Fuller's Imperial IPA | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Imperial IPAFuller's Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bark on 09-22-2017

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of captaincoffee
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's is one of those breweries that produces some pretty forgettable beer, but you go back again and again because they have a few classics and are always hoping the next one is special. As far as the "boxed" beers go, the Vintage Ale and Imperial Stout are pretty darn good, so I was very curious about this new one in green.
First thing you notice is how it looks. It pours an absolutely beautiful deep dark mahogany red. With light coming through, it is really pretty. The nose, however, is super disappointing. There isn't any. At a whopping 10.5%, you'd expect either heavy sweet malt like a barleywine, or tons of hops. Nope. Just slight malt and slight hops peaking through. If you were blindfolded, you would never just what this beer is. The flavor is bigger for sure (how could it not be?). Much more of an English barleywine flavor, but you can tell there is a ton of bitterness holding back the 10.5% pile of sweet malts. Actually, very balanced and the ABV doesn't weight down the beer. Overall, a good beer that is unfortunately just missing a critical component.

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is brown, the liquid clear. The two finger high head is beige and compact; it sinks down to a thick lid leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is semi-sweet with distinct notes of caramel malt, prunes and dried flowers. Apricot jam, orange peels and shortbread. Spicy notes of bay leaves, black peppers and sandalwood. Alcohol in the background. It reminds in a way of Fuller’s London Pride, just much more of everything.

The taste is strong with hot spicy (somewhat unclean) alcohol, spices and pepper. Dried fruits and flowers, apricot jam and orange marmalade. Medium body. The aftertaste is dry and less hot and more balanced with caramel, mature cheeses, bay leaves and allspice, beef stock with a pinch of salt, some alcohol and clean bitterness. The long finish got notes of fruit cake, alcohol and banana peels.

The carbonation is medium strong, the long-lived bubbles are small and smooth. The liquid is a bit sticky.

An interesting DIPA with English hops and black peppers. And it works, the 10.5% is not as hot as I had expected.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a two finger high head.

I started this beer directly from the fridge - My bad! Don't do that. Luckily I had the beer for more the two hours so it got to the right temperature - roomtemp! The nose and the taste is so much better when the beer isn't cold.

Nose: Plum, red berries, raisin, brown sugar, dark syrup, nuts, toffee, pine and vanilla.
Taste: Syrup, raisin, pine, resin, honey, caramel malt, orange marmalade, black pepper and sweet brown sugar.
Mouth: Full body. Medium to light carbonation.

Is this an Imperial IPA? I would have guessed an Barely Wine...

But anyway, I love caramel, sweetness and dried fruit in beers... so I LOVE this!

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Fuller's Imperial IPA from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 4 ratings