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

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very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
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 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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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

A - Colouration is a clear, orange, almost light-brown. Goes into the glass with a one finger head which is bubbly and retains throughout the drinking period. Plenty of carbonation snaking up the inside of the glass.

S - Pale malts, light grapefruit, citrus, earthy peat, pine.

T - I'm tasting the malts, assorted fruits such as orange and melon, a mild pine spiciness along with a fulsome (no pun intended) hoppiness. The hoppiness is not under/overdone but instead this IPA is nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

MF - Light-medium bodied, perfect for rolling around palate for enjoying the multi-layered flavours of this well crafted beer. Carbonation is medium-high, which is just as well.

O - Very fine beer and one I'd recommend for any session. I prefer this to its slightly weaker brother, the Fuller's IPA (the one not brewed in the bottle.)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of RuudJH
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of atis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of Kristing
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is golden amber with a slight cluodiness and a small head that fizzles out quite fast. Although it looks good, the appearance is not outstanding, and I would like a better looking head that retains longer.

Their is a fresh aroma with a hop character, along with a hint of flowers. A strong hop character is ever so present in the taste, creating just the right amount of bitterness. When first poured, the beer is not that varied in taste. However, this all changes when the beer has consolidated itself a bit in the glass, so to speak. The wonderful hop bitterness is backed up by a slight malty sweetness that creates almost a cascade of flavour in the mouth.

This firmed bodied and charming IPA is very drinkable and full of flavour. The taste is not too complex, although their is much taste to explore, and every sip just leaves you craving for more. This is a true testament to the ability of Fuller's as a brewer.

Photo of Sigmund
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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