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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,672
Ranked #45,275
3.54 | pDev: 13.56%
England, United Kingdom
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sample from cask at the brewery. Golden colour. Aroma and flavour of citrussy American hops, very refreshing and pleasant. Also hints of tropical fruits. Might rerate when I get a full pint.

May 16, 2021
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Beer_Stalin from Canada (QC)

3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the excellent Fuller's brewpub at the international terminal at Heathrow. Good food and wide selection of Fuller's offerings. Also, a great gift store, where I snagged this IPA, not available in Quebec. It's ironic to be drinking a British version of an American IPA, "inspired by the American CRAFT brewery movement". I feel like I'm drinking in circles. Even though it uses Cascade, Willamette, and Chinook hops, the citrus is restrained and does not assault your nose. At 4.5% ABV how would you double-hop anyway and still remain balanced? This was very tasty and refreshing but it tasted more like a Session IPA than a double-hopped APA. Still wish I could buy it again.

Mar 08, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Waitrose London. 300ml can. BB 30/4/19. 4.5% ABV
L- Mid gold, some rising CO2. Thin head clears quickly; though I'm starting to wonder if this glass is a 'gas-killer' so won't rate it down on lack of head.
S Very nice, fresh with light citrus aroma
T Dry, hoppy, broadens to a dry palette and finish.
M It's clearly very hopped and dry, yet it has just enough body to carry it off [for me]. It's not like some contempory beers that are as fashionably hopped as this yet lacking body, which are so bluntly dry, well, one I had last night made me physically shudder; a first!
O So if I wanted a well hopped beer, BUT one that dealt it together with comepnsating body, then this might be it. There is a slight citrus edge [citra hops, or similar?] that adds another dimension to the proposition.
Now checking the can for a description: 'Roaringly refreshing pale ale with zesty hops and a dry finish'. Yep, that sums it up just right.

Aug 17, 2018
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Spike from England

3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml can.
L: Clear, dark gold with a short-lived white head. Some lacing.
S: Light, floral, citrus.
T: Sweet malt with a citrusy, hoppy twist.
F: Medium body with light carbonation. Dry finish.
O: Not really an APA. Much more an English Bitter with some zip from American hops. Nicely refreshing. Not bad.

Aug 03, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and crystal-clear, no carbonation, three fingers of yellowish white head.

Smells of peaches and some stone fruit, fruity, piney, floral and yellow pears.

The taste follows the nose, with a moderate bitterness.

Light body, moderate carbonation.

Reminds me a lot of A hopped up version of London pride. Got this one from Bangkok, drinking in Chang Mai June 7th, 2017.

Jun 07, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear brass gold in color with decent off-white creamy head that stands with pretty good retention, it gradually dissipates to some foamy sheet atop along with lots of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Citrus (zesty citrus more than bitter citrus) infused with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, orange candy, and lemon from hop. Malt with notes of bread, caramel, and mild buttery then hops reveal again with notes of floral, some pine, and some spice.

The tastes follow what are reflected in a nose. Pale malt plays as a foundation with a big note of sweet bread together with slight caramel. Hops nicely travel through the palate with big zesty citrus, a bit spicy grapefruit, lemon, and sweet orange candy while also leave moderate bitterness in the finish as well as the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with lively carbonation and some good crispness generate smooth mouthfeel through the palate, dry and clean finish.

Do not compare this with APAs from US that are more hoppy and intense. However, this beer considering the fact that it originated from UK could be justified as decent and worthy. It is also very easy drinkable and sessionable.

Dec 09, 2016
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Britainboi from England

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep golden almost more orange than pale. Clean, clear and crisp. Loses most on head and retention. Initial thick white however rocky head decendes into flat and non-existent. Mild to average carbonation.

Smell: Not to much shouting from the aroma however hop notes are easily detectable with perhaps a slight estery fruit in the background with a touch of malt.

Taste: Could do with more punch. A initial slight sweeter hop flavour followed by more bitter notes that extend into the med-long finish with a slight astringent back drop but not too much.

Feel: Initially good with good carbonation and body however seems to die somewhat as you make your way down the glass.

Overall: Judging from previous reviews the brew seems to have improved but not by a great deal. Still lacking punch and body. Head retention needs addressing as a good looking beer can really affect how the drinker reacts to it. No one likes a beer that has the appearance of cold tea!

Aug 26, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, BBE 14 Nov 2016 so I think it's a month old? Unless they have longer than 12 months BB date on this bottle. Poured into pint glass

Crystal clear golden, rocky head. Fair amount of carbonation

Aroma of sweet malts, touch of pear, floral. Not much going on

Follows the aroma through on the taste, light bitterness, slightly dry, quick finish

It's a bit below par really, if you consider how many better new world hopped beers of this strength - or lower- there are on the market in the uk. It's ok, easy to drink, inoffensive.

Dec 08, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Pours clear golden with obe-finger white head, good retention.
Smell - malty, floral, honey.
Taste - follows the smell.
Light body and soft carbonation.
Decent pale ale, but among english, not very essential for APA.

Nov 20, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot to say here. If you like your APAs mixed with water, this could be your new go-to brew. Thin, watery, uninspired. Oh, what were you thinking Fullers? Its like you let Green King come in and brew this for you.

Aug 24, 2015
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emincems from Turkey

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored. Foam retention is good. Smells piney, floral and slightly honey like malty. Fairly bitter. Light fruity and spicy hop flavors with slight caramel. Low-med bodied. Refresher.

Jun 29, 2015
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interzen from England

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle - half served into a tulip glass for tasting purposes

Look: Clear gold with a fluffy white head which dies down to pretty much nothing bar a few desultory bits of foam floating on the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: For something that claims to be inspired by American craft ales there's really not a lot going on - in fact, there was a distinctly unpleasant metallic tang, which is a bit worrying given the best before date of November 2015. Some hoppiness, but not nearly as full on as the Goose Island IPA that preceded this.

Taste: There's some hoppy bitterness and pine resin type flavours, but not nearly as much as the blurb on the bottle would have you believe. The hops start to come through at the end, but it's really too little too late.

Feel: Yep, it's kind of watery - fairly fizzy and given the muted flavours it borders on the downright bland.

Overall: Fullers do some good beer (ESB and London Pride, to name but two) but this is a real swing and a miss - although I'm relatively new to American style IPAs, I can safely say that none worthy of the name would be anything like this. I finished this, but I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it, which is a shame.

Jan 20, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I’m going to kick off this review by saying that I generally enjoy Fuller’s Ales, especially their ESB, so this brew with its promise of a tasty Fuller’s malt backed up by not a single but a ridiculous double hopping (and yes to sarcasm in that remark) had my eyes watering with delight (not really, again sarcasm). However reader unfortunately Fuller’s has either dropped the ball incredibly badly or I have received a bad bottle. Anyway on to the review!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Almost clear honey coloured body with a thin white wisp on top. Seems a bit more pale than most Pale Ales (which to the confused reader refers to the “Pale malts” not the colour of the beer). 4/10.

S: Honey notes with some floral hop characters. Hints of a toffee malt base and not much else. This was the first sign that something was amiss with this brew: the aroma is too muted, like a glass of James Squire’s 150 Lashes Pale Ale. 3/10.

T: Straight away it comes off waaaaaay too watery and (surprisingly given its pedigree) lacking a nice big malt base. Above flavours noted. Not sure how they made it taste of honey without adding any. Finishes with a slight citric hop bitterness. I gave a friend a sip just to check if I was going crazy and he confirmed that this Pale Ale is too weak, and that I’m already crazy, thanks mate! 4/10.

M: Hugely disappointing with a mid to light watery body and fizzy carbonation. 2/10.

D: A massive let down from Fuller’s, who really should know better, they call it an American styled Pale Ale but it's not even close to an APA... almost a drain pour (I only finished it off because hey it’s beer and I was thirsty... but if I wasn’t thirsty, yep!). I checked the date on the bottle and everything is fine, either this is a dud beer or Fuller’s intended to follow in James Squire’s footsteps (ala their 150 Lashes, a brew I detest somewhat). 4/10.

Food match: I don’t know, whatever won’t overpower the delicate flavours at play in this brew... fish and chips, salted, no vinegar.

Dec 17, 2014
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TeddyBrewsky from England

4/5  rDev +13%

I recently moved to the UK from the states. I love the beer here, however, I was looking for something that reminded me of the American Pale Ales back home. This beer definitely did the trick. Not much malt, but a strong bitter finish. Overall, this was a pretty good beer and something that I will go back to when i'm craving some American hops.

Dec 14, 2014
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Light copper body with strings of bubbles. Chunky off-white head. Good lacing.
S: A lovely, perfumey fruitiness.
T: Ooh, a bit too dry and bitter. Needs some caramel to soften it up. It's hoppy with a very plain malt character. As it warms I get some citrusy honey, echoes of London Pride, and it's slightly sweeter. A hollow sort of chlorinated flavour in the finish.
O: Not great. Expected more from Fullers.

Nov 06, 2014
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jonb5 from England

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Pint served in shaker, initial haze cleared, bronze, clear, small head, moderate retention, no bubbles.

S: Earthy sour fruity aroma pointed to use of the Fuggles hop, mild citrus suggested a Cascade style hop.

T: Citrus fruits, predominantly grapefruit, wheat, some sweetness which was balanced out by an earthy bitter finish.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, nice texture, went down well without it being sticky.

O: A sessionable summery beer, good addition to the Fuller’s range. Not too strong with decent depth.

Sep 07, 2014
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heygeebee from Australia

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From Beer Cartel. BB dec 2014.

A - golden clear body, poor head and film.

S - grains, hint peach and mango. More Pilsner than APA.

T - quite fruity and moderately hoppy, but still not quite what I would call an APA. Somewhat earthy hops on palate.

M - watery.

O - yes this is new wave British brewing, with low alcohol takes on US styles, but I guess it's maybe 6 months old and it shows. Expensive, too, so you can't session it which I guess is the intent.

May 17, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2015. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. Described on the label as a double-hopped pale ale containing a blend of Liberty, Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Looks like Fuller's are taking on those craft brewers!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright, clear golden-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a wispy surface layer. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of lime, citrus, white grape, mild caramel, ale yeast and faint stewed hops. A twinge of buttery diacetyl lurks in the background. Could stand extra maturing.

Tastes of spicy, fruity hops with an intense bitter finish. Notes of lime, mild grapefruit, citrus, white grape, subtle grass/hay, faint caramel, ale yeast and stewed hops. A whisper of diacetyl. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter hops, fruitiness and faint malt.

Pretty good - goes down a treat. Looks OK, though the head doesn't hang around. Aroma is hoppy but subdued. Flavour is a bit more punchy; fruity with good bitterness. Body is alright. Not perfect - needs extra maturing before bottling and I reckon the malt could be beefed up slightly. However, it's the ideal brew for a warm day. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Mar 27, 2014
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a rich Golden colour with a white head that reduces quickly

S - Decent hop backed by malt

T - Up front some nice hop notes the malt is nicely balanced the finish is slightly bitter.

M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O - A very session able APA

Jan 12, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a generous white foamy head. There was obvious aroma of citrusy hops. The taste is very bitter and quite strong, with a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. It's a nice and enjoyable beer, but perhaps a bit strong and with a bit too bitter aftertaste. But still, quite enjoyable.

Dec 20, 2013
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soulgrowl from England

4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle sends mixed messages: grizzly bears chomping on wild salmon, with the caption: "brewed beside the Thames." Sums up many British breweries' current identity crisis pretty well. This appears to be Fuller's doing a Sierra Nevada impression: amber-gold, white head, grapefruit, lemon, honeyed toast, something floral, something caramelly. Looks good, smells better, tastes best. Lotsa hoppy bitterness from start to finish, with a clear, clean, balanced flavor. Toffee, lime, white grapefruit, toasted white bread, rose. A pleasant hybrid, with distinct and upfront American hoppage but solidly English malts. And it also drinks kinda like a pilsner: crisp, dry, bubbly. A great refresher, especially at only 4.5% and £1.80 a bottle.

Dec 08, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good to see this style from Fullers and pours a clear golden hue with a non lasting two finger that recedes to a swirl in the middle and a rim of lacing,the smell is mostly floral hops with a war in the background going on between malts and hops its honey,stone fruit,grains and berries,the mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated maybe a little too much but it's very sessionable at the same time just doesn't let the tastes of stone fruits,heather honey,floral hops and citrus to completely shine and overall another beer I could easily drink as a session drop but once again at the price you can barely call this a brew you go to as a session drop and I'm glad for the experience but won't be back cheers.

Dec 07, 2013
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EmperorBevis from England

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear lemon yellow body with spotty sporadic microscopic white bubbled head

The aroma is mainly honey but muted

On the tongue it kicks off with that lemon citrus taste that tips its hat to the new world but almost instantly heavy weight bitterness is ushered in confirming it's British toots

The mouthfeel is easy going, not flimsy but easy drinking and slightly spritely carbonation

On the whole a thoroughly decent beer
not screaming world class but it must be a godsend on a hot summer day.

Nov 08, 2013
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours clear golden with a massive white, thick head. Dissipation takes some time, leaving rich lacings.

S: Bready caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Licorice and honey. Bitter hops.

T: Very rich bitter hops, quite rough. Caramell malt, semi-sweet.

M: Aftertaste is long and rich in bitterness. Body is rather light and carbonation is strong.

O: Unbalanced - the bitterness overpowers everything else, perhaps more malt would have made the body fuller and therefore balanced the bitterness.

Sep 27, 2013
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bark from Sweden

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is pale amber (17 EBC), the liquid is somewhat hazy. There is almost no head at all.

The smell is light. Some honey and fruit candy. Semi-sweet malts and hints of caramel. Harsh hops.

The taste is a bit harsh with notes of tree-sap. Hay and grass from the hops. Some minerals and tart notes. Quite a lot of green hoppy flavours. Grass. The body is light. The bitterness grows slowly in the aftertaste. Tree sap and wood are also in the short aftertaste.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles small. The liquid is somewhat harsh.

Too much harsh hops in this one.

Oct 21, 2012
Wild River from Fuller's
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 96 ratings