A light, refreshing & quaffable IPA brewed from Golding Hops. It’s a cheeky little number with a fruit-filled sherbety nose. Pouring a light amber there’s noticeable undertones of biscuity hops and pineapple. The offset of the sweetness, complimented by the dry finish makes it a moreish beer, great to accompany a dinner (or a lunch…or a breakfast).
IPA’s were those famous casks, shipped across continents to quench the thirst of the Empirical troops as they went about their conquering business. Fuller’s approach is a fantastic offering to the classic genre of India Pale Ale – before these fancy hipsters got their grapefruits in it – which is most recognisably personified by Greene King’s IPA.
Light and fruity in texture and taste it would be a solid choice for a sunny day or indeed on the back of an elephant, peering through the iron-sights of your Winchester rifle (it’s a great image if you ignore the logistics, okay). It’s heartily quenching and interestingly complex – a good mix with the lightness as you just want to keep drinking.
I was lucky enough to be cooked a fine lamb roast by my housemates, the side dish to my main meal of Bengal Lancer. It is a smooth accompaniment to food, the acidic element of tropical fruit awakens the old tastebuds and improved the taste of the dinner entirely. It’s a definite warrior at 5.3% and I found myself reaching for the bottle quite quickly after each time I had put it down. The pepper permeates your mouth after you swallow, encouraging you to drink a little more, and then a little more. Then I don’t remember much after that…