Bengal Lancer | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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:
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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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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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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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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.

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