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
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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.

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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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Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It made lots of thick head that would not go away. Amber reddish color. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma and a hint of malt.
Low carbonation and very small bubbles. Light going to medium body.
Malty sweet flavor well balanced with refreshing hops that leaves a nice sensation on your tongue. Notes of caramel, Earthy and floral English hops and a slight touch of toasted malts.
Mild dry and bitter aftertaste. Solid good bitter and sweet beer, it proves you can be big and still produce a decent quality product.

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Photo of Mojo
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass

A - clear gold with a quickly fading off white head, not much lacing.

S - earthy notes, citrus, and pine

T - malt forward with a slight metallic taste and a mild hop finish

M - kind of thin and metallic

O - decent but not memorable

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Photo of Arborescence
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a foamy two finger head that recedes moderately fast. Light copper.

Aroma: Iron, hops, and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Rich and malty, with a nice balance and a hoppy background. Some toffee-like sweetness and toast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Goes down easy.

Overall: A fine example of its type, London Pride is a long time favourite of mine. I like it from the tap (cask), from the can, and from the bottle, and it's a beer that doesn't seem to suffer much from any of these storage methods. This one really is what it says on the tin: rich, malty & satisfying.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at an alehouse in Calgary (1600 in the south). Arrived in a signature London Pride pint glass (always a nice touch), a nice honey golden to orange amber color with around three fingers of white head. Aroma a classic British ale waft of pale malts, woody earthy hops, and a touch of fresh orange and coriander spice (the latter a bit unusual in a British pale, but I swear that's what I smell here. Must be the integration of citrus and peppery esters). Body is classic for the style, on the thin side but not watery. Palate is a subtle but rich complexity of soft bready malts, savory spice, floral citrus that mirrors the orange and lemon aroma, medicinal herb notes, maybe a little diacetyl butter, and a clean ultra-smooth bitter finish. Even the non-beer geek I was with was amazed by the smoothness. Overall effect is malty and bright vibrant citrus notes rather than super-sweet, but make no mistake, I am not talking citrus as in pungent West Coast hops. This is earthy, woody, fruity (from ale yeast), but smooth and bitter, with only a touch of caramel. A sublime integration of classic English flavors that taste quite bright and fresh on tap and with an aggressive yet English hopping regime that leads the way but does not overpower the malts. Rivals Samuel Smith Old Brewery but tastes a bit less rustic and "dark", more bright and fruity. Incidentally, many sources say this is a bitter rather than a pale ale. I think the cleaner malt taste and hopping make it a pale ale, but a perfect example for the old debate around whether these are even different styles.

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Photo of jkrane
1.11/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I bought a can of this stuff at LCBO, because it looked good, and I thought it was on sale for $2.00 for a tallcan. It was actually $2.80, not $2.00, so I expected something delicious.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

I cracked open the can, and the distinct smell of urine wafted very quickly up to my nostrils. I drank a small sip, it tasted like it smelled, and I kicked myself in the ass for wasting my money on this "premium ale".

Now I understand why the British refer to "getting drunk", as "getting pissed"!

The urine the beer ratio in the can is UNACCEPTIBREW!!

Shameful 1/5.

The British should stick to fish and chips, and leave the brewing for us North Americans!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best Before 08 APR 14

A: Pours an amber color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap after a few minutes

S: A good deal of pale and caramel malts with a nice fruity presence that lends some apple, grape, and other aromas

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the maltiness up front, followed by the complex fruitiness. Goes into some bread and butter notes and well as some mustiness as it nears the finish, which is fairly clean with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very fine English Pale Ale, and one that could most certainly be the benchmark for the style. Extremely easy to drink with a coy complexity. Definitely worth trying if you're into English ales

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nice clear golden color. 1+ fingers of head that linger for more than a few moments. Some bubbles readily apparent inside the glass.

Smell - This comes off smelling like a wonderful English Bitter to me, sour notes, floral hops combined with some light malts. Definitely picked up a bunch of lemon as well.

Taste - Lemon was extremely present on first few sips. Milt malts also perceptible throughout. Strong bitterness and especially bitter aftertaste were probably the stars of the show.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but very nice and wet that would quench the thirst. Slightly thin which worked as well.

Overall - Quite a bit of flavor in this beer, however for whatever reason just didn't enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. To me it was a bit too lemony and too bitter (at least for what my expectations were) and that's why the review is as sparkling. However, anyone with an interest in beer should definitely try it especially those loving English Ale styles.

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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.
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