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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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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010

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Photo of fx20736
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

smell: classic English Pale aroma of fruitiness with a mild earthiness.

taste: thick bready malt with a n orange marmalade mix of sweet and bitter.

mouthfeel: slippery but solid. Excellent.

overall: the epitome of English beer. Exquisite.

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Photo of Morningside
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a slight chill haze that turns brilliant gold as it warms. Sports a 3” finely bubbled white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass marking each drink with a line of thick lace.
S: Earthy hops and fruit with some biscuit.
T: Spicy graham cracker grain with background fruits and an earthy hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture – almost nitro like – medium low carbonation and medium body.
O: This is a delightful beer that really showcases English malts.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 1 pt. bottle (bbd 7/17/14) into a nonic pint glass, pours a copper amber color with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light smell of pine and citrus hops, caramel malt

T: heavy hops up front with plenty of malt sweetness to balance, honey, citrus

M: perfect carbonation, full bodied yet refreshing, lasting pleasant aftertase

O: a fantastic English IPA, more subtle than American versions yet perfectly balanced, malt isn't overpowered by hops

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, nice to see a new Fuller's beer available,

A: Pours a clear amber with a medium white head which dies down to a soft cap of foam with spots of lace all around.

S: Floral herbs, rosemary and sage, spring meadow notes. Quite lovely in its approach.

T: Light biscuity malt flavour with that herbal earthy hop feel especially in the finish which also has a beautiful note of cracked grain.

M: Light-bodied but still firm, soft carbonation, with a remarkably long lived aftertaste of English hops.

O: This is where freshness really comes into play especially with a style like the EIPA. This is in no way a West Coast monster, that's not what it's trying to be. This is just a delicious quaffable pint with striking if subtle flavours to an American palate. I love well made English beers like this.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear amber pour with quickly fading two finger head and decent lacing. The nose is subtle but really nice. Floral, perfumy hops dominate with hints of herbal tea. The hops are the star of the taste as well. Not overpowering like some American IPA's, but still big. Tangy and herbal with a good amount of tea and citrus as well in the flavor. Just enough sweet malts to give this perfect balance. Smooth just doesn't describe this beer. The bitter hop bite is just bordering being chewy, and there's something unique about the tea flavor in the aftertaste that makes this hugely drinkable. This is hands down my favorite English IPA. Another winner from one of the UK's best breweries!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoa- what a lovely English-style Ale. Beautifully clear slightly orange amber color with a dense foamy head.

The aroma really accentuates a phenomenal balance between the floral hops, fruity yeast signature and biscuity malts. I get hints of apricot, persimmon, dried flowers and butter cookies in a harmonious blend.

The palate carries through on the flavors, with the malts coming through at the forefront, a little wave of butterscotch, and enough quenching bitterness to finish it all up. Superb mouthfeel, as well.

At the moment this is reminiscent of a bigger Coniston Bluebird, but fresher and much more enjoyable. Well done, Fuller's.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a friendly shade of amber. Right about a nice, medium wood stain. Quite clear. Soft cream-colored head. Pretty good retention. Moderate lacing. The aroma has a mix of gentle hops, rich malt and a solid mineral character. The hops have a nice dose of orange with floral and herbal notes. Solid caramel maltiness. The taste has nice hop flavor on top of that rich caramel malt. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Fairly sweet but the beer pulls it off. Mostly gentle feel, though it doesn't seem like they really tried to make it seem like a cask. Easy to drink. Pleasant stuff.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great tasting English IPA. Earthy hops mix with candied fruit and sweet malts in the taste which finishes with a pleasing bitterness. The aroma is of candied fruit and marmalade with an inviting English yeast note.

This is a very well balanced and flavourful English IPA. It has some complexity with hoppiness and sweet fruitiness mingling in perfect harmony. A different category of beer from American IPAs with less citrus and tropical hop flavours but more earthy hops. Well crafted and interesting to the last drop as Fullers beers often are.


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Photo of Kenee
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Beer is dark golden color with an orange tint. It is very clear. The bottle has a thick and stable layer of sediment on the bottom. The head is off-white and initially 1/2 inch or so thick. it fades to a thin but opaque layer that lasts throughout, which has a sticky, oily appearance.

S - The aroma is heavy on hops. They smell fresh and green, of an English variety, although there is a slight grapefruit hint. There is a cracked grain smell, but it is definitely in the background.

T - The taste is dominated by hops, especially early in the palate. The flavor is fresh and earthy and blends well with the moderate to high hop bitterness. Later in the palate the hops fade and are replaced by soft malt reminiscent of graham crackers with a slightly sweet finish. Near the end I get a woody note that could be from aging on wood or a characteristic of the hops. A good balancing act between hops and malt.

M - Medium to thick body. The carbonation is smooth but low. The hops bitterness provides a smooth burn, but there is no alcohol presence.

O - This is a very good interpretation of the English IPA style. The hops are prominent and the bitterness is high, but not over the top. It is balanced by nice malt sweetness, making it a layered, moderately complex beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant golden orange with a soft, fluffy white head. Head retention is good. There is a moderate amount of white lace present all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of orange, lemon, tobacco, grass, herbs, pepper, minerals, and biscuits are present on the nose. It smells about like one would normally expect an English IPA to smell.

T: Notes of tea, pepper, leather, lemon, orange, grass, and herbs from the hops are supported by robust notes of crackers, biscuits, and caramel from the hops. A pronounced mineral character is readily apparent throughout and there is an ever so subtle hint of yeast. The finish is sappy and earthy with more pronounced notes of biscuit, caramel, pepper, lemon, leather, and orange.

M: Medium in body, firm, and dry. Carbonation is gentle, but supportive. Incredibly easy to drink. I could easily have two or three of these in one sitting.

O: I was looking forward to seeing how well the good people at Fuller, Smith & Turner would do with a single hop IPA (for those of you who are not aware of this, Bengal Lancer is brewed only with East Kent Goldings), and I am not disappointed in the slightest. They really captured the subtle, earthy aromas and flavors of this legendary hop. Very well balanced, filling, and flavorful, it would be difficult for me not to recommend this ale to fans of traditional European styles.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle at Sainsbury's tonight. I was really excited to try this one because I am a huge Fuller's fan.

A- Beautiful golden color with a thick, creamy white head that has ridiculous retention and a powerful amount of lacing. This head is really what sold me on the appearance of this beer. One of the most impressive looking I have seen in a long time.

S- Light citrusy notes up front, with a discernable bit of sweet malt characteristics mixed in with a clean spicy finish. Not overly impressive, but it does have it's enjoyable aspects.

T- Much like the aroma. Some fruity hops characteristics (some citrus / orange zest and a little apricot). There is also some sweet malt flavor. This beer is consistent with the style, with a clean, bitter, earthy / spicy hop aftertaste closing off the taste and leaving a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Really wonderful. The mouthfeel is the most impressive and outstanding attribute of this beer.

O- A solid offering. Good example of an English IPA. I was impressed with the beer and would love to have it again.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottled at the Red Lion Fuller's Pub near Westminster Abbey, big ben etc. I prefer this one bottled to cask, (probably just because its closer to the states) something about the crispness of the carbonation makes it finish better. I can definitively see how the IPA has evolved and where it came from. Whether from the cask or bottle conditioned this is a rock solid IPA and probably the closest thing i've found to a session beer since I've gotten here. Like I said before nothing new or creative here just a rock solid IPA that goes down easy for a nice refreshing drink

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

17 JUL 14 marked on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with great clarity noted and a well-sized, near white crown of suds.

Smell: Floral and biscuit scents, mainly, but also some hints of fruit and herb.

Taste: Light biscuit flavor from the soft, gentle maltiness mixed with fresh flower petals, minute citrus, and earthy herbs. Medium degree of bitterness. Some very light touches of golden syrup pushing forth on the back half. Dry, floral, reasonably bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium-plus carbonation (barely).

Overall: It's just a nice, refreshing beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I knew of Ba I got this and didn't particular like it.

Then I discovered Ba and also started wondering why I didnae

after all it is BC'd
it's brewed by Fullers
and it's an IPA

Let's go

lovely honey roast body slight big bubbles but BC doesn't give the best head lol

Citrus on the nose a bit of a lemon washing up liquid smell.

Refreshing and much better than I remember
starting with a biscuity body with a slight caramel touch veering towards a bitter edge then warming with hops and yeasty bitterness.

Nice light touch on the mouthfeel and nice carb.

Glad I revisited this brew must have got a bad batch last time

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

81st Review
Bottle to pint glass
Enjoy by: April 2013

Enjoyed this 500mL bottle on Christmas Day while visiting London. Thank you Michael for this nice beer.

A: Flashy golden. Frothy single (off white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Hops, pine, medium roasted malt, more hops (floral notes this time though).

T: Sweet malt and very enjoyable balance of a wide variety of hop characteristics with a smooth, inviting bitter finish. Hint of spice near the end as well - nice.

M: Medium body with soft/medium carbonation.

O: A very well oriented bottle conditioned IPA. Reminds me of a classic (USA) West Coast IPA, but with a nice English twist. I'd like to try this on-draft at some point and compare notes.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a yellowy orange colour, slightly hazy with a white head. Slight lacing.

Smells good, nicely hoppy and refreshing.

Tastes nice and hoppy too, but not overly. Just a slight tang to remind you this is an IPA.

Overall a bloody nice beer!

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Photo of crnipeter
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never understood the idea behind bottle conditioned IPAs: the secondary fermentation in the bottle is supposed to be engine of the taste evolution and requires aging while on the other hand, aging adversely affects the hops which are the IPA's essence.

Pours clear pale amber with orangeish tint and off-white dense head that holds very well and forms firm laces on the walls.
Aroma is fruity (pineapple, mango, nectarine) with caramel-toasty malts, earthy-floral hops and evident sulfury notes.
Nearly medium bodied, well carbonated and foamy on the palate this smoothly drinking beer has malts and hops so well balanced it's almost bland, with minerally-sulfury finish and mild bitterness lacking any harshness in the aftertaste. The absence of harshness and hop-derived astringency is much sought-after but rarely seen quality in IPA and Bengal Lancer should be praised for that.

(Best before 05-17-2013, 500 ml into tulip)

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't get the original Fuller's India Pale Ale in California, but I can get the Bengal Lancer. 500 ml coming my way. On to the beer:

An inch of foamy white head crowns this toasted orange, yellow hued beer. Retention is acceptable. The aroma shows its English colors of controlled diacetyl, esters, smack of hops, and dried apricot snacks.

Not to be confused with the aggressive IPA's of my state, Fuller's brings a balanced and flavorful ale with an extra wallop of hops. Waves of butterscotch and neutral grain come first in line, then gentle fruity esters and vague fruit skins popping around the palate. The only thing that's missing are the hops, and come knocking on the door and eventually hit with a gentle assault. It has a taste of minerals as well, perhaps from the water. Its carbonation is tight and medium body adds extra to the overall craft of Bengal Lancer.

Just what I'd like per style. Easy drinking as well.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color with beige head

Smell - lemon, lime, citrus, orange marmalade

Taste - lemon, lime, green tea, orange marmalade

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet upfront, enough bitterness to keep balance, good flavor in the aftertaste

Overall - good representation of the style, which I enjoyed

Price Point - $4.29/ 500ML BOTTLE

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Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Waitrose Supermarket, this seems to be a new product by the Fuller's Brewery. Bottle-Conditioned, BB 16/02/12, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light amber hue, coming with loosely formed white cottony head and a medium-level carbonation scattered with large and tiny bubbles; good clarity.
S: the very juicy combination of malts and hops is almost like a lesser version of Fuller's ESB or Young's Special London Ale, featuring sweet citric and slightly spicy Styrian Goldings hops and mildly sour-ish gooseberry and even blueberry-ish fruitiness, against a rather light body of pale malts. Not complex, but refreshing and aromatic all the same. Plus, yeastiness (from bottle-conditioning) leaves no negative impact on the aroma.
T: the marvellously-carbonated texture of juicy pale malts expands with lightly sour-sweet pears, orangey citrusness, then quietly but closely the undercurrent of almost tea-ish tannic bitterness and nutty crushed pale malts expands and takes over, but in a rather subtle way. The aftertaste prolongs the spicy-bitter and increasing chewy side of hoppiness, lingering with a pleasant bitter-herbal and hay-ish touch.
M&D: the palate is remarkable, full of microscopic fizziness resulting from successful bottle-conditioning, while the body remains semi-light at most and refreshing vis-à-vis the 5.3% alcoholic strength. This bottle-conditioned version is more refreshing (or, less soft) than the cask-conditioned one that I've just tasted twice lately. Both are good session type, immensely drinkable as far as my palate is concerned!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British Beer Company in Westford, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012. It pours medium amber in tone with a long, lasting head and excellent clarity. The aroma emits an array of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are far more subtle than I expected. The body is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. The taste has a dark mild character to it with decent malty sweetness but then the hops jump forward at the very end to balance it all off. A classic English IPA.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 07/17/2014
Glass: Tulip

Fuller, Smith and Turner have a solid English IPA with their Bengal Lancer, though of course I wonder how it compares to their more highly rated "standard" IPA. The beer has a good blend of toffee-like malt flavors with herbal, dry-leaf-like, and bitter English hops. While certainly different from the American IPA (and PA, at this point), the style and this beer have its charms, two of which being that a pint won't destroy your liver, and the hop quantity won't ruin your palate. Aside from $5 for a 500ml bottle, this is an enjoyable beer that warrants trying and enjoying.

Head is fairly clean white, 1.5cm high, made up of small bubbles. Retention is above average, and leaves significant as it falls, sheets and large, thick lines adorn the glass. Head fades to a thin layer of wispy foam atop the body. Body is copper-colored, 40-50% opaque, with vigorous streams of carbonation rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Light turns the bod a bright yellow-orange hue, but doesn't relieve the haziness.

Aroma features sweet, toffee-like malts that blend with English hops and fruity esters to yield a pleasant mixture of scents, with a hint of bitterness (if one knows his/her hops).

Tasting opens with toffee-like sweetness from malts, slightly bready. Mid-palate finds a suitable change in flavors, with bittering English hops, rather delicate herbal and wood-like tones blended with a background of toffee-like sweetness and fruity esters. Back of palate tastes moderate bitterness from hops, which is the main focus, along with tofee-like and herbal hop flavors in the background. The aftertaste is balanced between toasted malts lending toffee-like character and fairly strong English hops of herbal and dry leaf character, lending moderate bitterness.

The beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel with only slight prickliness. Closes dry, with slight residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, I was suprised how clear this beer was, dark brown colour, no bubbles. Could smell sweet perfumed hops. Tasted spicy apples, mangos and pears. It remided me of kellerbier. Not much carbonation, two would be great, can't say if I could drink more. Overall a very good IPA

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.