Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mike130 on 03-13-2010

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Photo of JGam115
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From my Untappd history. Served at The Ginger Man NYC.

A: Dark straw color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Really hard to detect anything from the first few swirls and sniffs. Delicate floral notes came through, but I was really struggling to find anything.

T: Definitely light on flavor with a good amount of bitterness. I had to remind myself this was an IPA (albeit an English style, not American) because it was lighter than other English IPAs I've had. I'd liken the finish to a mild cider.

M: Easy drinking, not so long a finish. Just Meh.

O: I expected a little more because I'm a Fuller's fan, but this brew left much to be desired. (641 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handpump halfpint at the Jack Horner, a Fuller's tied house.

A: Clear pale amber body under a 1/2" of persistent eggshell head. Nice lace, too. Excellent.

S: Ummm... Cantaloupe, overripe apricot, prune, and floral hops. Smells like a decent beer in a bad cask, but I'd expect a tied house to respect their titular beer, so maybe it's supposed to be like this. Not good, in any case.

T: A little better here, as some biscuity malt at least shows up alongside the overripe fruit, and the hops deliver a solid kick on the finish. Still, pretty darn weak.

M: Lighter than medium-bodied, with similar carbonation. Perfectly fine.

O: Disappointing; perhaps I'll try this again somewhere else, but I'm certainly in no hurry. Even if the rotten fruit notes were absent, I didn't get the impression that the malt and hops would deliver anything all that remarkable.

Cheers! (870 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malty aroma has a good hoppy overtone. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a fairly thick pale buff head. Strongly hoppy flavor has malty and fruity notes, barely any bitterness. Smooth texture has about average body and a good amount of tingle and fizz. Nothing special, but definitely worthy of at least a try. (316 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jack in Indianapolis.

A: Clear honey color with maybe a finger of head and little retention.

S: Sweet malts, roasted nuts, a bit of honey and some hops. More subdued but varied compared to American IPAs

T: Pretty much the nose but with slightly more hop bite. Good but not great.

M: A bit weak on the carbonation and medium bodied.

It's okay but unmemorable. (381 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a orange,honey hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that recedes to islands of froth and an outer rim of lacing,the smell is bittersweet with aromas of orange zest,marmalade,honey and medicinal herbal hops,it has a above light bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated and suits the style and the first taste i encounter is grapefruit followed by some,navel oranges,a light tinge of honey coated toffee and i mean light as fast as you notice it it dissapears quickly due to a light piney,citrus hop finish and overall i have to admit i was expecting more i mean its easy enough to drink and i know ill easily remember this brew as i did like its front label and it definately caught my eye on the shelf but apart from that i dont think ill be revisiting this anytime soon but would not knock back if offered and if you want a EIPA that is quite light bodied and not a hopbomb then this would be right up your alley cheers. (972 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

This beer has just the sharp golden tone and glaring yellow radiance suited to something with 'Bengal' in its name. It truly does have an alluring look, one perhaps capable of inspiring the wonder, dynamism and vibrancy of a sweltering, sun-scorched place like Calcutta. Its thick, hearty foam capping is a model example for beer-heads everywhere.

I've never had Bengal Lancer on cask but I'm willing to bet that this draught version is a shadow of its live, unfiltered and unpasteurized self. The beer suffers from a familiar cardboard-y smell that, being able to vouch for the quality and credentials of the establishment, I doubt can be blamed on dirty tap-lines. It's flat and plain.

Pasteurizing and/or filtering a beer is not necessarily a negative thing, but it is in this instance. This drinks like a beer that's had its spine removed. Little of the grains' crunchy, malty flavours come through and you can forget about any secondary malt flavors (i.e., nutty, biscuity). Fortunately, the brewer did put a flock of leafy green hops in full sail.

Those perceptibly green, leafy, earthy, bitter hops give the beer a light bite to it. That slight edge dovetails completely with the naturally brisk and snippy minerals in the water. Taken together, these two elements come to dominate the beer and reign supreme on the palate. Unlike the malts, the hops are in tip-top condition and offer a range of flavours.

Drinking English ales outside of the UK in any manner that is not cask-conditioned can kind of be like listening to a movie soundtrack on CD: sometimes it manages to inspire the sensation and scenery of the picture but other times there's simply too much context missing for it to invigorate that same emotion and ambiance it did in the film...

I'm inclined to agree with CAMRA and over 100,000 Brits who says that 'real' ale and 'real' pubs make all the difference and that curling up with anything that wasn't poured from cask at any place that isn't the local public house is definitely an inferior experience to the real thing. That said, it ain't bad. But it could be (and I bet is) better under those circumstances. (2,182 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a medium white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is quite weak. Grassy hops and some caramel malt, s bit toasted.

Flavourwise, the beer is surprisingly balanced for an IPA, English or otherwise. Grassy hops and toasted caramel malt are in pretty equal proportion. Mildly bitter finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, decent but not exciting. Certainly not one of my favourite beers from Fullers. (454 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, made just one finger of a thin head (though had it on cask hand pulled straight from Fuller’s).
Predominant citric and fruity hop aroma.
Sweet malty taste balanced with herbal and citric hops. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Refreshing beer, mildly bitter and sweet, a very balanced and light IPA. That said, I was expecting more excitement out of this beer. (410 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a medium orange pint with a slight off-white head. No retention, no lace.

Some toasted malt, light fruit, and floral notes.

Smooth and well balanced flavors. Toasted malt, some mild fruit (pear?), a little caramel. The malt dries out a touch, perhaps a bit of biscuit. But it is the interwoven bitterness that makes this one work. Terrific balance in this department. The sweet and medium bitter play off each other well, and as the palate clears, the bitter becomes more dominant. The bitterness is clean, not overpowering, leads the charge in the finish.

Medium body, a little soft.

Very easy drinking beer. Had about half the glass before the meal came, and it was great both ways. Not spectacular or over-the-top in "punch-point" flavors, but a well balanced brew. (782 characters)

Photo of irishpaulie
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a straight English ale pint glass.

A - Pours a golden colour, honey like. Fizzy head dissipates quickly but not completely. Obvious carbonation.

S - Malty and spicy, caramel, lime, bruised apple,

T - Nice bitter flavours with a malty backbone. Hops are present but not at the forefront. Perfumed, lavender, caramel, cider apple, cinnamon, orange peel, malt. Proper bitter aftertaste.

M - Nice crisp bitter bite, light creamy carbonation at the right level.

O - Very nice session type IPA, good balance of bitterness from hops and the body from the malt and good level of carbonation. A solid big production IPA. (630 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting... For the Fullers IPA I wrote

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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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Which is pretty much what I would write for the Bengal. At 0.3 ABV difference, I suspect very much the same beer, Especially yas the IPA is not seemingly available in the UK.

Go figure.... (762 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a nice clear orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded to light ring around the edge... Very sparse carbonation. Very light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy fruits (oranges, pears, apples and some grapefruit), light caramel malts, toasted bread notes, light spicy hops, earthy / grassy hints, some honey, light saltiness...

Taste - Decent spicy hop bitterness, toasted notes, nice biscuity maltiness, juicy / zesty fruits (definite grapefruits, lemons, bitter oranges, apples coming through), grassiness, slight nutty / caramel sweetness.... flavours all very well balanced...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium body... Very quaffable and refreshing - an excellent session beer...

Overall - A pretty good example of an IPA and yet another good brew from Fuller's... recommended... (875 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  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. (1,631 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (999 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of bventure
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear bright pale copper with a pinkish tinge. Loose white head dissipates leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell is overwhelmingly fruity hops, quite strong, a little buttery malt.

T: Again hops are pre-eminent Clean tasting, buttery, bitter finish. Some caramel sweetness. The malt is elusive. The taste of the hops is more prominent than their bittereness.

M:Firm, crisp, smooth. Medium bodied, heavier than its appearance would suggest. Fairly high carbonation, but about right for the taste.

D: A touch too hoppy for my taste really, but nowhere near as over the top as some American IPAs. I don't think I'd want more than one bottle in a sitting, but I did like it.

Note, in bottle this is 5.3% ABV, not the 5.0% indicated in the header. (752 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served sans tiger in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is quite puffy, yet dense, like a cotton ball, with an off-white tinge. The body is copper with a slight amber tinge.

Smell- The English hops have a distinctly earthy quality. And a decent biscuit malt permeates the nose. It is pretty boring.

Taste- The hops are certainly bittering. The flavor hops are again, quite earthy. The biscuit malt follows this up nicely. The finish is quite sweet with a touch of honey. There is also a floral and apple quality. Man, this works really well and tastes great.

Mouth feel- The feel is nothing special, and maybe a little watery for an IPA. It would be great if they could thicken this up and make it creamier.

Overall- This IPA has very distinct English flavors and they are fantastic. It is not a huge bitter bomb, but it still feels nice. If this is what more traditional English IPA's taste like, then I need to try many more. (943 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Monk's Table - cheers Adam!

Slightly hazy light amber with a finger of off-white foam that leaves a few lace spots on the way down. The aroma is understated in that classically British way. Tropical fruit, citrus, pepper, flowers and biscuit malt all mix together without getting to hot and heavy. Decent flavour - the malt is more pronounced (as it should be), providing a nice grainy biscuit backdrop for floral hopping and a splash of citrus. Caramel and honey add some depth to the malt component, while a touch of pepper and tea come through in the hopping. Not too shabby at all! Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

I don't think I'll ever fall in love with English IPAs, but this is a great beer, and one I could happily drink several pints of. A prime candidate for a cask! (798 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (405 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo

Pours a pale orange colour, thick white head that dissipates quickly, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is quite malty, lemony citrus, faint grapefruit and a very light pine. Taste is malty up front but then has a nice bitter hop presence, citrus comes back with a long finish with some biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, very satisfying, light carbonation. Really good IPA, this is one English IPA that could hold its own against some Americans, cask well maintained, solid all around. (514 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (597 characters)

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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.