Special Pale Ale - Wellington County Brewery
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Reviews by TheHammer:
4.05/5 rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a beautiful light ruby red with bronze notes, excellent clairity and carbonation in the body. Began with a finger and a half of head, but didn't sick around although it did lace a little bit while it was there.
Smell: Sweet caramel and molasses malt hides only slightly behind a nice light fruity hop scent with notes of chestnuts. Did not take warming to come out. Simple but nice, although I somehow expected a bit more kick in a pale.
Taste: Very similar to their county ale to start, a light sweet toffee malt to start with, but unlike that offering it gives a fruitier and nuttier taste with notes of chestnuts, grapes, peaches and very light berries to backup the malt, then smoothly ending with a great kick of fruity hops. There seems to be some metallic notes but it's still solid.
Mouthfeel: Very good transitioning on this one, especially for the hops. Sadly the carbonation just isn't there and the lack of head also hurts it's case. Nice blended malt, fruit and hop aftertaste is nice too.
Drinkability: Went down easy enough, nice mild aftertaste and refreshing. Carbonation is low so no bloating or gas issues, but it does leave a little bit to be desired. This one is very agreeable with dining, patio or sessioning options available.
Final Thoughts: This is why Wellington is one of my favorite brewers. I see why they call in Special Pale Ale, as it seems to share a lot of traits with an ESB. Once again an all around good brew that manages to be flavorful as well as mild. If you want a good Ontario brewer, Wellington is it.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2010 03:35:25 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.29/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Purchased at the LCBO for $2.85 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass
A- Very good. Opens well and pours amber dark. Not much head though
S- Ok. Basic British malt caramel and hops but none in anything to call anything special.... Ok I guess
T- Ok. Nothing special for me. Basic IPA
M- Ok. Nice and creamy, LOL
O- Your ok basic rendition of a British IPA.
This ok IPA goes well with... Steak and kidney pie... I made it to try believe it or not!
Serving type: can
05-31-2014 01:36:41 | More by DaveBar
3/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bright, pale amber with an effervescent and very short-lived head. Smells of bread and biscuits with a hint of woody, floral hops. Taste is similar to the smell, toasty malt and bright floral hops. Light-bodied, mild, and highly carbonated.
Tame example of the style, no off flavours, a little too bubbly. Decent.
Serving type: can
11-02-2013 04:04:26 | More by EvanHarper
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.60 CDN. Been wanting to revisit this for a while now, but haven't seen to much of it until lately.
Appearance - crystal clear, dark amber color with some honey brown colouring as well. nice two finger fluffy white head is poured and nearly spills over the sides. Some bubbles rise to the surface making a glacial ascent. Good head retention although not much for lacing.
Smell - some caramel malt, otherwise a good amount of general "beer" smell. Some nice ready notes and light floral aspects too.
Taste - again the caramel and ready flavours come out, but there's a lightness and subtlety to the flavours that makes you want to back for more. I'm also picking up some slightly roasted nutty characteristics. Yummy.
Mouthfeel - very smooth and delicious, nice creamy feel with sufficient carbonation and fairly light body.
Overall - wanted to revisit this since i did notice that I rated this much higher than average. After revisiting, I realize that this a beer I really enjoy and find it to be a good representative of the style and easy to drink. Throw in the reasonable price and this is going to be a staple in my fridge from now on.
Serving type: can
08-05-2013 00:48:06 | More by DenisKolkin
Special Pale Ale from Wellington County Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.