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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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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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New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 03:30:32 | More by WesWes
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured a crystal clear light golden amber. The head was just slightly off-white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt aroma, and slight hops. Slight diacetyl in aroma as the beer warms.

The flavor is slightly sweet at first, then has good hop bittering and hop flavor. The sweetness is caramel and only slight.

The finish is dry and has an aftertaste of minerals. The body is medium.

12 ounce bottle. Best before date of 07/JUNE/04.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 23:59:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 07:40:29 | More by cokes
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a narrow 12oz. bottle with a "best before" date of Jun-7-04 on it. Poured a clear orange color with a thin bubbly off-white head that immediately collapsed to a faint skim.
The smell was malt-loaded with toffee and tea notes and some mellow floral hops. A little bit of buttery notes also. The taste had lots of biscuity malt with a dose of caramel and toffee sweetness through mid-palate before a subtle hops bitterness in the finish balanced things out. The feel was light- to medium-bodied, smooth and clean.
So that's what an Old World IPA is like. After taking in a number of West Coast super-IPA's, this one really caught me off guard. Initially, I didn't care for it at first but as I spent more time with it I grew to appreciate it and stopped comparing it to the American IPA's. Worth a try to experience what British soldiers serving in the far reachs of the Empire had back in the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 19:39:31 | More by Boilermaker88
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a different IPA than I'm used to, but it's really the first true English IPA that I've tried. The beer came in a 12 ounce bottle with a best served by date on the back label. It pours a gold to amber, clear with an off-white head with pale white lacing that is longer lasting than US IPAs. The aroma is intriguing but I'm unable to put my finger on the aromas other than hops. It has other hints. The taste is of a bull-bodied ale that is more bitter than most pale ales. There is a definite flavor of caramel in amongst the hops and other grains. It feels great in the mouth, being more full-bodied than almost any pale ale I've had and goes down real smooth. I will be adding this to my drinking list, and will be trying other Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 00:32:28 | More by rdrummer
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good interperatation of the UK IPA style. This is a darker coloured beer with a nice head. The aromas are simple and pull no punches. They consist of malts and hops in nice balance. The taste is the same as the aromas hint...malty with a bit of hops in the mix. The mouthfeel is MOR and the drinkability is great!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 22:26:49 | More by francisweizen
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper color with a thin white head. Smells faintly of English nobles, mainly Fuggles. Butterscotch diacetyl flavor consistent with an English IPA, with a lingering hop quench. Good malt profile to it, too. I love 2-row! Highly drinkable. A friend told me it sucked, but I bought a case anyways, and I'm glad I did. He likes American IPAs, but isn't an American IPA an oxymoron? I don't remember the US colonizing India... maybe other countries in the vicinity...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 07:56:24 | More by crookedhalo
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a clear deep copper color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing on this one. The smell is very balanced with sweet malts and a bit of hops. A little floral aroma as well. The taste is very spicy and malty, then ends with a bite of hops. It's not as hoppy as most American IPAs, but then again, this is one of the originals. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and full on the tongue. The drinkability is very nice, and I could sip on this IPA all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 02:57:46 | More by SheepNutz
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As IPAs go, Fuller's is above average. It has a crystaline clarity and an eye-pleasing amber color. The head forming over the beer is very thick and white, though without noticable taste or texture. Fuller's smells slightly sweet and starts with a smooth, sweetened goodness as soon as it hits your tongue. The beer has just a hint of spice at the outset, but you soon become aware of a much more complex group of flavors as you drink. Mouthfeel is about average among the other IPAs I've tasted, with a medium body and a weight to the drinking experience that sits on both the tongue and the stomach.

The finish and aftertaste of Fuller's are its most unique characteristics. The beer ends with a flash of lots of different flavors. Through many mouthfuls I varyingly detected the following: salt, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, and maybe a little lemon. All of these flavors were gentle, which probably explains why I had so much trouble deciding what they were. This beer stays on the tongue and the lips long after its run out, but as long as your date likes IPAs, too, that shouldn't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 00:43:25 | More by theozag
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West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 01:08:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. A great looking bottle. The bottle looks historic and I took a drink in to the past.

This is one tasty beverage. A classic.

Pours a transparent deep amber with orange highlights. A nice frothy head. Excellent lacing. The scents are buttery malts at first. A nice hop flavor and ends with a spicy grain.

The flavors start with deep malts. Some citrus fruits and even some darker fruits. A bit of plumb if I am not mistaken. A crisp hoppiness enters the equation quickly and then the buttery sweetness finishes it off. Excellent!

The mouthfeel is great. Crisp and bold. A nice dry finish. A pleasure to drink.

This is one fine IPA. It will not be mistaken for a hoppy American IPA. The flavors are rich and robust. There is just no extreme hop bitterness like the American versions. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 04:09:57 | More by Rumrunner
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New York

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

Light copper/bronze color, smallish eggshell coloured head. Leaves little lacing. Aroma was full of sweet malt and English hops, floral and citrus-y.

Plenty of malt in the front of this one, as opposed to American IPA's, which are predominantly hoppy. Subdued use of hops and equally balanced. Some slick toffee notes and hints of burnt caramel also. Very nice and also quite unique. The drinkability is ridiculous... a perfect session brew. Recommended if you want an English version of a true IPA. Don't expect a hop overload and you will be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 13:23:38 | More by steelreign
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber/ copper color from its very distinctive 18.6 oz bottle. This beer pours with a nice sized tan head. This beer smells of malts and hops. From the first taste the hops are very present but they seemed to be balanced well. This is a British style IPA with a slightly milder taste then most American IPA’s. This has a very light mouthfeel and is very drinkable. While this is not my favorite beer it is not that bad. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 20:37:04 | More by PZuke
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Awesome, if ever a bottle was a manifestation of all that quality beer stands for, then the bottle that the Fuller’s India Pale Ale arrives in, is IT. Almost reminiscent of old Victorian bottles that I dug up from many old rubbish tips in the UK as a young bottle hunter, the dark brown heavy glass bottle has a distinctive shape, a tall wide body with a short thin neck contains a mighty 1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. The oval black label with the red Fuller’s logo has the words India Pale Ale in white on a purple ribbon like band. Above and below the paper label the bottle has the words “Independent – Family Brewers” embossed. The small neck paper label is also purple & gold with the Fuller’s Griffin looking proud next to the words ‘Imported from England” just above a similar embossed symbol on the bottle. Best before 07-Feb-04. High Quality.

Appearance: Gorgeous full bodied, deep amber colored beer with orange hints; it sits in the glass with a majestic & regal presence. When swirled, a tornado of small bubbles form and slowly spiral axially upwards until they reform the smooth beige ¼”, but solid head. Some lacing, superb balance, good carbonation. Very good, this could easily be from a Cask.

Nose: Malts at first, followed by a rich hoppiness with a light spice and lemon hop character. Very fresh odors.

Taste: Don’t expect an in yer face West Coast IPA, this is much more subtle. The hops are there, sharp and fruity, but not at the “usual IPA” levels, for they are blended in a fantastic emulsion of malts, a herb-like spiciness, some caramel, and a bitter cob-web of fruit-like flavors. I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Way above average, perfectly balanced in the mouth, malts and oily hops dance like Neil Armstrong on the surface of the Moon, smoothly and without any quick change, it is restrained and yet forceful, creamy yet crisp – but always clean – how do they do that?

Drinkability: Get me a Crate of this stuff!!!! I thought it was a bit steep at first, a luxury beer at $3 a bottle, but now I am not so sure, it is worth every cent.

Overall: Is this a real IPA I hear people say?. Who gives a fuck!! It’s a damn good, high quality beer. A little piece of England in Long Beach tonight, which has left a huge smile on this Limey Ex-Pat. A Jolly Good Show and just Bloody Marvelous!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 04:30:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a good reason why Fuller's is one of the world's top brewers - their beers are simply outstanding. This IPA is my idea of what a really good IPA is all about. The hops are there in abundance, but so well blended and balanced as to taste in line with the rest of the brew. Not over the top, not understated, but rather just right. A great aroma accompanies every gulp and the hop smell is great. The general sense I had was of herbal hopping though the smell was also balanced enough as to be subtle, not blasting.

The feel was solid without fullness, and though creamy enough it had a substantial bite and crispness at the finish. This is one really drinkable beer that only lacked a decent head and lacing from the bottle. The body color is beautiful, being dark amber with a substantial red hue to heighten the look.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 00:51:11 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice coppery color with a decent tan head. hops a re present in the smell, with an underlying sweet malty that kind of reminds me of a sweet bakery smell. nice and bitter with good dose of hops. a little citrusy in the middle then sweet and a little spicey and bitter to follow. lingering hop flavor. medium mouthfeel, nothing to complain about. a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 19:54:05 | More by kmo1030
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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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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not exactly what i would expect from an IPA but i have come to see that english IPAs are very different from American IPAs and should almost be given seperate distinctions.
Frothy head disipated quickly atop a brilliantly clear brownish amber brew. Aroma is of carmelly malt balanced by a distinct english hop aroma and a slight oakiness. Taste is more like an ESB than an IPA but it has a flavor of a little caramel with a lot of english hop character and a little saltiness due to water character. Finishes with an average hop bitterness that makes it different from the clean finish of a good ESB. Mouthfeel is good as this beer is light on the tongue and not very thick when it goes down. I would drink this beer again if it was the best offering at a bar that i might find myself but i would not seek this one out on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 04:39:35 | More by RenoZymurgist
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Fuller's India Pale Ale

This beer pours a clear deep caramel with a fluffy white head of large bubbles atop. Nice sticky lacing on the glass and a thin clumpy head remains after a few minutes. Nose is sweet caramel and full with a bready aroma in the backend. The first sip is sweet with toasted toffee, caramel and citrus with hops in the finish and lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is very light, almost too light. The overall feel here is balance, with no one aspect of taste or smell dominating another. A good beer and a decent IPA, there is something to be said about a beer that can make a statement with subtlety in a style where boldness is usually the theme.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 23:37:06 | More by TripelJ
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual. Why is it that the ESB is more bitter and stronger in regards to ABV (and taste) than the IPA? Although this is a real nice beer, it's quite tame for the style. I don't know what makes this an IPA. Tastes different than the ESB (or London Pride), and as an ale would be a damn good one. Doesn't stand out enough to merit a return visit, however, considering the many options in this category. Nice pour, nice smell, nice taste. No real negatives to report, but I wish it had more kick and bite to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 16:09:57 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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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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3.25/5  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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New York

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 18:58:25 | More by Stingray5
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is the longpondbeerman having one? Then get me one, too!!

Never seen so much carbonation out of a bottle, as the beer erupted forth with an enormous head that looked like a block of swiss cheese. Beer was a beautiful pale orange color with tons of carbonation of all sorts flying up. Had some lace and wisps of stain left behind.

Smelled calmly of sweet fruit, a tiny bit of florals, and a soft golden malt in the background. Taste was first and foremost bitter, not as loud or sharp as american, but even still a hearty bitterness that was none too overbearing. Some leafy flavors, too, and I could pick up some of the malt in the background. Slightly nutty note in the finish. Simple profile of flavors expressed simply.

Watery mouthfeel persisted through out; in other words, the dry finish didn’t pucker out my mouth. Wish more IPA's would do that. Much better of a session ale than almost any other IPA, though it did not have the immense flavors of American ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 12:38:13 | More by nomad
Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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