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Fuller's India Pale Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's India Pale AleFuller's India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 45
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-22-2001

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Ratings: 261 | Reviews: 133
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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slender raised glass brown bottle with a “Best Before” date on the back label.

Appearance: Very bright copper hue with a healthy off white lace, appetizing in appearance.

Smell: Sweet caramel from the crystal malt and an earthy hop aroma from the Goldings Hops. Clean to the nose with a faint touch of buttery diacetyl. Caramel apple?

Taste: Medium in body, bitter sweet palate from a perfect marriage of malt and hops. Malt profile is clean and slightly sweet with hints of biscuit and cracker to a mild husk in the end. Hops are lightly oily with an even steady hand of clean bitterness that cuts through the beer. Pear like fruitiness help to round out the brew. Earthy / leafy, oily and sweet flavour from the hops lingers into far into the after taste with a hint of steely crystal malt.

Notes: Following in the greatness of the ESB, this is a great beer but definitely a modern day English IPA. A beer I’d prefer to see in my fridge more often.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McCouls here in Greensboro,pours a deep golden with a nice one finger head that left a good amount of lace behind.Very well balanced aroma some English herbal hop but with a firm dry biscuity note in there,a real easy qqaffer here malty and fruity up front with some nice herbal,minty flavors in the finish.Smooth and easy to drink I think a real sociable pint with some nice flavors going on,another great one from Fullers.

Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow going towards orange. Quite shimmering. Small white head that sticks around for a while. Some lacings.

S: Not as powerful as I had anticipated. Plenty of malts and butterscotch. Decent amount of floral and citric hop aromas. Some fresh carrots as well.

T: Again, plenty of malts and sweet flavors. Quite bready. Butterscotch, toast, caramel. Tasty hop flavors - lemon peel and grapefruit. Some herbs and carrots. Slightly earthy. The bitterness in the finish has somewhat of a calming feel to it - quite restrained, yet still prominent. Some faint spices and a hint of mineral round everything of.

M: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Still, it feels quite dull in the mouth.

D: A refreshing English IPA - very easy to drink. But considering that it's an IPA, it's aromas and flavors are slightly too restrained, I think. The hop character could have been more pronounced, although English IPA:s usually don't pack as much hops as the American ones do. Also, I think the diacetyl level is slightly too high in this one. But still, a good beer.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is among the best IPAs I've tasted. Perhaps not at the same level as the Stone IPA, but still quite excellent.
First pour shows a brilliant and clear copper brew with a gorgeous creamy lace-like head. It shows as everything you expect in an IPA. Aromas of caramel and honey mix in harmony with the luscious, soft hops. There is a tiny touch of diacetyl that melds well, not overwhelming the hops unlike what you taste with some IPAs. First taste is a soft bittersweetness. The balance of clean, sweet malt with light and clean malt is near-perfect. The hops bitterness slides smoothly into round and almost oily fruits. Perhaps not what the English drinker expects from a traditional IPA - much more like what one tastes in American IPAs but none the less very much to my taste.

Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, sampled 4 months before "best by" date. Pours a light bronze with a small offwhite white that left behind a small amount of patchy lace. Subdued nose of faint toffee and some herbal hops. Light to medium carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a mild hop twang. Taste is a bit of sweet caramel malt and some earthy, woodsy hops and yeast bitterness. Carbonation seems to dominate the palate. Finishes clean and dry. Very disappointed in the lack of character, but is nicely drinkable and would be a good session ale if it had a bit more flavor.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to find this one on cask at the Lazy Boy in White plains NY a ways back (and happy I took notes). Poured light straw, with a fine white head, left alot of creamy lacing. Smootha mellow IPA. Very soft on the palate. British all the way. Velvety malt , soft hops. Balanced and very enjoyable. Perfect session brew.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured with a burnt orange/copper color and thick head that left excellent lacing. The hoppy bitterness of the aroma is at an appropriate level. The taste is outstanding, a little less hoppy than other IPAs. An excellent brew if you like a lighter IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vibrant copper, English ipa's seem to have more lace and head despite the abbreviated hop bill relatively speaking in the context of a west coast hop head. Good sweet aroma, minimal apple fruit vibe.

The fruity downplays itself, comes from likely the yeast strain. The hops are mellow, but fruity and very enjoyable. This is a great session ipa. You get the good kind of metallic hop feel, that kind of bitter twang you like, despite it not really being that bitter at all. Everything is mellow here. Dry mouthfeel, dehydrated apples.

I can't help but wonder how great this is fresh when it doesn't travel across the pond. The best English ipa I can think of. It definitely is deserving of its reputation. Might not be for one dimensional hopheads though. Forewarned.

Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same bottle as my journal article...full, sub amber color, head full in the middle and effervescent at the edge. Very assertive initial impression, hops are subdued and more berry/flower like. A sense of candy cane peppermint mid mouth that's very pleasant. Nice smell on sip. Finishes smoothly yet diminished. Malt is tasty and balance is excellent. Very drinkable but unlike many American I.P.A.s....nice...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber tone with a nice thicket of cream colored foamy head nice bands of lacing even and decently full. Aroma: Buttered fuggles here nice English style IPA caramel malts surround the hop profile very nice. Taste: Flavor is the most fulfilling aspect of this beer, so good balanced mix of buttery sweet fuggles and other English nobles. Mouthfeel: Fuller medium body a great carbonation would love the texture on cask I have a feeling but such a solid flavor profile not much beats this one in way of English IPA. Drinkability: If I were traveling in London and came upon this one on a beer engine I believe we would become really close friends, great solid brew by a historic brewer awesome.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Just had the Bengal Lancer a few days ago, and now this one shows up to add to the cadre of local Fuller's offerings. Pleasant presentation, as per usual, though the purple motif did throw me for a moment.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden copper hue, with one anemic finger of broadly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some short-lived high-altitude cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it rather quickly abates.

It smells of mild fruity, biscuity malt, a twinge of field honey, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sturdy bready, biscuity malt, a nicely understated tart fruitiness, and simmering, restrained, bitter leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are even and supportive, the body a fair bit on the lee side of medium weight, and smooth, but not really in a strong point sort of manner. It finishes just off-dry, the biscuit in the malt undergoing a personality metamorphosis, combined with the lingering leafy and fruity hops.

Expectations come high from me for this brewer, and, after a few minor hiccups, this turns out a-ok - no pandering to West Coast US influences, just a nice cracking English pale ale, with a smidgen more hops and equally iterative booze factor, all to indicate with closest probability what those Bengal-bound ships were actually laden with lo those many years ago.

Photo of SpruceMoose
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bloody hell, is it IPA time again? Suppose that's not necessarily a bad thing though. After experimenting with various American double IPAs in the last week or so, I was compelled to break the chain of Americana with Fullers' addition to the scene. As the result of going through a massive phase last year of drinking nothing but London Pride for two weeks, it's safe to say that I hold Fullers and its products in high reverence. But can they match their reputation with the IPA? Time to find out.

Serving Type: 500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A copper, ruby-red body with a slightly tan-coloured head. The head retains itself quite well and laces sparingly down the glass as it disappears. Nothing terribly fascinating, but certainly not unpleasant.

Smell: Overwhelmingly hoppy, with aromas of Goldings and Fuggles being the most obvious. Some malt is noticeable with a large inhalation.

Taste: An initial hoppy bitterness transforms after two or three seconds into a deep malt finish, not dissimilar to Greene King or several other English IPAs. Sweetness and bitterness is balanced very well. Hats off lads.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much what one would expect from an English IPA - moderate-to-light carbonation and a moderately dense body. Easily sessionable.

Overall: A great addition to the IPA scene by the English brewing giants. Probably not a candidate for the finest IPA out there, but it deserves praise for the balance of malt and bitterness that so many breweries fail to achieve.

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glimmering golden hued under a sticky bleached tan froth. Visible carbonation is almost nil, a few rogue bubbles surface occasionally.
Nose full of earthy, leafy Goldings, toffee, and fresh, crusty, buttered breads.
Begins lightly sweet, but only lightly. Like caramel draped apples, but not as fruity. Buttery hues waste no time arriving. And they work harmoniously. Diacetyl and butterscotch, laid down upon a lightly toasted bagel. Breakfasty.

But hoppier.

Goldings assert themselves in their own subdued way. Herbal, oily and earthy. Not expressly bitter, though it builds gradually and sufficiently.
This is a sturdy, medium-full in texture, aided by the lack of CO2, to give it a caskesque feel.

Drinkable? Are you kidding me? Only an IV would get this into the bloodstream faster. And I'm not even sure about that.

This is as far from Ruination as one can get, but if one desires to witness a modern template of the style, look no further.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Volo Cask Days 2009. A perfect English IPA. Nice hoppy aroma. Golden with stand-on-guard white head. Great balance, with understated Goldings hops that keep up a bitterness, some lemony citrus. Creamy mouthfeel, a good malting. Easy drinking.

Photo of Reverand
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's has done it again.. From your first sip to the last drop this IPA is incredible. I was so taken in by the copper color to the hops that grab you right away.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, orange/amber in color, with a creamy white head that settles shortly but leaves a good collar and light surface covering as well as some very good lace. The aroma is mainly of a gently sweet caramel malt and earthy/mineral hops (Fuggles?). The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation. The taste is somewhat fruity, with a lightly sweet caramel & toffee maltiness that's infused with rich hop flavor, and backed by a solid bitterness. The bitterness is bold, but not overwhelming, and at times the hop flavor can become gently minty when combined with the sweetness of the malt. The finish is dry with a lingering malt and hop note. The alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced. A bold flavorful beer that has alot of finesse. It puts out alot of hops and malt, but maintains a high level of drinkability because it knows where to stop. Exceptional. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of Stingray5
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 2.6oz majestic bottle pours a burnt orange with a small white head that falls quickly. Smokey, malty aroma and very toasty. Medium bodied and carbonated. Taste is fruity malts and toast, with hops presenting themselves in the finish along with a hint of alcohol. A little thin in the finish, kind of trails off quickly. This is a very bready, toasty ale. Very good for what it is, but I prefer more hops and less toast in my IPA.

Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller’s IPA: Imperial pint bottle, thick, brown glass. Very nice looking beer, with a firm hop aroma. Excellent, flavorful beer, with pronounced hops throughout, supported by a light level of malt sweetness. Long, long lingering aftertaste with hops. Highly recommended.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear bronze, thumb of white head retained very well and left abundant lacing when it did recede
S - citrus, pine, fresh mint, leafy greens, and grain
T - citrus and fresh green up front, followed by a very refreshing mint that last through the finish, some dry grainy malt and peppery background, great flavour mix and definitely unique
M - relatively light with solid carbonation, slightly prickly, refreshing and dry finish with a lingering mint/eucalyptus feel
O - a fine example of the english style, it is unique in its fresh taste and feel without taking away from the hoppiness, a must try

Photo of hotstuff
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an off-white medium head with medium sized bubbles. The hue of this beer was amber and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was that of fruit juice. This beer definitely has an aftertaste to it and this is definitely a beer that I won't be seeking out any time soon.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely drinkable, good hop flavor. Balanced yet bitter, but not Pacific Northwest bitter. Nice, spicy aroma of hops as I would imagine it would have been in the days of the British Rajah. Yum.

Photo of avylover
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was holding out to try this because the price is high - $11 a sixer in VA. Normally I expect a high ABV and an over the top taste for that kind of cash but I had try this one.Pours golden and slightly hazy with a nice frothy head. The aroma and taste are nothing special, but good. Smell is not too strong but inviting, with a characteristic english bittersweet hoppiness and nice caramel maltiness. The taste is rather bland at first, but the bitterness kicks in in the aftertaste, leaving a nice zing on the tongue. This is not an IPA for a "hophead", . Not worth the price at all. Very unremarkable. A good beer, but once again, nothing special.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange/amber with a large lasting creamy head.
Nose shows floral, fruity and grassy hops at first, lots of orange marmalade in there. Also some spicy notes alongside loads of caramel and bready malt.
Similar malt profile in the way of flavours, sumptuously malty. There’s subtle spicy and resinous hops in there too along with a bold bitterness that bravely tries to curb the sweetness.
Carbonation is a little full-on.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged bottle.
16.9 oz bottle best before 14 / Nov / 03 sampled on 04 / march /05

Pours out hazy, lazy orangy brown, with light carbonation and a thick creamy, beige head.

head settles to a 1" layer and just sits there. Thick sheet of lace left as I drink the brew.

Malty aroma is heavy on the toffee, medium caramel, some nuttieness, and a little toastiness. Very little hops are detected in the aroma.

Flavor is roasty, caramel with just a touch of citrusy hops (ripe ruby red grapefruit). and a little sugar.

a little metalic quality was noted in the finish.

Overall I think it has held up well for a beer supposedly (almost) 16 months past it’s prime. I know I couldn’t drink a BMC that old. lol
I’m giving it higher marks based on the agebility of this sample.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a nice golden amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hops with light pungy notes. Taste is a nice drinkable mix between some dry floral notes with light pungy notes and solid dry caramel malt notes with some good cereal notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Solid mix of English hops and nice grain bill.

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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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