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

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010)
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Photo of TongoRad
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  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.

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mikeg67
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Jordantb313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Radome
4.06/5  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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of speak72
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of vinicole
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.