Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
12-22-2010 22:04:26 | More by Sammy
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
07-10-2012 00:26:25 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-23-2011 22:49:49 | More by BlackHaddock
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
04-10-2013 01:35:19 | More by Zorro
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-22-2011 19:37:45 | More by biegaman
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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!"
04-05-2010 23:50:28 | More by Viggo
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-24-2010 08:00:18 | More by bark
2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
03-28-2012 14:25:09 | More by woosterbill
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-06-2011 11:51:42 | More by ADZA
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
On cask at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.
Hazy burnished gold with steady white froth that leaves ample trails. Lemon zest and barley water on the nose and a bit of melon-y fruit - is this muted from being too cold?
Rusk, caramel and apricot with orange jam and spice cookie hops. Gets fruitier as it warms.
Floral and Juicyfruit end and endless clingy bittersweet linger. Light to medium, soft, creamy with some chew.
Lighter than expected, but a great all-arounder. Real hop depth - not just the standard EKG + Fuggles combo - and very juicy.
Top 3 English IPA.
11-18-2011 07:40:32 | More by StJamesGate
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
12-24-2010 14:06:53 | More by bobsy
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-23-2012 13:42:45 | More by OtherShoe2
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-02-2011 20:19:51 | More by kwjd
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-21-2012 13:29:07 | More by jrenihan
Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.