Wild River | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by flyingpig on 08-20-2012

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Ratings:
84
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
14.88%
 
 
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Photo of doktorhops
1.78/5  rDev -47%
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.

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Photo of PJu
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Yalcin
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of intoxabroad
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of katiatanner
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MaSaiani
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jon4than
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of interzen
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of life_of_agony
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eric5bellies
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of Hanglow
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of pkenkman
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JamFuel
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.36 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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