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Wild River - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
80
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of doktorhops
1.8/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Photo of PJu
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours clear golden with a massive white, thick head. Dissipation takes some time, leaving rich lacings.

S: Bready caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Licorice and honey. Bitter hops.

T: Very rich bitter hops, quite rough. Caramell malt, semi-sweet.

M: Aftertaste is long and rich in bitterness. Body is rather light and carbonation is strong.

O: Unbalanced - the bitterness overpowers everything else, perhaps more malt would have made the body fuller and therefore balanced the bitterness.

Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is pale amber (17 EBC), the liquid is somewhat hazy. There is almost no head at all.

The smell is light. Some honey and fruit candy. Semi-sweet malts and hints of caramel. Harsh hops.

The taste is a bit harsh with notes of tree-sap. Hay and grass from the hops. Some minerals and tart notes. Quite a lot of green hoppy flavours. Grass. The body is light. The bitterness grows slowly in the aftertaste. Tree sap and wood are also in the short aftertaste.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles small. The liquid is somewhat harsh.

Too much harsh hops in this one.

Photo of heygeebee
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of intoxabroad
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MarkoNm
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Yalcin
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.