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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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Reviews: 35
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 07-21-2009

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Photo of Brew-Nerd
1.7/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Electros
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Maakun
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Pleasant taste with some caramel sweetness and medium bitterness. Light body , average carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BBP
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tomais
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ;-)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Alex-by
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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

Pours clear amber with 1/2 finger frothy head with good retention that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is full of floral hops and bits of mild malt.

Taste is malty with nice floral hops and good amount of bitterness, slowly drying finish with lasting and bittery aftertaste. Light/medium body with slightly below moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good IPA with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a orange clear color with a huge yellow bubbled and aired head. Good retention. Head never disappears completely and many lacings are left around the glass

S: Smells like it should: A bouquet of hops, grassy and earthy. Moderate (or conservative), nevertheless. A bit of malts can be also felt

T: Follows the nose. An IPA, more precisely, and English IPA. Not strongly grassy and bitter like and American one but mild and very drinkable. The taste of hops is quite earthy. Very good balance between the malts vs. the hop bitterness

M: Great body. Light and neutral. A bit molasses. Carbonation is medium to low, English style. Bitter aftertaste is a pleasure

O: Lovely IPA. God save the Fuller's!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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