Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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2.78/5 rDev -28%
BB 19Nov14. Consumed 3/13.
A: Bright orange coloring when artificially backlighted. Absolute pristine clarity, fine print easily readible through a faint rise of effervesce. Oatmeal tinted head is slightly creamy, moderately retaining, with a low visual lacing.
S: Fresh graininess, lightly toasted french bread, with a very faint fresh flowery hopping.
T: A little blunt and unfocused upfront. Sour twang of caramel overshadows what hops may be. A bit soapy, washed out stale malting, old citrus and none to inviting. Some sweet toasted bread, the hops finish out a bit coarse and unrefined.
M: Pretty much uneventful mouthful, light to medium base, no carbonation, with a bit of alkaline quality.
O: Overall the malting and hops seem old, stale, the hop strength refrained with a coarse and alkaline finish. Not a repurchaser here.
04-04-2013 23:37:13 | More by beerthulhu
3.18/5 rDev -17.6%
A- poured a lovely clear copper with a foamy white head. Minimal retention. Some visible carbonation.
S- barely registers. A whif of yeast and a slight bit of malt is all that is noticeable.
T- very little of note. Sweeter malt is about it.
M- nice feel on the palette. Carbonation isn't at all present.
O-has high hopes for this because of Fuller's other offerings I enjoy. Bit of a disappointment
10-27-2013 17:11:58 | More by delta490
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
500 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with short lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, biscuit malt, and hints of caramel and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, earthy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty, well balanced, mellow brew.
07-17-2013 13:10:55 | More by mikeg67
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours clear, very pale straw colour with a small white head.
The smell is very weak, lightly sweet and grainy.
The taste sweet and malty with some earthy hops and green tea in the finish. It's not bad but I'd expect the hops to be more prominent even in an english style ipa.
The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.
Overall not bad but if I want an english ipa I'd much rather go with samuel smiths.
09-24-2013 18:12:21 | More by Dave1999
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
Outstanding clarity for he golden orange body. Four fingers of snow white bubbly froth. Delicate lacing.
Light orange aroma with hints of fresh bread.
Toffee foundation. Earthy hops. Bitter bite. Fruity finish.
Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.
A satisfactory take on English IPA, but I think I prefer ESB and London Pride.
03-31-2013 03:47:56 | More by RonfromJersey
3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours out a nice gold, inch head, zero lace.
The nose is light grapefruit, pale malt and (I swear it) apple cider.
Pale malts, orange, fresh grass and minerals make up the taste. I swear I taste apple, but it might be my brain gone mad. A little thin and light on carbonation.
An interesting English IPA, but not something I'd get again. I like a decent amount of Fuller's lineup, but this was eh.
06-22-2013 04:21:26 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
22oz bottle into an English pint.
Pours a clear bright copper with a one finger off-white head. Just a tiny bit of head retention and no real lacing to speak of.
The aroma is suprisingly light on this one with some tart fruit and a little bit of metal coming through. No hops are dectectable on the aroma.
The flavor, thankfully, has much more going on than the aroms. Tart tropical fruit up front combined with some dank mustyness that really compliments the fruit well. A little bit of caramel and dark bread make up the malt backbone although it is subtle. Bitterness is moderate to high and lingers for quite awhile after the finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side but drinkability is quite high.
Overall, an ok English IPA but I've had better. I really would like for their to be a little more malt character and the odd tartness dialed back. Probably not one I would pick up again.
03-10-2013 17:18:05 | More by rangerred
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
03-30-2014 19:10:27 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.61/5 rDev -6.5%
Reviewed from notes. Poured this 16.9 oz thick brown bottle into a SN hops tulip glass. The best by date was Nov. 19, 2014. I drank it August 2013, pretty fresh! The body was clear and apricot colored. The creamy tan head remained.
The smell was fruit - fresh plums and apples. Wheat bread.
The taste was reflective of the aromas. Fruity with a lightly bitter finish. Clean and bright. Easy to drink. I enjoyed this more than most of the English IPAs I consume. Nicely done.
The mouthfeel was medium with plenty of carbonation. I would gladly have another.
01-10-2014 13:38:00 | More by Cresant
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Brilliant, deep gold color with a foamy, white and persistent head; some foam clinging down the length of the pint glass. Lightly toasted grain scent; biscuit and crackers; infused with a sweet, grassy, and faintly citrus hop aroma. Subtle malt flavors rounded out with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; clean, crisp and dry.
A respectable English-styled IPA all-around. The hop bittering comes across just about right, flavor-wise, yet the malt taste seems a little weak. Still, it drinks easily, looks decent, and would make a nice session ale.
02-04-2014 00:07:59 | More by beergoot
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
Best Before 19 Nov 14
A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass that also includes a few larger bubbles. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with just a touch of light fruit sweetness (touch of apple and pear). That is followed by moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops.
T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). That is followed by an earthy herbal and floral hop flavor. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a touch of crispness. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: Fairly easy to drink with a smoothness that makes it rather refreshing. A nice example of an English IPA which has classic English hop aromas/flavors and it is not overly aggressive.
01-31-2013 23:20:52 | More by dbrauneis
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
Picked up at Costcutter, Lambeth, London (500ml, £2.89):
Bright, orange amber colour with a thumb sized, foamy white head that eventually settles to a thick looking lacing on top.
Lively smelling with a nice hop character and a strong floral base to the beer with plenty of herbal notes coming through along with some elderflower and orange. The end is complimented with some nice, bitter notes and the beer has a good balance.
Lighter hops than there was in the aroma but with a stronger floral taste. There is some elderflower and orange plus a some good herbal flavours. This is all backed up with a nice malt base and medium strength bitterness coupled with some summer fruits and a touch of sweetness.
Light medium body and moderate carbonation on top of a hop filled, bitter mouthfeel that has touches of sweetness too.
Easy to drink and went down well. It was surprisingly refreshing for the style and the bitterness levels. A nice beer and one that I'd be inclined to try again.
04-19-2013 10:49:13 | More by flyingpig
3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy honey-gold color with a brief white head.
Nose is dominated by sweet fruity esters, particularly notes of apricot and peach, with some more subtle pine hops lurking underneath.
The taste is surprisingly mild and non-IPA-ish, with decidedly subdued pine hops overshadowed by a solid caramel malt backbone, a tad sweet even. This is not typical for the style, but the overall effect works well nonetheless. The finish is less than powerful but hangs on for a respectable time, drying to a pleasant bitterness with some citrus undertones.
Feel is a little tight in the middle but flabby at the edges, without the crispness that I would normally expect from an IPA.
Overall, definitely not a paragon of the style, but still a very enjoyable brew in its own right.
08-21-2013 01:01:26 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.