Wild River - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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2.89/5 rDev -17.2%
From Beer Cartel. BB dec 2014.
A - golden clear body, poor head and film.
S - grains, hint peach and mango. More Pilsner than APA.
T - quite fruity and moderately hoppy, but still not quite what I would call an APA. Somewhat earthy hops on palate.
M - watery.
O - yes this is new wave British brewing, with low alcohol takes on US styles, but I guess it's maybe 6 months old and it shows. Expensive, too, so you can't session it which I guess is the intent.
05-17-2014 09:25:21 | More by heygeebee
United Kingdom (England)
3.41/5 rDev -2.3%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2015. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. Described on the label as a double-hopped pale ale containing a blend of Liberty, Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Looks like Fuller's are taking on those craft brewers!
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright, clear golden-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a wispy surface layer. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of lime, citrus, white grape, mild caramel, ale yeast and faint stewed hops. A twinge of buttery diacetyl lurks in the background. Could stand extra maturing.
Tastes of spicy, fruity hops with an intense bitter finish. Notes of lime, mild grapefruit, citrus, white grape, subtle grass/hay, faint caramel, ale yeast and stewed hops. A whisper of diacetyl. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter hops, fruitiness and faint malt.
Pretty good - goes down a treat. Looks OK, though the head doesn't hang around. Aroma is hoppy but subdued. Flavour is a bit more punchy; fruity with good bitterness. Body is alright. Not perfect - needs extra maturing before bottling and I reckon the malt could be beefed up slightly. However, it's the ideal brew for a warm day. Worth sampling if you come across it.
03-27-2014 23:44:49 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
Drank from my Ciney sniffer
A - Pours a rich Golden colour with a white head that reduces quickly
S - Decent hop backed by malt
T - Up front some nice hop notes the malt is nicely balanced the finish is slightly bitter.
M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.
O - A very session able APA
01-12-2014 07:07:55 | More by eric5bellies
3.08/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a clear golden with a generous white foamy head. There was obvious aroma of citrusy hops. The taste is very bitter and quite strong, with a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. It's a nice and enjoyable beer, but perhaps a bit strong and with a bit too bitter aftertaste. But still, quite enjoyable.
12-20-2013 17:28:06 | More by MarkoNm
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +19.8%
The bottle sends mixed messages: grizzly bears chomping on wild salmon, with the caption: "brewed beside the Thames." Sums up many British breweries' current identity crisis pretty well. This appears to be Fuller's doing a Sierra Nevada impression: amber-gold, white head, grapefruit, lemon, honeyed toast, something floral, something caramelly. Looks good, smells better, tastes best. Lotsa hoppy bitterness from start to finish, with a clear, clean, balanced flavor. Toffee, lime, white grapefruit, toasted white bread, rose. A pleasant hybrid, with distinct and upfront American hoppage but solidly English malts. And it also drinks kinda like a pilsner: crisp, dry, bubbly. A great refresher, especially at only 4.5% and £1.80 a bottle.
12-08-2013 17:56:57 | More by soulgrowl
3.28/5 rDev -6%
Good to see this style from Fullers and pours a clear golden hue with a non lasting two finger that recedes to a swirl in the middle and a rim of lacing,the smell is mostly floral hops with a war in the background going on between malts and hops its honey,stone fruit,grains and berries,the mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated maybe a little too much but it's very sessionable at the same time just doesn't let the tastes of stone fruits,heather honey,floral hops and citrus to completely shine and overall another beer I could easily drink as a session drop but once again at the price you can barely call this a brew you go to as a session drop and I'm glad for the experience but won't be back cheers.
12-07-2013 12:23:10 | More by ADZA
United Kingdom (England)
3.56/5 rDev +2%
Clear lemon yellow body with spotty sporadic microscopic white bubbled head
The aroma is mainly honey but muted
On the tongue it kicks off with that lemon citrus taste that tips its hat to the new world but almost instantly heavy weight bitterness is ushered in confirming it's British toots
The mouthfeel is easy going, not flimsy but easy drinking and slightly spritely carbonation
On the whole a thoroughly decent beer
not screaming world class but it must be a godsend on a hot summer day.
11-08-2013 00:24:36 | More by EmperorBevis
Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.