Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.84/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: golden amber; effervescent; slightly hazy; good sized white, frothy head; no real lacing
Smell: biscuity malt; resiny; some citrus notes, but light; smells delicious
Taste: good hop bitterness right up front that dominates the palate the whole way through; you can detect the malt, but the citrus starts to come through at the end with slightly dry grapefruit notes in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: slightly thin, but very drinkable. Good session beer for me.
12-04-2013 00:28:39 | More by IchLiebeBier
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%
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
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
09-13-2013 22:51:49 | More by keithmurray
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
4.58/5 rDev +18.7%
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!
08-18-2013 07:05:09 | More by Morningside
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-14-2013 11:49:51 | More by TongoRad
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-24-2013 06:07:53 | More by DoubleJ
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
3.54/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-02-2013 02:33:51 | More by mrfrancis
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle my parents brought back from London. From notes.
A - Poured dark orange with mild carbonation. Soapy one finger loose white head on top. Slight haze to the body. Good half finger of retention and lot's of thick drapes of lace.
S - Bread, orange, spicy hop, citrus. A bit mild.
T - Grassy and spicy hops. A little earthy, crackery malt. Very interesting and tasty. Can't place some of the hop characteristics, but they're tasty.
M - Nice mild carbonation, medium body with some creaminess.
O/D - A nice take on the EIPA. Well hopped up, not overly bitter, and very drinkable.
05-20-2013 20:19:33 | More by tbeckett
4.11/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
05-02-2013 04:54:28 | More by popery
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.