Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned) | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sigmund on 07-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of gwydno
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light trickling yet stringy lacing all around the glass. The smell had a decent balance between the sweet English malts to the earthy hops. Soapiness? It seems to be somewhat controlled. The malts do end up taking over just a tad more. The taste was mainly sweet through the malts and the hops do carry the sweetness a bit. There was a light fruity (apple/peach) dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was mainly subdued but still somewhat decent for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer to have again.

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Photo of monkist
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had to re-review this again, after having drank it a few more times, wondering if it leaves a different impression. Need to say that it is an English IPA, before anyone else would fall into the same mistake as I did the very first time, thinking that all IPAs are like their American counterparts.
However, the reason why I am drinking this again and again is because I love Fullers and all its beers, there is none that would be mediocre among their brews. This IPA is very well made too, has a full body and full flavor, crafted in their trademark way of brewing mastery.
At the same time, no matter how much I love Fullers I must admit that I am not so familiar with English IPAs so my review will be biased towards the American ones - a traitor I may be called but the American IPA is The IPA for me, full stop. I am not a big fan of yeast with a strong taste so I prefer again the American ones with tasteless pale ale yeast, while this one has some sourness to it that lingers on all the time, intermingles with the English Hops, yet another world of taste, different than the classic, big and bold Americans.
I long for the fullness of the body, the caramellised malts and the deep richness of the American hops. So for me, drinking this as an IPA is somewhat a disappointment, no matter how uneducated and disrespectful I may be.
On the other hand, if I drink it as something European, as a kind of Ale only, then I am surprisingly satisfied. It tastes good and the hops give it a slight fruity (thought sonewhat nauseatic) overtone. Altogether an enjoyable beer, though I would prefer the strong ales from Fuller instead.
Thinking back on it, puts me in awe how far the American brewers took this Ale and created something completely different by all the effort, spirit and creativity. Long live the IPA, its past, present and future!

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amber and clear. Frothy white head, long lasting. Fantastic lacing. Upfront there is a moderate citrus and floral hops aroma, some herbal/earthy notes. Later comes malt, toffee like aroma. High hop bitterness flavor, medium-low malt sweetness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, very dry long lasting finish, some minerals in a aftertaste. Very good balance.

Fantastic IPA

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Photo of jamesroses
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper orange, 2 finger head of big bubbles, low retention and lacing.

Smell: horse blanket, lightly malty and spicy. I don't know if this is the way it's supposed to be.

Taste: more sour than bitter at first sip, then develops a strong yeasty/bready flavour that stays in the mouth for a long time. Spicy hops and light malts.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, a bit crisp and dry. Bitter spicy hops and strong yeasty/bready aftertaste.

Overall: I was expecting more from this beer, didn't like it at first, then appreciated it, but I'd choose other beers to drink on a daily basis.

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Photo of bladman
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ntanp91
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of christian_orellana
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rex_4539
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geofort78
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDell
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice old school, very well balanced sessionable English IPA.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into english pint.
Pours clear orange/golden beer with thin ring of beige froth, poor retention.
Smell - malty, biscuity.
Taste - biscuity malt balanced by earthy, peppery hops, moderate to light bitterness.
Medium-bodied, good carbonation, dry on palate.
Masterpiece among EIPAs.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Pleasant taste with some caramel sweetness and medium bitterness. Light body , average carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of Luka
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Igbaxio
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Songminx2
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of life_of_agony
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Olegophren
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexRea
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wilsonbaron
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Andrej70
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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