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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Photo of lamergod
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Belhaven pint glass.

Appearance- Finger thick head. Nice yellowish orange body with slight carbonation.

Smell- Nice fruity aroma hits home with slight tint of floral and hops.

Taste- Bold bitterness coupled with hops taste and slight fruity taste.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is IMO pretty darn alright. Enough to make it pretty light to have more than one and not too much till it taste like 'diet beer' Really nice slightly medium body.

Overall- Alright beer to drink. Slightly above average. Love the smell. A tad more bitter than other English IPAs I've drank such as Twisted Thistle and Old Empire. But not overly bitter in any way. Would be getting one again but not so soon.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange/amber with a large lasting creamy head.
Nose shows floral, fruity and grassy hops at first, lots of orange marmalade in there. Also some spicy notes alongside loads of caramel and bready malt.
Similar malt profile in the way of flavours, sumptuously malty. There’s subtle spicy and resinous hops in there too along with a bold bitterness that bravely tries to curb the sweetness.
Carbonation is a little full-on.

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Photo of pioppo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber beer with a fine white foam, not many persistent. At the nose herbaceous by hop and a little of smoky, medicinal and ethylic already finded in other drinking of this brewery. Medium body, smoothy and so bitter like the aftertaste.

Bitterness, aromas, flavours of hop.. I like the way English mix this ingredient in a very suitable way!!

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Photo of poporolo
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle with best before date on label served into a pint glass. Nice brown copper hue with a head that dissipates but never quite leaves you. Perfume and herbs hit the nose; a herbal, hop, buttery taste with a nice finish. Very good beer, quite refreshing and with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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 rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is orange with hues of brown, an off-white a bit uneven head, good lacing.

Smelling of toffee, then pears and green apples, grass and pine cones.

The taste has a caramel start, brown bread, then grass and bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a good body, a dry finish.

A well done and well balanced British IPA.

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Photo of dolzan
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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 rosmhuire
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A small, white head of foam with good retention and a nice swath of lace as it recedes. The body is a clear, copper-brown color.

S - A fruity aroma of apple and pear with some bready malt. A hint of honey and a little bit of musty hop character.

T - Dry and toasty with moderate malt character up front. Moderate bitterness with and a nice hop character that begins rising in the middle. Tart, toasty dryness lingers into the finish with an increased bitterness and some red apple yeast notes as well as a lingering, singed toast character.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable with a balance favoring bitterness and musty English hops. Enough malt richness is present to balance the hop character and the fruity yeast helps to lend depth. This is a classic of British beer and while it is always excellent, it really does manage to acquire some extra depth as a real ale.

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Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome pale ale... but an IPA?

A: Copper bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace from the cask.

S: Earthy-orange with a touch of biscuity malt.

T: Great hop flavour, plenty of earthy-orange EKG. Great bicuity malt with hints of nuts & caramel to back it up. Balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A great drinker.

Certainly a sessionable IPA... but I still don't really get these low abv British versions?

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Volo Cask Days 2009. A perfect English IPA. Nice hoppy aroma. Golden with stand-on-guard white head. Great balance, with understated Goldings hops that keep up a bitterness, some lemony citrus. Creamy mouthfeel, a good malting. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Fairly pale, more like an American IPA colour. 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Sweet and hoppy.

Taste - Fuller's haven't gone for a typical English IPA recipe here, and unfortunately I don't think their experimentation has worked. This is too low on malt flavours, and the somewhat metallic hops could do with more of a fruity character. I'm sure this would taste a fair bit better when fresh, though.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy for the style and ABV, good texture.

Drinkability - Not great.

Overall - Like Discovery, this is another pale Fuller's beer that doesn't particularly appeal to me.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a mug a fairly clear orange with a few centimetres of white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Light caramel malt with some minerally character and fruity hop notes.
T - Taste also has some light caramel malt with some biscuit hints also coming through. Fruity and floral hops also come through quite nicely.
M - Light to medium bodied with a noticeable bitterness and moderate carbonation.
D - A very nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber hue which is very lively carbonated and leads to a nice two finger bubbly head,it has beautiful fruity hop aromas with a pleasant maltiness in the background,it has a nice mouthfeel with nice tastes of fruity hops and malted barley is present aswell to make it very smooth indeed with a decent but pleasant bitter aftertaste which is so easy to drink that i will buy this again.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a beautiful cream coloured frothy domed head over a clear, light orange to copper coloured body.

Smell - 3.5
A little malt sweetness in the mostly hoppy aroma with smells of musty, dusty yeast and a little fruit.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt is there for balance, a little orange, moderate bitterness (perhaps not enough for an IPA) and earthy, metallic hop flavour, finishing dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Quite light bodied with more carbonation that the rest of the range.

Drinkability - 4.0
Easy drinking and better suited to the warmer months.

OVERALL - 3.95
Good, but a little step below the regular range. White Shield is a better English IPA.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fuller's India Pale Ale pours a persimmon-to-amber colour along with a fuzzy white crown that gradually disintegrates in a quick pace, cheddar-cheese manner, like an imploding building, leaving a sporadic amount of lacing on the side. Plenty of dormant carbonation on the bottom of the pint glass, looks like a collection of caviare eggs waiting to be devoured by voracious predators...

Smell: Strong and fresh aromas of slightly bitter, yet citric zest, and utterly sweet scents of apricot - and lot's of it! Not completely unlike a smoothie or purée, pretty grand actually. At a closer whiff we get a caramel cream and bread-like maltiness mixing with some burnt or earthy notes hiding in the back with a tad of pineapple.

Taste: The bread-like characteristics are pretty upfront, intense but short in their lifespan. A pleasant and lingering bitterness which does not dominate the show, but sticks around until the final like a true champ is what comes next. The sweetness is clearly reduced compared to how it presented itself in the smell and instead replaced with a slightly citric touch which in combination with the aforementioned bitter hops brings grapefruit to mind! Additionally, the caramel cream sweetness does however, reveal itself a bit more as the temperature of the beer gets closer to reaching an equilibrium with the room.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy in the texture, somewhat low in carbonation, medium-to-thin in the body and with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very resonant in taste and smell, even though some of the characteristics switched priorities in the hegemony of sensational order. Milder than I expected it to be, guess I've had me one too many of the Yankee versions... Nonetheless, this is an IPA not to be ignored, it's interesting and has a prominently hoppy tone, winning not by measures of strength but of perseverance.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a thin head that doesn't lace. Nice sweet grain and lemon/wood hops nose. Butter cookie malts with gentle Goldings hop tang - no teabag English hops like you might expect. Light body. Long tight finish.

Too thin to be an English IPA but not punchy enough to be an American IPA. Still easy-drinking, though.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden, nice creamy head that stays for a while.

S: Fruity hops, I can also smell a hint of malt.

T: Toffee at first, then it turns more bitter with obvious hops. A tone of fruit (citrus) is also noticeable.

M: A little thinner than I expected. Not bad or good.

D: There are better IPA:s around, but this one I had with veal, something I highly recomend.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
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 ricke
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 bark
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is copper (a bit paler than expected); the two finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly with a fizzing sound without leaving much lacing.

The clean smell is fresh and bitter with hoppy notes of flowers and dark bread. Some hints of toffee, metal and coconut.

The taste is balanced with both sweet malt (cookies) and aromatic hops. Some toffee and rye bread that develops into a more bitter taste with a light metallic touch. Notes of brewers yeast, monosodium glutamate and caramelized sugar in the aftertaste complement the growing medium strong crisp bitterness.

The carbonation is medium, the smooth bubbles are small. The liquid is mid-smooth, the mouthfeel a bit dry.

I could have complained about the low bitterness or the rather low body in this IPA... But on the other side, this is a damn well crafted beer with a great drinkability.

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Photo of caminiti
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper with just a little head which quickly faded. Smelled sweet and a bit hoppy, and tasted the same, maybe even a bit sweeter than the nose. Lightly carbonated made it real easy to drink. Like all of the Fuller products, a very good beer, recommended, especially if you find it on tap

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Photo of blatherbeard
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Fuller's India Pale Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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