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

very good
306 Ratings
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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Added by Bierman9 on 01-22-2001

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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 139
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2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of baile208
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
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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Photo of hotstuff
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an off-white medium head with medium sized bubbles. The hue of this beer was amber and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was that of fruit juice. This beer definitely has an aftertaste to it and this is definitely a beer that I won't be seeking out any time soon.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreenWBush
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like many other BA's, I tend to move backward to classic beers like Fuller's after a little burnout from huge gravity, west coast mega-hopped ales. I had a huge dance with Fuller's over the Christmas holiday, so this review is from notes.

This beer pours out a copper colour with almost no head at all. There was also no noticable lacing on the first, and only limited lacing on the second. This particular specimen had an unfortunate wall-paint like smell.

I had been enjoying a Fuller's ESB earlier on in the night, and I was amazed to find eery similarities between the two. This beer echoed the ESB's nice sweet maltiness, but had more of a slightly soured taste. I also felt slight hints of smoked peat in the mouth and aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is nothing special from a great brewery. I also have reservations about this particular selection because it is only available in the USA. Makes you wonder...

Still, this beer is an IPA in the time-tested English style and is wickedly sessionable. If you are going for a Fuller's, pass this one by and go to one of their finer brews - especially the 1845 and the Vintage Ale.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Beer-Logy
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of kofukasho
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated best before Nov. 12, 2003, lets see how it ages.

Had a great amount of carbonation that created a good head and left bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass from top to bottom.

Smelled a bit hoppy, but was mainly malt. Possibly a bit oxidized as well.

Taste was malty, no hops to speak of and very astringent. Oxidization was present but not predominant.

Mouth was a bit harsh but came with good active carbonation.

Lets just say fresher is better with this brew.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer does not travel well. It's not just a Guinness thing. This bottled beer in California is ok. It's bloody awesome in London at the pubs (if your lucky to find it). The differences to me with this bottled stuff are largely one things. Drinkability which this bottle lacks. It does not feel the same sliding down nor does it have the same month feel.

To many of you expecting a hoppy beer, stay away. This beer has a bit of history behind it and hoppyness is not what this beer is about.

In many ways, this beer should be served at room temp (65F) and in a large pint glass surrounded at a wooden pub, raining outside and red velvet seats inside. A kidney pie with mash would complement this brew. Hopefully it would not stop raining for hours as you enjoyed the company and several Fuller beers.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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 jwilli7122
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 oz. on clearance for $.99. Best Before: 18/AUG/03. oh well.

Poured a dark amber/gold with smallish white head which left some but not much lacing. Sweet buttery nutmeg aroma. Taste was buttery malts...followed by a very soft metallic aftertaste. hops are almost undetectable. a faint bitterness pops up randomly, but I have a hard time believing that this is supposed to be an IPA. Light, soft texture...kind of sweet/psuedo-spicy, like cheap chinese food.

Still, not bad. Maybe it would've been better if I'd had it 6 months ago, but there was nothing about it that makes me want to get a fresh bottle to find out.

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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rosmhuire
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Substantial white head (but maybe our bartender just gave us a shitty pour)

S: Bready malt on the nose. Not getting much hops.

T: Very dry and refreshing. A tad too bitter for my liking, especially since this is an English pale ale, and I don't expect this much bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Decent drinkability, though I'd like to see this a bit smoother.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.92 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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