reason.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at homebrew club meeting as a commercial example for the style.

A - Pours a light yellow with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipates moderately slow leaving little to no lacing.

S - Notes of honey, caramel, and a slight flavor that remnds me of diacetyl.

T - Honey, caramel, and bread. A little diacetyl too.

M - Moderate bodied and malt dominated.

D - This is just average for the style. The beer lacked any resemblance of a hop and the water was not hard enough to remind me of a Special Bitter in style. Not a very good example although BJCP believes it to be.

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Photo of samueladams76
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this aboard a flight to London on British Airways. After a complimentary Carlsberg, I decided it was time to move on.

smell - loved the way the hops burst
taste - they must use noble Bavarian hops and really cram them in, I've definitely tasted this spice before. Pleasant malt finish...

It's possible that coming from Czech and drinking only pilsners has up'd my appreciation for an ale with some character.

overall - don't accept a Carlsberg if you're flying BA - have some Pride.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a clear copper, almost brown. The head is built up by a nice cascading effect. It isn't huge, but it's thick and dense, leaving a bit of lacing around.
The smell is like an ABA with sturdy hops, though less the focus, and more of a bread and grains with a mildly sweet malt.
The taste follows suit very well. This is surprisingly easy to put down; flavor is well-balanced and firm, with some light fruits lingering, and it finishes with a nice, semi-dry, buttery flavor almost with a note of unsweetened vanilla or cream soda.
There's a light crispness, more emphasis on smoothness, in a creamy medium body. Carbonation is light.
With a flavor that's strong without being overbearing, a thoroughly pleasant finish and aftertaste, a nice, creamy smooth body and quite a low ABV, I have to say this one has the highest drinkability of anything I've had yet.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with slightly herbal hops and nondescript medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The lightly toasted malt is the centerpiece with hints of herbal hops and fruits that add a bit of complexity. The ending is mildly bitter and crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished a rather large glass with no problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer doesn't gain a whole much from being on tap, although either way it's worth a shot.

EDIT: Had again at the Brick Store and I feel as though the hops were more robust than I remembered. Still not overpowering but they held more sway.

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Photo of jbone78
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought I would try an English beer.

A- Pours a nice clear golden color with light head, not much lacing.
S- Enlgish.
T- Nice malt character that has a nice sweetness. Hop flavor waits till later and carries through to the end. I like.
M- not as malty as expected. I guess due to the hop flavors.
D- I like this award winning English beer.


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Photo of beertunes
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a medium golden-brown with just less than an inch of off-white head that had above average retention and thick lacing.

The aroma was very neutral and balanced with the dominant scent being malty without being sweet. That unsweet maltiness carries over to the flavors which coat the tongue nicely, leaving a pleasant sharpness at the finish.

The body was smooth and well balanced and the beer coats the tongue without being sticky. The drinkability on this beer is very nearly perfect, great flavors combined with low ABV creates a most wonderful session beer. Worth having repeatedly.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 1pint 9 oz. can into a tulip glass. The bottom of the can has this printed: BB 30 JUN 08. The body was lightly hazy and honey colored. A moderate cap of creamy, egg-shell colored foam stayed and stayed.

Smell was metal, sweet grain and fruity.

Taste was also fruity with a light nuttiness. There was a gentle tartness. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the body was light to medium.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the LCBO

From a can into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thinner looking white head. Tangerine orange in color with low end carbonation in the form of little bubbles. Head quickly recedes to a nice foam cap. A ring of film remains but leaves no lacing. A nice color and perfectly clear.

SMELL: Nice nose of sweet caramel malt and some floral hops. A bit of citrus fruit in the background. Mild but nice.

TASTE 7/10: Sweet caramel malt and a nice touch of floral hops. Taste is mild, much like the nose. A mild aftertaste of caramel and flowers is pleasant and enjoyable. Ends with a slightly bitter-sweet finish.

PALATE: Medium-full body and lower end carbonation. Very velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a slight bit of dryness on the palate. Nice here.

OVERALL: An enjoyable English pale ale, and drinks away quite easily. This one is available all over the place, and sometimes we lose things that are right under our noses. Pick one up and enjoy it again.

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Photo of seand
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. OK retention, some lacing.

S: Mainly hops, though there is a malty sweetness in the background.

T: Fairly balanced, hoppy to finish.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

D: Quite easy to drink, reasonable ABV.

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Photo of asnider
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL can into a pint glass. A nice orange/copper colour with small but nice looking head. Retention isn't great, but there is some lacing throughout.

Aroma is fairly subtle, but I pick up hints of caramel and perhaps a bready smell. It's certainly not a bad smell, but it's a bit too subtle for my personal tastes.

The taste is OK. I had London Pride from the bottle a few times before I started reviewing beers on Beer Advocate and I seem to recall it tasting better than out of the can. Regardless, this is a nice ale. There is a good balance of malt and hop flavours, as well as some notes of butter and a very slight floral taste. There is a mild hop finish that lingers quite pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, but less so than other ales of a similar style.

Drinkability is good. At 4.7% ABV this is a great session beer that packs more flavour than one might expect in a beer with a somewhat lower-than-average alcohol content.

Over all, this is a very nice English Pale Ale. It's a bit tough for me to rate it on it's own merits, because I tend to prefer hoppier American Pale Ales, but London Pride is a great example of the English style, and I come back to it on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06 April 10. I'm not sure how they expect it to last that long but if it's claimed to be at its best than it's fair game for reviewing.

This beer comes out looking exactly like applejuice. Maybe a shade darker in color, with the same very thin lacing of bubbles.

Aroma is mild, with a touch of floral english hops and the recognizable English malt character. I know the english hops are supposed to be mild, but I could use a lot more of that nice floral presence found in other EPA's.

Behind the mild, malty flavor of this ale is a cidery/apple flavor, maybe indicating acetaldehyde. And I'm not judging a book by its cover...

Mouthfeel is watery thin, with appropriately low carbonation. Nothing to love or hate there.

The beer is drinkable enough...although to be honest I don't know if I'd want another.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or batch, but this beer just seemed to have a lot of rookie mistakes and problems in it that I wouldn't expect from such a historic brewery. The first time I see this beer on tap or cask, I will make sure to try it and review it.

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Photo of mhatters
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a variety of London pubs last week

Pours a golden-amber-bronze hazy glory with a large thick white head

The caramel malts pop out in the nose, and the hops are close behind - citrus more than floral.

The flavor is exactly what presents in the nose, caramel, toffee, biscuty males, and fruity hops perfectly balanced.

Smooth and medium bodied. Creamy, not over thick, enjoyable.

Another classic session beer, a dream for cask conditioned lovers, like me.

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

Had this on tap at Clark's.

Poured a clear light brown with a finger of light tan head. Head retention isn't great but the lacing is good.

Smells of light malt and spicy hop, niether scent is overpronounced.

Taste is very clean and refreshing. Light malt backbone with a light bitter hop and some spice. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, with a very clean feel and finish. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is great. This makes a fantastic session beer and I had 3 more to follow this one.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Pours with a nice head and a orangish brown color to it. From the first appearance it looks very inviting.

S-Not to much here that jumps out at you very faint scents you have to know your ales to get some scents here.

T-Very clean and refreshing taste as I drank this. A very good taste that can be described as exceptional.

M/D-This is a great ale that I will be buying again. It isn't too high on the abv scale and it wont be too hard to drink. Enjoy!

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange body supports a finger of foamy white head. Some good lace and fine retention. Excellent aroma of lemongrass, bread and herbal hops. Lemon upfront with a herbal finish. Slightly soapy, but well done and sessionable. The bitterness never exceeds moderate at any point, but does maintain its presence from first sip through to the finish. Medium-light body is about par for the style. This is a nice easy-drinking beer. It doesn't wow me, but I think it would be easy to kill a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of mikeal1917
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer off St. Giles St. in Oxford, at a place called The Royal Oak

Appearance: as with many English beers, a deep red/amber color. Head that lasts a little bit, and settles into a wispy circle around the glass

smell: Strong bitterness, but in a pleasant way for once. Compared to Spitfire and Old Speckled Hen, the other EPA's I reviewed, quite pleasant.

Taste: Really good mix of ABV, with less apparent hops, which makes this a really good brew.

Mouthfeel: Really feels like your drinking something, with it feeling like pudding at the same time. Think orange juice consistency(no pulp added,lol)

Drinkability: decently high, I put this higher on my drink list

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Photo of mintjellie
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with two fingers of off white head. Good retention.

Caramel malt and earthy/grassy hop aroma. A little bit of orange struggles through.

Caramel malt flavour complemented by earthy hops. Hop flavour is musty & herbaceous. Moderately bitter. The hops provide more flavour than bitterness in this beer. Dry, tea-like finish. A little bit buttery. Very mild acidity in the aftertaste. Finishes crisp.

Body between light and medium with low carbonation. Very smooth. A sessionable & easy drinking pale ale.

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

Poured into my Bodun's pint glass. Orange-amber color, almost no carbonation visible. One finger of head fades fast with some lacing. Smells of sweet red fruit, heavy biscuit.

Watery texture, light body. Sweet malts on the front end, a tiny nip of hops on the back end. Some caramel, some toffee. Smooth, malty, highly drinkable with a good mouthfeel.

Interesting enough to serve as a session beer, but too mild for my palate. Kind of unremarkable. It's good but not great. I can't really describe what's missing.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. One finger head that quickly because just a ring over orange amber ale. Smelled the way I expect an English Pale Ale should, plenty of malt without alot of hops. The taste reminds me of an English Pub. Sip after sip of how I imagine ale has tasted for a long time. Fills the mouth and coats the tongue with a clean malt taste. Smooth and definately drinkable.

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Photo of Ottertude
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured from the can into my pint glass a coppery orange color with an off-white head that quickly disappeared. There was some nice lacing left on my glass.

There were some aromas of biscuits, fruit and hops. I wasn't sure what to make of it, all I know is that I liked the taste much better than the smell. This is good stuff, lots of biscuity malt goodness with a toch of bitter hops. If you like ales that are balanced between malt and hops like I do, you will dig this. I can knock back a few of these.

One of my first gateway craft brews was Schlafly Pale Ale made in St. Louis. I didn't understand what they were trying to emulate back then, now I know the standard they were going for was and still is Fuller's London Pride. Good stuff!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with prevailent amber/copper tones. long lasting head leaving nice lacing pattern

S: Biscuits, floral hops. Hints of herbs and caramel.

T: Biscuity malts, floral hops, faint hints of caramel

M: Light to medium body. Crisp and not too dry finnish.

D: Exceptionatly drinkable. Excellent flavor, low ABV and refreshing finish.

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Photo of DerBayer
1.35/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This really isnt a good beer i m afraid:

A - best thing about it a kind of honey amberish look but soapy head

S - Citrussy acidic and off-honey

T - TAstes like honey gone off or maybe earwax

M - This is a very flat beer almost stale - i know English ales are meant to be flat but this could really be used to do the dishes in its lukewarm state

D - Considering the above LOW

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3.94 out of 5 based on 2,528 ratings.
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