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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 kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copery orange with a white head that thins, but laces.
the aroma is caramel with a sweet floral fruity smell, and a little bready too.
sweet and malty with hops to begin and end. some bread comes through in the taste too, with a little bit of diacetyl throw in the mix. balanced with an appropriate amount of bitterness. i cold use the same flavor turned up a half a notch. it deserves somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0 for flavor, i'm rounding down, because while it does taste good, nothing about it really defines it or comes together in any way that makes it a "good" 4.0 beer..
mouthfeel is smooth and delicately carbonated and well suited to this beer.
a little subdued, but relatively solid english pale.

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

Clear amber in color with a decent head. Bouquet is yeasty and grainy with a touch of hops. I also picked up some fruit. Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Fairly malty in taste with the tiniest bit of fruit. Ends slightly hoppy. All around a pretty good brew. Probably one of the better pale ales I've had, but by no means the top of the Fuller's line.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Nice malts, somewhat hoppy. Full flavor. Nice body. Mouthfeel is malty and round. Good hop/malt balance. Smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and bitter. Nice example of an English style Pale Ale

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

Copper in color with a light tan head.
Aroma is a bit faint, but consists of a biscuity, caramel malt and earthy hops.

Taste comprised of biscuity, caramel malt as well as earthy and slightly floral hops. Nice level of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little fizzy.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale, but nothing exciting IMHO.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If I never had ESB, maybe I would be more impressed with this beer. Certainly a good all around pale ale, and I know it's not really fair to compare it to a beer of a different style. Even in the category of pale ales, I've had better. It's just too thin and bland for the style. I admire subtlety, but this may be a bit too subtle. Looks and smells nice, tastes good, goes down easy. I followed it with an ESB, and the difference is huge. For the same money, I'll take the ESB every time.

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Photo of Brian700
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours copper as a penny with a nice frothy white head that disipated soon there after, although it was sitting for a while when I was cutting up some summer sausage and garlic cheese, good stuff. None the less an attractive beer.

Bouquet: The aroma consists of a good flowery smell. Well done. Very Hoppy aroma. Best waft in a while.

Taste: excellent. It has a roasty sort of carmel taste at first with a quick transition to a nicely hopped, but not overwhelming or too bitter finish. It is definately a good sippin brew.

Overall Impression: I like this one. I passed it over in the coolers many times opting for an old friend in Bass Ale but I haven't neglected the Pride of London ever since trying it. A good try for the hopheads. Its not as bitter as an IPA but the hoppy fragrance instigates the ol' taste buds to get ready.

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

The beer is an enchanting golden yellow. Not very much head. I think it disappeared before I could see it. Bitter and buttery aroma. Rather nice. Buttery and bitter taste as well. Feels nice, too. It's a good beer... I'll enjoy this and would like another sometime. But there's not enough complexity/difference to set this one apart.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer was poured, it had a tan head with small-medium bubbles. This beer has a sweet and fruity aroma reminding me of apples. It has a nice hoppy flavor to it. I found this beer to be a smooth beer that is very drinkable and one that I truly enjoyed drinking and rating.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is how it's done, the "Outstanding" on the label is well earned. Came in a sturdy brown 500ml bottle, with the freshness date stamped on the back label. Pours out a beautiful coppery tone, it damn near made me weep. Not much head, but it rings the glass and leaves a small amount of lacing. Nose is rich, buttery bread, sweet malt and caramel, a bit of toffee, and a faint hint of mild hops. Flavour is smooth and well blended, buttery toffee taste, toasted malt, and nice compliment of hops towards the end. It goes down like liquid heaven. This would make an amazing sessional, a pity I only have the one bottle. This is an ale to be proud of indeed.

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Photo of TheDM
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a mild malty aroma. When poured, yields a light brown lively head full of medium to small bubbles. Its body is a nice clear dark transparent copper color. It had a very nice light malty taste with a hint of carbonation. Very smooth and well rounded flavor.

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

After finishing a bottle of Fullers ESB, I decided to try the pale. The characteristics of this ale are similar to the ESB but not as intense. Appearnce is similar, clear amber with a head slightly less than the ESB but yielding better retention. Aroma is hoppy and sweet but not overpowering. Palate is lighter and flavor also lighter. This is an ESB light in my opinion and not outstanding as it's label states. Session beer? Hmmm, I think the ESB would make a better session beer, and I know this from spending hours throwing darts and throwing down hand pulled pints at Churchills Olde English Tavern.

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

This beer is completely transparent, and glowed so. It was an extremely paled orange color, with a thin soupy head and no lace or stain. A little boring to look at, but at least it glows nicely.

Smell was damn faint, but of hops, lemon, lime, with some sweet malt behind it all. Taste was very easy, with a light hops at first that had a great tone to them: a faint acid flavor mixed with a hint of lemon and a watered-down but true-tasting hop oil flavor. An easy version of pale ale; a calm assault on my taste buds.

Also had an unassumingly long finish, as it quietly came back to remind me with soft dryness and lemon flavor. Great mouthfeel, watery with a just right amount of body and texture to it. Very easy to drink, this beer is totally a session styled pale, as Brits would do, in contrast with American strong bittered versions.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly disapointed with this one.

Nice amber color, decent head and lace.

Taste was what made me decide not to get another one. I worried if it was a bit flat, carbonation was evident but very soft in feel. Very malty, slightly sweet, almost a caramel taste. Hops were buried. I tried to taste them, really I did.

I switched to something else after this. I will try this again some day. Maybe in England instead.


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Photo of Tballz420
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice dark amber color ale with a lacy cream colored head on top. The smell is quite malty, which would lead one to believe that it would taste that way as well. Lots of nice malt flavors backed by a slight bite of hops. Some buttery flavors in there as well. If this is only 4.7%, its a shame that its not cheap enough to be sold in cases, cause this would be a great session beer. If youre in the mood for a great english pale ale, this could be calling your name.

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

Had this beer in a tall, thin bottle poured into a Fuller's nonick pint glass. The pour left a very large head for an average English Pale, about 2.5-3 fingers worth. The color was dark gold. There was a little bit of lacing left down the side of the glass. Taste is only slightly hoppy, and very smooth. The mouthfeel is a little soft, but not bad. This is a very light pale with a fantastic long finish, which I love. Also very drinkable, so have a few!

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

Dark bronze color, medium amber at the edges, with a nice 3/4" fluffy white head. Aromatics are soft, creamy, herbal, with a touch of spice, and a little hint of fruit, with a hint of apple and citrus.
Assertive hoppy bite upfront on the palate, which slowly, softly subsides. A touch of copper exists as well. Texture and body are mild, with a good, lasting finish. For a "pub ale", quite good. Not the sort of brew that I'd write a sonnet upon. It tastes good, but not enough to divert your attention from the dartboard.
This exists solidly between their ESB and IPA. And that's OK.

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

Quite carbonated with the bottle erupting when the top came off. Poured a nice copper-orange in color with a thick white head. Fruity hops and biscuits came across in the aroma profile. Grainy, biscuity flavors were percieved along with a noticeable diacetyl flavor. Hints of caramel came and went. Moderate hop bitterness lingered on the tongue but did not overpower the malt profile. Quite nice indeed.

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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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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,618 ratings