Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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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
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
04-11-2013 03:22:57 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.53/5 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
4.06/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
03-30-2013 22:44:20 | More by Radome
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 07/17/2014
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.
03-21-2013 04:06:04 | More by falloutsnow
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
3.79/5 rDev -1.8%
A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of floral and grassy hops along a light amount of bitterness and some faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops.
02-09-2013 04:03:02 | More by metter98
4.44/5 rDev +15%
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
02-04-2013 02:40:10 | More by M_C_Hampton
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
3.9/5 rDev +1%
500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 9/17/2014. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemon zest, bread, honey, caramel, floral, grass, and light piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of hop/malt flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
01-31-2013 04:07:57 | More by superspak
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
01-26-2013 21:38:40 | More by CwrwAmByth
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-21-2012 01:57:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.