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

very good
136 Reviews
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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Photo of LarryV
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 ryanocerus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 MTMugs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color, smooth combo of hops and malt. Not quite as hoppy as I like but still quite good for the hot day. Is a less hoppy pale ale less filling? Seems so to me. When I can't get to my favorite brewpub, I'll buy this.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FullerÂ’s IPA pours a nice clear copper color, with an off white lace. On the nose is slight hop aroma, and slight caramel maltÂ…both are fairly mild. On the palate the hops and malts were balanced well, biscuit, slight bitterness, some fruitiness as well, and caramel flavors. Very good IPA, I enjoy a slightly more mild IPA sometimes opposed to a Hop devil which seems to go better with a meal.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 tigerpaws
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer as are all that I have tried from Fullers. Nice copper color and a very faint aroma. The hops could be a little stronger in my opinion, leaves a good lace down the glass as you partake.............................CHEERS

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad.... Has a clear, copper color, with a small fine head. Good lacing down the glass.... Verrrry mild nose, with some hops evident, and some underlying malt. Has good body, and a nice creaminess on the tongue. Had some maltiness to start, which hung around in the background. Hops kicked in, a touch bitter, with some citrus evident. Aftertaste of hop bitterness was quite longlasting. Decent IPA, but I prefer the strong, floral types like HopDevil more...

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of budgood1
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 Reverand
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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 inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love those Fuller's bottles. If poured correctly the teardrop neck will slam the last half of your brew into the glass creating a nice tight sticky head. Trademark Fuller's nose. Beauty earthy hop flavor balances well with a mild toasty caramel malt backbone. Finish is hop bitter lingering inviting you to start the cycle over again. Nice modern English IPA, but considering the price I'd go Sam Adams IPA which is nearly as good and probably fresher.

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Photo of jackndan
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 marc77
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color in hue w/ a light haze. The mediocre head settles quickly into a thin layer. The very earthy, rustic and leafy Fuggles hop nose upfront is followed by slight nutty, biscuity notes. Fruity, pear - like yeast esters are mild but detectable. The body is fairly light, while the hop bitterness is quite mild for style. Hop flavor is not unlike the hop nose-- rustic and earthy, but borderlining of being a bit course. Malt flavors are light, toasty and a bit unexciting. The finish is dry, clean and comprised solely of hop bitterness. For Fullers, this is a most underwhelming brew. It's way too tame for an IPA, but drinkable as is nonetheless.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Jordan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like caramel and freshly cut apple. Dark amber, head quickly dissipates into a thin layer, then after more time, into nothing at all. Sweet, malty and bitey. Has a lingering malty aftertaste. Faint bitterness. A good beer, but not very complex and lacks character. Was this beer abused in shipping and storage?

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Photo of Mark
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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 Jason
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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