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Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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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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Photo of tmzl
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with a large, thick, off-white (orange hue) head. Mostly diminishing, medium thick layer on top sticks for the ride. Clear, medium carbonation, golden orange/amber (red hue) - hard to describe - good looking either way.

Smell: Pine, citrus, light noble hop and a relatively strong honey, caramel, sweetness. Also a bit floral. Subtle, complex enough and well balanced.

Taste: Pine and honey dominate. Starts surprisingly on a floral spike then goes in medium honey, caramel malt, sweet middle and ends with piney light/medium bitterness which lingers with honey sweetness for a while. Also some light metallic notes at start. A bit less of everything than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Relatively fresh, medium, silky body. Medium/low carbonation.

Overall: Solid, smell is fun, taste a bit less, but a solid beer worth to have in your basement for random nonbeer-drinking friends.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which seems to have okay retention. The head is almost pure cotton white (there is a slight hint of off-white) while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears pale in the light. Considerable lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Starts off with a blend of citrus and caramel that starts to fade into floral/perfume notes. A hint of soapiness. Light notes of bubblegum as the caramel starts to fade. Some brown bread from the malts which works well with the orange from the citrus. Touches of honey which are reinforced by swirling.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose but lacks some of the complexity. A very balanced and well integrated flavor profile of citrus, brown bread, caramel and biscuit. There is a slight earthiness with some chalk on the finish. Very English hops. Slight pine and resin. May not have a ton of presence but does what English beers do well- offer subtle but always interesting flavor profiles for very sessionable beers. Doesn't show any of the bubblegum of the nose but only hints at the honey and floral notes. A slight bit of spice on the finish, some pepper and a dash of coriander. Pretty much a solid, good beer. It can seem a little thin if you don't pay attention. Also seems to be a very good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation which lets a little bit of the smoothness through.

Drinkability- Very sessionable and very easygoing. Four bucks for 500 mL is a bit much for regular purchase but I could see myself buying this beer again.

Overall- Solid representation of the style and a simply good beer. Definitely worth a try and a good introduction to English beers.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a dark amber color, with a decent head.

Smell - It is mostly a piney / hoppy smell , with some malts.

Taste - It is a nice balance of hoppy bitterness with the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium-bodied beer, with good carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty good English pale ale.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by Oct. 19 2014

A- Pours a light amber with a nice clarity. Lots of tiny bubbles and a small slightly off-white head that dissipated to a ring quickly.

S- Nice mildly sweet malt, faint apple cider vinegar. I should be eating fish and chips with this.

T- Similar to nose, nice slight malty sweetness, some cracker malt. Faint apple/apple cider vinegar. Light English hops.

M- Crisp and light and very drinkable, could probably go for 5 pints of this stuff.

O- An amazing representation of an English bitter. Clean and refreshing. i do prefer Fuller's ESB to this one though.

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Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Clear golden body, leaning toward amber. Head retains okay. Agitation produces a nice off white pad for a short time.

S- Biscuit malts. Slight caramel in the aroma. Very mild smell of earthy hops.

T- Mild grain and toasted malt flavor. A dry earthy hop flavor comes through.

M- Light and smooth. A slightly dry finish, but nice feel.

O- Decent. Light, drinkable, like any solid English pub beer. Nothing spectacular in my mind, though.

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Photo of bennyguns
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I was first offered this ale at a Bar in Dubai I was a little skeptical. I felt that the bartender was being forced to sell the beer so they can get rid of it. However after she assured me it was new to them and she just wanted to promote it I gave it a shot. I was very surprised to say the least. First the bottle this ale comes in was nothing short of classy. It gave me the feeling that I was drinking at an old english pub. Then as the bartender filled my glass the color was the next thing that caught my attention. Its a beautiful reddish brown. Im not overly familiar with European beers so maybe most of their ales have this same color and reddish hue to it. Its exactly the kind of color I see on TV shows when they are depicting ales on your favorite sitcom. I really didnt believe that color truely existed until I saw this ale. After she filled my glass and I was done admiring the color I went for the first taste. I have been duped by beers before that come with excellent presentation but leave a less than desirable taste in my mouth. So I decided not to expect much. Boy was I wrong. This beer taste better than it looks. It is exactly the flavor I would look for in an Ale that looks this good. Not only that but the smell as I drank it was a stark contrast to the flavour of the beer. The smell is very sweet. It almost reminds of a camarel covered chocolate. The taste while bitter is very smooth on the pallete. Overall I would say this beer is very well balanced. It is now one of my favorites and should be on everyones list to try.
Cheers!

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

Got it from somewhere,Bulgaria i think. It is 0.5l bottle,so it imported beer,out of U.K.

A - Clear nice reddish color,few bubbles with decent one finger tick creamy white foam.
S - Haze,honey mostly. With some malt.
T/M - Very drinkable. Low carbonation,sweet high bitter aftertaste.

O - Good ale,highly drinkable with decent aroma.

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Photo of Ron860
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy drinking this fine brew. I've also had it on tap while I was visiting London a few times. This one is sort of in a class all by itself... it has just about the right balance of everything.

Appearance - A slightly hazy amber color with light carbonation, poured with a nice 6 mm head that diminished ever so slowly... although I may have consumed it too fast to truly tell. Left a considerable amount of lacing around the glass. The overall appearance is very inviting.

Smell - Sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops. Can almost imagine I sense some barreled oak
with a mix of fruits and flowers as well. No citrus is evident.

Taste - Difficult to tell but I do sense a hint of vanilla and some berries on the aftertaste. Whatever it is... it is quite good!

Mouthfeel - Just about perfect. Extremely smooth beer that went down begging for more. Would definitely go very well with an order of fish-n-chips or a sheppard's pie!

Overall - Please don't pass this one up if you have the opportunity. It is very well crafted and has earned it's right to stand amongst the very finest ales in the world!

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

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 12/22/2013. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very well balanced and moderately robust malt, yeast, and hop flavors; with a moderately crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,483 ratings.
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