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

An exceptional ale in every respect. The glass revealed a crystal clear amber brew with a rather thin ivory head. Relatively light lacing from the too brief head. Nose of malt and hops. Delicate flavor of malts and decent hopping to create a very straightfoward and enjoyable beer. Hints of caramel and bread come through in the taste as well. A nice body sense with a buttery mouthfeel complete the presentation. Highly recommended.

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

Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 13/Feb/04.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 4.7% in bottles.

Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: A vibrantly glowing orange-amber. Fine, gem-like clarity. Generated a very loose, moist head with large gauge bubbles; which didn’t last long. A curtain of copious, large-gauge bubbles coated the side of the glass, and there was a great deal of carbonated activity.

Smell: A truly classic, panoply of mild ale aromas: grain, moderate hops, toasted bread, and buttered toffee. Nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.

Taste: This is a study in malts, with an excellent supporting cast of hops (Northdown, Challenger, and Target). Remarkably complex for a session beer, providing the classic British “biscuit,” butterscotch, crisp fruitiness, and slick diacetyl butteriness. Never relinquishes its crispness through the moderate, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps this example’s only weakness. The carbonation exhibited a certain amount of coarseness I don’t recall in previous bottles. The 550 ml bottles of this (which I haven’t seen recently) have typically been better; and cask examples are reliably superior. This is a light-bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is the definition of drinkable; light- to medium-bodied, complex, refreshing, with a moderate ABV. One of the top session ales of all time, especially on cask.

Drinking this was like a visit with an old friend; warm, welcoming, and delightful. I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. Partly prompted by a post about “overlooking the obvious,” I picked some of this up. Having been introduced to so many new things by BA, it was nice to return to an old favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this in the 550 ml bottles recently; where I remember its being somewhat smoother. I still prefer the ESB and 1845, but this is a superb ale and not to be missed, especially if you get the opportunity to try it on cask.

Bottom Line: A quintessential British mild ale, perfect for quaffing.

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Photo of Winter
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber in color with an off-white head that retreated to the side of the glass. Floral hops and malt nose. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Flavors consists of caramel, sweet malt and hops. The hop bitterness provides a good balance to the malt sweetness and takes over in the finish. Definitely a solid pale ale.

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

Color is a glowing amber with a small tannish head about a finger high and has good frothyness. Smell is floral hops with a honeynut malt background. Taste is very crisp, sharp, and clean with big time fresh,bittering floral hops and has a caramel-nutty malt balanced in. The feel is very light and somewhat lightly silky/oily -not what I was expecting, but fits the style. This beer is made for drinkin, and drinkin alot. Goes down easy with a well balanced bitter bite and smooth malt backing.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a little bit more from this one. It was a good pale ale, but it didn’t knock me over. Pours a dark copper color with a light, bubbly head. Minimal lacing was left. Aromas were of floral hops and mild citrus peel. The taste packed a big punch of floral hops and malted barley. There was a slightly bitter and astringent taste left in my mouth. All-in-all is was a nicely balanced pale ale. Given the opportunity I would drink this one again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a light copper color, very clear also. A medium head forms and has a short duration, the only reason I didn't give all 5's. A slight film is all I had for most of the glass and no lacing. Mellow and calming effects please the nasal passages with sweet malts and just a smidgeon of happy hops. I am stunned at how smooth and drinkable this beer is. Every sip becomes larger and larger as I try to have as much of this luscious fluid touch my tastebuds. There is no "biting" hops bitterness. A more mellow hop character is preceded by a lightly carbonated and very wonderful maltiness. I am most definitely a big fan of Fuller's now, after loving the London Porter and 1845, and now this pale ale that is well worthy the London Pride moniker.....my favorite beer out of England so far.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice offering from England. Pours a deep golden colour, almost amber, nice head, a little thin but creamy. Typically thick bodied and limited bouquet.
The taste is a very hoppy bitterness to which it finishes a little sweeter.
Seems to have a lingering aftertaste of medium duration.
Was not impressed ar first, but it quicky improved..

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Photo of GreenCard
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful clear amber, sparkly, a thin layer of suds on a hard pour that quickly disappears

Aroma: up-front piney/grassy/resiny hop nose, angel food cake sweetness, light diacetyl

Flavor: TOASTY maltiness up front with a nice subtle sweetness in the background, unctuous grassy hop flavor, quite dry, a mild hop bitterness creeps in slowly towards the finish, a nice dry and tart finish with a mellow malt and hop aftertaste, hoppy burps

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, light carbonation, and a bit minerally and astringent

Overall Impression: Great beer. There's a reason this is a hallmark of the style.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear light amber to copper colored brew forms a decent white head (with a vigorous pour) atop medium sized bubbles, quickly thinning, but leaving nice lacing. Aroma has distinct notes of mead and butterscotch, followed by grain husk, distant mild hops, caramel, and pale malts. The more I smell, the more it grows on me. Despite the medium carbonation, mouthfeel is very soft, smooth and mild, with a medium-light body. Starts out with a well-balanced blend of mead notes and round English hop flavor, fading into a nutty and toasty malt backbone, and ending in a slightly dry, perfectly-balanced bittering hop complementing the malts that linger. No metallic tastes or disturbing alcohols. The alcohol that is there is unobtrusive and makes this beer extremely easy to drink.

I've had too many English style pale ales that have rancid or harsh buttery notes, but this is smooth and has more of a mead/butterscotch flavor which is very enjoyable. A wonderful session beer. A sublime textbook balancing act...this beer doesn't rely on brawn and gusto to impress...the best English Pale Ale I've had. Well done! I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was an amber, slightly copper, beer that poured with a course, fizzy head. It disappeared very quickly and left no lace on the glass.

Smell: Caramel and sweetness dominated the smell of this brew. There was a hint of hops in the aroma, but not very much. As the beer warmed up, the sweetness developed into a buttery aroma.

Mouthfeel: This was a smooth beer that was medium bodied. I was expecting a thin mouthfeel, considering the appearance of this brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

Taste: This was a good, though mild, beer. There was a full, malty flavor combined with some sweetness. Maybe a little bit of caramel as well. It was all balanced by a suitable amount of hops. I don't know what hops are used in this beer (I am nowhere near the point that I can distinguish and name different hops flavor profiles), but they are not my favorite variety. There was something about the aftertaste that I did not enjoy. But, since this was a mild beer, this off-flavor was not overwhelming.

This was a nicely balanced pale ale. However, it was just too mild overall. It wasn't bland, but it wasn't exciting either.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately hazy dark golden amber color that resembles a browning peach. Topped off with a nice cake of beige foam that reduces quickly to a thin film. Complex nose is characterized by caramely malts with a whiff of hops. Taste reminds me of a Scotch ale, with a sweet, syrupy finish that fades into a more bitter, dry aftertaste. Relatively crisp and even a bit watery at the front. More clingy than crisp and clean, this nonetheless has a nice mouthfeel and is more than adequately drinkable.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand-pulled and boy what a difference it makes. This blows any other Fullers beer I've tried out of the water. Tons of flavor, creamy, nutty; a huge beer flavor-wise, but remains incredibly easy to drink. Head leaves perfect rings down the glass, and the beer massages the inside of my throat on the way down. Generous malt presence; initially sweet up front, but said sweetness makes ample room for assertive hops and a perfectly dry finish. The aftertaste toys with me, teasing, beckoning me to partake in more. I happily obey. It's an experience like this that makes beers like Bass and Boddington's seem especially dull. The bartender told me that most customers don't like the cask-conditioned beers and instead opt for Heineken, Corona, Amstel Light. Idiots. More for me, I guess.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with nearly white head. Aroma hints at a bit more hop with a slightly floral character. Little hop flavor, this beer relies on malts to get the job done. Slightly sweet, the predominant flavor is biscuity malt with a healthy dose of buttery diacytel Low ABV means you can put away quite a few of these which is a good thing (the put away a few, not the low ABV...I prefer a bit more bite). Flavor picked up quite a bit as it warmed.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bright, clear copper/amber body is topped by a large frothy, foamy white head, which leaves behind an outstanding lace. Nose is dominated by herbal and floral hops, with a whiff of fine British sulfur. Taste is caramel and butterscotch, with a subtle but definite hop presence balancing the sweetness in fine fashion. Mouthfeel is round and full. A fine ale to while away the hours in the pub. Calling your beer "outstanding" on the label might be immodest, but all of London should have pride in this brew.

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Photo of hyuga
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange/amber color, crystal clear, with a sudsy white head that stays well. Floral, slightly spicy, and oily English hops in the nose, along with toasted/grainy malt. Very pleasing taste, not too overwhelming, but definitely not lacking in flavor or body. English hop bitterness and toasted/bready/grainy malt are matched perfectly to create what is probably the finest example of an English pale ale you can find. At the very front, sweet malt makes up most of the flavor profile, but in the middle, the hops really take hold. The finish is more of a balance between the two. Leafy hop character in the aftertaste. A must-try! As I was saying, the best English pale ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very clear pouring ale. I've had this in the past on tap, but this time from the bottle (500ml - freshness dated best before Dec 5, 2003) and find it somewhat unappealing. It's extremely clean and crisp, with a somewhat fruity aftertaste. Not quite as bitter as I would like from a traditional English bitter, but it does fit the bill.

Quite a high level of carbination which keeps the head perky throughout the tasting. Pours with a big, rocky head before dispating with considerable lacing -- something that is consistent around the glass and makes the collar pop up consistently about 1/2" above the top of the beer itself.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper in color with a very thin head. Aroma of pale malt, a bit caramely, with a very slight fruity aroma from the hops. Hops are mostly floral and understated. Flavor is crisp, dominated by clean malt and mild hop bitterness throughout. Medium-bodied and very smooth drinking. Fullers makes a lot of great session beers, but this is probably the most drinkable, though least distinctive, of them all.

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

a fine pour of copper with a decent head and good retention. floral aromas and some fruits jump out at you.

it has some fruity characteristics in the taste. it is very smooth and has a good medium body to it. the light carbonation is very welcomed as it allows more of a creamy feel for this beer at times. at the end you get a nice bitter kick of hops that makes it a complete pale. i believe someone else used the word solid to describe it, and i would have to agree with that.

it was a great drinker, and i could easily see many of these floating around at a gathering. good work by Fuller's

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

Bronze in color with a off-white head that leaves a bit of lace-work down the glass. Has a spicy, floral hop aroma. Balanced flavor of a sort of toasty/nutty malt, and also the spicy hops. It finishes dry with a bit of bitterness. It is relatively lightly carbonated, and a light-medium bodied beer. It is a very easy drinking Pale Ale; smooth and clean.

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

Pours a light copper color with a nice creamy head that leaves a nice lace behind. This is one of the best pale ales I have ever had. The pale malt with hop bitterness is the perfect combination. A very nice clean finish is the perfect ending to a perfect Pale Ale.

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

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

Very competent Pale Ale. Pours a nice amber color with a medium off-white head. Distinctly bitter hops aroma. Biting hops flavor with little malt to counteract, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It did seem slightly unbalanced though. I'd like to try this on draught some day. Overall though this is another winner from Fuller's.

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

Read all the hype, had to try the beer. I liked the bottle, both the shape and the label. Poured a nice amber color. The taste, to me, was rather flat. It tasted like a good ale, but not spectacular. Perhaps on tap it would be better. Would drink it again, but it is a little too pricey.

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

Pours a nice bright copper color with a creamy tan head that slowly sinks. Nicely bitter hop aroma with enough malty sweetness to balance things out. Smooth with a nice malty start to it. Light diacetyl from start to middle and then in the finish lightly. Quite a nice bitter hop finish, especially for the style. Much more bitter that I expected. Nice lingering bitter finish makes this brew much crisper than I was expecting and a nicely drinkable brew with its medium body. This would make a rather nice drink in the summer time and I wish that I had discovered it then.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden amber color was the highlight of this beer. Everything after that was down hill. The smell was not much to brag about and the taste was just of another average pale ale. Nothing exceptional with this beer. Slight bitterness in the end and smooth. No nothing flavor!

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,601 ratings