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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 Brew-Nerd
1.6/5  rDev -58.8%
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.

Brew-Nerd, Jan 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Jadan, Mar 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

fionn13, Nov 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

TheBrk, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Arborescence, Feb 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Electros, Dec 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BuddhaBrowett, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

rredshift, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Cracked Kettle. A relatively rare offering from Fuller's.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium looking off-white head with half decent retention. Perfectly clear, safety or tangelo orange in color, with a bit of carbonation evident. Head quickly recedes to a thin wisp. A slight ring remains but leaves minimal lacing.

SMELL: A mild nose of pale malts and perhaps some hints of butterscotch. Some hints of flowery hops, but quite muted unfortunately.

TASTE: Better than the nose for sure. Some pale malts up front and butterscotch through the middle, like advertised. Leads into a hearty dose of flowery hops and a good amount of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is nicely balanced between some caramel sweetness and bitter hop flavors. A good combo.

PALATE: Medium body with just enough creaminess to get the job done. Goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate and a slight burn at the very end. Fine here.

OVERALL: A very good tasting and drinkable English IPA, though the nose was just too weak to make it memorable. A solid effort from a very solid brewery, but not quite up to some of the other great English IPA's out there.

Jeffo, Apr 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MishaEriksson, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Polasiuss, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jacothom, Jan 20, 2013
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.

Maakun, Jun 16, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

peensteen, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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

FadetoBock, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GregaR, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

the_danish_swede, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

wl0307, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KStark, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Lgarciaosuna, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jscal10, Jul 09, 2014
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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.