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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 07-21-2009)
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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

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!

Rijtjeshuis, May 16, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

FadetoBock, May 14, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

fionn13, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Miha
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Miha, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

TheBrk, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

mintjellie, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours medium yellow with enormous head that yields one-eighth retained after five minutes, perfect temperature for drinking. Some lace down the glass. Malty, slightly funky(!) aroma, let's call it neutral. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, understated bitterness, however more hoppy that the typical English IPA that has seen our shores before. Very drinkable.LCBO new release, not available in the USA.

Sammy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GregaR, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BuddhaBrowett, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Stocean1
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Stocean1, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Maakun
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

Maakun, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Eir
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Eir, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Fuller's IPA 5.3%abv. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo.
500 ml. bottle.

Dark golden colour, 1 inch head but disappearing quickly. Good lacing though, and very lively carbonation.

Smell is fresh: light pine, flower garden, some citrus.
Taste is similar. Light malty, with the hop bitterness that gives the character.
Aftertaste is lingering. Mouthfeel is light.
Overall it's very refreshing.

RuudJH, May 21, 2011
Photo of Arborescence
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Arborescence, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Brew-Nerd
1.6/5  rDev -58.8%

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.

Brew-Nerd, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

patre_tim, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

spinrsx, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

liamt07, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Sigmund
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. ABV is 5.3%. Bought in Sweden at Systembolaget. BB date 23/Mar/11. Deep golden colour, big to moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of hops, wood and rum-raisin. Lovely flavour, very well balanced between a distinct malty and fruity sweetness and equally distinct hops. Just the right bitterness in the finish. Brilliant stuff.

Sigmund, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Jadan
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Jadan, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Alex-by
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Alex-by, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mmmbirra
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mmmbirra, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Tavor
3.92/5  rDev +1%

Tavor, Aug 23, 2014
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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.