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Fuller's India Pale Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's India Pale AleFuller's India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
321 Ratings
Fuller's India Pale AleFuller's India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,441
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
321
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
96
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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of aleigator
2.53/5  rDev -35%
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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Photo of fisherbray
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matuto
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of Baviera
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Momon
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emincems
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of insouciantx
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Monks
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beer_bottle
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvadiat
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of davidperez
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of JamFuel
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of sokol_1993
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of monkist
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of toscanoigor
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darthmaul
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 321 ratings