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3.88/5
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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:
None provided.

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Reviews:
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pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +6.7%
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 +12.4%
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 -9.3%
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 Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -7.2%
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 dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing it here because that's the right abv.
Pours clear golden, one finger compact white head with nice retention.
Smells like a typical EIPA, caramel and biscuit, honey, infused with mild citrus hops, maybe a bit more on the sweet malty side.
Starts with buttered malts, biscuits, caramel, with a touch of fruit jam, orange peel and some grapefruit. Some floral hints too. Malt backbone stands up even when hit by the dry grassy hops, very English, with dry leaves and some tobacco and bitter grass going past the finish, along with some faint sweet citrus.
A tiny bit buttery, body somewhere between light and medium, as is the carbonation.
Easy to drink, maybe a bit boring for big hop fanatics, but has that Fuller's "session" quality.

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it in Hungary.

A - Very beautiful honey color. Lots of bubbles at first. White foam, but do not last to long.
S - Mostly dark honey with some orange aroma.
T/M - A bit more carbonation in the glass. Again sweetness from malt, honey. Excellent bitterness, and bitter aftertaste. Nothing else.

O - Decent IPA, will drink it again.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I just rediscovered this wonderful beer, so here is my review about this classic English IPA.

A: Pours a copper orange lightly haze body, with a beautiful white head with great retention that resists through all the tasting.

Smell: Citric esters of grape fruit, earthy and herbal with some malty notes of bread and caramel on second plane.

Taste: Mild sweetness, the earthy and herbal flavors of english hops are dominant with grapefruit ester notes also in the palate, some malt flavours like bread also appear. Medium clear bitterness without harsh.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with medium carbonation. Some bitterness lingering on tha palate with the earthy notes on the aftertaste, a low sweetness on the end.

Overall: It is a beer with copper color hazy body that highlight its english hops with its earthy and herbal tastes and smells. It brings a moderate bitternes, low sweetness ina a refreshing, tasteful and well balanced beer. An elegant english IPA>

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Photo of Tomais
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes:

Smell mainly malty.
Lovely prickly fine grained bottle-conditioned carbonation.
Taste dry on the tongue, surrounded by fruits/dried fruits and a hint of bitterness followed by a lovely bitter finish. Tastes merge, there's an ebb and flow from one taste to another all bound up with that lovely prickly bottle-conditioned carbonation.

This is probably the first IPA I've drunk - certainly the first since I discovered the joys of tasting and really savouring beers. Let's just say I can see what all the fuss is about ;-)

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, slightly cloudy, tonnes of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of slightly yellow coloured creamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel, popcorn, buttery, toffee, slightly fruity.

T: Caramel, popcorn, buttery, toffee, slightly fruity, then a sudden hit of light (as compared to American IPA’s) grapefruit pith, but it fades into a all these flavours and a dull lingering bitterness which is slightly in the background. Almost a bit of green olive.

M: Medium bready body, low foamy fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Well rounded, delicious and drinkable beer with a great bottle and label by a great company. Would pair with anything greasy, slightly spicy food.

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Photo of Maakun
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

0.5 litre bottle in pint glass. Nice white head, and loads of bubbles. Head settles to a small layer quite fast. Color is a light gold, almost pilsner.

Smell: Subtle fruits and a bit earthy, yeasty. A tree right after it has rained. Malts.

Taste: It starts with light malts, then some yeast, hoppy bitterness with a slight touch of citrus. Again something earthy. Some apricots, sour peaches. Later it gets a bit more spicy, but everything stays subtle.

Mouth: dry. Good carbonation, and very drinkable. This really wants to go down.

Overall: yeah this is a nice beer. Very balanced, but also quite light. For me it's missing something. It's not cheap here, and for the price I'd choose something else most of the time I think. But there's really nothing wrong with this beer either.

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Photo of Alex-by
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, nice creamy head.

S - Clean and crisp, hopsy.

T - Mainly - hopsy. There are some caramel and citrus notes

M - Medium bodied, wet on the finish. Very Refreshing

O - Very nice beer, but it would be better if there were more hopsy bitterness

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Photo of Brew-Nerd
1.7/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Plus side: Nice deep orange color. Thick and opaque. Smells malty and sweet like a Fullers.

Overall: Total disappointment. A very "dead" beer. Tiny head, large bubbles, almost non existent lacing. More sour than bitter. Was there hops in here?... I couldn't tell. Certainly wouldn't have survived the boat ride to india. Could be more suitably labeled a plain old pale ale.
Nice to look at but if you plan on doing more than smelling it you'd best grab something else.
Gets a 1.5 for being better than a budweiser.

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Photo of Electros
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has sat in the cellar for 1.5 years now, golden brown colour, pours nicely, little head left. Aroma very low citrus and hop notes... This is a very smooth ale, and IPA though, the abv is a little low for my liking but fits the defined range, but more so, the hop note as per tongue feel is low. This is a clean beer, fine in taste, I don't no, I was expecting a little more from this though.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joecgrath27 for including in my recent Hop Box delivery.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with se retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is a tad mild, but some buttery caramel comes through alongside some leafy greens and hints of citrus.

T - The buttery caramel comes through off the top, nice subtle earthy hop notes, musty greens and a touch of citrus bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty brew and certainly fits the flavour profile of the style, offering a nice balance between hops and malts. Well worth a try and definitely glad it was included in my latest shipment.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 16/9/12

A clear dark golden liquid with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a dense thumbs width of foam that slowly falls too a thick film leaving a couple patches of lace

S lots of caramel and grains, some cotton candy a little citrus and more caramel

t herbal notes, and a bigger hop presence then the nose, well balanced with perhaps caramel flavors coming from both the English malt and English hops, bready notes and pretty well rounded

M silky medium bodied and the tiny bubbles are paying off here, quite creamy after a second and it leaves me salivating, nice aftertaste has some length

O a nice example of the style, well balance with lots of flavors, its a well made product

picked this up for 3.99$ on sale at the Co-op and it was worth every penny. I like fullers and if you like English ales you probably do to.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Mar 13 - from Warners

Pours a clear gold/copper. One finger head off white. Small bubbels rise, little lace.

Aromas mainly of earth English malts.

Taste is more complex, a delicate marmalade flavour takes over, which is complemented on the back palate by light hop bitterness. A little caramel and toffee. Very integrated and smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and lightly carbonated. No twang thankfully, which seems the bugbear of English ales in bottes at present.

Top beer, suspect would be excellent for a session if price allowed.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

look ~ pours a rich gold to light gamboge. I'd classify the level of clarity as 'hazy': I can see through the glass, but not clearly enough to read through. The head was nice: pearl colored; somewhat soapy in texture; rises very large off the pour; falls slowly with some decent lacing. Good visible carbonation.

smell ~ very clean and crisp, though not very strong. the malt is light: there is not a lot of caramel, but rather a very faint cracker aroma. The hops seem to be a bit fruity (which may be supported by yeast): this seems almost lemony, or like light seeded fruits. There is also a bit of spice on the finish and a gentle sulfur character. Very nice, but a little light (both in terms of strength and character) than I would have expected.

taste ~ the taste was decently balanced, but not all that impressive. The malt character was similarly gentle and boasted a lighter biscuit-like character with a bit of toffee sweetness noticeable on the finish. Hops were simply not present enough: there was a gentle fruity and floral character, but this was not really present in the finish. Bitterness was decent and enough to achieve a balance with the sweetness on the finish. finish has a hint of both sulfur and diacetyl and is medium rather than dry.

feel ~ very smooth feel. Medium-light body and high carbonation. This makes for a fluffy feeling that plays well with a bit of that mouth-coating feel. Carbonation also dries out the finish a bit.

Overall, I was a little disappointed that there was not more of a hop presence. This one drank like a lot of English Pale Ales, rather than a true IPA. I nice drink, smooth and well balanced, but I want more hops!

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Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light copper/amber, pours a lovely thick head.

Aroma: Very mild, surprisingly. Typical IPA hops can be detected, maybe a hint of floral aroma, but very little to it.

Taste: Quite mild in terms of the hops (Goldings hops), but they do kick in a little bit in the aftertaste, which is nice and lingering. The really surprising thing about this beer is the maltyness though; this is something that I don’t expect from an IPA. I do actually like it, there’s a nice balance between the hops and the malt. Then again, when I open a bottle of IPA I expect something a little more on the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good balance.

Overall: I’m used to extremely hoppy IPAs from my visits to North America, so this one seems a little tame. A very drinkable beer though, would try again if there weren’t any other interesting options. This is also bottle conditioned, so it matures nicely in the bottle (this gives it the slightly cloudy appearance as well). I like many of the beers by Fuller’s — their London Porter is among my very favourites — but I don’t think I’ve tried this one before. Usually Fuller’s delivers, even if they are not the most inventive or experimental brewery.

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Photo of anakar
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good ale. Smooth and tasty. served in a good indian restaurant.

App: Poured a murky, cloudy dark-yellow color. Nice white head but not a lot of lacing

Smell: Great rich smell, smells of hops and old-fashioned sweets (like toffee or caramel)

Taste: Very much like the smell, good beer flavor, joined up by touches of toffee and caramel. Nice aftertaste too.

Feel: So Smoooth. It goes down easy, very little carb sting. You can have em one after the other just because of that great smooth feel.

Overall: Though I'm usually a bit put off by pale ales, this one was superb. Great beer

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12-6-11. Initial review was put under the wrong beer.

Bottle date: 28JUN13. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Light orange/yellow colour, translucent. Half a finger of bubbly white head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - Moderate bitterness up front with floral and grassy aromas and a mild caramel/bready malt backbone.

T - A decent hop bitterness up front with herbal, floral and grassy notes. The malt backbone is evident but somewhat subdued, providing muted bready flavours and a touch of caramel. There is also some peppery/spicy flavour at times. The bitterness returns in the a dry finish.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - A solid English IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, best before June 28, 2013. Into a tulip.

Pours a peachy orange, a bit of haze but this is obviously bottle conditioned. Big bubbles composing a white head. Moderate retention, webbed lacing. Nose has prominent orange and citrus on the nose, some light caramel. A bit of grainy bread. A bit of bitterness, but the hop profile on this is quite a bit more prominent than almost any EIPA I think I've ever had. Taste has more gently bitter orange, grapefruit and other citrus. Some general citrus rind as well. Good clean bread and biscuit, a simple and effective malt profile, hops are highlighted. Body is medium-light, a bit watery. Bitterness isn't substantial in the finish. Quite a solid EIPA, but isn't totally outstanding. One of the better examples of this I've had though, very nice stuff.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with an amber/orange hue. Pale beige head is well retained and laces spottily. Aromatic notes of lightly toasted bread and orange marmalade. Sweet and malty up front with toasted bread, bicuit, and honey notes. Delicate sweet apple comes in midpalate. Finishes with tangy tangerine, a hint of grapefruit pith, and lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied with low carbonation, it's mouthfeel is smooth and soft. Light oily slickness between mouthfuls. A well made pale ale with a great balance of malt and hop flavours.

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Photo of BBP
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than more EIPAs with some solid head, which receeds, but retains very well. There's possibly some of the most lace I've seen in an IPA to date in this.

The aroma is actually fairly muted. I get a pretty light foundational bitterness as well as some biscuit malt. The hops actually have a bit of an off tinge to them, but I'm almost certain it's from the hops used rather than the condition of the drink.

Flavor-wise, it's somewhat like expected from the style. At 5%, it's hard to complain about the intensity, but I wish it had a bit more oomph. The quality was pretty nice though, and it tastes very well balanced. Something about this just tastes more real than most IPAs. I'd assume it's the bottle conditioning.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with medium weight. Carbonation is quite minimal which definitely suits my tastes.

Overall, this is another good beer from Fullers. I prefer the other offerings we get from them, which is a little strange as I'm an IPA lover, but this one just seemed a bit tame. You could look at it the other way and say that it's balanced, but I thought it could stand out a bit more.

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