Fuller's India Pale Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-01-2009 20:44:03 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Wonder why this beer rates as low as it does. I think it's one of the better English IPA's out there. It's malty, caramelly, and moderately rich and well melded--much like the London Pride, only with nice hop additions. Hops adds a nutty, grassy, woodsy, bitter characteristics. Still well devised and well rounded. Very balanced finish. Smooth, creamy, and full to the palate. Not as drying as I would have thought. Could easily become a session beer for me.
03-13-2006 02:30:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-06-2012 03:16:32 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
02-26-2005 20:42:10 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-12-2012 03:14:25 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-21-2002 18:43:52 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +2%
A - A small, white head of foam with good retention and a nice swath of lace as it recedes. The body is a clear, copper-brown color.
S - A fruity aroma of apple and pear with some bready malt. A hint of honey and a little bit of musty hop character.
T - Dry and toasty with moderate malt character up front. Moderate bitterness with and a nice hop character that begins rising in the middle. Tart, toasty dryness lingers into the finish with an increased bitterness and some red apple yeast notes as well as a lingering, singed toast character.
M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Nice and drinkable with a balance favoring bitterness and musty English hops. Enough malt richness is present to balance the hop character and the fruity yeast helps to lend depth. This is a classic of British beer and while it is always excellent, it really does manage to acquire some extra depth as a real ale.
06-26-2010 06:11:51 | More by nickfl
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-22-2001 12:34:00 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
10-16-2003 01:08:13 | More by WVbeergeek
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
Nice head...lovely garnet color,...aroma is fresh and fruity. Taste is not too hoppy, not too mild. All in all, underwhelming. For me, the American take on the IPA is the best example of what I love about the current brewing scene. American craftbrewers have returned it to the flavor, the hoppiness, the character it once had, centuries ago, while British brewers continue to dumb it down for our unsophisticated palates. (Another example: As a bartender, when someone asks for a Newcastle, I tell them I don't stock it and try to steer them toward an American brown or another full-bodied micro with character. Instead, they opt for Corona or Miller Lite!)
Nice, sweet, fruity,light, but too, too dissappointing!
12-01-2002 17:39:31 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Aka Bengal Lancer... had on tap at BBC in Franklin, MA.
Big nitro looking creamy firkin head 1.5 fingers, crystal clear pale tan brown color, lacing sticks all around.
Nose herbal earthy hops, more uk style but bigger, spicier and less herbal, light gritty grainy malt underneath, pretty earthy overall and mild grassy.
Taste again is more uk biter but almost americanized. Earthy slight herbal hops, little spicy and grassy, bring a decent bitterness. Then juicy malts, grainy and earthy malts. Clean ale taste, fairly bright and crisp, very drinkable. Finishes a bit more bitter and gets earthy and spicy hops and a bit grassy still, crisp and clean almost lager level, smooth.
Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lighter carb coming from a firkin I believe.
Overall a nice clean sessionable uk style ipa. Doesn't get overly biter or herbal estery hedgerow hops, instead a nice bitter earthy grassy light spicy hop. they also stay away from the american big hops. Nice malts, juicy, and almost lager level clean and crisp. Really nice beer overall, just served a bit too cold but that's BBC not the beer.
01-11-2012 12:40:41 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is decent. It's malty with mild hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a malty flavor with a bitter dry finish. The hops are not that pronounced, but the mild flavor is good and balances well. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a decent IPA, but it's done in a fake English style. There is hardly any hops and it's dry. I do like the maltiness, but the noble hops are just too mild.
01-21-2004 03:30:32 | More by WesWes
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Notes of 04/04/07. Tasted by a half pint at the Doric Arch, the previous Head of Steam and now a Fullers house next to Euston Station, central London. The strength is 4.8% abv.
A: nice reddish amber in colour, coming with a thin white foamy head and great clarity; very find and steady streams of carbonation detected.
S: Marris Otter malts result in a pronounced aroma, backed by pretty settled note of autumn fruits, berries, a touch of caramelised sugar, and orangey hops. Refreshing enough, but not as complex as one might expect.
T: dry-ish hop bitterness prevails upfront, accompanied by mildly lemon-zesty as well as apple-ish fruits, tannin, lots of floral & earthy hoppiness, and an intensifying flavour of juicy & lubricating biscuity malts, while the bitterness level also increases bit by bit in the long, dry finish.
M&D: softly textured and tasty as a fresh cask-conditioned pale ale, benefiting from rich hop characters, a nice structure, and a superb, slightly tannic aftertaste. Its a truly decent and more-ish little IPA~~
12-22-2007 22:33:43 | More by wl0307
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-05-2004 21:49:58 | More by Billolick
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
This dark but heavily burnished honey-golden IPA looks like it's had a spray tan. Whether yeast sediment or coagulate protein, whatever the little particles are, they are suspended as if in a Jello mold. It might make Jim from The Office proud, but it doesn't make the beer any more aesthetic. Its carbonation musters pathetically little head.
Fuller's India Pale Ale smells like a Fuller's product. It has a strong biscuity maltiness, an underlying of very green hops, and a distinct, prominent mineral content. I detect also a hint of honey. It smells reasonably OK so far as my senses are concerned, although in the big picture it would rank quite low so far as the IPA style goes.
I've become accustomed when seeing the words 'India Pale Ale' on a label to tasting fruity and grassy hop-driven flavors. Which is why, although the beer is perfectly agreeable, I can't help but feel disappointed. The flavors I detect - which are few - are mostly sweet and contain little of the citric, resiny nectar I so love in bolder examples of the style.
Instead, the beer is thick and heavy with toasted and nutty, slightly caramelized grain. It drinks more like liquid caramel than it does blended fruits, herbs and tree resins. The bitterness is as mild as the alcohol percentage (which is to say, about average). Not unusual for a British beer, high sulphate water minerals are the most prominent feature.
If most American IPAs are like Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner, Fuller's India Pale Ale is like somebody's grandmother sitting down to crumpets and tea to watch Coronation Street. No one can say this is a bad beer - I don't think such a thing can be said about any Fullers product - but it's definitely unexciting. Too status quo for my tastes.
05-17-2012 22:30:30 | More by biegaman
3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
07-17-2010 18:56:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
This is an awesome pale ale... but an IPA?
A: Copper bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace from the cask.
S: Earthy-orange with a touch of biscuity malt.
T: Great hop flavour, plenty of earthy-orange EKG. Great bicuity malt with hints of nuts & caramel to back it up. Balanced bitterness.
M: Moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.
D: A great drinker.
Certainly a sessionable IPA... but I still don't really get these low abv British versions?
11-03-2009 02:38:18 | More by Derek
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
The pour is a clear amber color, the head mountainous, the lace thick sheets that cling mightily to the glass, both a light beige color. The nose is malt, slight hints of yeast and quite clean and fresh. Front malt, lightly sweet, top is skimpy, the finish is minimally acidic, basally hopped, the aftertaste droughty. The archetypal "English IPA, "NO" this is not bad, and sometimes its nice to sample an IPA that is not over the top with "Hops", yes even us "Hopheads", like a change.
11-05-2002 15:37:28 | More by Gusler
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
The colour is copper (a bit paler than expected); the two finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly with a fizzing sound without leaving much lacing.
The clean smell is fresh and bitter with hoppy notes of flowers and dark bread. Some hints of toffee, metal and coconut.
The taste is balanced with both sweet malt (cookies) and aromatic hops. Some toffee and rye bread that develops into a more bitter taste with a light metallic touch. Notes of brewers yeast, monosodium glutamate and caramelized sugar in the aftertaste complement the growing medium strong crisp bitterness.
The carbonation is medium, the smooth bubbles are small. The liquid is mid-smooth, the mouthfeel a bit dry.
I could have complained about the low bitterness or the rather low body in this IPA... But on the other side, this is a damn well crafted beer with a great drinkability.
04-05-2009 19:34:05 | More by bark
Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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