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Wild River - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flyingpig on 08-20-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

hansavijaticar, Feb 01, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

soulgrowl, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

pin, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

vinicole, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

jonb5, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mizx, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

AndreBileski, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dmorgan310, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dcmchew, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

hopley, Aug 17, 2013
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3.72/5  rDev +7.5%

TipTapAsa, Aug 28, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

EmperorBevis, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

GregaR, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Drummermean, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

windypete, Apr 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

MisledTitan, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

dsolonenko, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

SimonTja, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

BillRoth, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

wl0307, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red amber colour with a thin and foamy white head on top that stays well.

A milder smelling beer with some honey and vanilla along with a helping of sugar and some fruity, summer like aromas shinning through. I could detect some floral hops as well but these were quite subdued.

Mild with the obvious honey coming through along with a blend of vanilla and butterscotch, neither of which were particularly strong but both were nice. There was a subtle alcohol kick right at the end.

Smooth & creamy with light acrbonation although this was slightly stronger than most casks meaning it didn't seem flat. There was a nice alcohol touch and a semi-bitter finish too.

A nice honey and fruit taste to go with the general sweetness and overall the beer was pleasant and rather enjoyable.

flyingpig, Aug 20, 2012
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3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 27, 2014
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Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.