Wells IPA - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Reviews by prosper:
3.48/5 rDev +19.2%
Pours a darker-than-expected red colour, white head.
Smells... bad! Vegetables, stale grains. Yuck.
Taste, thankfully, is much better. Dark crystal malts, sort of toasty, burnt-candy-like. Not a lot of hop flavours, but a good bitterness that plays well with the toasty grains. Nice finish that lingers around. I'm actually bumping this up a few points as I go.
Mouthfeel is moderate - it's a perfect match to this particular beer.
Overall - a bit of a sleeper. It's not really an 'IPA,' but it's a nice ruby ale, kinda sorta like Wychwood Hobgoblin. Good, but not what I expected.
11-25-2011 00:59:43 | More by prosper
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2.4/5 rDev -17.8%
Remember having this a while back, figured I'd give it another go.
Pours a surprisingly dark amber, almost into the brown spectrum. Generous foamy head, lingering for a good ten minutes. Lots of lacing. A good start.
The nose isn't terrific - metallic and only lightly hopped, almost like a Euro lager. Only a little bit of hops and lemon in there.
My fears are confirmed: heavy on the malts up front, then it's tinny and bitter to the finish.
Nothing really IPA about it; definitely would put this as a standard pale ale. The finish is quite unpleasant; maybe on draught it's better.
I've had a few misses with Wells and Youngs and this one certainly is a miss. There's way too many good IPAs out there to bother with this.
01-21-2010 03:50:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.18/5 rDev +8.9%
This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of frothy, foamy white head, which leaves some very consistent lace around the glass. It smells faintly of barley malt, and metallic earthy hops. The taste is soft barley malt, some light fruitiness, a bit of biscuit, and a rocky, mineral edge to the grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and a little chalky, and it finishes a bit sweet and malty.
A decently drinkable ale, just not much going on to make this an IPA, even a laid-back English one.
02-20-2010 06:32:18 | More by biboergosum
3.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Honey blonde with suspended flakes, topped with an unruly and gigantic pillar of buttercreme spew.
It's aroma is its bread and butter, and I mean that quite literally, as that's exactly what is smells of.
First off, forget that whole "IPA" thing on the label. This is an English Pale all the way, if not a mild. Begins with a floury breadcrust note. It then turn fruity with notions of apples, pears, and golden raisins. Yeast churned butter middle, but it never gets obnoxiously slick. And this is where it ends, with a continuation of fruit esters, a dollop of butter, and a minor slap of powdered grass hops.
Light bodied, and without much carbonation despite the enormous head.
A light, bready, sessionable ale. OK, at best, but this yearns for more hops, and not just because of the IPA on the label.
See: Gale's HSB for a British canned beer done right.
07-08-2005 04:54:00 | More by cokes
2.23/5 rDev -23.6%
Pours a light brown with a nice foamy head. No lacings to speak of.
Smell is sickly sweet grain, slightly skunky.
I like my ales fruity and sweet, but this is the wrong sorta sweet. As I said above, sickly sweet, damp grain. Chalkiness. Some spiciness on the tongue if you let it linger. Really quite unpleasant.
No issues with the mouthfeel. Was not overly carbonated, smooth enough.
I could hardly finish the can. Referencing the other reviews, I don't think this was skunked, just naturally bad. I'd put it next to Molson Ex and Alexander Keiths.
05-07-2008 22:56:35 | More by CanuckRover
4.28/5 rDev +46.6%
Deep golden with amber highlights and a dense, fine-bubbled, white head that drops quickly but holds a nice collar and leaves some thin lace. The rich aroma equally displays a creamy maltiness, some fruity esters, and an earthy & herbal hop character. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor starts with some fruitiness up front and moves into a very well balanced malty sweetness and mild hop flavor (seemingly Goldings). The finish is gently smooth, with just the lightest touch of hop flavor and mild bitterness. Although this is labeled as an I.P.A., it's clearly a pale ale - English brewer's tend to use the term "I.P.A." to designate a beer as their "premiere" product. That said, apart from having only a minimal bitterness, this is an excellent, very clean, very well-rounded and superiorly balanced ale. Very enjoyable.
08-16-2002 19:22:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.2/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-01-2013 23:39:39 | More by beerluvr
2.63/5 rDev -9.9%
One of the rare times I've felt like drinking an English style IPA insteadof an American one.
A- Seems pretty dark. Copper with some golden highlights. Lots of off-white head and lacing.
S- Meh... Some burnt pale malt and vaseline or lightly fruity lipbalm. Cracker. Not liking this very much.
T- Better than the smell. Might be because the bitterness hides some of the faults. Not very much flavor other than bitter. Good enough to drink though.Lip balm taste comes out more and more as it warms.
M- Quite dry. Medium to high but aggressive carbonation. Medium body.
O- A crisp, better than average beer. Not a better than average IPA though. I think there is something wrong with it.
I will not buy it again becauseof that darnlip balm taste.
07-27-2011 19:00:28 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.25/5 rDev -22.9%
A - golden bronze, clear with a decent off white head that retained well at about one finger with nice lacing
S - a very astringent grainy malt and somewhat sour smell, there is a grassy hop note but the malt is overpowering, not what I'm looking for in an IPA
T - very tinny metallic, astringent, and grainy, any hop taste is dominated, not impressed
M - thin and decently carbonated, finishing with a metallic dryness
D - a poor brew, it should be illegal to put IPA on something like this, its started off looking good but looks are deceiving, tastes cheap
01-20-2011 03:25:03 | More by joemcgrath27
2.17/5 rDev -25.7%
Appearance: Nice bronze color, but with a head that was fleeting and never came back.
Smell: Very faint aroma of hops that were grassy like Saaz, but that couldn't be what they use for this one, right?
Taste: Aqueous, with the taste and body of overcooked asparagus. However it didn't have that metallic twang I was expecting. A bit more hops and aftertaste than say, Rickard's India Pale Ale, which isn't saying much. Pass.
07-03-2005 21:55:59 | More by Goldorak
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +26.7%
Very nice golden color, not much head and drops quickly,
refreshing and clean aroma,goes down nice with a little bitter aftertaste,Mouthful is light and clean very easy and enjoyable beer
to drink.Could easily sit down all night and watch a good hockey or football game and drink this beer..no probs
08-30-2007 04:17:32 | More by GrimmReaper
2.53/5 rDev -13.4%
poured a thin head from a can into a wine glass - dark amber color - malt, hops and metal smell - poorly balanced - taste the same - hops bite - not a great mouthfeel either - overall I expected little for a 2$ can and the result was as expected - tried it and now I know to buy others
05-15-2011 16:52:55 | More by Stocean1
2.58/5 rDev -11.6%
poured in a samuel smith pint glass.
big cascade effect. white big head, soapy looking.
body is clear amber.
getting lots of skunk off this. this is a canned beer. and that is from a distance.
getting some hops aroma, guessing its cascade hops, not bad but the malt aromas are not impressive, kind of an artifical sweet candy smell. smells like a trashy euro lager.
starts out clean and refreshing with some bitterness throughout, then some grainy grassy not impressive flavors come through on the end and linger. the bitterness is nice and covers it pretty well but their is cheap product in this stuff.
this beer gives me a headache. do not buy.
09-22-2011 22:26:02 | More by paxkey
3.5/5 rDev +19.9%
Can drank at room temperature: Poured a light brown color ale with a nice big foamy head with great retention. Aroma of English hops are more present then expected with some nice caramel malt in the back. Taste is hoppier then expected for an English bitter with some noticeable English hops (cannot figure out which variety though) that provide great bitterness without any of the citrus characterized by c-hops. Body is about average and carbonation is low which is to be expected of. Better then expected.
08-25-2006 18:14:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.45/5 rDev +18.2%
500ml served in a pint glass @ 13 celcius.
A little deceiving "macro" smell came to my nose when I took a wiff from the glass. Furtunately, a sip was much more rewarding. Hops and malt flavorig with a shy but lingering floral/bitter aftertaste.
01-07-2005 07:55:17 | More by bloberglawp
3.48/5 rDev +19.2%
500ml can poured into a pint glass.
This one pours a dark coppery amber with a fluffy off-white head sitting on top. The head settles down to a thin layer on top. Looks quite inviting.
The aroma is light and slight malty with a bit of grassy hops coming through. It's a very "beer" smell to me.
The flavour is slightly sweet and malty, with a little bit of hops coming in later. It has a slightly nutty aftertaste. Unfortunately, I'm left with a bit of a metallic taste in my mouth.
Overall, I really like this beer. It's not the most amazing flavour experience of my life, but it's really drinkable and has a nice robust flavour. As an IPA, it's a little boring.
08-20-2011 22:41:22 | More by evlu1441
Wells IPA from Wells & Young's Ltd
69 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.