Wild River

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,686
Ranked #45,597
3.54 | pDev: 13.56%
England, United Kingdom
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aug 21, 2015
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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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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
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wl0307 from England

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Nov 28, 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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BillRoth from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Oct 11, 2014
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vinicole from England

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Apr 16, 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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pin from Australia

4/5  rDev +13%

Mar 29, 2014
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bmaggot from Lithuania

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 30, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 26, 2015
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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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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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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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hopley from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Aug 17, 2013
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

Sep 25, 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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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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intoxabroad from Taiwan

3/5  rDev -15.3%

Mar 08, 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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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 12, 2015
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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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flyingpig from Scotland

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red amber colour with a thin and foamy white head on top that stays well.

A milder smelling beer with some honey and vanilla along with a helping of sugar and some fruity, summer like aromas shinning through. I could detect some floral hops as well but these were quite subdued.

Mild with the obvious honey coming through along with a blend of vanilla and butterscotch, neither of which were particularly strong but both were nice. There was a subtle alcohol kick right at the end.

Smooth & creamy with light acrbonation although this was slightly stronger than most casks meaning it didn't seem flat. There was a nice alcohol touch and a semi-bitter finish too.

A nice honey and fruit taste to go with the general sweetness and overall the beer was pleasant and rather enjoyable.

Aug 20, 2012
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windypete from England

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Apr 14, 2014
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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
Wild River from Fuller's
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 96 ratings