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Wild River - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flyingpig on 08-20-2012

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 15
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle - half served into a tulip glass for tasting purposes

Look: Clear gold with a fluffy white head which dies down to pretty much nothing bar a few desultory bits of foam floating on the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: For something that claims to be inspired by American craft ales there's really not a lot going on - in fact, there was a distinctly unpleasant metallic tang, which is a bit worrying given the best before date of November 2015. Some hoppiness, but not nearly as full on as the Goose Island IPA that preceded this.

Taste: There's some hoppy bitterness and pine resin type flavours, but not nearly as much as the blurb on the bottle would have you believe. The hops start to come through at the end, but it's really too little too late.

Feel: Yep, it's kind of watery - fairly fizzy and given the muted flavours it borders on the downright bland.

Overall: Fullers do some good beer (ESB and London Pride, to name but two) but this is a real swing and a miss - although I'm relatively new to American style IPAs, I can safely say that none worthy of the name would be anything like this. I finished this, but I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it, which is a shame.

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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I’m going to kick off this review by saying that I generally enjoy Fuller’s Ales, especially their ESB, so this brew with its promise of a tasty Fuller’s malt backed up by not a single but a ridiculous double hopping (and yes to sarcasm in that remark) had my eyes watering with delight (not really, again sarcasm). However reader unfortunately Fuller’s has either dropped the ball incredibly badly or I have received a bad bottle. Anyway on to the review!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Almost clear honey coloured body with a thin white wisp on top. Seems a bit more pale than most Pale Ales (which to the confused reader refers to the “Pale malts” not the colour of the beer). 4/10.

S: Honey notes with some floral hop characters. Hints of a toffee malt base and not much else. This was the first sign that something was amiss with this brew: the aroma is too muted, like a glass of James Squire’s 150 Lashes Pale Ale. 3/10.

T: Straight away it comes off waaaaaay too watery and (surprisingly given its pedigree) lacking a nice big malt base. Above flavours noted. Not sure how they made it taste of honey without adding any. Finishes with a slight citric hop bitterness. I gave a friend a sip just to check if I was going crazy and he confirmed that this Pale Ale is too weak, and that I’m already crazy, thanks mate! 4/10.

M: Hugely disappointing with a mid to light watery body and fizzy carbonation. 2/10.

D: A massive let down from Fuller’s, who really should know better, they call it an American styled Pale Ale but it's not even close to an APA... almost a drain pour (I only finished it off because hey it’s beer and I was thirsty... but if I wasn’t thirsty, yep!). I checked the date on the bottle and everything is fine, either this is a dud beer or Fuller’s intended to follow in James Squire’s footsteps (ala their 150 Lashes, a brew I detest somewhat). 4/10.

Food match: I don’t know, whatever won’t overpower the delicate flavours at play in this brew... fish and chips, salted, no vinegar.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

I recently moved to the UK from the states. I love the beer here, however, I was looking for something that reminded me of the American Pale Ales back home. This beer definitely did the trick. Not much malt, but a strong bitter finish. Overall, this was a pretty good beer and something that I will go back to when i'm craving some American hops.

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A: Light copper body with strings of bubbles. Chunky off-white head. Good lacing.
S: A lovely, perfumey fruitiness.
T: Ooh, a bit too dry and bitter. Needs some caramel to soften it up. It's hoppy with a very plain malt character. As it warms I get some citrusy honey, echoes of London Pride, and it's slightly sweeter. A hollow sort of chlorinated flavour in the finish.
O: Not great. Expected more from Fullers.

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Pint served in shaker, initial haze cleared, bronze, clear, small head, moderate retention, no bubbles.

S: Earthy sour fruity aroma pointed to use of the Fuggles hop, mild citrus suggested a Cascade style hop.

T: Citrus fruits, predominantly grapefruit, wheat, some sweetness which was balanced out by an earthy bitter finish.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, nice texture, went down well without it being sticky.

O: A sessionable summery beer, good addition to the Fuller’s range. Not too strong with decent depth.

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Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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