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

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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 299
Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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%
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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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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 beer488
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of sejorules
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 baile208
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
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 drmeto
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Necattus
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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 stcules
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Jetulio
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of SpruceMoose
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 endovelico
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This dark but heavily burnished honey-golden IPA looks like it's had a spray tan. Whether yeast sediment or coagulate protein, whatever the little particles are, they are suspended as if in a Jello mold. It might make Jim from The Office proud, but it doesn't make the beer any more aesthetic. Its carbonation musters pathetically little head.

Fuller's India Pale Ale smells like a Fuller's product. It has a strong biscuity maltiness, an underlying of very green hops, and a distinct, prominent mineral content. I detect also a hint of honey. It smells reasonably OK so far as my senses are concerned, although in the big picture it would rank quite low so far as the IPA style goes.

I've become accustomed when seeing the words 'India Pale Ale' on a label to tasting fruity and grassy hop-driven flavors. Which is why, although the beer is perfectly agreeable, I can't help but feel disappointed. The flavors I detect - which are few - are mostly sweet and contain little of the citric, resiny nectar I so love in bolder examples of the style.

Instead, the beer is thick and heavy with toasted and nutty, slightly caramelized grain. It drinks more like liquid caramel than it does blended fruits, herbs and tree resins. The bitterness is as mild as the alcohol percentage (which is to say, about average). Not unusual for a British beer, high sulphate water minerals are the most prominent feature.

If most American IPAs are like Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner, Fuller's India Pale Ale is like somebody's grandmother sitting down to crumpets and tea to watch Coronation Street. No one can say this is a bad beer - I don't think such a thing can be said about any Fullers product - but it's definitely unexciting. Too status quo for my tastes.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Big, dense looking white head on top of a dark golden (almost amber) coloured beer. Head soon recedes to about one finger but then it shows nice retention and lacing

S- A light grainy malts base is surrounded by fresh herbal and slightly spicy notes from the hops. Very simple aroma, but clean and still quite assertivly fresh at the same time

T- Clearly nearer to english bitters than to american ipas, then very much true to it's style. Crackery and caramel notes provide a nice amount of sweetness upfront, along with a slight soft, buttery touch that is typical with many english ales. Hop notes may feel a bit weak at first but they slowly take the main stage, with a nice complexity to them: clean herbal/floral notes, a bit of fuggles earthyness, also a slight citric hint. Bitterness is subdued but always present, expecially in the aftertaste

M- Medium body, maybe slightly on the light side of medium. Modest, delicate carbonation. Very smooth on both tongue and palate, with just a hint of pleasant crispness on the tongue

O- Easy and highly drinkable beer. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Nothing really impressive, just a nicely crafted ale

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear orange color, the bottle seemed strongly carbonated but the head wasn't much, a wispy tan colored foam with little stick and no lacing as yet. Nose is pleasantly hoppy in its own British way, subtle caramel malts with a bit of toffee and a carbonation note. Clean.

The flavor is again hoppy in its own British way, without leading towards a strong bitterness, the hops are the bulk of the flavor. Light grains up front, finishing with a caramel sweetness, and an herbal hop note in the end as well. Aftertaste is herbal hoppy as well.

Nicely done but not terribly exciting. For the price here in Mexico I wouldn't have it again, but a nice alternative to American pale ales which are typically the happiest beer you can find.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a nice golden amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hops with light pungy notes. Taste is a nice drinkable mix between some dry floral notes with light pungy notes and solid dry caramel malt notes with some good cereal notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Solid mix of English hops and nice grain bill.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aka Bengal Lancer... had on tap at BBC in Franklin, MA.

Big nitro looking creamy firkin head 1.5 fingers, crystal clear pale tan brown color, lacing sticks all around.

Nose herbal earthy hops, more uk style but bigger, spicier and less herbal, light gritty grainy malt underneath, pretty earthy overall and mild grassy.

Taste again is more uk biter but almost americanized. Earthy slight herbal hops, little spicy and grassy, bring a decent bitterness. Then juicy malts, grainy and earthy malts. Clean ale taste, fairly bright and crisp, very drinkable. Finishes a bit more bitter and gets earthy and spicy hops and a bit grassy still, crisp and clean almost lager level, smooth.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lighter carb coming from a firkin I believe.

Overall a nice clean sessionable uk style ipa. Doesn't get overly biter or herbal estery hedgerow hops, instead a nice bitter earthy grassy light spicy hop. they also stay away from the american big hops. Nice malts, juicy, and almost lager level clean and crisp. Really nice beer overall, just served a bit too cold but that's BBC not the beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quintessential British IPA that I'd highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Pours a dark golden colour with hints of amber. Head is off-white and yields decent lacing down the glass. Hop forward aroma underpinned with caramelized malt sweetness. Very well balanced flavour profile with a pleasantly bitter finish.

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