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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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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness for second bottles. The first Fuller's I poured was skunked, but I didn't know it really because I'd never had it. Well, something rated this good could not be this bad, so I opened the second bottle. Much better! It pours a deep copper with a lovely tan head. Beautiful to behold (my first bottle had cascaded over the pint glass after I had poured only about 4 ounces). Back to the real thing: the smell is nothing remarkable, but the taste--my God, it's like buttered popcorn! I'm not sure I like it, yet. Let me have another go. Yes, this grows on you. This gets better and better. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 15:53:47 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle

Poured a dark golden honey color with a 1/2 inch head that faded to a bubbly covering. A quick swirl built a little more head, but nothing much more than a thin covering. Sampling left decent lacing on the glass throughout the sampling.

Aromas of more delicate hops, light biscuit yeast, and faint malt.

Taste began sweet, light malt, then yeast, with a nice hop bitterness to the finish. Very subtle hops compared to many IPA's that are over the top. The finish is very smooth, dry, with a medium body that goes down very easy and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 06:49:38 | More by Loki
Photo of tavernjef


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

This is a well balanced IPA of sweet malt and hops, but I am in love with the American way of IPA. So with this, I needed more hop in the smell and taste, but mind you this is still a good beer to drink, just tamer then most IPA's that I have a strong fondness for now. Color is good, a nice pale golden yellow, small off-white head with some spotty lace. Smells of fresh sweet malt and grain with hop note present, very clean. Taste is mild or "paled" if you will, of hops with a perfectly balanced caramel malt making for some smooth drinkin. Feel is solid medium body and slightly dry with a very weakened bitterness. As before, this is a good IPA but to mild and light in the hops for me. I would still drink this any Ol' time, I think I just have to put out of my head that its an IPA, just drink it and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 13:04:06 | More by tavernjef
Photo of scottum


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true classic IPA done the English way. Hoppy, but very well balanced with a nice fruity malt profile. The balance is perfection for an IPA. I enjoy the huge hoppy American IPAs more, but it's nice to go back to this. Every IPA lover should try this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 12:12:07 | More by scottum
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear golden color. Very crisp looking. Slight white head, some lacing. This is a good tasting beer. Its got a nice sweet flavor that is bombarded by a nice dose of bitter hops. Similar in idea as some of the other english drinks that i have had. Definately worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 13:29:47 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 01/Oct/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 4.8% in bottles.

Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Possessed a luminescent auburn clarity indistinguishable from the ESB. Generated a much stiffer, denser head than the ESB, which lasted much longer, resolving to an 1/8” lid of regenerating foam. More carbonated activity than the ESB, but less than the London Pride.

Smell: Reverses the roles played by the hops and malt in the ESB. Here, the headliners are the citrusy hops, which stand on the shoulders of the malt. Less nutty, roasty, and toffee-like than the ESB, and relying more on the resiny, citrusy hops. Peppery and floral.

Taste: This turns up the treble with sharper astringently fruity flavors like tart green apple, tannic grapes, and peppery hop notes. This still expresses some earthy malt flavors, but they are clearly subservient to the bitterness, sacrificing some of the smooth, buttery elements present in their ESB. Shorter, cleaner finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere in between the London Pride and the ESB. Sharper and more brittle than the ESB, this seems thinner and lighter than the ESB. Carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but not quite as good as their other offerings.

Clearly targeted at the North American market, this is no match for most New World IPA’s. However, for someone looking to step up in the IBU department from a classic bitter or pale ale, this might just hit the spot. Also a great choice on that hot summer day. .

Bottom Line: This won’t dethrone the ESB in my opinion, but makes a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 15:18:43 | More by Dantes
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its been almost a month since my last beer review so I hope my taste buds are not too out of shape. Anyway Fuller's IPA was not at all what I expected, but I the surpirse was not bad at all. The ale poured nice medium to dark yellow with a ton of carbonation bubbles and an overly fluffy white head. The smell was not at all hoppy. Instead it had a clinging buttery nose with characteristics of sugar and sweet fruits such as apple and plum as opposed to citrusy ones. The taste was finely balanced between hops and malts with a little bit of a wheat taste peaking through at times and some notes of caramel and apple. The only complaint I had was the mouthfeel as it was too carbonated for my liking. Overall a perfect session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 21:05:21 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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New Jersey

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

Pours to a golden amber. A color like you would expect to find a prehistoric insect frozen in. Foam punches you in the face for not being really careful with the pour and procedes to infest the entire room you are drinking in. It is quite a mass of head on this brew. Nice spicy hops come out in the aroma, but there is not a lot to the smell of this one. A little bit grassy too.

Excellent hops spice in this one. The flavor is all there too with a nice medium body behind it. The carbonation is a bit overdone and it burns a little bit. Otherwise the mouthfeel is nice and crisp once the bubbles die down a bit. Pretty refreshing and wonderful with a spicy dish, this is a great drinker especially with a meal. The hop choice is definitely different from American IPAs, and this is a nice change of pace for me. A well done for Fuller's on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 15:15:47 | More by ElGuapo
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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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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a deep copper color with a small off-white head that stuck around for some time, good lacing as well. The nose was complex as I was picking up floral hops as well as a carmel smell and a little bit of malt, I may be off a little but it seemed like there was a lot going on with this brew. The taste was very refreshing, a whole bunch of hops basically. The floral hops are the only ones I could pick out, but I know it was more complex than that. The malts are hard to pick out but they are definitely there because this brew is wonderfully balanced. The mouthfeel was medium-full and pretty smooth. Overall I enjoyed this brew and I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 19:22:17 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of Riggo


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classically English IPA with bitterness and balance at the same time. Pours a nice clear, orange/copper color with off-white head and moderate lacing. A subtley complex nose is earthy and English, with notes of caramel, toffee, apple, lemon, must, stone, and yeast. An off-note in the nose forced me to shave .5 off the smell rating, but I'm hoping this is just a result of a slightly past-date bottle. The flavor is malty, buttery, oakey, earthy, and toffeeish upfront but nicely balanced with a mildy spicy hop bite that hits the back of the throat. The finish is clean and dry (slightly chalky dryness).

Certainly, this ale, unlike many American IPA's, evidences the English style of balance rather than overt hoppiness. But the real interesting thing here is the way in which, even within a great balance, the sweet, malty elements and the hoppy, bitter elements remain distinct, seemingly taking turns asserting themselves. There is an obvious bitterness that runs through this beer, very appropriately showcasing the distinction between and IPA and a pale ale and making for a very quaffable, nicely bitter ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 16:01:28 | More by Riggo
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's kind of a shame. This bottle was past its date. Nonetheless, the nose was clean, and the taste was good. Pours a copper with minimal head and lace. Smell was clean and there seemed to be a scent of candy apple. Taste was similar, but not terribly bitter. Definitely not as bitter as many American IPAs, but tasty nonetheless. Medium bodied. I wonder if this would have been significantly better if it had been fresher. Still, a very quaffable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 16:46:27 | More by Admiraldinty
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice contrast to big, bold American IPA's. Aroma is of caramel coated apples. Hops profile is undeniably English, a bit floral and earthy. Caramel malt provides nice balance against the hops, but the malt is not as "chewy" or complex as some of the domestic IPA's. Not that it's bad, just different. In fact, I'd call this the most refreshing IPA I've ever had. If you've only tried American IPA Pacific Northwest hops monsters, try this one for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 21:58:46 | More by johnrobe
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A darker golden amber color...the head is big and fluffy. I love the aroma! It's hoppy and floral, just very enticing. Malts come through at first, and then a pleasant hop character. I really enjoyed the flavor, it's nothing complex, but it's very smooth and reserved.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 17:26:13 | More by AudioGilz
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 21:57:28 | More by SamuraiJack
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber-orange with a big, rocky head that stays pretty well. The aroma is heavy on the English hops as expected, but is still a subtle aroma. Very spicy and a bit estery. Malt is sweet and bready. The taste... wow, this is a tasty beer! Very hoppy in that subtle English way, but also very malty. The hops are very spicy, with a very crisp bitterness that makes your tongue tingle. The malt is like buttered bread, with very sweet butter. There's an underlying graininess as well. At the front, hops are dominant, but in the back, malt takes over. Back to hoppy for the finish, crisp and dry. Excellent English IPA. I'll have another, please.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 02:10:20 | More by hyuga
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BRIGHT golden body is topped by a large, fluffy white head that seems to be breathing. Excellent lacing. Very hoppy nose, very floral, very earthy, with fruits more in the background, and a bit of that famous English sulfur. A properly English IPA. The malts come out and introduce themselves first, before the hops come riding over the top. As the sip hits the tongue, there is a malty surge, with just a twinge of hops. However, as the mouthful continues, the hops swell up, and by the aftertaste, they have driven the malt off, and you're left with a nice hop tingle in your mouth. Smooth, but politely assertive, this is a wonderful English IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:24:57 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in the beautiful 1pt.2.6 oz bottle!! Nice raised brown glass and a classy label.
Poured into the glass a nice tasty bright brown , very nice indeed..small head , which lingered down to the bottom of my glass.
Smell was not too strong//slighy toffee scent even a slight hint of coffee!
Good taste hits the spot! Iv'e had other IPAs with too much taste ..this is nice stays but doesnt linger to long.
Feels very good in the mouth.
Very drinkable indeed..if not too cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:55:44 | More by Reidrover
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/gold in color, with a very thin head, though one which leaves a decent lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy and citric, though not so much as to completely overshadow a strong biscuity malt character. Diacetyl lends something of a buttery note to both the aroma and the flavor -- easy to miss but hard to ignore once you've noticed it. Not a bad thing at all, as it contributes, I believe, to the smooth character of this beer in the mouth. Flavor is big on caramel malt, with an oily hop presence throughout, leading up to a pleasingly but not overdone bitter finish. Medium-mouth with crisp carbonation really contributes to the overall experience of a very clean, sharp IPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 19:22:22 | More by mzwolinski
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a head that quickly diminishes. Aromas are of toasted malt, and fruity, some-what citrusy hops. The flavor starts off with a sweet toasty malt character, but that lingers into a crisp, dry, bitter finish. The bitterness also lingers with you for a bit in the aftertaste. Overall there is a good balance between the malt and hops, with the hop bitterness just outweighing the malt flavors. Not overpoweringly bitter as many American IPAs are.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 16:39:52 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of maxpower


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear deep amber color, big white head that clings to the sides of my glass. Strange malty caremel aroma, light mild hop flavor, watery thin mouthfeel, nice english IPA, seems a really light on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 09:08:01 | More by maxpower
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 17:39:31 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of mickeymac


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

It's nice looking and has a foamy white head leaving lace all the way to the bottom. However, both the smell and taste are a bit underwhelming for an IPA. Certainly it's in a complete different ballpark from most designated as IPA in the U.S. It's not bad, but it's not one of the best offerings from Fuller's in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 18:21:11 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Gusler


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 15:37:28 | More by Gusler
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish gold color with a thin head. Hops very present in the aroma, but not so much in the flavor. As a matter of fact this was much more malty than I was expecting given the tart hoppy aroma. The flavor was uncharacteristically malt imbued. It may have been off the mark for the typical IPA but it was still a good beer. The fact that I scored a case of these for $12 didn't hurt either.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 07:16:14 | More by Dogbrick
Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.