Fuller's India Pale Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Bloody hell, is it IPA time again? Suppose that's not necessarily a bad thing though. After experimenting with various American double IPAs in the last week or so, I was compelled to break the chain of Americana with Fullers' addition to the scene. As the result of going through a massive phase last year of drinking nothing but London Pride for two weeks, it's safe to say that I hold Fullers and its products in high reverence. But can they match their reputation with the IPA? Time to find out.
Serving Type: 500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: A copper, ruby-red body with a slightly tan-coloured head. The head retains itself quite well and laces sparingly down the glass as it disappears. Nothing terribly fascinating, but certainly not unpleasant.
Smell: Overwhelmingly hoppy, with aromas of Goldings and Fuggles being the most obvious. Some malt is noticeable with a large inhalation.
Taste: An initial hoppy bitterness transforms after two or three seconds into a deep malt finish, not dissimilar to Greene King or several other English IPAs. Sweetness and bitterness is balanced very well. Hats off lads.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much what one would expect from an English IPA - moderate-to-light carbonation and a moderately dense body. Easily sessionable.
Overall: A great addition to the IPA scene by the English brewing giants. Probably not a candidate for the finest IPA out there, but it deserves praise for the balance of malt and bitterness that so many breweries fail to achieve.
05-26-2013 13:23:08 | More by SpruceMoose
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
The brown color with an orange twist has a spark of flavor right from the start. The smell was refreshing and happily hoppy. I had a nice mouthful of the brew to refresh my lack of a quality IPA given my location, and it is cheaper to buy here (Panama) than it is back home in Her Majesty's kingdom.
01-14-2013 13:13:38 | More by mndlssphlsphr
Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.