Brewed by Fullerís
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
London, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask: Regular (but not permanent). Also available bottle conditioned (at 5.3%).

NOTE: Originally developed for Systembolaget in Sweden as the 5.3% bottle conditioned version of Fullers India Pale Ale in 2009. Also released in bottles into some other export markets under that name at around the same time. Subsequently launched in the UK as Bengal Lancer and exported at 5.3% in bottle conditioned format to certain export markets under that name. The bottled version of Bengal Lancer and the 5.3% bottle conditioned version of India Pale Ale are the same beer, as is the slightly weaker 5.0% cask version. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDQNyaNLkQc for explanation.

Bengal Lancer is an exciting, classic India Pale Ale from Fullerís. Brewed to 5% ABV (5.3% in bottle), this ale has been inspired by the history and character of this traditional style of beer.
Bengal Lancer has returned to pumps for an extended period between Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012.
The beer is pale in colour, full-bodied with a distinctive hoppiness that marks it out as a true India Pale Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (214) - - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys Team Valley. Pours deep orange colour. More bitter and less hoppy and fruity than my favourite IPAs, but an enjoyable tipple nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1202) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
For some odd reason, there are American breweries that make IPAs in the English style. Perhaps that due to the fact so few authentic English IPAs are actually available here, so itís always nice to give one a try when I can find it. Fullerís Bengal Lancer is probably an IPA in name only, even for an English-style entry. This is much closer to an amber ale as itís remarkably sweet and the hops are quite tame. One of the few malt-forward IPAs Iíve had.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 11/19/14 and cost $4.99 ($0.30 per ounce).

Appearance: Golden/amber/orange color. Body is fairly clear with a bit of haze, but carbonation is visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Sweet scent of orange sherbet and caramel candy.

Taste: This is one of the sweetest non-imperial IPAs Iíve ever had. Right away thereís a sweet malty taste of honey, caramel and butterscotch. Some orange fruit as well, but this doesnít seem to be a hop flavor. In fact, the hops are not very pronounced here at all. Some mild bitterness through the middle imparting just a touch of dryness. Thereís additional confectionery-like sweetness and flavor on the finish with a touch of butter and astringency. Perhaps this is an old bottle and the hops faded (which wouldnít surprise me), but I donít think Iíd consider this an IPA even if it were fresh. Bengal Lancer works well as an amber ale Ė too bad itís not marketed as such.

Drinkability: Another overtly English character to this beer is its relatively light body. At only 5.3% ABV, Bengal Lancer is closer in size to a pale ale than an IPA. On the plus side, itís easily quaffable. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp and leaves little aftertaste. I might even consider it refreshing at times. It could use more body and more flavor to truly be considered an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steez (25) - Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
growler from Craft Beer Factory Marietta. Probably should have poured earlier then I did but I like this. Not so much an IPA but more ESB. Caramel malty goodness in an IPA. I detected not a lot of hops that normally identify a IPA. I had a Terrapin high 5 before this and it seems not IPAish at all. Iíd by again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (501) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle - pours copper with a white head. Grassy, floral with hints of peach. Dry with mild bitterness. Creamy Mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft taster - nose s floral and grassy. Sip adds caramel and stronger grass notes. Refreshing and lacking the bite of Nordic and American IPAs. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mt_hall (119) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottled. Clear amber with a very small off-white head that soon disappeared. Mainly malt on the nose, with a hint of citrus. Quite sweet, malt and some citrus again, then a dry, nicely bitter finish. Clean flavours, with a touch of warmth from the alcohol and a nice astringency. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martynhall20 (15) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Thin light tan head, fades fast. Clear copper colour, slight carbonation. Medium-weak aroma of caramel, hops. Sweet floral taste, fades quick leaving a bitter dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (461) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle - amber with a frothy beige head which quite quickly fades to a ring. Weak lacing. Aroma is floral and grassy with coriander seeds. Some hints of blackcurrant and alcohol. Taste of grass and flowers with maltiness and earth coming through shortly after. A little bit of orange and lemon and a light bitterness to end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2014
This pours a clear, amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is weak with malty hints. The taste is dry, smooth, and a little hoppy. Interesting but certainly not what you expect for an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Growler from Moondog Growlers in Sandy Springs. Pours dark copper, with a small, bubbly, tan head. Caramel, cloves, straw, floral hops, and molasses. Sweet and syrupy, with a mellow hoppy bitterness. Medium body, thick, and chalky. More ESB than IPA, but a solid, malty beer, with a mellow hoppiness.

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