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Fuller's India Pale AleFuller's India Pale Ale
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3.9/5
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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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-22-2001

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pDev:
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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper/bronze color, smallish eggshell coloured head. Leaves little lacing. Aroma was full of sweet malt and English hops, floral and citrus-y.

Plenty of malt in the front of this one, as opposed to American IPA's, which are predominantly hoppy. Subdued use of hops and equally balanced. Some slick toffee notes and hints of burnt caramel also. Very nice and also quite unique. The drinkability is ridiculous... a perfect session brew. Recommended if you want an English version of a true IPA. Don't expect a hop overload and you will be pleased.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Just had the Bengal Lancer a few days ago, and now this one shows up to add to the cadre of locally available Fuller's offerings. Pleasant presentation, as per usual, though the purple motif did throw me for a moment.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden copper hue, with one anemic finger of broadly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some short-lived high-altitude cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it rather quickly abates.

It smells of mild fruity and biscuity malt, a twinge of field honey, and soft leafy and earthy hops. The taste is sturdy bready, biscuity malt, a nicely understated tart fruitiness, and simmering, yet restrained, bitter leafy and weedy hops.

The bubbles are even and supportive, the body a fair bit on the lee side of middleweight, and smooth, but not really in a thorough sort of manner. It finishes just off-dry, the biscuity notes in the malt undergoing a personality metamorphosis, combined with the lingering leafy and fruity hops.

Expectations come high from me for this brewer, and after a few minor hiccups, this turns out a-ok - no pandering to West Coast US influences, just a nice cracking English pale ale, with a smidgen more hops and equally iterative booze factor, all to indicate with closest probability what those Bengal-bound ships were actually laden with lo those many years ago.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smooth IPA that according to me is a bit thin. A little more hops would have balanced the beer better.

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Photo of endovelico
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small head. Orange / Amber color with straw yellow highlights. Low effervescence. Poor lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma: Medium to medium low intensity. British hops representing: Resin, flowers, tropical fruits, mint, pollen, evergreen and yeast.

Taste: Medium to medium high in intensity. Hop dust blowing the palate. Earthy, vegetable, yeast bite, mango and grapefruit.

Palate: Medium to medium high intensity. Medium full to full bodied. Low carbonation. Lasting earthy mouth. Assertive astringency (mostly yeast bite).

Overall: Very solid IPA. Compliant with guidelines and good for the beginners looking for a taste of history.

Had this on the International Day of Beer with Indian Food, and it paired great.

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Photo of davidperez
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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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McCouls here in Greensboro,pours a deep golden with a nice one finger head that left a good amount of lace behind.Very well balanced aroma some English herbal hop but with a firm dry biscuity note in there,a real easy qqaffer here malty and fruity up front with some nice herbal,minty flavors in the finish.Smooth and easy to drink I think a real sociable pint with some nice flavors going on,another great one from Fullers.

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Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow going towards orange. Quite shimmering. Small white head that sticks around for a while. Some lacings.

S: Not as powerful as I had anticipated. Plenty of malts and butterscotch. Decent amount of floral and citric hop aromas. Some fresh carrots as well.

T: Again, plenty of malts and sweet flavors. Quite bready. Butterscotch, toast, caramel. Tasty hop flavors - lemon peel and grapefruit. Some herbs and carrots. Slightly earthy. The bitterness in the finish has somewhat of a calming feel to it - quite restrained, yet still prominent. Some faint spices and a hint of mineral round everything of.

M: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Still, it feels quite dull in the mouth.

D: A refreshing English IPA - very easy to drink. But considering that it's an IPA, it's aromas and flavors are slightly too restrained, I think. The hop character could have been more pronounced, although English IPA:s usually don't pack as much hops as the American ones do. Also, I think the diacetyl level is slightly too high in this one. But still, a good beer.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuraiJack
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is among the best IPAs I've tasted. Perhaps not at the same level as the Stone IPA, but still quite excellent.
First pour shows a brilliant and clear copper brew with a gorgeous creamy lace-like head. It shows as everything you expect in an IPA. Aromas of caramel and honey mix in harmony with the luscious, soft hops. There is a tiny touch of diacetyl that melds well, not overwhelming the hops unlike what you taste with some IPAs. First taste is a soft bittersweetness. The balance of clean, sweet malt with light and clean malt is near-perfect. The hops bitterness slides smoothly into round and almost oily fruits. Perhaps not what the English drinker expects from a traditional IPA - much more like what one tastes in American IPAs but none the less very much to my taste.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slender raised glass brown bottle with a “Best Before” date on the back label.

Appearance: Very bright copper hue with a healthy off white lace, appetizing in appearance.

Smell: Sweet caramel from the crystal malt and an earthy hop aroma from the Goldings Hops. Clean to the nose with a faint touch of buttery diacetyl. Caramel apple?

Taste: Medium in body, bitter sweet palate from a perfect marriage of malt and hops. Malt profile is clean and slightly sweet with hints of biscuit and cracker to a mild husk in the end. Hops are lightly oily with an even steady hand of clean bitterness that cuts through the beer. Pear like fruitiness help to round out the brew. Earthy / leafy, oily and sweet flavour from the hops lingers into far into the after taste with a hint of steely crystal malt.

Notes: Following in the greatness of the ESB, this is a great beer but definitely a modern day English IPA. A beer I’d prefer to see in my fridge more often.

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Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, sampled 4 months before "best by" date. Pours a light bronze with a small offwhite white that left behind a small amount of patchy lace. Subdued nose of faint toffee and some herbal hops. Light to medium carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a mild hop twang. Taste is a bit of sweet caramel malt and some earthy, woodsy hops and yeast bitterness. Carbonation seems to dominate the palate. Finishes clean and dry. Very disappointed in the lack of character, but is nicely drinkable and would be a good session ale if it had a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to find this one on cask at the Lazy Boy in White plains NY a ways back (and happy I took notes). Poured light straw, with a fine white head, left alot of creamy lacing. Smootha mellow IPA. Very soft on the palate. British all the way. Velvety malt , soft hops. Balanced and very enjoyable. Perfect session brew.

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Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of vinivini
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ryanocerus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured with a burnt orange/copper color and thick head that left excellent lacing. The hoppy bitterness of the aroma is at an appropriate level. The taste is outstanding, a little less hoppy than other IPAs. An excellent brew if you like a lighter IPA.

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Photo of rawknrall
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vibrant copper, English ipa's seem to have more lace and head despite the abbreviated hop bill relatively speaking in the context of a west coast hop head. Good sweet aroma, minimal apple fruit vibe.

The fruity downplays itself, comes from likely the yeast strain. The hops are mellow, but fruity and very enjoyable. This is a great session ipa. You get the good kind of metallic hop feel, that kind of bitter twang you like, despite it not really being that bitter at all. Everything is mellow here. Dry mouthfeel, dehydrated apples.

I can't help but wonder how great this is fresh when it doesn't travel across the pond. The best English ipa I can think of. It definitely is deserving of its reputation. Might not be for one dimensional hopheads though. Forewarned.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same bottle as my journal article...full, sub amber color, head full in the middle and effervescent at the edge. Very assertive initial impression, hops are subdued and more berry/flower like. A sense of candy cane peppermint mid mouth that's very pleasant. Nice smell on sip. Finishes smoothly yet diminished. Malt is tasty and balance is excellent. Very drinkable but unlike many American I.P.A.s....nice...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber tone with a nice thicket of cream colored foamy head nice bands of lacing even and decently full. Aroma: Buttered fuggles here nice English style IPA caramel malts surround the hop profile very nice. Taste: Flavor is the most fulfilling aspect of this beer, so good balanced mix of buttery sweet fuggles and other English nobles. Mouthfeel: Fuller medium body a great carbonation would love the texture on cask I have a feeling but such a solid flavor profile not much beats this one in way of English IPA. Drinkability: If I were traveling in London and came upon this one on a beer engine I believe we would become really close friends, great solid brew by a historic brewer awesome.

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Photo of Miha
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RickyS
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 318 ratings