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Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Bengal LancerBengal Lancer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%


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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irishpaulie

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:22:38 | More by irishpaulie
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Zorro

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:35:19 | More by Zorro
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heygeebee

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 09:07:12 | More by heygeebee
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: amber colored body with a two finger white head, a fair amount of carbonation is seen rising through the slightly hazy body.

S: hops up front with nicely packed English malts coming through to back it up decently

T: sweet and bitter through the hops and malts coming through in different stages of the beer.

M: light to medium with some harshness hitting the tongue, more so in a milder way than the last one I had of this.

O: I'm glad I gave this another try as the first one was expired. Though this one was better than the last one I had, I'm still not completely sold on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 17:32:40 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BeerGogglesReviews


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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
http://youtu.be/-yYJCpw98N8

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 23:45:55 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:41:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 13:54:49 | More by mdagnew
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:11:57 | More by thepeter
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hophopandaway

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:58:37 | More by hophopandaway
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bventure

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:16:01 | More by bventure
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ADZA

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 11:51:42 | More by ADZA
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:49:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 20:49:10 | More by AEK
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 06:25:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 03:10:06 | More by GreesyFizeek
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JGam115

New York

2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 13:52:35 | More by JGam115
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FLima

Brazil

3.63/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 20:36:40 | More by FLima
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not what a novice/budding IPA enthusiast would gush over, but it's dependably pleasing and enjoyable. An excellent choice for those who've yet to get into hops...

Comes out a clean-filtered (a little too-), amber (nearing coppery) color. Decent, feathery light and white head which sticks around as a thin collar to the end.

Predominantly a quite fruity-estery scent (somewhere in the range of apple/grape). Fresh, soft floral hop scent. A touch of light-toasted malt pokes through.

Estery fruitiness dominates the taste, from the start, lingering on the palate long after. As opposed to in the smell, those flavors come off like a mix of white grape (vinous) and cherry. Hops are mild in their floral qualities, carried nicely by the body's soft smooth flow, yet show a surprising degree of spice that, through into the finish and combined with a curious boozy warmth, draw attention away from the, decidedly, rather standard (or too familiar) British ale estery flavors and finish each sip off with a zippy, clean, and refreshingly-dry bite. I could swear there's actually a tiny rush of a buttery malt flavor way in the end...

I'm wondering if this is what I've always believed a modern British IPA should be like (not that I've had a ton of them). I mean, it's a nice beer, just not terribly distinctive. Then again, a fresher sample would likely alter my view of this. I thought I was told the keg was nearly a year old - cold stored the entire time - just forgotten in the back of the keg cooler.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 00:56:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 00:26:25 | More by biboergosum
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 13:29:07 | More by jrenihan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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!

Serving type: cask

03-28-2012 14:25:09 | More by woosterbill
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-29-2012 21:50:43 | More by CwrwAmByth
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 04:41:24 | More by Stocean1
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 13:42:45 | More by OtherShoe2
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 03:56:39 | More by FreshHawk
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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.