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:
91
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Iztok
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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

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4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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 anakar
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Robertas
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. ABV is 5.3%. Bought in Sweden at Systembolaget. BB date 23/Mar/11. Deep golden colour, big to moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of hops, wood and rum-raisin. Lovely flavour, very well balanced between a distinct malty and fruity sweetness and equally distinct hops. Just the right bitterness in the finish. Brilliant stuff.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Kristing
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is golden amber with a slight cluodiness and a small head that fizzles out quite fast. Although it looks good, the appearance is not outstanding, and I would like a better looking head that retains longer.

Their is a fresh aroma with a hop character, along with a hint of flowers. A strong hop character is ever so present in the taste, creating just the right amount of bitterness. When first poured, the beer is not that varied in taste. However, this all changes when the beer has consolidated itself a bit in the glass, so to speak. The wonderful hop bitterness is backed up by a slight malty sweetness that creates almost a cascade of flavour in the mouth.

This firmed bodied and charming IPA is very drinkable and full of flavour. The taste is not too complex, although their is much taste to explore, and every sip just leaves you craving for more. This is a true testament to the ability of Fuller's as a brewer.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a patchy, clingy head that while small, lasts the entire glass. The aroma is of bready malt, herbal, leafy hops and candied fruit. Malt dominates the flavor with a pleasant fruit yeast characteristic and some woody, eucalyptus hops providing solid balance. The mouthfeel is very smooth and nearly creamy with textured carbonation. Tangerine notes show in the lightly bitter, lingering finish.

This is a benchmark example of a modern English IPA. Very delicious malt and hop flavors and decent balance. I highly recommend.

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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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3.93 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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