Terrestrial India Brown Ale | Wellington County Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopsolutely on 03-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of dipso123
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with light dry caramel notes with some funky and lightly citrusy hops notes. Taste is a weird mix between some unrefined grainy cereal notes and some stale hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. I either got a bad can of this or maybe it just didn’t fit my style but I though the hops were stale and lacking and the malt base used wasn’t the greatest.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of polloenfuego
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Terrestrial India Brown Ale pours nice and dark with a foamy brown two finger head which breaks eventually leaving sticky lacing in its wake. For a beer that claims to be hop heavy, the nose is remarkably underwhelming. One can pick up malts and caramels as well. The taste was low on hops again, but they were present later in the palate. The dominant tastes were malts, nuts and chocolate, which is perhaps typical of a brown ale. a light feel and medium carbonation add to the enigma of this beer.

I was expecting something else. I admit it. I wanted something hoppier and with more oomph. Even without the hoppy oomph Terrestrial left me wanting more. I see potential in this beer, it just needs to be amped up and let loose.

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Photo of baylz
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of MattPS
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of TerryW
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes across as rather light given it has s slightly higher than average alcohol​ content. Hoppier than you'd figure a brown ale to be, a little too sweet. Just makes for something a little unusual in not quite a good way. The malt sorta wins out in the end, but call it a pyrrhic victory. A noble effort, but not something i would go looking for.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a snifter. Purchased for under $10 CDN at the LCBO.

Appearance - hazy dark brown coloured beer capped with two fingers of ivory head.some lacing and good retention.

Smell - nuts, dark fruit and some caramel. Maybe some leafy hops. Repeated sniffs give off an off aroma of subtle cat piss. Thankfully it's not prominent but still some demerits for that.

Taste - nuts and a hint of dark fruit with some wooden flavours. A touch boozy, you can tell this is a stronger brown ale. Some substantial bitterness in the second half of the beer.

Mouthfeel - smooth and some creamy, light enough body and good carbonation. However it's a bit hot with boozy at times which isn't what I'm looking for in a brown ale.

Overall - a beer that has its merits, but definitely not a great brown. A bit too much cat piss on the nose and while it was never the first sniff it did show up at multiple times ( I really wanted this to be better ). The heat on the end sealed this as disappointing, might try again from a can bony wont repeat the bottle purchase.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the lcbo for 2.50.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at C'est What, 473ml into a tulip.

Dark brown with some violet highlights and a beige head. Creamy in texture, but extremely short lived. A collar remains and only a shred of lace. Nose has some brown ale character, but substantial hop notes are dominating. Harsh grapefruit and some other citrus, some dark bread and a bit of caramel. Flavour has both prominent breadiness and malt flavour, again, grapefruit among other citrus. Just a ton of bittering hops here, not much in the way of flavouring or dry-hopping. Medium body, and a lingering bitterness that I didn't really care for. An OK beer, but doesn't have enough flavour or intrigue to warrant revisiting again.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Funny enough, Terrestrial has an earthy brown tone. It's dark but not muddy; clarity and even the odd highlight are pretty easily observed. Its head is so ultra foamy that you'd think a milk frother had to have been used. And the lacing it leaves clings to the glass like tight, wet leather.

There's a fair amount of underlying cocoa in this bouquet, but it's the hops that catch your attention. A blend of five very fragrant varieties (Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo) provide a perfumed mix of herbal, grassy, and vaguely citric aromas.

But for all their efforts, those pithy and weedy notes don't amount to enough; malt is still very much part of this picture. Flavours of milk chocolate, toasted nuts and faint suggestions of dried fruits are in no short supply and mingle with the bitterness all through the finish.

I found it curious the brewery called this an "English-style Brown Ale" despite using a plethora of distinctively American hops. Now I get it. The increased hoppiness notwithstanding, this is very mild. In fact, that's my only complain about it: it's too restrained.

Terrestrial is very much of this world. Specifically, it is of the typically underwhelming, conservative world of OCB (Ontario Craft Brewers Association). It's a potentially rip-roaring recipe that needs to be let off the leash. I like it, but I'd love it if only it were a little further outside Wellington's usual comfort zone.

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Photo of jaz58
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite an interesting ale. The nose has hints of bread yeast with caramel and a slight hint of citrus.

Dark mahogany colour with a cream to tan coloured head. It poured thick yet dissipated quickly. As I sipped the brew, a decent lace was on the glass.

Mouthfeel was smooth.

Taste at the beginning is a combination of caramel, a hint of chocolate and malt. The finish is dry with a generous bitters end.

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Photo of 4ster
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark and clear mahogany amber, with decent off-white head and lacing. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but a tad thin and carbonation is not overwhelming.

Am currently enjoying a can purchased at the brewery on the day of its release. Have enjoyed this beer on draught at Wellington and at the Kick Off (Waterloo) - and it is has a much superior aroma and flavour depth when on tap. However this is a review of the can, from which the aroma is almost uni-dimensional caramelized malts with a subtle nut spice undertone. The flavour has a delightful dry hopped finish, but a rather simple caramelized malt sweetness in the mouth. Again, a better balanced and more complex taste in the 3 kegs I've tried.

Although this first batch can't compete with DogFish Head India Brown Ale (of which I just had a sip and it remains superb), it is fantastic to see Wellington attempting hopped one-offs and I hope they continue!!! Definitely moving in the right direction...

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Terrestrial India Brown Ale from Wellington County Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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