Bengal Lancer | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#26,712
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
143
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 143
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Deep amber. Pours with fat white head that reduces to 2-3mm after minutes but is long-lived for this glass. Ongoing very fine rising carbonation.
S- I can find no smell here except perhaps a faint hint of grains, surprising.
T- Hops, malts, into slight puddingy richness. It's on the dryer side of neutral but it's balanced/subtle, I like it for that.
F- Refreshing whilst having some heft.
O- Eminently drinkable, I could mini-session a few of these and not get tired of it. It shows what an IPA should be versus all the vogueish 'look at me kidz I'm a hideously over-hopped hop-bomb IPA is a silly design 330ml can for £2.50 from Tesco' hehehe... I've happily drink this again. BB: 01/08/2020.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017-08-30
500ml bottle served in a nonic pint. Best Before 01 Jun 19. Bought it at the Hung, Drawn, and Quartered in London and brought it home.

Pours light amber in color with a medium to small head and not much carbonation. Smell is a little tea, some hops, toasty hops.

Taste is hoppier than the aroma suggests, but it's certainly not the American strains of hops I'm so used to. Grassier, more vegetable. Malt is still pretty clear, in a kind of grainy way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very effervescent (much more than the appearance suggests). Solid, good beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a mild amber color giving the same color head, about an inch in height. A fair amount of carbonation is seen rising through the slightly hazy body. The smell has the hops up front with a nicely packed English malts coming through to back it up decently. The taste is sweet and bitter through the hops and malts coming through in different stages of the beer. The palate is light to medium with some harshness hitting the tongue. Overall, this is decent, but I’m not sold on this one.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask. Pours pale amber with a smallish soda pop head that dissipates to nothing. Nose is MIA for an IPA...more like a bitter with light hops and even lighter malt. Taste is similar in that it is basically a watered down version of something you might actually want to drink. Quite a disappointment compared to some of Fuller's other offerings on cask.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**
05/01/2013
AROMA: hops, grains, some fruit.
LOOK: Darkish yellow color, no head.
TASTE: Mildly hoppy withnotes of lemongrass, grapefruit.
FEEL: Clean and Crisp.

A nice refreshing beer with some kick.
**

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

as an ipa, even an english one, this leaves a little to be desired. its not real hoppy at all, and never really gets to that point, but as an english ale, its really great, the malt base is bigger and on the engline its all creamy and hearty, light enough to drink a lot of but sturdy enough to be comforting in cooler weather. i enjoyed this a lot, and oddly enough had never heard of it or seen in anywhere before this. deep copper color, airy white cask head on it, pretty brew in an imperial pint glass. aroma of leafy hops, more bitter and plant-like than anything, with a dusty bready english yeast and a robust grain base thats sweet, earthy, and very classic. a tad short on the bitterness, this drinks more like an english pale, but has a little caramelized grain sugar to it, smooth though and easy from the hand pump. a distinct and enjoyable beer, probably best in a food context. its an odd pairing, but this is great with spicy chicken wings and similar spicy and fried foods, it provides the right amount of contrast. i cant imagine this product is doing too well here in the states, but i liked it rather well!

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this beer is a typical English IPA. It had slightly more hop flavor than a standard bitter (or ESB even). Still, it is a fairly balanced brew with modest abv.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real straightforward and excellent English IPA. Pours clear and amber with a small head. Smells mostly of biscuity malt with some sharp citrus hop nodes. Tastes very much like it smells: much crisper and sharper than most American IPAs, but not quite as bitter as you'd get in your typical American IPA. Citrus hops up front, biscuit malt in the middle, and then a crisp yeasty finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle (Conditioned)
ABV 5.3%
Best Before: 19 Nov 14

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick creamy off-white head, and leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice sweetness to it. The taste is very nice malty, sweet. Medium body, with a nice slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty brew, even though it is an older bottle.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superlative IPA from one of my favorite breweries in the world. Hard to find in the U.S. but well worth it when you do. Lovely balance and complexity.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malty aroma has a good hoppy overtone. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a fairly thick pale buff head. Strongly hoppy flavor has malty and fruity notes, barely any bitterness. Smooth texture has about average body and a good amount of tingle and fizz. Nothing special, but definitely worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jack in Indianapolis.

A: Clear honey color with maybe a finger of head and little retention.

S: Sweet malts, roasted nuts, a bit of honey and some hops. More subdued but varied compared to American IPAs

T: Pretty much the nose but with slightly more hop bite. Good but not great.

M: A bit weak on the carbonation and medium bodied.

It's okay but unmemorable.

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Photo of Zach136
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear yellow. Nice light beige head. Excellent lacing.

S/T - Slightly hop forward with floral and grassy notes, but the sweet malt bill is definitely discernible. Slight acetyldhyde/fruity yeast ester.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Definitely stickier than some of their other options.

O - Probably one of my more preferred English IPAs, not that it's a style I particularly gravitate towards.

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Photo of irishpaulie
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a straight English ale pint glass.

A - Pours a golden colour, honey like. Fizzy head dissipates quickly but not completely. Obvious carbonation.

S - Malty and spicy, caramel, lime, bruised apple,

T - Nice bitter flavours with a malty backbone. Hops are present but not at the forefront. Perfumed, lavender, caramel, cider apple, cinnamon, orange peel, malt. Proper bitter aftertaste.

M - Nice crisp bitter bite, light creamy carbonation at the right level.

O - Very nice session type IPA, good balance of bitterness from hops and the body from the malt and good level of carbonation. A solid big production IPA.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found on tap at 1600 Bier Haus in Calgary, must be fairly new there. The recipe for this beer appears in Steele's excellent monograph on IPAs. I glanced at the taps and noticed a purple "Fuller's IPA" sticker, which matches the name on a bottle at home in the beer fridge. Hmmm. A little research reveals that these are in fact the same beer, with the less evocative Fuller's IPA being the name appearing on the bottle-conditioned version. I imagine there could be subtle taste differences between the beer on tap and in the bottle. We'll eventually find out. For now, the Bengal Lancer I tried here arrived in an authentic Fuller's pint glass, a mellow dark honey/amber color with around an inch of off-white foam that left an intricate spider-web pattern on the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity, a smooth tangerine or sour peach aroma, maybe some red berries, and a decent dose of earthy peppery hops. This brew is 98% pale malt (2% crystal) and the malts do not emerge on the nose much, although there is a subtle but complex undercurrent of mellow bread crust and caramel buttressing a nonaggressive earthy bitterness from the English hops, the aforementioned citrus and stone fruit notes accompanied by another sweet fruit flavor almost like white grapes (!), a minty herbal undercurrent, a little leather. Chives?? There is another green flavor besides the mint, perhaps from the dry-hopping. All quite interesting and not in the damning via faint praise way. Very smooth semi-chewy body with a tastefully moderate degree of carbonation. Comparable to the excellent London Pride pale ale but with some added hoppy intricacies.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned and written up from three sets of notes as never felt that the bottle did the beer justice having had a swift half that was much better but not recorded or remembered enough to write up
the bottle doesn't quite give the beer its proper look, nice golden body but the head clears due to big white bubbles
okay yeasty gooseberry aroma and decent bitter finish but seems slightly too thin

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber orange color, with a 2 inch tight head, and good visible carbonation and lacing.

Smells include grassy, earthy hops, some orangey citrus hops, and sweet toasty malt.

This one has some nice understated bitterness that I like, that doesn't linger on the palate. The English-style hop flavor is very pronounced, grassy and tea-like, almost, with some suggestions of citrus as well.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Could easily pull a few of these back easily, really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JGam115
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From my Untappd history. Served at The Ginger Man NYC.

A: Dark straw color with a nice fluffy head.

S: Really hard to detect anything from the first few swirls and sniffs. Delicate floral notes came through, but I was really struggling to find anything.

T: Definitely light on flavor with a good amount of bitterness. I had to remind myself this was an IPA (albeit an English style, not American) because it was lighter than other English IPAs I've had. I'd liken the finish to a mild cider.

M: Easy drinking, not so long a finish. Just Meh.

O: I expected a little more because I'm a Fuller's fan, but this brew left much to be desired.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white head.

Smells mildly malty and of English Style hops. Scents of strong tea and leather with a slight tobacco aroma.

Starts out malty and a little bitter.. Butter and leather with some herbal hop. Bitterness is a little sharp.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall OK, light in flavor.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting... For the Fullers IPA I wrote

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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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Which is pretty much what I would write for the Bengal. At 0.3 ABV difference, I suspect very much the same beer, Especially yas the IPA is not seemingly available in the UK.

Go figure....

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is balanced with sweet malt and earthy hops. Taste follows but with some more hop character, earthy and citrusy. Finish has more bitterness and also lingers in the aftertaste. Light body with the specific british minerality and medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent english style IPA but nothing special.

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, made just one finger of a thin head (though had it on cask hand pulled straight from Fuller’s).
Predominant citric and fruity hop aroma.
Sweet malty taste balanced with herbal and citric hops. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Refreshing beer, mildly bitter and sweet, a very balanced and light IPA. That said, I was expecting more excitement out of this beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not what a novice/budding IPA enthusiast would gush over, but it's dependably pleasing and enjoyable. An excellent choice for those who've yet to get into hops...

Comes out a clean-filtered (a little too-), amber (nearing coppery) color. Decent, feathery light and white head which sticks around as a thin collar to the end.

Predominantly a quite fruity-estery scent (somewhere in the range of apple/grape). Fresh, soft floral hop scent. A touch of light-toasted malt pokes through.

Estery fruitiness dominates the taste, from the start, lingering on the palate long after. As opposed to in the smell, those flavors come off like a mix of white grape (vinous) and cherry. Hops are mild in their floral qualities, carried nicely by the body's soft smooth flow, yet show a surprising degree of spice that, through into the finish and combined with a curious boozy warmth, draw attention away from the, decidedly, rather standard (or too familiar) British ale estery flavors and finish each sip off with a zippy, clean, and refreshingly-dry bite. I could swear there's actually a tiny rush of a buttery malt flavor way in the end...

I'm wondering if this is what I've always believed a modern British IPA should be like (not that I've had a ton of them). I mean, it's a nice beer, just not terribly distinctive. Then again, a fresher sample would likely alter my view of this. I thought I was told the keg was nearly a year old - cold stored the entire time - just forgotten in the back of the keg cooler.

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Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop hop hooray they've made an IPA that ain't Harsh. An absolute corker that is really punching it's weight as a serious contender. When genius nun, Hildegard von Bingen had visions of adding hops to beer, who'd have thought it would come to this.
Food pairing: PUKKA WITH A TIKKA!!
B G Score 90/100
http://youtu.be/-yYJCpw98N8

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Imperial pint at Three Boars Eatery, on a rather sweaty 30+ (right, that's not +30) Edmonton afternoon. Listed at 5.3% ABV.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of tightly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few water spouts of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp, biscuity sourdough malt, lemon polish, and moderately bitter leafy and grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a bit of rising yeast, some well-ripened orchard fruitiness, and quite tame leafy and earthy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate and listless, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more or less smooth. It finishes still heavy on the sweetness, the lingering malt and fruit aiding and abetting, with little push back from the other bit players.

An OK EIPA, but that allowance only goes so far - even this style suggests a more robust hop character. Without it here, the fruitiness runs amok, in a reserved British manner, of course, leaving me instead with a strong golden summer ale impression.

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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 143 ratings