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Bengal Lancer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 107
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mike130 on 03-13-2010)
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Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kguard, May 13, 2013
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.

Zorro, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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....

heygeebee, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Herky21, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Ciocanelu, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattparsons, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BeerLover99, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mattias, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

LostHighway, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

FLima, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Bouleboubier, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
1.25/5  rDev -67.1%

doucmehu, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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

BeerGogglesReviews, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

OldTime, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +5.3%

csmartin6, Jul 28, 2012
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.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of spamages
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

spamages, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sludgegnome, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Rekrule, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

jrenihan, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
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!

woosterbill, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -47.4%

dipso123, Mar 28, 2012
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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

phaedrusovchaos, Mar 12, 2012
Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.