Wild River | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by flyingpig on 08-20-2012

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
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.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iaido
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Britainboi
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!

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Photo of FZR23
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregaR
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drummermean
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dsolonenko
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of factoide
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of simont1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMentair
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmperorBevis
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
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.

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Wild River from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 88 ratings