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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248 Ratings

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a mug a fairly clear orange with a few centimetres of white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Light caramel malt with some minerally character and fruity hop notes.
T - Taste also has some light caramel malt with some biscuit hints also coming through. Fruity and floral hops also come through quite nicely.
M - Light to medium bodied with a noticeable bitterness and moderate carbonation.
D - A very nice, sessionable beer.

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber hue which is very lively carbonated and leads to a nice two finger bubbly head,it has beautiful fruity hop aromas with a pleasant maltiness in the background,it has a nice mouthfeel with nice tastes of fruity hops and malted barley is present aswell to make it very smooth indeed with a decent but pleasant bitter aftertaste which is so easy to drink that i will buy this again.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a beautiful cream coloured frothy domed head over a clear, light orange to copper coloured body.

Smell - 3.5
A little malt sweetness in the mostly hoppy aroma with smells of musty, dusty yeast and a little fruit.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt is there for balance, a little orange, moderate bitterness (perhaps not enough for an IPA) and earthy, metallic hop flavour, finishing dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Quite light bodied with more carbonation that the rest of the range.

Drinkability - 4.0
Easy drinking and better suited to the warmer months.

OVERALL - 3.95
Good, but a little step below the regular range. White Shield is a better English IPA.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fuller's India Pale Ale pours a persimmon-to-amber colour along with a fuzzy white crown that gradually disintegrates in a quick pace, cheddar-cheese manner, like an imploding building, leaving a sporadic amount of lacing on the side. Plenty of dormant carbonation on the bottom of the pint glass, looks like a collection of caviare eggs waiting to be devoured by voracious predators...

Smell: Strong and fresh aromas of slightly bitter, yet citric zest, and utterly sweet scents of apricot - and lot's of it! Not completely unlike a smoothie or purée, pretty grand actually. At a closer whiff we get a caramel cream and bread-like maltiness mixing with some burnt or earthy notes hiding in the back with a tad of pineapple.

Taste: The bread-like characteristics are pretty upfront, intense but short in their lifespan. A pleasant and lingering bitterness which does not dominate the show, but sticks around until the final like a true champ is what comes next. The sweetness is clearly reduced compared to how it presented itself in the smell and instead replaced with a slightly citric touch which in combination with the aforementioned bitter hops brings grapefruit to mind! Additionally, the caramel cream sweetness does however, reveal itself a bit more as the temperature of the beer gets closer to reaching an equilibrium with the room.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy in the texture, somewhat low in carbonation, medium-to-thin in the body and with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very resonant in taste and smell, even though some of the characteristics switched priorities in the hegemony of sensational order. Milder than I expected it to be, guess I've had me one too many of the Yankee versions... Nonetheless, this is an IPA not to be ignored, it's interesting and has a prominently hoppy tone, winning not by measures of strength but of perseverance.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a thin head that doesn't lace. Nice sweet grain and lemon/wood hops nose. Butter cookie malts with gentle Goldings hop tang - no teabag English hops like you might expect. Light body. Long tight finish.

Too thin to be an English IPA but not punchy enough to be an American IPA. Still easy-drinking, though.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden, nice creamy head that stays for a while.

S: Fruity hops, I can also smell a hint of malt.

T: Toffee at first, then it turns more bitter with obvious hops. A tone of fruit (citrus) is also noticeable.

M: A little thinner than I expected. Not bad or good.

D: There are better IPA:s around, but this one I had with veal, something I highly recomend.

Photo of tzchandler
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.

Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 bark
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of caminiti
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper with just a little head which quickly faded. Smelled sweet and a bit hoppy, and tasted the same, maybe even a bit sweeter than the nose. Lightly carbonated made it real easy to drink. Like all of the Fuller products, a very good beer, recommended, especially if you find it on tap

Photo of blatherbeard
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of fullers before trying this one at Buckley's in Merrimack NH.

It was a pale brown ale in a pint glass that made it to the table with no head or lacing to be seen. The aroma was of hops and spice. As i drank this ale, i was shocked to find a bit of a sweet taste, almost a sugar fore and aftertaste, with a bite of hops mixed with spices. Carbonation was perfect to fit the taste of a beer. Not a taste i expected from an ipa, and it was good. I was pleasantly surprised and would definetly have this one again.

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes of 04/04/07. Tasted by a half pint at the Doric Arch, the previous Head of Steam and now a Fuller’s 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. It’s a truly decent and more-ish “little” IPA~~

Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat attractive coppery colored beer. Not much of a head. Was perhaps slightly undercarbonated.

Surprisingly malty and sweet. Definitely some citrus hops, but mostly malt, some fruit/floral sweetness, and a nice mildly bitter aftertaste.

Was pleasantly surprised.

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

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Brewery Tour - Spring Beer Festival 4 pack...

Poured a nice golden orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded to light ring around the edge... Very sparse carbonation. Very light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy fruits (oranges, pears, apples and some grapefruit), light caramel malts, toasted bread notes, light spicy hops, earthy / grassy hints, some honey, light saltiness...

Taste – Nice spicy hop bitterness, toasted notes, nice biscuity maltiness, juicy / zesty fruits (definite grapefruits, lemons, bitter oranges, apples coming through), grassiness, slight nutty / caramel sweetness.... flavours all very well balanced...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium body... Very quaffable and refreshing - an excellent session beer...

Overall - An excellent example of an IPA and yet another fine brew from Fuller's.... Very drinkable... recommended...

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very nice clear copper color with a creamy head.

Aroma is sweet malt, a little fruit, and fairly mild hops.

Taste is well balanced with a fruity malt base and a definite hops bite at the end, but not as strong as some IPAs.

Slightly dry, very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 Suds
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear, golden color…leaning toward amber/copper. The head isn’t very impressive, a shallow white foam that falls fast into wispy nothingness. Smell is quite nice…solidly malty with a musty, floral, decidedly English smell. It’s not a typical IPA. Very doughy and malty, but also notably bitter. I really like the sweetness and the full, round malt character. It’s a welcome change from the American style IPAs. Full and somewhat soft mouthfeel. This brew is amazingly drinkable…it’s a solid treat. Very appealing.

Photo of KoG
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.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with an off-white head about half an inch deep and a few lines of carbonation. Beer's color is a uniformly very dirty copper, yet almost transparent; not much of a change in the highlights either. Smell is initially very sweet and caramelly or suggestive of sugar-frosted barley hulls. A somewhat soft, earthy/weedy hop element is also present, but very subtle. I'm sure this is well within the expectations of an English rendition of the style, but my Americanized sense of smell just demands more aggression in the hop department. Nosefeel is refreshing but thin and indistinct. Thankfully, there's a bitterness in the taste that emerges in mid-swig to offset a deep, earthy sweetness. This is actually quite nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is wet and medium in body, consistent from sip to swallow, and with a perfectly timed aftertaste. Once you've had your taste buds ripped out by an American Double IPA, this will seem very tame, but this gets outstanding marks in drinkability for just that reason. A fine session beer.

Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Crystal celar brown with little to no head, served extremely cold @ Lazy Boy in Westchester


Nice crisp hoppy aroma with some moderate malt undertones.


Nicely smooth. A strong malt backbone with definite hop presence in the forefront, coupled with a bitter finish.

Not as exceptional as I was expecting this to be. For a beer bar, Lazy Boy's should know better than to serve this beer just above the freezing point.

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 merlin48
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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 jwilli7122
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.

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