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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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very good

223 Ratings

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-22-2001)
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2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 18:30:23 | More by hotstuff
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-16-2012 22:46:57 | More by kaneel
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-09-2012 17:03:55 | More by brinch
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-22-2013 18:10:38 | More by danfix99
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like many other BA's, I tend to move backward to classic beers like Fuller's after a little burnout from huge gravity, west coast mega-hopped ales. I had a huge dance with Fuller's over the Christmas holiday, so this review is from notes.

This beer pours out a copper colour with almost no head at all. There was also no noticable lacing on the first, and only limited lacing on the second. This particular specimen had an unfortunate wall-paint like smell.

I had been enjoying a Fuller's ESB earlier on in the night, and I was amazed to find eery similarities between the two. This beer echoed the ESB's nice sweet maltiness, but had more of a slightly soured taste. I also felt slight hints of smoked peat in the mouth and aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is nothing special from a great brewery. I also have reservations about this particular selection because it is only available in the USA. Makes you wonder...

Still, this beer is an IPA in the time-tested English style and is wickedly sessionable. If you are going for a Fuller's, pass this one by and go to one of their finer brews - especially the 1845 and the Vintage Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 06:15:21 | More by GreenWBush
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-11-2012 01:13:42 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-29-2014 18:06:06 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-06-2012 04:25:43 | More by smi
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-09-2014 23:58:28 | More by PetrusPalmgren
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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated best before Nov. 12, 2003, lets see how it ages.

Had a great amount of carbonation that created a good head and left bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass from top to bottom.

Smelled a bit hoppy, but was mainly malt. Possibly a bit oxidized as well.

Taste was malty, no hops to speak of and very astringent. Oxidization was present but not predominant.

Mouth was a bit harsh but came with good active carbonation.

Lets just say fresher is better with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 01:14:36 | More by KoG
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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer does not travel well. It's not just a Guinness thing. This bottled beer in California is ok. It's bloody awesome in London at the pubs (if your lucky to find it). The differences to me with this bottled stuff are largely one things. Drinkability which this bottle lacks. It does not feel the same sliding down nor does it have the same month feel.

To many of you expecting a hoppy beer, stay away. This beer has a bit of history behind it and hoppyness is not what this beer is about.

In many ways, this beer should be served at room temp (65F) and in a large pint glass surrounded at a wooden pub, raining outside and red velvet seats inside. A kidney pie with mash would complement this brew. Hopefully it would not stop raining for hours as you enjoyed the company and several Fuller beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:53:12 | More by tzchandler
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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 oz. on clearance for $.99. Best Before: 18/AUG/03. oh well.

Poured a dark amber/gold with smallish white head which left some but not much lacing. Sweet buttery nutmeg aroma. Taste was buttery malts...followed by a very soft metallic aftertaste. hops are almost undetectable. a faint bitterness pops up randomly, but I have a hard time believing that this is supposed to be an IPA. Light, soft texture...kind of sweet/psuedo-spicy, like cheap chinese food.

Still, not bad. Maybe it would've been better if I'd had it 6 months ago, but there was nothing about it that makes me want to get a fresh bottle to find out.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 22:46:16 | More by jwilli7122
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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color in hue w/ a light haze. The mediocre head settles quickly into a thin layer. The very earthy, rustic and leafy Fuggles hop nose upfront is followed by slight nutty, biscuity notes. Fruity, pear - like yeast esters are mild but detectable. The body is fairly light, while the hop bitterness is quite mild for style. Hop flavor is not unlike the hop nose-- rustic and earthy, but borderlining of being a bit course. Malt flavors are light, toasty and a bit unexciting. The finish is dry, clean and comprised solely of hop bitterness. For Fullers, this is a most underwhelming brew. It's way too tame for an IPA, but drinkable as is nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2002 17:25:14 | More by marc77
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-07-2013 14:51:33 | More by innominat
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 19:01:49 | More by avylover
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

09-27-2012 23:12:22 | More by MacarthurParker
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-20-2013 22:36:24 | More by BGsWo22
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-21-2014 00:57:15 | More by Syracuse12
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-07-2014 02:51:54 | More by threedaggers
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Substantial white head (but maybe our bartender just gave us a shitty pour)

S: Bready malt on the nose. Not getting much hops.

T: Very dry and refreshing. A tad too bitter for my liking, especially since this is an English pale ale, and I don't expect this much bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Decent drinkability, though I'd like to see this a bit smoother.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 21:48:26 | More by rosmhuire
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, large head. Slightly malty aroma. A mildly malty and not very hoppy IPA. This is a British style IPA so the hops are very subdued. Tastes are mild. There is a little bit of a floral flavor in the taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 02:56:25 | More by beerguy101
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-08-2012 22:34:32 | More by petluo
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Fairly pale, more like an American IPA colour. 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Sweet and hoppy.

Taste - Fuller's haven't gone for a typical English IPA recipe here, and unfortunately I don't think their experimentation has worked. This is too low on malt flavours, and the somewhat metallic hops could do with more of a fruity character. I'm sure this would taste a fair bit better when fresh, though.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy for the style and ABV, good texture.

Drinkability - Not great.

Overall - Like Discovery, this is another pale Fuller's beer that doesn't particularly appeal to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 12:15:41 | More by Cs1987
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-02-2014 01:21:29 | More by AndreBileski
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a mild fruity aroma. When poured, it yielded a medium head of off white medium to large bubbles that left a good lacing as it receded. Its body was a medium amber color. It has a mild initial taste with a slight after taste. Some carbonation was evident in the taste. This brew was much smoother than I expected. It is a decent brew, but give me their Porter!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 15:32:46 | More by TheDM
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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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