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Wellington IPAWellington IPA

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnnyBarman on 03-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by cratez:
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at the Wellington "Over The Hop" Event at APK Live in London, ON. Apparently dry hopped in the cask. Taps a dark and hazy reddish brown hue with a thin ring of cream-coloured froth that eventually dissipates to nothing. Definitely an unfiltered beer. Smell is musty, leafy, and resinous hops, kind of sweaty and dank, pine and floral notes, and toffee. Some yeasty-bready aromas develop after a while. Taste is herbal, grassy, and citric hops backed by sweet caramel malt and a lingering tannic bitterness (very tea-like). Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and spicy with higher than average carbonation and a slightly astringent finish. Overall, Wellington IPA is a great, hop-forward representation of the style, and I would gladly drink it again. Thanks to Marc for bringing this down to London!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly, this was Welly's most successful one-off, as it made its way from cask and one-day-only can to regular draught availability. I've always thought Wellington - with their 25-odd years of English ale-brewing experience - would be an Ontario brewery well-suited to giving the English IPA style a proper treatment. They did well on cask - how about on draught, with regular carbonation?

On tap at the University of Waterloo Grad House. Poured into a branded Welly nonic. Dark amber, nice frothy head, good retention and lacing.

Nose is robust malt, good English hops, nice citrussy and earthy punch to it.

One tasty IPA - full of flavor, and providing a great hop finish. Really enjoyable. Caramel, toffee, earth, citrus, herbal hops. Great stuff - my favorite non-RIS from Welly. Carbonation really brings this brew together - cask draught is still a tough sell for me, and I was hoping to see what this would look like on a standard draught line.

Well done Welly! Please make this a regular rotation! With this, Muskoka Mad Tom, and Smashbomb - I might never go Ontario IPA hungry again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Volo. Floral, grapefruit. A cask head of bubbles on golden. Initially tastes like an English IPA, and then a hop bite and drying finish. Not bad, and part of Wellington's experiments beyond its product line. I appreciate the minimal carbonation of this cask, but might be more interesting with carbonation.

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Photo of phirleh
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a can from Jimmay, thanks man!
Dark reddish/copper appearance. Hazy with minimal head but slight lacing. Aroma is bready with some citrus. A nice subtle hop taste with a dry finish. Carbonation is soft and overall it's a great English IPA. I'd love to see this in a regular lineup from Wellington.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MattPS
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RyGlas
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favourite Wellington beer ever - hope they will consider making something this hoppy a staple!

Enjoyed a fresh can the week-end it was released and the second can tonight (international IPA day). Ageing has cost some of the hop sharpness and emphasized the malts as one would expect, but still incredibly flavourful.

Hazy amber with limited cream-coloured head. Aroma is not nearly as pleasant now as it was months ago - don't remember this barnyard emphasis. However the flavours are still delightful : well balanced, with a hoppy finish that lingers for minutes.

Hope this beer appears again!

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Phog in Windsor. Clear amber with a lasting cap of whitish foam. Smelled nice, citrusy hops, a bit of grapefruit, fruity with a bit of earthiness, malty and slightly bready. Solid, balanced bitterness, more citrusy hops, malt and biscuit, a bit dry in the finish. Decent texture, average carbonation, medium to light bodied. I quite enjoyed this. It's a quality IPA, which was a rarity when I lived in Ontario.

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Photo of timiskin
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Helen at Wellington for sending a few cans of this my way.

Hazy amber/orange colour, murky brown notes as well, very light white soapy head. Smell is malty, citrus, light grapefruit, orange, lemon, biscuit and slightly bready. Taste is malty upfront followed by bitter hop, citrus, light pine, lemon, grapefruit, tea like flavours come and go with a dry finish. A little off balance IMO but good. Lightly carbonated, medium body, a touch of cream, cask like feel. Good overall brew, Wellington is definitely stepping up lately with their one offs, good sign of things to come.

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Wellington IPA from Wellington County Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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