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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

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Mark
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great unique tasting beer. Very malty, decent hops, unlike american IPA's. For those of you who like your ale smooth, you can't go wrong with this ale or most other british beers.

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Photo of Reverand
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's has done it again.. From your first sip to the last drop this IPA is incredible. I was so taken in by the copper color to the hops that grab you right away.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/gold in color, with a very thin head, though one which leaves a decent lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy and citric, though not so much as to completely overshadow a strong biscuity malt character. Diacetyl lends something of a buttery note to both the aroma and the flavor -- easy to miss but hard to ignore once you've noticed it. Not a bad thing at all, as it contributes, I believe, to the smooth character of this beer in the mouth. Flavor is big on caramel malt, with an oily hop presence throughout, leading up to a pleasingly but not overdone bitter finish. Medium-mouth with crisp carbonation really contributes to the overall experience of a very clean, sharp IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of blatherbeard
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of fullers before trying this one at Buckley's in Merrimack NH.

It was a pale brown ale in a pint glass that made it to the table with no head or lacing to be seen. The aroma was of hops and spice. As i drank this ale, i was shocked to find a bit of a sweet taste, almost a sugar fore and aftertaste, with a bite of hops mixed with spices. Carbonation was perfect to fit the taste of a beer. Not a taste i expected from an ipa, and it was good. I was pleasantly surprised and would definetly have this one again.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Ammersino Feine Getränke in Vienna. Clear copper-orange pour with two finger off white head and great lacing. Big floral, perfumy nose with a bready, caramel sweetness. Toast, tea, toffee, and a solid bready, biscuity, sweet malt backbone in the taste. Hints of butterscotch and caramel, and the bitter hops really kick in nicely as it warms for a really well balanced English IPA. Extremely smooth and slightly chewy with a nice bitter, dry finish. For me, this is the definition of a perfect session beer. Full flavored but not extreme. Had no idea this was a seasonal brew. I'm kicking myself for only getting one of these. Fuller's was already one of my favorite breweries, but this beer totally surpassed expectations. Have to get more!

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Photo of hyuga
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber-orange with a big, rocky head that stays pretty well. The aroma is heavy on the English hops as expected, but is still a subtle aroma. Very spicy and a bit estery. Malt is sweet and bready. The taste... wow, this is a tasty beer! Very hoppy in that subtle English way, but also very malty. The hops are very spicy, with a very crisp bitterness that makes your tongue tingle. The malt is like buttered bread, with very sweet butter. There's an underlying graininess as well. At the front, hops are dominant, but in the back, malt takes over. Back to hoppy for the finish, crisp and dry. Excellent English IPA. I'll have another, please.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad brew, although I was a bit disappointed. The color was a nice copper, and the head was thick and lasting. The aroma was a wafting hoppy experience, to say the least. There are definately hints of sweet yet earthiness in the flavor. I agree with Jason on this one, I need to have this one in my fridge more often as well. Prost!

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Photo of budgood1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark copper color with a beautiful frothy, sticking head. smells of caramel apples dipped in butter. i'm drooling. tastes of caramel malts, with an assertive english/earthy hop bite. mouthfeel is all smooth and buttery. this stuff is decadent. an ale brewed for the senses. not over the top in the american IPA tradition, but delicious without being loud and obnoxious. yummy stuff.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a good reason why Fuller's is one of the world's top brewers - their beers are simply outstanding. This IPA is my idea of what a really good IPA is all about. The hops are there in abundance, but so well blended and balanced as to taste in line with the rest of the brew. Not over the top, not understated, but rather just right. A great aroma accompanies every gulp and the hop smell is great. The general sense I had was of herbal hopping though the smell was also balanced enough as to be subtle, not blasting.

The feel was solid without fullness, and though creamy enough it had a substantial bite and crispness at the finish. This is one really drinkable beer that only lacked a decent head and lacing from the bottle. The body color is beautiful, being dark amber with a substantial red hue to heighten the look.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear, golden color…leaning toward amber/copper. The head isn’t very impressive, a shallow white foam that falls fast into wispy nothingness. Smell is quite nice…solidly malty with a musty, floral, decidedly English smell. It’s not a typical IPA. Very doughy and malty, but also notably bitter. I really like the sweetness and the full, round malt character. It’s a welcome change from the American style IPAs. Full and somewhat soft mouthfeel. This brew is amazingly drinkable…it’s a solid treat. Very appealing.

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Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller’s IPA: Imperial pint bottle, thick, brown glass. Very nice looking beer, with a firm hop aroma. Excellent, flavorful beer, with pronounced hops throughout, supported by a light level of malt sweetness. Long, long lingering aftertaste with hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LarryV
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one tasty brew. The aroma is light, floral, and enticing. However, this is not a floral IPA like many American IPA's. Really nice balance of maltiness and hops. Superb mouthfeel and flavor. I think this is an excellent brew, I could drink this as a session brew easily. One bottle leads to another due to its inviting, interesting taste. Loved it.

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Photo of sejorules
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Awesome, if ever a bottle was a manifestation of all that quality beer stands for, then the bottle that the Fuller’s India Pale Ale arrives in, is IT. Almost reminiscent of old Victorian bottles that I dug up from many old rubbish tips in the UK as a young bottle hunter, the dark brown heavy glass bottle has a distinctive shape, a tall wide body with a short thin neck contains a mighty 1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. The oval black label with the red Fuller’s logo has the words India Pale Ale in white on a purple ribbon like band. Above and below the paper label the bottle has the words “Independent – Family Brewers” embossed. The small neck paper label is also purple & gold with the Fuller’s Griffin looking proud next to the words ‘Imported from England” just above a similar embossed symbol on the bottle. Best before 07-Feb-04. High Quality.

Appearance: Gorgeous full bodied, deep amber colored beer with orange hints; it sits in the glass with a majestic & regal presence. When swirled, a tornado of small bubbles form and slowly spiral axially upwards until they reform the smooth beige ¼”, but solid head. Some lacing, superb balance, good carbonation. Very good, this could easily be from a Cask.

Nose: Malts at first, followed by a rich hoppiness with a light spice and lemon hop character. Very fresh odors.

Taste: Don’t expect an in yer face West Coast IPA, this is much more subtle. The hops are there, sharp and fruity, but not at the “usual IPA” levels, for they are blended in a fantastic emulsion of malts, a herb-like spiciness, some caramel, and a bitter cob-web of fruit-like flavors. I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Way above average, perfectly balanced in the mouth, malts and oily hops dance like Neil Armstrong on the surface of the Moon, smoothly and without any quick change, it is restrained and yet forceful, creamy yet crisp – but always clean – how do they do that?

Drinkability: Get me a Crate of this stuff!!!! I thought it was a bit steep at first, a luxury beer at $3 a bottle, but now I am not so sure, it is worth every cent.

Overall: Is this a real IPA I hear people say?. Who gives a fuck!! It’s a damn good, high quality beer. A little piece of England in Long Beach tonight, which has left a huge smile on this Limey Ex-Pat. A Jolly Good Show and just Bloody Marvelous!

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring beer for eight hours, and after working for a full sixteen, some beers taste pretty damn good. Cask Fuller's IPA is one of them.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a finger of creamily smooth white head, that showed great retention and left sheets of lace. The aroma bursts with a leafy herbalness, backed by a creamy maltiness. A great biscuit base sets the stage for a high level of hopping that delivers flavour, but not overhwelming bitterness. Lots of lemon peel and herbal notes, so I'm going for goldings... regardless, it provides perfect balance. Bitterness weighs in at 30 IBU. Smooth mouthfeel, with a good deal of depth.

Balanced and sessionable. This is everything an English cask should be.

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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of Necattus
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, orange/amber in color, with a creamy white head that settles shortly but leaves a good collar and light surface covering as well as some very good lace. The aroma is mainly of a gently sweet caramel malt and earthy/mineral hops (Fuggles?). The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation. The taste is somewhat fruity, with a lightly sweet caramel & toffee maltiness that's infused with rich hop flavor, and backed by a solid bitterness. The bitterness is bold, but not overwhelming, and at times the hop flavor can become gently minty when combined with the sweetness of the malt. The finish is dry with a lingering malt and hop note. The alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced. A bold flavorful beer that has alot of finesse. It puts out alot of hops and malt, but maintains a high level of drinkability because it knows where to stop. Exceptional. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of dolzan
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date of tasting: 16.07.2010

Amber, copper coloured with a pretty fast disappearing head.

Pretty sharp and dry, with a notable hops aftertaste which seems almost metallic in a way, although the overall feel seems pretty balanced by the pleasant taste of malt.

Very complex and highly refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonder why this beer rates as low as it does. I think it's one of the better English IPA's out there. It's malty, caramelly, and moderately rich and well melded--much like the London Pride, only with nice hop additions. Hops adds a nutty, grassy, woodsy, bitter characteristics. Still well devised and well rounded. Very balanced finish. Smooth, creamy, and full to the palate. Not as drying as I would have thought. Could easily become a session beer for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BRIGHT golden body is topped by a large, fluffy white head that seems to be breathing. Excellent lacing. Very hoppy nose, very floral, very earthy, with fruits more in the background, and a bit of that famous English sulfur. A properly English IPA. The malts come out and introduce themselves first, before the hops come riding over the top. As the sip hits the tongue, there is a malty surge, with just a twinge of hops. However, as the mouthful continues, the hops swell up, and by the aftertaste, they have driven the malt off, and you're left with a nice hop tingle in your mouth. Smooth, but politely assertive, this is a wonderful English IPA

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. A great looking bottle. The bottle looks historic and I took a drink in to the past.

This is one tasty beverage. A classic.

Pours a transparent deep amber with orange highlights. A nice frothy head. Excellent lacing. The scents are buttery malts at first. A nice hop flavor and ends with a spicy grain.

The flavors start with deep malts. Some citrus fruits and even some darker fruits. A bit of plumb if I am not mistaken. A crisp hoppiness enters the equation quickly and then the buttery sweetness finishes it off. Excellent!

The mouthfeel is great. Crisp and bold. A nice dry finish. A pleasure to drink.

This is one fine IPA. It will not be mistaken for a hoppy American IPA. The flavors are rich and robust. There is just no extreme hop bitterness like the American versions. Enjoy.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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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