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 cbish68
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

The Fuller's London Pride is a light orange-amber pale ale. It has a small but firm head and leaves a good lacing on the glass. The taste is a fruity, citrus malt. Some bitter aftertaste but overall very smooth.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

A: Clear amber. Poured with moderate foam.
S: Mildly fruity sweet.
T: Somewhat malty sweet. A little bit fruity (and sour). Low bitterness. Dry.
M: light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Decent session ale.

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Photo of byronhicks
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

This is what I think of when I think of English Bitters. Beautiful reddish brown color with a nice rich head of foam. Clean peppery taste with a warm bitter aftertaste.

This was the best bear I had in England this trip.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a clear copper with a nice two fingers of off-white head that gassily settles over a minute and a half or so to pretty nice cap . Decent retention; some bits of lacing. (3.75)

Bready and sweet. White pepper, bubblegum, brown sugar, biscuit, minerals. (4)

Fresh and clean with a mineral character. Bread, lemon, tea-like astringency, pepper, slight medicinal tinge at the end. (4)

Light-medium body, well-carbonated, almost thin, very drinkable, nice spicy finish. (3.75)

Very nice approachable yet complex English Ale.
This is a surprisingly zesty, yeasty, spicy ale with a hard water quality to that is quite drinkable.
Pours nice enough and features a really phenolic, spicy nose and a dry prickly taste. Very drinkable and a good fall beer.
Would have again; good beer to try, great inoffensive beer for people trying to get into better beer. (4)

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.

A- Burly, frothy pale white head, persists well. Lace is abundant. The body is slightly hazy and copper in color. 4.5

S- Sweet and biscuity or cracker-like, with a floral and grassy hop aroma. 4

T- Sweet caramel is balanced by a dry cracker flavor and grassy hops. Floral hops make up the finish. 4

M- Creamy and medium-bodied with mild bitterness and a bit of dryness. The sweetness is light and pleasant. 4

An enjoyable beer that I can easily toss back, yet still find some good flavor in.

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Photo of hophugger
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden color. Very nice lacing, much more pronounced than the head. Aroma is of sweet malty and some bread. Tatse is sweet malts, balanced well with a touch of bitter hops. Might be a liitle too complex for me as a new rater to give a more detailed opinion. Overall, well balanced beer

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Photo of leantom
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Love their ESB and therefore decided to try their regular pale ale. Here goes:

A: Orange-amber, small head but good lacing, clear. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. 4/5

S: Mild smattering of hops, some bready baker's yeast, and caramel and amber malts. Somewhat grainy, which is not necessarily a plus. However, the caramel malt is pretty distinct, which makes the beer smell pretty good. 4/5

T: Good, but not great. Hops aren't really apparent, the baker's yeast adds a nice, bready feel, but the malt is somewhat underwhelming. By this, I mean to say that while the caramel is nice and all, it's barely present relative to the grainy characteristics. I guess I was expecting the ESB. Beer is nice and toasty, however. 3/5

M: Nice and crisp. Very sessionable. 4/5

O: A good beer with some drawbacks. Not as good as Fuller's ESB. More malt would improve the beer substantially.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,5 l bottle (bb 22 june 15) into a pint glass. Clear amber body, one finger head, ok retention, some bubbling. Smell has citrus, malt, caramel and floral hops.

Taste is slightly tart and toasted caramel malt in the beginning, ending dry with a mild hop bitterness. Slightly bitter citrusy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a flavorful, balanced and refreshing ale, with a pleasant taste.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Date: 9/2/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: An Amber beer in color that moves towards a light orange when held to the light. Moderate white head with plus retention. Not much cling. The beer lets a lot of light in, the beer is not difficult to see through when held to the light.
Aroma: English malts hit me first with a very light white bread aroma. The hops follow second as a get a slight bitterness involving orange peel and maybe just a hint of lemon.
Taste: The malts evolve more as a flavor in the taste as I'm now getting more bread, a little nuttiness, and some pale malts. The hops move to the back as the flavor does not hit me as hard as the aroma but I'm still getting orange peel, orange water and a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium in body. Medium high in carbonation. The carbonation is of note because it's helping to keep many of the hop flavors on my tongue for an extended period of time. It's really quite refreshing. The malts add a hint of coarseness at the back of my throat but they are working well within the beer.

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Photo of Oakenshield53
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I mean, this is nearly as good as it gets with British brews.

Being a savory-flavor guy, a bread freak, carb monster in general, I always liked British ales. By the time I finally got to the UK in my early 30's, I was so stoked to get into a pub that we stopped at the first one I saw, and the first tap that hit my eye was London Pride.

Well, that was tasty. You guys know the drill with Fuller's, but if a selection of British ales was put in front of me, the only hesitation I would have in going for London Pride first would be it's cousin ESB.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber, burnt orange/copper. Quite clear with just a little haze. Small off-white head that recedes quickly. Some lacing.

Caramelized orange in the aroma. Quite estery. Toasted malt and a hint of diacetyl though not to an offensive degree. Spicy slightly fruity hop character.

Caramel malts up front with a slight apple character. Spicy and firmly bitter hops. Biscuity malt follow. Seems slightly sweet even with the bitterness, but age may have played a part in subduing the hops.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mineral rich water character presents itself in the finish.

Well balanced, but just a bit sweet. Probably not the freshest, but such is the case with imports that likely sit on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint

A - Crystal clear light copper with a decent head that dissipates quickly but laces the glass nicely.

S - Grain and malt with light, citrusy hops.

T - Follows nose. Rich grain and malt. Light, refreshing citrusy hops. Slightly fruity at the end.

M - Light and clean with a light carbonation.

O - A nicely malty ale that is better drunk at a bit above cellar temps. Very well balanced. A great ale for spring through summer. The hoppiness of this ale can be enjoyed anytime.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

London Pride has the looks to warrant a little bit of hubris. Clear and resplendent, this English ale looks especially lovely when properly showcased in full sunlight. Its colour is that of the flesh of an acorn squash but is tinctured with a bronze sheen. Bubbles pack the glass top to bottom as if it were a hot, new nightclub.

The mineral contents of London water and the combination of Fuggles and Goldings make this ale easy to identify as being British. It is chalky, with a quality I'd describe as a 'coppery' and like slate rock, and also has the leafy, herbal pungency of the hops. To my nose, I find it more distinctive than appealing, but it can certainly be both.

The 'cooked greens' kind of herbal leafiness of the hops is a flavour that never fades (not even in the aftertaste, which is persistent). As it warms, however, the malts play more of a role and can develop nutty, nougat-y, and even butterscotch pudding notes. Combining bitter and sweet, this taste profile, unusual though it may seem, really works.

That said, the most striking impression is neither caramelly malt nor pungent hops, but heavy water and abrupt minerals. Abstract though that may sound, anyone who's tried a Burton-on-Trent ale will be familiar with the effects high alkalinity and sulfates can have on a beer's overall profile. This dense mouthfeel is suited to true ale drinkers, no fairweather friends.

Still, there is a reason this was once the exclusive beer for British Airways. Indeed, 'London Pride' is a name fully warranted for use by Fuller. This is a brewery that should rightfully derive satisfaction in its own achievements and whose beers are widely admired for the qualities they possess. And good as this is, I think they make even better.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is caramel and dry grains.
The taste starts with caramel sweetness, mild lemon bitterness for balance and a long dry bitter finish.
The texture is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation.
It's a malty ale with good flavor.

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Photo of Zach136
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear, pale - amber body. No head/lacing.

S/T/M - Bready malt bill, very light earthy hop character. Low carbonation and medium-light body.

O - Drinkable, but nothing wowing. I'm not one to knock tradition but i'm not sure this brew has much to offer the current state of beer other than a history lesson.

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Photo of mverity
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey amber in color with some off white head that faded quickly into a medium collar and some thin wisps. Fair legs and lacing. Aroma is toasty and bready with some faint earthy hops. Taste is light caramel, some earthy and floral hops and a bit bready as well. Appreciable hop bitterness. Light-medium body and medium-low carbonation.

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Rich copper colored body. Light tan head recedes to patches of film, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, grains, an earthy tea leaf, touch of caramel on the back end.

Taste: A tangy beginning, then more malt driven sweetness. A finish of dry tea leaves giving it an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this for it's balance and earthiness.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 5/6/14. Comes in a nice looking 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Paid $2.19 for this single. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty medium copper-amber in color with a very thin off-white head. Some very light lacing is seen but not much at all. The aroma is of some biscuit, malts with a hint of caramel. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma suggests as it has a slight bitter aftertaste. The taste is of a lightly buttered biscuit with hints of caramel, honey and pine. Perfect carbonation. Overall, it was different and not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some light apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront the beer is slightly sweet with a moderate flavor of biscuit malts and just a touch of caramel notes in the sweetness. Hints of butter and toffee with a light note of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable. Nice complexity of flavor and definitely one to enjoy again.

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Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oh-so-slightly clouded amber. It initially has a pretty creamy light tan head, minor retention but some very nice lacing sticky lacing. The aroma is malty and rich, with notes of fruit and burnt sugar. The taste is superb, with incredible malt depth for the light ABV. The bottle version doesn't do the UK cask version justice, but it is still delicious. It has a nice weight to it, not too heavy but not thin or watery, either. In total, an excellent pint of ale.

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Photo of ZS881107
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - light amber/copper color. Poured with little head that quickly dissipated, with no lacing.
S - bready, slight Hop presence.
T - bread or biscuit flavor with mild hop presence.
M - smooth light carbonation, light on the palate as well
O - this is a great beer for the style, not my favorite but still decent

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Photo of dipso123
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In bottle = 4
In can =4.25
On tap = 4.5
Cask = 5
Few beers vary as much depending on how they're served. When done right only a handful are as addictively drinkable. On cask this beer exemplifies Michael Jackson's (the Beer Hunter, NOT the boy hunter) notion of "more-ism".

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an outdated bottle dated 16-May-13. Sampled on February 17, 2014.

The pour is caramel amber with a big, cream colored head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted caramel malts, toffee, sweetness, and mild hop notes.

The body is smooth, medium, and chewy.

The taste is not as sweet as the nose might suggest but it most definitely brings out a great roasted caramel flavor and a mild, pleasant hop finish.

I cut my teeth on this beer in my early days of exploring the world of beer back in the 1980's. Despite the fact that I was drinking it 9 months after its expiration date it held up beautifully and reminds me of how I always remembered it to be.

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Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice, bright copper with a fairly short lived 1-finger white head. A bit of lacing for what little head it has.

S: Mild but spicy hop aroma filters through the pear and lightly sweet caramel. There's a bit of bread crust but overall I don't get an overabundance of breadiness in this brew.

T: This brew finishes semi dry beer with a slight sweetness. There's a piney hop component that comes through with some bread crust and a mild pear flavor. It balances a bit to the bitter side but barely. I personally like the balance. It's bitterness is present but not overwhelming and has a low to medium low carbonation. The piney hop lingers in the aftertaste for a short time. The hop bitterness tends to intensify a wee bit as the glass warms.

M: light to medium body, not too thin. a bit more body than a pale ale I think.

O: This is one of my favorite brews. Overall it balances nicely. This beer will appeal to English IPA and brown ale lovers as it has some components of both but balances well enough to pick out these differences. As a fan of English ales, I'd give this one a try.

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers of off white head, some lace here too. Smell is of toasty malts and fruity hops, light lemony citrus, buttery bread, moderate hop, some floral notes as well. Taste is malty up front, buttery toasted malts, fruity hop, mild bitterness, orange and lemony aftertaste as well. Lightly carbonated, smooth medium body, soft creamy feel. A solid pale ale, flavourful, and fairly easy drinking, could drink this in large quantity over the span of a warm afternoon.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,519 ratings.
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