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

Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's India Pale Ale (Bottle-Conditioned)
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71.4%
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3.9 w/ 91 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sigmund on 07-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,973
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
91
Liked:
65
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
12.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 FadetoBock
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic. Light tawny copper colour, very clear, with a sturdy inch of foam and lots of lacing. Great retention.

Nose is soft malts and citrus hops. Bread, caramel and a bit of herbs. Soft, but pleasant.

Solid EIPA. Good malt character at the front and an assertive citrus-herbal hop bitterness that I assume is Goldings. Quite enjoyable - this is a good example of how an EIPA can have its own charm.

Lighter bodied, light but steady carbonation - good feel on this.

Great brew (no surprise, considering it's Fullers). Will buy again before it leaves the shelves.

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Robertas
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miha
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Igbaxio
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with enormous head that yields one-eighth retained after five minutes, perfect temperature for drinking. Some lace down the glass. Malty, slightly funky(!) aroma, let's call it neutral. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, understated bitterness, however more hoppy that the typical English IPA that has seen our shores before. Very drinkable.LCBO new release, not available in the USA.

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Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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 wilsonbaron
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the LCBO as part of fullers' masters release (I grabbed them all and thought I would start off with the lightest of the three while making supper). This bottle conditioned brew poured a fluffy off white two finger head into my pint glass with excellent retention leaving a thick collar. Patchy lacing coated the glass as I made my way through this one. The colour is an orange hued honey amber and is semi-clear.

My first impression of the aroma was floral citrus hops with orange peel and lemon coming to mind. Definitely a metallic characteristic in the scent and taste which I have found with other fuller's brews (local hard water?).

For the taste a bready caramel background with a prominent floral citrus hops profile with lemon, orange rind, and honey. The flavours are perfectly balanced and although I have scored other brews higher, I have not had a better balanced brew, really a thing of beauty.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with plenty of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing with a perfectly balanced lingering slightly bitter finish coming through as peppery. Very smooth and soft on the palate this is a supremely sessionable brew that could be enjoyed all evening long.

This is clearly a superior English IPA that is supremely well balanced. At $3.75 a pint this is definitely a "buy it whenever it is available" brew. Bravo.

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Photo of geofort78
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maakun
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Eir
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RuudJH
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's IPA 5.3%abv. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo.
500 ml. bottle.

Dark golden colour, 1 inch head but disappearing quickly. Good lacing though, and very lively carbonation.

Smell is fresh: light pine, flower garden, some citrus.
Taste is similar. Light malty, with the hop bitterness that gives the character.
Aftertaste is lingering. Mouthfeel is light.
Overall it's very refreshing.

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Photo of Olegophren
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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 ntanp91
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Brew-Nerd
1.7/5  rDev -56.4%
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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Beer rating: 71.4% out of 100 with 91 ratings
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