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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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231 Ratings

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 30
Gots: 13 | 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 beerguy101
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

beerguy101, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

TripelJ, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

hotstuff, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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!

TheDM, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
3.4/5  rDev -13%

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.

Stingray5, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

nomad, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

longpondbeerman, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Loki, May 28, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

tavernjef, May 11, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

scottum, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Tballz420, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of Dantes
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Dantes, Apr 14, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

GreatPondBrewer, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

ElGuapo, Mar 19, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

avylover, Mar 05, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Bruiser81, Feb 27, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Riggo, Feb 26, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Admiraldinty, Feb 25, 2003
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3.95/5  rDev +1%

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.

johnrobe, Feb 23, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

AudioGilz, Feb 23, 2003
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

SamuraiJack, Feb 09, 2003
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

hyuga, Jan 29, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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

RonfromJersey, Jan 18, 2003
Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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