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Monday, November 21, 2011

Fuller's India Pale Ale Review


It is a well known fact that I love IPAs...American IPAs that is. I enjoy the occasional British IPA, but it just doesn't beat the hop monsters made in the US/Canada. However, with the recent Fuller's invasion of the LCBO shelf space, I decided to have a pint of a nice British IPA tonight and forget about my Mad Toms or Smashbombs or Red Racers for one night.

Fuller's IPA has a nice coppery/amber color and pours with a generous head with a decent amount of lacing. The hops are strong with this one, but not as strong as its American brothers. Some biscuit and a bit of roasted grains are also present in the aroma, but overall it is a bit weaker than expected.

The taste is where the beer shows its colors. The malt profile is well balanced with sweet undertones and some roasted flavours. The hops are present, but not too strong. Some spice and citrus are present in the finish, which is bittersweet at the start and more bitter than sweet after a few moments.

The 5.3% ABV and the subtle hoppiness make this an easy and refreshing drink. If it wasn't $3.75 for a bottle, I could easily go through 4-5 in one sitting.

Scores:
Cost - $3.75
Taste - 8/10
ABV - 5.3%

Overall - 8/10...not as strong as its American brothers, but those not too fond of hops will definitely enjoy it

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