Bengal Lancer | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Bengal LancerBengal Lancer
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:
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Added by mike130 on 03-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just in at Beer Bistro, on-tap. A lovely understated IPA. The IBU is certainly there, you can taste citrus bitterness, but its real music on your palate, not hard garage rock. Pours an orange coloured body with a bubbly head. You can smell fruity hops.Average moutfheel, with gentle caramel buffeting the palate and offering a good drinkability. Must be great on cask, and served at the right temperature!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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 ShanePB
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

This beer has just the sharp golden tone and glaring yellow radiance suited to something with 'Bengal' in its name. It truly does have an alluring look, one perhaps capable of inspiring the wonder, dynamism and vibrancy of a sweltering, sun-scorched place like Calcutta. Its thick, hearty foam capping is a model example for beer-heads everywhere.

I've never had Bengal Lancer on cask but I'm willing to bet that this draught version is a shadow of its live, unfiltered and unpasteurized self. The beer suffers from a familiar cardboard-y smell that, being able to vouch for the quality and credentials of the establishment, I doubt can be blamed on dirty tap-lines. It's flat and plain.

Pasteurizing and/or filtering a beer is not necessarily a negative thing, but it is in this instance. This drinks like a beer that's had its spine removed. Little of the grains' crunchy, malty flavours come through and you can forget about any secondary malt flavors (i.e., nutty, biscuity). Fortunately, the brewer did put a flock of leafy green hops in full sail.

Those perceptibly green, leafy, earthy, bitter hops give the beer a light bite to it. That slight edge dovetails completely with the naturally brisk and snippy minerals in the water. Taken together, these two elements come to dominate the beer and reign supreme on the palate. Unlike the malts, the hops are in tip-top condition and offer a range of flavours.

Drinking English ales outside of the UK in any manner that is not cask-conditioned can kind of be like listening to a movie soundtrack on CD: sometimes it manages to inspire the sensation and scenery of the picture but other times there's simply too much context missing for it to invigorate that same emotion and ambiance it did in the film...

I'm inclined to agree with CAMRA and over 100,000 Brits who says that 'real' ale and 'real' pubs make all the difference and that curling up with anything that wasn't poured from cask at any place that isn't the local public house is definitely an inferior experience to the real thing. That said, it ain't bad. But it could be (and I bet is) better under those circumstances.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 KAF
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I talk about the Bengal Lancer I must state this is the first beer I've reviewed in my new 'Man Cave'. I've converted one of my garages into a bar: the first beer to launch it was 'La Chouffe', a special Red Wine was also broached before this, my first 'Cave' review.

So, to my first of many new reviews.

Brown 500ml bottle (bottle conditioned), best before 5 Oct 2012, drank and reviewed on 23 Jan 2011. The version I've reviewed is a 5.3% ABV one.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass.

A large white, foaming, bubbley head sat on top of a clear body, the colour of which was a bright pale amber, with a terracotta look to it.

The aroma was of summer fruits, with a slight hoppy undertone, no malt smells at all.

Tasted good, not overly hopped and the malt content didn't appear too strong either. A pleasant mix of flavours with none overpowering anything else. Sweeter than most IPA's and certainly not as hoppy as most, but very drinkable.

Good carbonisation and well balanced, the alcohol hidden within the flavours. Pity the head died so quickly, otherwise a very good beer. Fuller's rarely let you down, another fine beer from their stable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bylerteck
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper-amber, the liquid is almost clear. The low head is white.

The smell got some fruity notes and some flowery hoppy notes. Fresh and balanced.

The taste is fresh and crisp. Flavours of cookies and honey. There are fine integrated bitter notes and some sweetness. Some earthy and citric flavours. The bitterness is not exaggerated as it can be in other IPAs. The finish is malty.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are light. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well crafted and integrated IPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 Howlader
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Hazy burnished gold with steady white froth that leaves ample trails. Lemon zest and barley water on the nose and a bit of melon-y fruit - is this muted from being too cold?
Rusk, caramel and apricot with orange jam and spice cookie hops. Gets fruitier as it warms.
Floral and Juicyfruit end and endless clingy bittersweet linger. Light to medium, soft, creamy with some chew.

Lighter than expected, but a great all-arounder. Real hop depth - not just the standard EKG + Fuggles combo - and very juicy.

Top 3 English IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the handpump at Volo, w00t!

Pours a slightly hazed golden, some straw highlights in the corners, a touch of amber, very thick and creamy off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some decent chunks of lace stick.

Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, some citrus, orange, a bit of tangerine, floral, biscuity malt, light honey sweetness, a bit of herbal character, more citrus, reminds me a bit of Durham Hop Head.

Taste is similar, big floral up front, juicy citrus, orange and tangerine, really nice hopping, malty middle, a bit of caramel and biscuit, lightly grainy, a touch of apricot, nice herbal bitterness in the finish, with a bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn easy to drink, this is a real nice English IPA. "And instead of a guard dog, they had this great bloody big Bengal tiger!"

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Bengal Lancer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.82 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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