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

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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Export only. Pasteurised bottles and kegs.
"An all malt brew with Goldings hops."
Formerly 4.8% ABV.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Why call a bitter an ipa? This isnít a bad drink, itís just not an IPA. Not very hoppy, but again not bad flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (668) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Pours cloudy, tawny gold with medium off-white head that laces well. Nose is caramel with a hint of soapiness. The flavor is excellent, creamy malts with flavors of tres leches cake, sweet biscuit, candied dates, slightly stale bread. Ends with mild bitter flavor. Underrated beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle. Tea coloured. Aroma is sweet, caramelised malt and not a lot else. Flavour is one dimensional with the typical Fullers house character, sweet malt and a little bit of sourness. Tastes boiled. In many ways it is similar to the cask version I Ďenjoyedí a few weeks ago, but is actually a little better. Not bad, not good either.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Extremely drinkable, if not remarkable brew. The English IPAís always surprise me by how mild they are (having been completely ruined by our American counterparts which blow me out of the water with ever higher and higher IBUís, much to my enjoyment) But this is certainly an enjoyable drink...malty sweetness, meaning caramel and toffee, nicely balanced at the end with a mere hint of hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 aged beer,
16.9 oz bottle best before 14 / Nov / 03 Pours out hazy, lazy orangy brown, with light carbonation and a thick creamy, beige head.
head settles to a 1" layer and just sits there. Thick sheet of lace left as I drink the brew. Malty aroma is heavy on the toffee, medium caramel, some nuttieness, and a little toastiness. Very little hops are detected in the aroma.
Flavor is roasty, caramel with just a touch of citrusy hops (ripe ruby red grapefruit). and a little sugar.
a little metalic quality was noted in the finish.
Overall I think it has held up well for a beer supposedly (almost) 16 months past itís prime. I know I couldnít drink a BMC that old. lol
Iím giving it higher marks based on the agebility of this sample.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Copper colored with aroma of malt, toffee, almonds, cabernet, some hops. Tastes very caramel malty with subdued hops. Essences of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar in the finish. Iím not sure how Fullerís IPA ends up being categorized as an ESB here, but I like it whatever you want to call it.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
screigh (459) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Poured a hazy straw color. No head to speak of and zero lacing. Not at all what I was expecting. With the IPA name on it I expected to smell hops when I opened the bottle but nothing. Aromoa is of malt. The flavor is very subdued. Not much there but a little carmel malt taste on the finish. I get no hops in this at all . While I like it, it wasnít what I expected. American IPAs are much better.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Quite a mass of malt here with a fairly subdued hop presence. Deep amber in color with an explosion of a head, this caramel malty drink has a hopping that really only comes through in a balancing, bitter finish. Itís little wonder that none of the ales that the British breweries label as IPAs (regardless of their originating the style) make it onto this database as such, usually becoming ESBs or pale ales in the transition. A "mild" American IPA would smother a tasty brew like this with its killer IBU levels. Whatever. I like this drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4814) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is very malty with out much hop presence. Pours a transparent amber with a small creamy white head. Slightly watery caramel malt up front that lasts all the way thru with slight hops added in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Smells and looks good. Interesting flavor. One of those beers where after the first couple sips, I donít know if I like it or not. After a couple more, itís average/


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