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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #11
Ranked #14,471
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Fuller's India Pale AleFuller's India Pale Ale
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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin and light pub cask at Swan near Paddington.

A) Pours a small, white head of foam with mid retention and= lace as it recedes. Over body of clear, copper.
S) Typical Fullers malt base from which rises some orchard fruit and honey.
T) Lots of malt up front. then apple, brown toast, some grassy hops, some must.
F) Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.
O) Good for a British pub. Sessionable. But I could only do one and would move to something with more bite and interest.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Feb 25, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a smaller head atop.

Unexpectedly muted on the nose with solely caramel malts and a light layer of lemon coming up.

Has a light, almost watery body, with just a late spark of carbonation to freshen this up.

Tastes malty, with a note of white bread and just a whiff of herbal hops. Has a watery middle part with just nothing going on, finished by a superlight, faint note of herbs.

This tastes pretty flat with almost nothing going on.

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aleigator from Germany, Feb 16, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, 5.3 ABV, exp. 12/2019. Hazy amber beer, with dense towering foam. Floral and a bit citric aroma, and after a while I found some sweetness, toffee and hops earthiness too. Pretty much bitterness and a bready aftertaste. Flavor has toffee and toasted malts also. Strong and characteristic beer, and not unbalanced. ABV isn't high and at first I didn't expect all its flavor and body. (the large foam build-up was ok, as pouring otherwise gave it too much carbonation on mouth.) Very nice!

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matuto from Brazil, Oct 20, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours golden orange color with medium sized white head. Retention is average. No lacing.
When you smell it you can easily realize this is British Ipa. Smell is grassy and floral hops with toasted biscuity malts. Citrus and apple are in background. Taste is not intense as I expected. Overly balanced for an Ipa, not bitter. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Dry finish. It's not a complex beer as I expected, but it's a good refresher on hot days.

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emincems from Turkey, Nov 28, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Hefeweizen glass, it pours a golden orange, hazy and deep, with a four-finger head, creamy and frothy, with excellent retention. Very nice lacing.

The bouquet is very bready and malty, caramel is present too. Quite strong too though are the hoppy notes, in the form of herbal freshness, grass and lemon. A very mild green apple or pineapple hint could be noticeable as well.

Citrus, herbal freshness, lemon tea with honey, spices, slight malty sweetness. That's the thrust of initial flavor. Soon after the hoppy bitterness enters and balances those previous notes without overshadowing them. The flavor has nice length, and the aftertaste is predominantly bitter, and it feels like the bitterness of some teas. A reminiscent sweetness crowns the finish.
Medium body, smooth, with nice carbonation.

Complex, rich, scrumptious, and historic beer! Definitely a go!

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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber colr. Quickly receding foam.

Smell is malty and slightly metallic. Grassy with hints of Swedish soft drink Pommac.

Taste is bready and malty, slightly sweet. Soft bitterness, and a slightly tangy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a typical classic English IPA. Not very bitter, but easy to put away.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jul 11, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IPA but full of honey and biscuit, malty taste, both in smell and taste.
Quite lightly hopped by US standard these days, and an extremely refreshing beer.

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sokol_1993 from California, Jun 30, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Keep returning to this English IPA although I was not too fond of it the very first time (expected all IPAs to be American) - but the reason why I can drink this over and over again is because it is very well made. Very smooth I must say, as everything from Fullers, this is a trademark besides their excellent quality they make their beers with. Hoppiness in the nose, fruitiness and bitterness are all there, making it a quite good English IPA. Though I would prefere, say a Greene Reserve IPA or a Hobgoblin for the excess English hops they were made with but this definitely is something worth trying. Smooth, soft, slightly bitter, not too dry, not too carbonated IPA.

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monkist from Hungary, May 08, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1st Bottle from Aldi. 33cl. In Ikea's Pint glass. Watching Los Soprano 5x08. Caramel with a strong old school herbal bitterness that balances very well the malt and provides an pleasant overall experience. Long lasting foam

2nd bottle from Labirratorium. In same glass. Playing Shadows of Vatican. Similar to previous one. Feels a bit more fresher (although is 3 months older, bb Jan 18) but have slight veggie notes not much pleasant and has less foam. I'd give it the same score as one thing compensates the others

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3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This might have been one of the first English IPAs I ever had. Good bright copper color, good clarity, almost 3/4" white head on the top. Aroma hit some apple like sweetness, earthy hop vibe.

Taste is a mix of mildly fruity English yeast, hop bitterness, toasted pale malts giving way to toffee and caramel in the mouth feel. Like a steel drum. Very sessiony, easy to drink as long as you're just not totally against hops. Its not heavily hopped, its old school, but enjoyable. Wish the format was a little more friendly price wise though.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Shakesbeer pub in Grenoble, France. A classic English Ipa. Somehow I was expecting more. It's balanced but not as much on the English hops as their London Pride, which I prefer. The carbonation is nor high nor low but doesn't put the tasting experience at its best

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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: amber ,very clear , very little head when i pour in the glass.
S: hops,citrus, spices,.mint,especially the hop are very noticable
T:Citrus ,hops, very well balanced bitterness., very refreshing taste.
F medium bodied, with medium carbonation.
O: A very decent IPA , very drinkable and refreshing, not the best IPA i had , but it was absolutelly a good one

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OlaB from Norway, Nov 27, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with low carbonation, head dissipating quickly. Abv on the bottle is 5.3%. Smell - very light to non-existent, sweet malt. Taste - medium bodied with hop bitterness. Bitterness in the finish. It is a refreshing ipa.

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beer488 from Israel, Aug 13, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, orange and Amber colored. Medium head that fades away quickly.
S: Very grassy or leavy. I can describe it as the smell after rain. Slight citrus.
T: The taste begins with citrus, to rapidly taste the grass that you could smell. The after taste is really bitter.
F: It feels nice, a lot of flavours are blended together.
O: It was a very good IPA. Although not my favourite, I think it was a nice beer. The bitterness was quite strong in the aftertaste, which was very surprising.

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sejorules from Sweden, Aug 07, 2015
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2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell wasn't powerful as expected. Smooth IPA and easy drinkability. Dark orange amber. Taste is earthy with hints of citrus. Tastes of leaves and crispness.

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baile208 from Michigan, May 06, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear amber with a medium,quick dissipating eggshell-colored head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-slight grapefruit,oranges,very grassy,bread,caramel
-orange zest,grassy,lime,lightpineapple, caramel with a bready finish
-medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
Actually reminds me a lot of the Brooklyn Lager.

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drmeto from Germany, Apr 12, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Just got this and West Coast from Green Flash to compare, and all in all, this is a "light" version of West Coast, still great in scent and flavor but not as powerfull. Still worth it though

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/amber, with a hint of hazyness. Average foam.
In the smell earthly hop, english, with peppery notes, some tea hint. A bit warming. And floreal.
Pleasant taste, good maltiness, good english hopping, not light, but neither too strong. Balanced.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, not too long, with pepper and tea notes.
Good, great drinkability.

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stcules from Italy, Apr 17, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's IPA is a great example of an english IPA.
It has an orange/amber color, somewhat transparent, and a light bubbling foam.
Smell and taste are really rich. Hoppy, malty and fruity, they are really well balanced, possible to feel nice citrus tones, honey tones and some other fruits that ain't easy to distinguish. There's a nice bitter aftertaste.
Feel is good too, beer is light in the alcohol and has the proper body and carbonation. I prefer heavier beers but at least I admire the balance in this one.

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3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... shinning amber beer with head colour off white of 2 fingers not lasting too much
Aroma... grass, pine, wet cereals, hops. Fresh smell with a touch of malty aroma and notes of bread too
Taste... pine, spices and herbal taste, bitterness appears lasting all the time in a moderate style to be an English IPA
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a nice ale, bitterness is present in a good combination with a nice roast malt presence, refreshing beer too.

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Jetulio from Spain, Sep 10, 2013
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. FullerĀ“s Pint glass. Enjoyed on aprĀ“13. Pours light copper in color with crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & lasting crown. Mild toasted malt aromas, subtle resins, earthy & mint hues to the nose. Evident hop tendency overwhelm toffee maltiness. Medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Herbal notes & earthy bitterness in the middle provide sharp astringency that lingers into a no-sugar tea-like finish. Note:Label indicates 5.3% (Bar Code 5-011885-010478)

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bloody hell, is it IPA time again? Suppose that's not necessarily a bad thing though. After experimenting with various American double IPAs in the last week or so, I was compelled to break the chain of Americana with Fullers' addition to the scene. As the result of going through a massive phase last year of drinking nothing but London Pride for two weeks, it's safe to say that I hold Fullers and its products in high reverence. But can they match their reputation with the IPA? Time to find out.

Serving Type: 500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A copper, ruby-red body with a slightly tan-coloured head. The head retains itself quite well and laces sparingly down the glass as it disappears. Nothing terribly fascinating, but certainly not unpleasant.

Smell: Overwhelmingly hoppy, with aromas of Goldings and Fuggles being the most obvious. Some malt is noticeable with a large inhalation.

Taste: An initial hoppy bitterness transforms after two or three seconds into a deep malt finish, not dissimilar to Greene King or several other English IPAs. Sweetness and bitterness is balanced very well. Hats off lads.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much what one would expect from an English IPA - moderate-to-light carbonation and a moderately dense body. Easily sessionable.

Overall: A great addition to the IPA scene by the English brewing giants. Probably not a candidate for the finest IPA out there, but it deserves praise for the balance of malt and bitterness that so many breweries fail to achieve.

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SpruceMoose from Australia, May 26, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brown color with an orange twist has a spark of flavor right from the start. The smell was refreshing and happily hoppy. I had a nice mouthful of the brew to refresh my lack of a quality IPA given my location, and it is cheaper to buy here (Panama) than it is back home in Her Majesty's kingdom.

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mndlssphlsphr from Washington, Jan 14, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a orangey-brown colour. There's plenty of malt in the aroma, but not much hops. Anyone accustomed to drinking a West Coast style IPA may find this a bit tame aroma-wise. However, the taste offers a some nice cereal/grain flavours and there is in fact quite a persistent hop bitterness to the finish. Just not much aromatics.

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CookstLiquor from British Columbia (Canada), Sep 24, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear bronze, thumb of white head retained very well and left abundant lacing when it did recede
S - citrus, pine, fresh mint, leafy greens, and grain
T - citrus and fresh green up front, followed by a very refreshing mint that last through the finish, some dry grainy malt and peppery background, great flavour mix and definitely unique
M - relatively light with solid carbonation, slightly prickly, refreshing and dry finish with a lingering mint/eucalyptus feel
O - a fine example of the english style, it is unique in its fresh taste and feel without taking away from the hoppiness, a must try

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joemcgrath27 from Alberta (Canada), Sep 01, 2012
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