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Special Pale Ale | Wellington County Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada
wellingtonbrewery.ca

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,703
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
136
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of bryanzk
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Juiposa
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mousel
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Easton70
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's something familiar about this one that I can't put my finger on. It's mostly in the aroma but featurea in the taste to a certain extent. It's a funky, musky characteristic but it's not unpleasant. It's pretty well balanced but I'm not sure I'd want to drink too many of them. That funky dankness would get to me pretty quickly.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wellington County Brewery Special Pale Ale. 4.5% alc.

Special Pale Ale is copper coloured and the head is off-white.

The beer smells of malt and hops.

The taste is malt forward, some brown bread and light hop bitterness.


The beer is medium bodied and the finish is dry.

Overall, the beer is very enjoyable. It would go well with red meat dishes.

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Photo of halivera
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of binno
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mark_mla
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SPA is a great standby for any weather

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Photo of Electros
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADicerni
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. The beer is cloudy amber (chill haze?) with a nice rich looking off white head. After the beer warms slightly it clears up but the head by then is long gone. No lacing that I could notice at all.

S. That of a typical Canadian Ale with light malt and hop aromas. Actually as having tended bar in my youth it reminds me of the smell around the beer tap of spilled beer that’s sat a while. Sort of dank and sweet. Not a turn off at all really.

T. It is a light sweet roasted malt flavour up front with a balance of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very reminiscent of a good Canadian Ale.

F. It has a light body with low carbonation. Looks flat until you sip.

Overall a good Pale Ale experience.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SSS
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange colour, it's actually very warming
S-Super feint malt, no real other aromas to speak of
M-Quite light in body and carbonation
T-Watery flavour with subtle malt, but no real identity
O-This is a general and vague beer, I wish it were more special.

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Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit too much caramel for my liking, but, still a decent brew.

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Photo of hippieflip
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: A cloudy, golden colour. One finger of head. Small specks of lacing appear after a while.

S: Slight floral,earthy, spicey aroma, reminiscent of English hops. A bit of a light caramel malt and some cereal-like malt character.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Fairly balanced but leans more towards the malty side. Maybe slightly toasty/biscuity, but just slightly so.Hops come through but they're pretty laid back and don't really stick out that much. Similar to an English bitter but lacking in the toffee and fruity ester department.

F: A somewhat light body. Maybe a bit higher carbonation, but then again this might be a perceived effect as a result of a light body.

O: It's okay and definitely very drinkable, but I don't know if that qualifies it as a "Special Pale Ale". It's most certainly a nice offering in the face of a macro beer, but it was really just okay for me.

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Photo of Adamthornton13
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headstash
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Xithyl
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of RyanPollock
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of wolf6656
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Another very nice product from this local (for me) brewery.
Nice hop finish. Nice caramel body.
Not the best beer in this class, but a cut above the average.

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Special Pale Ale from Wellington County Brewery
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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