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Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Bengal LancerBengal Lancer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mike130 on 03-13-2010)
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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop hop hooray they've made an IPA that ain't Harsh. An absolute corker that is really punching it's weight as a serious contender. When genius nun, Hildegard von Bingen had visions of adding hops to beer, who'd have thought it would come to this.
Food pairing: PUKKA WITH A TIKKA!!
B G Score 90/100
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BeerGogglesReviews, Oct 03, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glimmering bronze with a slight translucency, and a bone colored head tha leaves behind ridges of webby lacing. Subtly spicy and very fruity in the nose, full of peach and oak, lemonade, brown sugar, and vanilla. The flavor carries on with the spicy/fruity harmony, delivering pine and orange, candied nuts, and a hint of cocoa that all wrap up into a bittersweet finish of citrus rind and chalky minerals. Lovely stuff, thick enough to be full and creamy but not so thick that it cloys in any way. Possibly my new favorite Fuller's beer!

soulgrowl, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favourite from the bottle, found on cask at the Butcher's and Hook Farringdon.

Perfect pour with a finger of dense just off White head that fades leaving a good rim of foam and a dusting of tight bubble covering a slightly chill hazed clear light Amber body. Splotches of bubbles stick to the pint glass as I regrettingly finish this puppy.

Nose is full of fullers malt - honey and caramel, with plenty of peppery grass hop notes.

Sweetish London pride malts initially, quickly balanced by dry, very peppery, grassy and aromatic hops. Quite drying and butter for an English IPA. Perfec balance. Moreish.

Medium and very smooth cask ale body.

Session ale for sure.

Trizzle, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of TerryW
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An understated brew, but really nicely put together making it real easy drinking.

Short head on a clear orange beer, very fine lacing. Fruity hops in the nose, citrus, and grainy malt - very appetizing. Nice full mouthfeel, medium bodied. Well balanced flavours. Just a real pleasure to drink. Well done.

TerryW, Mar 19, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Hereford Arms near South Kensington. Pours a cloudy, light amber, leaning towards a brownish yellow color, with a decent, small head. Looks pretty good.

Smells very nice - hops is the main thing here. Very English, yet doesn't really try to hide the fact that it's hoppy - citrusy hops come out, maybe a bit of malt as well.

Tastes extremely rich - a solid malt backbone upon first taste, but then a very delicious kick of hops - quite oily and citrusy. Not as hoppy as some of the crazy AIPA's but nevertheless it's very hoppy - leaves a longlasting taste of hops in your mouth. Very smooth, undoubtedly since it's a cask beer, a mild amount of carbonation but very smooth going down.


Drinks very easily for the hops. Large hop profile for sure, but it's not overpowering and could easily have a few of these in a row if in the right mood. An extremely good brew from Fuller's. They barely ever disappoint, and this is no exception - it's nice that they brew an IPA since the style is not nearly as common here as in the US. Definitely give this a try if you see it in a pub or elsewhere.

mike130, Mar 13, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the handpump at Volo, w00t!

Pours a slightly hazed golden, some straw highlights in the corners, a touch of amber, very thick and creamy off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some decent chunks of lace stick.

Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, some citrus, orange, a bit of tangerine, floral, biscuity malt, light honey sweetness, a bit of herbal character, more citrus, reminds me a bit of Durham Hop Head.

Taste is similar, big floral up front, juicy citrus, orange and tangerine, really nice hopping, malty middle, a bit of caramel and biscuit, lightly grainy, a touch of apricot, nice herbal bitterness in the finish, with a bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn easy to drink, this is a real nice English IPA. "And instead of a guard dog, they had this great bloody big Bengal tiger!"

Viggo, Apr 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Euston Flyer in London.

A- Pours a nice copper without any haze, thin white head.

S- Subtle hoppiness, not overly spicy.

T- very well balanced, very well hopped for the style, refreshing.

M- Mediun body, just barely carbonated as a cask beer should be.

D- A very good pint, a good session beer.

cichief, Feb 26, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper-amber, the liquid is almost clear. The low head is white.

The smell got some fruity notes and some flowery hoppy notes. Fresh and balanced.

The taste is fresh and crisp. Flavours of cookies and honey. There are fine integrated bitter notes and some sweetness. Some earthy and citric flavours. The bitterness is not exaggerated as it can be in other IPAs. The finish is malty.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are light. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well crafted and integrated IPA.

bark, Apr 24, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear yellow. Nice light beige head. Excellent lacing.

S/T - Slightly hop forward with floral and grassy notes, but the sweet malt bill is definitely discernible. Slight acetyldhyde/fruity yeast ester.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Definitely stickier than some of their other options.

O - Probably one of my more preferred English IPAs, not that it's a style I particularly gravitate towards.

Zach136, Jun 25, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask in the Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington Station. Served in a straight pint glass.

Pours a light orange colour, with a decent looking white head.

Smells of good old English hops: lots of fruit, mango etc.

Tastes quite nicely balanced between the tangy, fruity hops, and the mid-light caramel-like malts.

Overall a very nice beer, happily had a few with lunch.

CwrwAmByth, Feb 29, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo in Toronto. They don't have this in too often, so I'm glad to finally catch up with this beer. Pours an amber-copper colour with a finger of thick white head. Nice rings of lacing after each sip. Smells of earthy and floral hops with the biscuit malt, quite English smelling. Mild bitterness in the flavour, about par for an English IPA. I'm surprised how much I like this one on tap as this style typically lends itself to cask.

kwjd, Feb 02, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

hophopandaway, Mar 15, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

FreshHawk, Jan 14, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with small head that faded into a film quickly. pine citrus, honey mild but nice, nothing intense. Tastes are well balanced between the hop and malt profiles, just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness makes it really easy drinking. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall I like this beer a lot and think it is a fantastic example of the style.

thepeter, Jun 26, 2011
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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.