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Wells IPA - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells IPAWells IPA

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 82
Photo of DaveBar
3.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Rather light brown color and filtered clear

S- Metallic

T- Smoky believe it or not. Has a smoky bite right away on this one that leaves a chalk flavor when done. Kind of weird

M- Dry. No creaminess at all. Defininatley an English IPA

O- Not that good. Had this one before but didn't remember it being this bad but that was 5yrs ago. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... Soda crackers.


Photo of CurtisD
2.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Metalbrew
1.58/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A very poor English IPA, the flavour is quite strong with an awful after taste that lingers. Pour a dark amber golden color with one finger of head. Not a beer that I would try again.

Photo of TheHammer
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamhook
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of joesi
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

I don't see appearance, head/lace, nor smell being particularly relevant, especially for this type of beer.

Taste: Watery, so weak/mild. In addition, it was quite hoppy in my opinion, despite some others perhaps disagreeing. It also did seem dry, which at least one person totally disagreed with me on.
Something tastes bad about it — like sodium bicarbonate taste (club soda) or something.

Mouth feel: slightly finer carbonation than soda (a 'bleh' mouthfeel), very short/light carbonation. Pretty junky.

There's nothing to be said about this aside from it being watery hoppy junk.

At least it's a good price. I guess that's it's only redeeming factor. If it's not a good price where you are, don't even consider it!

Photo of headstash
3.92/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of lgmol
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of MattCampbell
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wells & Young 'IPA' @5.0% , served from a 4pack of 500 ml can's purchased for $8.50

A-pour is gold from the can too a clear dark gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-dry midland hay , also slight medicinal smell

T-rough start , more dry midland hay , smoother finish , still dry

MF-ok carbonation , weak body , dry finish lingers on the palate

Ov-weak beer , poor english IPA

prost LampertLand

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of biegaman
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Wells IPA is the 'Kraft singles slice' of the beer world: industrially processed, intentionally bland, made from inferior ingredients, and bears little resemblance to what it claims to be. Please make no mistake about this clear, auburn-amber ale - it looks normal enough but it's exceptionally awful.

Of course, if you've smelled the beer you already knew that. Overlooking for now the complete absence of hoppiness (the single most distinguishing feature of the style), this aroma is marred not only by a tall order of chemically, corn syrup-like adjuncts but also countless wretched byproducts of fermentation.

Whoever at the brewery is giving this beer the green light should be fired. Simple as that. It suffers desperately from diacetyl (cloying butterscotch taste) and has an off-putting cereal graininess that should be acceptable only as horse feed or nuclear fallout rations. Picking something random off my front lawn would probably yield a more agreeable flavour.

Equally offensive is the lack of hops; there's not a trace of grassiness, fruit, herbals, pine, flowers, or spice anywhere in the aroma or flavour or bitterness (heck, there is no bitterness). Selling an IPA with no detectable hoppiness is the equivalent of making fried chicken without the crispy breading - you're getting it wrong, and you've taken away the best, most important part.

There's really no other way to put it: this beer is an unfortunate thing. Wells IPA is an IPA in name only. Those naive consumers who buy and drink this are getting no more a taste of a true IPA than those at a Sandals resorts are getting an authentic experience of Jamaican culture. This give Keith's a run for the poorest excuse of an India Pale Ale I've ever tried. Stay away!

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of CRObighit2
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of randallpink
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of MJ63
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of beerluvr
3.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sampled from a Beau's Willi Becher glass, producing an eggshell hued head on pouring, leaves a nice receding lace on the sides of the glass. Sparkling deep amber beneath. Nose is quite weak for an IPA, if I didn't know better I'd guess it a lager, being mostly lightly malty with tiny bit of hop. Thin mouthfeel with light malt tones and then you taste a bit of hoppy bitterness. Finshes weak and flabby, nice for hot weather/session drinking but never a serious contender for a true IPA.

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Wells IPA from Wells & Young's Ltd
69 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.