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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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Ratings: 2,575 |  Reviews: 1,077
Photo of zakery
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice white head on a clear brownish amber brew.

Smell: Yummy! Smells plum jam, caramel and toffee.

Taste: Wonderfully honey smooth and balanced. Jammy, nutty and caramel with a matching amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

An excellent pale ale. Each pull urges you to take another. At the end of one glass you'll start looking around for the next... An excellent session beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it on cask at the brewery and at a couple of other pubs in London, from what i can judge, it has to be well kept otherwise you can forget it (as with most cask ales), well kept, it is wonderfully aromatic, resiny, hoppy, bitter, citrusy, there was a pub in richmond in London that totally kicked arse and served it better than the brewery did, i can't remember the name of the pub, but i often dream about that pint. My rating is based on that pint.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber color, full head fell to a thin ring of white foam. Flavor is malty with soft hop notes throughout. Slight esters contribute delicious buttery and sweet ale flavors that mix well with the malt and hops creating a slightly sweet and aromatic finish. I can discern the character that some brewers in the US are trying to capture. I like this beer. I will buy this if I can't get my favorite domestic English Pale Ale (see my reviews, I don't want to sound like a paid shill anymore).

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with decent head and lacing. The aroma was heavy on the malt with faint hop undertones. The taste was excellent when the hops shone through. The full, long-lasting flavor was big in the mouthfeel department and this is a VERY drinkable beer. An excellent english style pale ale.

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Photo of Jon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale pours a nice dark copper from the bottle with a sizeable off-white head, which looks great. There is a faint hops smell. The taste is somewhat biscuit-like with heavy malt notes and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is rather creamy and malty. The drinkability is quite good. A great example of an EPA.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real winner on draught. It has a healthy white head and a pleasant smell that is subtle hops and malt. The taste is also a nice balance of slightly sweet malt flavor with a hint of hops. It goes down like silk. This is one of my favorite session beers and goes well with many meals, not the least of which is a genuine plate of fish and chips.

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

Presentation: 12 oz old Euro-style brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny colour with a pasty thin off white lace which clings to the glass very well.

Smell: Mild hint of bread and grain, some malt sweetness and buttery caramel also ... and to add to the pleasure, a good measure of hops in the nose, it’s mild but pleasing.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and layered texture from the carbonation and malty mouth feel. A good dose of bread and biscuit come forth from the malts as does a pinch of fruitiness and malt sweetness. Touch of buttery diacetyl lines up with the caramel and malt flavours. Hops are right on the mark with an ample biting bitterness and a rich lingering leafy earthy flavour. Finishes with a lingering hop and a fruity and buttery mix.

Notes: Indeed this brew goes down as one of the greatest ... bliss in a bottle. BTW this is Fuller's flagship brew. A true ale-drinkers ale. Up there in greatness with the ESB also.

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Photo of proc
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Pale. Reminded me alot of Bass, but without that "metallic" taste Bass is known for. Fuller's puts out some fine beers and this is quite good as well. Pours out to a golden/amber color, with a light aroma. Slight hop taste that is in no way overwhelming with a slight taste of caramel. Very easy to drink.

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

Rich carmel colored beer with a pillow soft white head. Very inviting hop bitterness hits your nose. Extemely rich hop bitter taste with full malt backbone. Very creamy smooth balanced beer. Crisp dry finish, asks you to drink more and more. Very smooth feel, very easy to drink to the point you feel guilty putting your glass down. A real treat on tap, a great beer, and perfect example of the style. Magic in a glass....

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's brews world standards. An interesting orangey-amber colour with a big, cream and foam head that reduces to a thick lace. Mildy grainy and slightly sweet nose with a citrusy floral-hop end. Smooth, bready malt base with a solid hop complexity. None overpowering, but all in great english-pale complexity. Smooth medium body with crisp bit upon the tongue.

A fine example of what English Pales should aspire to be. It drinks hearty and tastey and is a good looker. Dig it, dig again. Cheers!

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say anything bad about any of Fulers beers I have tried they are all very good. This pale ale is a little on the dark side IMO for the style. Not much aroma here and has a decent mouthfeel to it. Taste more on the malty side than the hoppy, I think a little more hops would enhance this beer. Overall I will gladly drink this brew again...............CHEERS

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Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great traditional bitter,nice bronze color with a light amount of lace.A lot of malt aromas going on caramel brown sugar and biscuit dough only a light geranium hop presence lingers.A true session ale malty and fruity with some iron in there but there is a green hop presence light but it make the beer balanced,a gret ale from Fuller's.

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

Deep golden in color with a hint of orange...small lace...nice doughy aroma...almost like being in a bakery...malt dominates the buds with a tasty bread/dough flavor....hops are not strong but deliver a tight dry finish...VERY drinkable...overall very good pale ale bordering on outstanding..

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange – copper color, with a minimal off-white head. On the nose the aroma is moderately malty light toasted bread, caramel notes evident, and hop aromas. On the palate the malty flavors take front seat with caramel, light toasted bread, and hops take the back seat, nice fruitiness to it, well balanced with a smooth mouth feel. I really liked this stuff, I love going back and forth from the English Pale Ale’s back to the more hop filled American pale ales. Overall great stuff, and a great session brew...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden with a very slight head that has no retention. I get very little on the nose. Just a little herbal character from the hops. Pretty good taste. Nice malt backbone. Good earthy tones from the hops. And a nice dry touch. Medium body. This beer gets better as you work your way through it. I tend to prefer American Style Pale Ales more than the English counterpart, but this is one of the best English versions I've come across.

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

Fuller's is really good with Malts. I'm not sure if they malt their own, but if they don't, they sure know how to buy them. The malt flavors are complex in and of themselves. That's good because it's really light on hops (on tap anyway) and the malt has to carry it. It's not an IPA or a Bitter, so it's not supposed to be really hoppy. This is a really good meal to go with a meal. It really went well with the Shepherd's Pie I had.

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

Fine clear deeper amber color, approaching copper. Nice 3/4 inch head that's big-bubbled on the outside and cottony on the inside. Sweet and sour smell, a little like candied lemon. Great low-carbonation body, malty sweet with a touch of restrained hops. Very much of the English style but far more flavorful than a Bass. Medium-bodied and satisfying and highly drinkable. I prefer the hoppier American Pales but this is good. Nice brew from Fuller's again.

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Photo of marc77
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in hue and perfectly clear. The head settles quickly leaving a meager layer. There isn't any lace left. Assertive and earthy Fuggles hop nose hits first, but mild biscuit malt notes follow. The carbonation, at least in this bottle, is too high and results in a soda - like prickly mouthfeel. Hop flavor is grassy and distinctively British-- hop bitterness is crisp and assertive (considering the lack of malt body) while the subdued malt flavors are comprised of bready and generic caramal malt notes. London Pride finishes dry and a touch toasty. It's a good pale, but malt flavors were lacking, IMO. I could still drink a lot of these.

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

Fat lace clings to glass above a copper liquid nirvana. Rich, bready, fruity nose. Drink in a deep malt start that turns instantly bitter and lingers enough to beckon you to taste again. Smooth and appropriate for a session or a treat. A standard that any brewer going for the English Pale should reckon. Worth the outlay.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the bottle.

Orangey color, hardly any head retention after poured. Smells clean, with slight prickly hops and a bit of fruit.

Taste is crisp and full, some toasted malt with some nice spicy hops, not overly bitter but a nice mild hop bite.

Taste improves and becomes more full and rounded as it warms. Straight from the fridge, some of the more delicate flavors are muted by the cold and it should be warmed a bit to fully appreciate it. Lots of caramel can be noted as it warms, Maybe a slight fruitiness in there as well. A nice combo of softer but full flavors.

An excellent all around drinking beer.

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

A totally soothing smooth malty ale. The bottled version we get here is just a tease. Having this cask conditioned in the U.K. is really where it's at, Maltier almost caramel taste is the base. Smooth mellow hops with a touch of fruitiness rounds out this top ale. One of the keepers.

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

A good solid choice, and a nice benchmark for the classic pale ale style. Malty, firm, crisp with a nice soft character. You can't got wrong with this beer.

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

This is a classic English pale. Rather mild malt with a gentle hop flavor and aroma.

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

Firm body and a steady finish. This is the sort of beer I associate with the name "English ale."

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Photo of douglisbeck
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best real ale around. Anything less is a disappointment.

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