Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mike130 on 03-13-2010)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found on tap at 1600 Bier Haus in Calgary, must be fairly new there. The recipe for this beer appears in Steele's excellent monograph on IPAs. I glanced at the taps and noticed a purple "Fuller's IPA" sticker, which matches the name on a bottle at home in the beer fridge. Hmmm. A little research reveals that these are in fact the same beer, with the less evocative Fuller's IPA being the name appearing on the bottle-conditioned version. I imagine there could be subtle taste differences between the beer on tap and in the bottle. We'll eventually find out. For now, the Bengal Lancer I tried here arrived in an authentic Fuller's pint glass, a mellow dark honey/amber color with around an inch of off-white foam that left an intricate spider-web pattern on the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity, a smooth tangerine or sour peach aroma, maybe some red berries, and a decent dose of earthy peppery hops. This brew is 98% pale malt (2% crystal) and the malts do not emerge on the nose much, although there is a subtle but complex undercurrent of mellow bread crust and caramel buttressing a nonaggressive earthy bitterness from the English hops, the aforementioned citrus and stone fruit notes accompanied by another sweet fruit flavor almost like white grapes (!), a minty herbal undercurrent, a little leather. Chives?? There is another green flavor besides the mint, perhaps from the dry-hopping. All quite interesting and not in the damning via faint praise way. Very smooth semi-chewy body with a tastefully moderate degree of carbonation. Comparable to the excellent London Pride pale ale but with some added hoppy intricacies.

More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a branded Fuller's nonic. A light amber brew, with a thin, foamy head with large bubbles and good lacing. Looks spot on for the style.

Nose is that distinctive Fuller's malt, mild caramel, bread and hops. Perhaps a bit of fruit and tea as well. A bit hard to discern, but certainly present.

One of the better English IPAs I've come across thus far. After so many hop bombs and bold American-style IPAs, a nice British IPA is a pleasure to drink. Bengal Lancer had a good, bold hop presence, bitter and with notes of tea leaves. Fuller's malt, caramel, honey. After a good hoppy entry, Lancer closes with a sweet tea finish.

A bit on the thin side, but pleasant to sip with solid carbonation.

Yet to be disappointed with anything from Fullers. I'm finding, however, that my love of British pale ales to be waning a bit, so the Lancer IPA was a great find, giving me a bigger flavor profile. If you can find it on tap, make sure you give it a try!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. ABV is stated as 5.3%. Named after an old Indian cavalry regiment.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Bottle-conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that remains for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of biscuity caramel malt with notes of citrus, floral hops, dry yeast and a hint of bittering hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a yeasty, hoppy character and a spicy bitter finish. Notes of citrus, floral hops, biscuity malt and earthy yeast. A distinctive hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of malt and bitter aromatic hops.

Good stuff - a solid English IPA. A nice malt backbone and a big dose of aromatic citrus, followed by a restrained bitterness (compared to an American IPA). The dry yeast flavour is typical of the style and adds depth. All told, a great example of a traditional IPA. Well worth sampling.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint at Three Boars Eatery, on a sweaty 30+ (right, that's not +30) Edmonton afternoon. Listed at 5.3% ABV.

This beer appears a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of tight creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few water spouts of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp, biscuity sourdough malt, lemon polish, and moderately bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a bit of rising yeast, some well-ripened orchard fruitiness, and quite tame leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate and listless, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes still heavy on the sweetness, malt and fruit aiding and abetting, with little push back from the other bit players.

An ok EIPA, but that allowance only goes so far - even this style suggests a more robust hop character. Without it here, the fruitiness runs amok, in a reserved British manner, of course, leaving me instead with a strong golden summer ale impression.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just in at Beer Bistro, on-tap. A lovely understated IPA. The IBU is certainly there, you can taste citrus bitterness, but its real music on your palate, not hard garage rock. Pours an orange coloured body with a bubbly head. You can smell fruity hops.Average moutfheel, with gentle caramel buffeting the palate and offering a good drinkability. Must be great on cask, and served at the right temperature!

Photo of hophopandaway
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having not seen this before I had to to it a go, although Fullers are not my favourite brewery, because of the total dearth of anything hoppy at my local sainsbury's.

After the customary super-gentle pour that goes with BC beers I was left with a small white head that soon settled to a little froth on top of the glass. The smell was quite pronounced and I was getting lovely grassy cirtus smells coming from the relatively strong hop profile of this beer.
After a couple of rather hefty glugs on this little beauty my palate was detecting a rather nice beer with lots of citrus flavours coming through over the pretty robust backbone of toffee and pepper leading to an almost sour grapefruity finnish. This is well balanced and rather tasty and I'm sure that a cask of this on the journey to Bombay would have livened morale no end.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jlisuk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kiwi. Two finger off white head upon an amber body with an orange hue, there was decent retention as it ebbed to a nice collar of foam with rings of sticky lace as I sipped it.

Earthy hops with light fruit dominates the nose with a mineral like quality

Taste follows the nose with some biscuit, honey,and pear, the earthy hops and the typical fullers mineral taste really come through but in a good way.

This is a medium bodied brew with a decent amount of carbonation, well balanced bitterness but very sessionable and relatively refreshing.

Another excellent brew from fullers.

Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Yellow gold with a thin white head

S. Ginger and peppery spice is heavy on the nose, there are caribbean fruits knocking about too, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit and a faint hint of banana.

T. Fruity, hoppy spiciness bombards the palate. There is also a touch of orange zest.

M. Medium, slightly chewy.

D. A really good IPA from Fullers. A very nice session ale. Nice to see a Fullers bottled beer in BC form.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber orange color, with a 2 inch tight head, and good visible carbonation and lacing.

Smells include grassy, earthy hops, some orangey citrus hops, and sweet toasty malt.

This one has some nice understated bitterness that I like, that doesn't linger on the palate. The English-style hop flavor is very pronounced, grassy and tea-like, almost, with some suggestions of citrus as well.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Could easily pull a few of these back easily, really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I talk about the Bengal Lancer I must state this is the first beer I've reviewed in my new 'Man Cave'. I've converted one of my garages into a bar: the first beer to launch it was 'La Chouffe', a special Red Wine was also broached before this, my first 'Cave' review.

So, to my first of many new reviews.

Brown 500ml bottle (bottle conditioned), best before 5 Oct 2012, drank and reviewed on 23 Jan 2011. The version I've reviewed is a 5.3% ABV one.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass.

A large white, foaming, bubbley head sat on top of a clear body, the colour of which was a bright pale amber, with a terracotta look to it.

The aroma was of summer fruits, with a slight hoppy undertone, no malt smells at all.

Tasted good, not overly hopped and the malt content didn't appear too strong either. A pleasant mix of flavours with none overpowering anything else. Sweeter than most IPA's and certainly not as hoppy as most, but very drinkable.

Good carbonisation and well balanced, the alcohol hidden within the flavours. Pity the head died so quickly, otherwise a very good beer. Fuller's rarely let you down, another fine beer from their stable.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium, clear orange color with a average sized, puffy, light, frothy, white head. Nice retention leaving a decent ring of lace.

S - Spicy, herbal, earthy hops and buiscuty malt with hints of caramel/toffee. Some orchard fruit, particularly pear. Smells English and has an enticing sweet and bitter aspect.

T - Similar to the nose only a bit more pear and orchard fruit. A great mix of fruity, floral, and herbal/spicy hops. Fairly bitter but a good amount of sweet malt. A very bold English IPA.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. A touch on the thin side but not bad.

D - Goes down very easy. Nice bitterness but also a sweet malt and fruity flavor too. Easy to drink and overall it just works well.

Notes: An interesting English IPA with a good amount of fruity hops (mostly orchard fruit but some citrus as well). It just all works well although nothing really stands out. Quite pleased with this one.

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white head.

Smells mildly malty and of English Style hops. Scents of strong tea and leather with a slight tobacco aroma.

Starts out malty and a little bitter.. Butter and leather with some herbal hop. Bitterness is a little sharp.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall OK, light in flavor.

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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.