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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 07-21-2009

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing it here because that's the right abv.
Pours clear golden, one finger compact white head with nice retention.
Smells like a typical EIPA, caramel and biscuit, honey, infused with mild citrus hops, maybe a bit more on the sweet malty side.
Starts with buttered malts, biscuits, caramel, with a touch of fruit jam, orange peel and some grapefruit. Some floral hints too. Malt backbone stands up even when hit by the dry grassy hops, very English, with dry leaves and some tobacco and bitter grass going past the finish, along with some faint sweet citrus.
A tiny bit buttery, body somewhere between light and medium, as is the carbonation.
Easy to drink, maybe a bit boring for big hop fanatics, but has that Fuller's "session" quality. (747 characters)

Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it in Hungary.

A - Very beautiful honey color. Lots of bubbles at first. White foam, but do not last to long.
S - Mostly dark honey with some orange aroma.
T/M - A bit more carbonation in the glass. Again sweetness from malt, honey. Excellent bitterness, and bitter aftertaste. Nothing else.

O - Decent IPA, will drink it again. (335 characters)

Photo of Tomais
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes:

Smell mainly malty.
Lovely prickly fine grained bottle-conditioned carbonation.
Taste dry on the tongue, surrounded by fruits/dried fruits and a hint of bitterness followed by a lovely bitter finish. Tastes merge, there's an ebb and flow from one taste to another all bound up with that lovely prickly bottle-conditioned carbonation.

This is probably the first IPA I've drunk - certainly the first since I discovered the joys of tasting and really savouring beers. Let's just say I can see what all the fuss is about ;-) (534 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, slightly cloudy, tonnes of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of slightly yellow coloured creamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel, popcorn, buttery, toffee, slightly fruity.

T: Caramel, popcorn, buttery, toffee, slightly fruity, then a sudden hit of light (as compared to American IPA’s) grapefruit pith, but it fades into a all these flavours and a dull lingering bitterness which is slightly in the background. Almost a bit of green olive.

M: Medium bready body, low foamy fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Well rounded, delicious and drinkable beer with a great bottle and label by a great company. Would pair with anything greasy, slightly spicy food. (664 characters)

Photo of Maakun
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

0.5 litre bottle in pint glass. Nice white head, and loads of bubbles. Head settles to a small layer quite fast. Color is a light gold, almost pilsner.

Smell: Subtle fruits and a bit earthy, yeasty. A tree right after it has rained. Malts.

Taste: It starts with light malts, then some yeast, hoppy bitterness with a slight touch of citrus. Again something earthy. Some apricots, sour peaches. Later it gets a bit more spicy, but everything stays subtle.

Mouth: dry. Good carbonation, and very drinkable. This really wants to go down.

Overall: yeah this is a nice beer. Very balanced, but also quite light. For me it's missing something. It's not cheap here, and for the price I'd choose something else most of the time I think. But there's really nothing wrong with this beer either. (791 characters)

Photo of Alex-by
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, nice creamy head.

S - Clean and crisp, hopsy.

T - Mainly - hopsy. There are some caramel and citrus notes

M - Medium bodied, wet on the finish. Very Refreshing

O - Very nice beer, but it would be better if there were more hopsy bitterness (260 characters)

Photo of Brew-Nerd
1.7/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Plus side: Nice deep orange color. Thick and opaque. Smells malty and sweet like a Fullers.

Overall: Total disappointment. A very "dead" beer. Tiny head, large bubbles, almost non existent lacing. More sour than bitter. Was there hops in here?... I couldn't tell. Certainly wouldn't have survived the boat ride to india. Could be more suitably labeled a plain old pale ale.
Nice to look at but if you plan on doing more than smelling it you'd best grab something else.
Gets a 1.5 for being better than a budweiser. (515 characters)

Photo of Electros
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has sat in the cellar for 1.5 years now, golden brown colour, pours nicely, little head left. Aroma very low citrus and hop notes... This is a very smooth ale, and IPA though, the abv is a little low for my liking but fits the defined range, but more so, the hop note as per tongue feel is low. This is a clean beer, fine in taste, I don't no, I was expecting a little more from this though. (396 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joecgrath27 for including in my recent Hop Box delivery.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with se retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is a tad mild, but some buttery caramel comes through alongside some leafy greens and hints of citrus.

T - The buttery caramel comes through off the top, nice subtle earthy hop notes, musty greens and a touch of citrus bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty brew and certainly fits the flavour profile of the style, offering a nice balance between hops and malts. Well worth a try and definitely glad it was included in my latest shipment. (646 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 16/9/12

A clear dark golden liquid with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a dense thumbs width of foam that slowly falls too a thick film leaving a couple patches of lace

S lots of caramel and grains, some cotton candy a little citrus and more caramel

t herbal notes, and a bigger hop presence then the nose, well balanced with perhaps caramel flavors coming from both the English malt and English hops, bready notes and pretty well rounded

M silky medium bodied and the tiny bubbles are paying off here, quite creamy after a second and it leaves me salivating, nice aftertaste has some length

O a nice example of the style, well balance with lots of flavors, its a well made product

picked this up for 3.99$ on sale at the Co-op and it was worth every penny. I like fullers and if you like English ales you probably do to. (862 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Mar 13 - from Warners

Pours a clear gold/copper. One finger head off white. Small bubbels rise, little lace.

Aromas mainly of earth English malts.

Taste is more complex, a delicate marmalade flavour takes over, which is complemented on the back palate by light hop bitterness. A little caramel and toffee. Very integrated and smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and lightly carbonated. No twang thankfully, which seems the bugbear of English ales in bottes at present.

Top beer, suspect would be excellent for a session if price allowed. (543 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

look ~ pours a rich gold to light gamboge. I'd classify the level of clarity as 'hazy': I can see through the glass, but not clearly enough to read through. The head was nice: pearl colored; somewhat soapy in texture; rises very large off the pour; falls slowly with some decent lacing. Good visible carbonation.

smell ~ very clean and crisp, though not very strong. the malt is light: there is not a lot of caramel, but rather a very faint cracker aroma. The hops seem to be a bit fruity (which may be supported by yeast): this seems almost lemony, or like light seeded fruits. There is also a bit of spice on the finish and a gentle sulfur character. Very nice, but a little light (both in terms of strength and character) than I would have expected.

taste ~ the taste was decently balanced, but not all that impressive. The malt character was similarly gentle and boasted a lighter biscuit-like character with a bit of toffee sweetness noticeable on the finish. Hops were simply not present enough: there was a gentle fruity and floral character, but this was not really present in the finish. Bitterness was decent and enough to achieve a balance with the sweetness on the finish. finish has a hint of both sulfur and diacetyl and is medium rather than dry.

feel ~ very smooth feel. Medium-light body and high carbonation. This makes for a fluffy feeling that plays well with a bit of that mouth-coating feel. Carbonation also dries out the finish a bit.

Overall, I was a little disappointed that there was not more of a hop presence. This one drank like a lot of English Pale Ales, rather than a true IPA. I nice drink, smooth and well balanced, but I want more hops! (1,676 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light copper/amber, pours a lovely thick head.

Aroma: Very mild, surprisingly. Typical IPA hops can be detected, maybe a hint of floral aroma, but very little to it.

Taste: Quite mild in terms of the hops (Goldings hops), but they do kick in a little bit in the aftertaste, which is nice and lingering. The really surprising thing about this beer is the maltyness though; this is something that I don’t expect from an IPA. I do actually like it, there’s a nice balance between the hops and the malt. Then again, when I open a bottle of IPA I expect something a little more on the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good balance.

Overall: I’m used to extremely hoppy IPAs from my visits to North America, so this one seems a little tame. A very drinkable beer though, would try again if there weren’t any other interesting options. This is also bottle conditioned, so it matures nicely in the bottle (this gives it the slightly cloudy appearance as well). I like many of the beers by Fuller’s — their London Porter is among my very favourites — but I don’t think I’ve tried this one before. Usually Fuller’s delivers, even if they are not the most inventive or experimental brewery. (1,236 characters)

Photo of anakar
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good ale. Smooth and tasty. served in a good indian restaurant.

App: Poured a murky, cloudy dark-yellow color. Nice white head but not a lot of lacing

Smell: Great rich smell, smells of hops and old-fashioned sweets (like toffee or caramel)

Taste: Very much like the smell, good beer flavor, joined up by touches of toffee and caramel. Nice aftertaste too.

Feel: So Smoooth. It goes down easy, very little carb sting. You can have em one after the other just because of that great smooth feel.

Overall: Though I'm usually a bit put off by pale ales, this one was superb. Great beer (591 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12-6-11. Initial review was put under the wrong beer.

Bottle date: 28JUN13. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Light orange/yellow colour, translucent. Half a finger of bubbly white head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - Moderate bitterness up front with floral and grassy aromas and a mild caramel/bready malt backbone.

T - A decent hop bitterness up front with herbal, floral and grassy notes. The malt backbone is evident but somewhat subdued, providing muted bready flavours and a touch of caramel. There is also some peppery/spicy flavour at times. The bitterness returns in the a dry finish.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - A solid English IPA. (751 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, best before June 28, 2013. Into a tulip.

Pours a peachy orange, a bit of haze but this is obviously bottle conditioned. Big bubbles composing a white head. Moderate retention, webbed lacing. Nose has prominent orange and citrus on the nose, some light caramel. A bit of grainy bread. A bit of bitterness, but the hop profile on this is quite a bit more prominent than almost any EIPA I think I've ever had. Taste has more gently bitter orange, grapefruit and other citrus. Some general citrus rind as well. Good clean bread and biscuit, a simple and effective malt profile, hops are highlighted. Body is medium-light, a bit watery. Bitterness isn't substantial in the finish. Quite a solid EIPA, but isn't totally outstanding. One of the better examples of this I've had though, very nice stuff. (819 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with an amber/orange hue. Pale beige head is well retained and laces spottily. Aromatic notes of lightly toasted bread and orange marmalade. Sweet and malty up front with toasted bread, bicuit, and honey notes. Delicate sweet apple comes in midpalate. Finishes with tangy tangerine, a hint of grapefruit pith, and lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied with low carbonation, it's mouthfeel is smooth and soft. Light oily slickness between mouthfuls. A well made pale ale with a great balance of malt and hop flavours. (527 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than more EIPAs with some solid head, which receeds, but retains very well. There's possibly some of the most lace I've seen in an IPA to date in this.

The aroma is actually fairly muted. I get a pretty light foundational bitterness as well as some biscuit malt. The hops actually have a bit of an off tinge to them, but I'm almost certain it's from the hops used rather than the condition of the drink.

Flavor-wise, it's somewhat like expected from the style. At 5%, it's hard to complain about the intensity, but I wish it had a bit more oomph. The quality was pretty nice though, and it tastes very well balanced. Something about this just tastes more real than most IPAs. I'd assume it's the bottle conditioning.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with medium weight. Carbonation is quite minimal which definitely suits my tastes.

Overall, this is another good beer from Fullers. I prefer the other offerings we get from them, which is a little strange as I'm an IPA lover, but this one just seemed a bit tame. You could look at it the other way and say that it's balanced, but I thought it could stand out a bit more. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the LCBO as part of fullers' masters release (I grabbed them all and thought I would start off with the lightest of the three while making supper). This bottle conditioned brew poured a fluffy off white two finger head into my pint glass with excellent retention leaving a thick collar. Patchy lacing coated the glass as I made my way through this one. The colour is an orange hued honey amber and is semi-clear.

My first impression of the aroma was floral citrus hops with orange peel and lemon coming to mind. Definitely a metallic characteristic in the scent and taste which I have found with other fuller's brews (local hard water?).

For the taste a bready caramel background with a prominent floral citrus hops profile with lemon, orange rind, and honey. The flavours are perfectly balanced and although I have scored other brews higher, I have not had a better balanced brew, really a thing of beauty.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with plenty of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing with a perfectly balanced lingering slightly bitter finish coming through as peppery. Very smooth and soft on the palate this is a supremely sessionable brew that could be enjoyed all evening long.

This is clearly a superior English IPA that is supremely well balanced. At $3.75 a pint this is definitely a "buy it whenever it is available" brew. Bravo. (1,385 characters)

Photo of MattyV
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, amber-orange colour with a dense white head that laces magnificently. Aroma is of floral/citrus hops, not over the top, but still noticeable. The taste begins with a sizeable bready malt backbone that supports but doesn't overpower the floral/citrus hops. A faint lingering citric bitterness lingers through the crisp finish. Average body, a bit more carbonated than I expected, but seems to augment the hop flavours well. Provides alot more citrus/hop flavours than expected, but still a wonderfully balanced and drinkable English IPA. Definitely my favourite example of the style to date-- a terrific surprise. (629 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of malts, caramel, and some floral hops. There is also a bit of a grapefruit rind flavour and some metallic notes. It ends with a floral hop malty aftertaste.

Overall - While I greatly prefer the American version of the IPA, this is still one fantastic beer. It's probably one of the best examples of a EIPA that I've had to date. Not something I'm going to run out and stock up on, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it. (829 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic. Light tawny copper colour, very clear, with a sturdy inch of foam and lots of lacing. Great retention.

Nose is soft malts and citrus hops. Bread, caramel and a bit of herbs. Soft, but pleasant.

Solid EIPA. Good malt character at the front and an assertive citrus-herbal hop bitterness that I assume is Goldings. Quite enjoyable - this is a good example of how an EIPA can have its own charm.

Lighter bodied, light but steady carbonation - good feel on this.

Great brew (no surprise, considering it's Fullers). Will buy again before it leaves the shelves. (611 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a patchy, clingy head that while small, lasts the entire glass. The aroma is of bready malt, herbal, leafy hops and candied fruit. Malt dominates the flavor with a pleasant fruit yeast characteristic and some woody, eucalyptus hops providing solid balance. The mouthfeel is very smooth and nearly creamy with textured carbonation. Tangerine notes show in the lightly bitter, lingering finish.

This is a benchmark example of a modern English IPA. Very delicious malt and hop flavors and decent balance. I highly recommend. (545 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before June 28, 2013.

Beer is a fairly light orange/dark gold colour. Moderately sized white head. Great retention and good lacing.

Mildly bitter hops are noticeable in the nose. Very very mild citrus notes. A bit floral and grassy. Light caramel malt. The smell is pretty light - nice but not remarkable.

Taste is bigger than the smell, but that doesn't take a lot. Fairly bitter (certainly by English IPA standards), with some nice juicy citrus flavours. Grassy/woods flavours are present as well. Nice malty backbone, caramel and biscuit. Quite good.

Good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, medum bodied. A bit creamy.

A nice English IPA. Scent is weak but the rest of the package is good. Quite enjoyable! (720 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden orange, one finger white head, some lace. Smell is fairly malty, notes of citrus, orange, pine, lots of bitter hop here as well. Taste follows the nose, malty with lightl sweet points, medium bitterness throughout, quite hoppy, citrus in finish and aftertaste, lightly piney. Med carbonation, lots of oils, medium body, nice weight. Pretty decent IPA, reminds me a bit of a fadded american IPA but quite a nice drink as a whole. (440 characters)

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