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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010)
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Reviews by Morningside:
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Morningside

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9z Bottle, with a best by date of 11/19/14 (!) poured into a pint glass.

I must admit, I am a dyed-in-the-wool American hophead.

Yes, I lived in Germany as a college student and drank gorgeous Hefeweizens.

Yes, I really fell in love with beer after having my first great Belgian, a Gouden Carolus Keizer Blauw to be precise.

Yes, I appreciate great beer of all styles and origins.

But when it comes to IPA's, I am an American partisan. Hopelessly. I've always believed that American ingenuity took a dormant style and revitalized it, history and facts be damned. (By the way, I am by no means a jingoistic, "Amuhrika! Hell Yeah!!" kind of guy).

However, this beer makes me want to explore English IPA's with a new vigor and interest that I have never had before. See, I had always thought of English IPA's as the unfortunate big brother of the American IPA, which for all of it's balance and nuance, is ultimately destined to sit dusty on the shelves next to its high IBU, no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled American counterpart. Thankfully, I bought this beer accidentally, as a part of an anonymous "mix pack" of large-format bottles. What I found intrigued me and helped to reveal my deep-seeded biases in a way that nothing else could have.

Now to the review.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber orange hue with a one and a half finger head that dissipates quickly down to one finger, then goes down gradually from there. Occasional tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass but only seem to come a few at a time. Big billows of patchy lacing stick ardently to my glass.

Aroma: Sweet bready malt gives way gently to a floral and inviting hop profile. Citrus is present, but in the form of juicy tangerines and blood oranges. Yeast adds to the overall fruitiness of the nose, but is never dominant. Very nice.

Taste: Those tangerines and blood oranges from the nose burst carefully, but insistently out of the gate. They are complimented beautifully by a slightly sweet and definitively biscuity malt backbone, ending with a managable, but certainly present, bitterness. Apricots and other golden fruits linger and beckon you to take another sip. A slightly fruity/estery character from the yeast comes out, but never so much that you would confuse this with a hoppy Belgian golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, quaffable, and pleasantly thin, this beer is velvety smooth. It has very little carbonation, which reminds me of some of the finer cask ales I have had.

Overall: I think I've made my point. This is as satisfying of an IPA as I have had in quite a long time, and I drink an IPA pretty much every single night. The balance and structure of this beer is flawless. It won't please the knuckle-dragger who ONLY seeks out the highest IBU or ABV beers, but if you treasure well-made beer, then give this a try. This is a gem that deserves a greater following. Find it and drink it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 07:05:09 | More by Morningside
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3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle dated best before July 17th, 2014. Poured into Imperial nonic. Slightly hazy medium-gold color with a frothy off-white head. Moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

Aroma is biscuity malts with floral and earthy hops. Light spicy hoppiness. Slight grassiness, controlled diacetyl buttery aromas, and cracked grain. Ever so slight hint of fruity esters.

Flavor is light and well-balanced, leaning slightly towards the malty side. Buttered biscuit and fairly grassy/earthy. I have a feeling that this is supposed to be slightly hoppier, but since we're still before the best by date (even if just barely), I don't feel bad about reviewing. Slightly dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is especially pleasant. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation, about fitting for a bottle-conditioned English IPA. Soft and creamy mouthfeel

Overall, this is a good but not thrilling beer. My palate tends to lean towards English styles, but Bengal Lancer doesn't excite even me. Perhaps a fresher bottle may change my mind.

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United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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Medium light colour. Thin liquid. Only a slight aroma, delicate and floral. Very light floral bitter initial mouthfeel. Slightly sweet back bone with a very mild malt flavour. Nice mild dry/bitterness.

Not going to knock you off your chair but lots to love about this beer. Beautiful, delicate, floral, magic.

Very good beer

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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. It has pretty decent retention and an inconsistent texture that betrays a solid hop profile. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. This one looks pretty damn good.

S: As soon as I crack open the bottle, I get a nice whiff of stone fruits. While the nice fruitiness stays the course, it's joined by some slightly minty hops. The malt is prevalent - bringing some solid toffee notes - but stays just restrained enough as to not obstruct the other qualities. I'm really enjoying the nose a lot.

T: This is a soft, subtle beer in many aspects. Caramel malts open this one up, but at no point is this beer overly sweet. It has a gently hopped finish, providing notes of apricot, earth, mint, and pine. Even some welcome cream sneaks into the back end. The problem with this beer is that it's subdued in general - it's pleasant, don't get me wrong, just a bit bland.

M: I really like how airy and dry this feels on the tongue - it practically evaporates on my palate. In spite of this, and the decent carbonation, it's unbelievably creamy and soft on the palate. I wish most 'Murican IPAs felt this good on the tongue. Come to think of it, I'm drinking this beer more for its excellent mouthfeel than its flavor profile.

O: The flavor is a bit lacking, but everything else about this beer delivers. If this beer was even a little bolder, it would be a genuinely great IPA. This would be a great offering for beginners who hate bitterness - it's not over-malted, has decent hop flavors, along with a genuinely soft feel. Definitely worth sampling, and I might even buy it again.

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Bought a case of 12 500 ml bottles from Beers of the World for $ 56.39 on 3/02/14. Poured into a nonic, served cool.

appearance: hazy, apricot shade of amber with a one finger French Vanilla colored head. Creamy coat of lacing.

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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.