Wells IPA | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells IPAWells IPA

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-05-2002

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Photo of ewpass
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper with a moderate head. Strong English hop nose. Crisp medium malt body with only mild hoppiness. Only 5% and relatively lightly hopped so not sure about the IPA label. But a very nice English Pale Ale which is where I'm placing it.

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.99/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the greatest of beers by any sense. This one pours a copper gold with a bit of head that breaks fast. The smell is all malts, not much else there. The taste is malty and minerals. No hops to be found. Feel is thin and medium carbonation.

This looks like a bitter, tastes and smells like a macro lite beer. Not sure those are good things.

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Photo of eberesford
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from LCBO Pours deep copper with a 1cm parchment coloured head with moderate lacing. The aroma is biscuity, malty with light grassy hops. Flavour: moderately bitter over biscuity, bready malts. Slightly earthy. Good finish.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.67/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wells IPA.
500ml can. 5% alc.
Brewed in Bedford, UK.

The beer has a creamy beige head that lasts for quite a while. There is also nice glass lacing. The colour is copper, there are lots of ascending bubbles, and the beer is very clear.

The smell is bready, biscuity, and malty, plus some mild hoppiness. It's all quite subtle.

The taste is brown bread, biscuit, some malt, and hops. The taste notes are quite light.

The beer is light bodied. The finish dry with a hint of bitterness.

Overall, I liked this beer but I was underwhelmed by the flavour. It's a good beer but not a great beer.

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Photo of Jtee
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From a 500ml can served at 12 degrees Celsius into a stemmed IPA glass.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep amber – very nice colour – with 4cm of rocky, puffy, tan head that settles into a partial film after three minutes. Good lacing.

Smell: Moderate earthy and floral hops with equal strength pale malts – I suppose that makes it well-balanced. Relatively uninteresting. A slight sulphury note when the head is present.

Taste: Medium intensity and bitter. Toasted malts. Slight unpleasant adjunct character. The finish is an all-around medium and bitter.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth with no apparent alcohol.

Overall: I haven't had a chance to try many English IPA's so I'm giving the style ample space. As a beer Wells IPA is not bad, but just about mediocre. It looks good but fails to deliver elsewhere and becomes less attractive as it warms. I don't recommend this to anyone but I'm looking forward to my next English IPA.

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Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AmitC
3.84/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, slight veil, dark amber color with dense activity. Slightly creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, caramel, lemon, apples, faint molasses and nutmeg, ginger, peppercorn, and herbal spices. Slick medium body with crispy carbonation. Cereal and biscuit feel, moderate sugars, slightly syrupy, quite bitter and almost sour end. Medium strength finish, long and coating, a dash of grassy, almost earthy and thick leafy, floral hops. Slowly dissipates into a grainy toffee malty feel. Bloody well done. Very sharp and citrusy at first, but slowly numbs the tongue in sweetness. English IPA are very coarse, so this one is well represented, but the intensity is great. Good flavors, pretty well balanced, and decent freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a mug.

The liquid is transparent dark copper color with one finger of short live off-white head that dissipates to some foamy patch on the surface. There is not much lace left to see.

Mainly grassy and herbal hop along with cooked veggies, a bit of malt and citric note.

Malt as a backbone with a sweet touch, hop reveals to dominate with a citrus and grassy grain notes then finish with lingering moderate bitterness.

Light body, crisp with high carbonation, not much smooth, dry finish.

It goes down well easy and easy drinkable. However, even the name stated IPA. Characteristic side, I think it is not even close to IPA.

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Photo of bryanzk
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopSavant
1.15/5  rDev -61%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Derek
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Isaac420L
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of J_B_K
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased 2 x 500 ml tall boys from LCBO. I regretted it with the first sip. I was expecting a least some hoppy bitterness. Instead, the beer is flat in taste. There is very little carbonation (not a negative). The colour is a nice dark red. I drank it from a beer stein. Given the colour and the stein, this beer really channeled my inner Norris from Coronation Street - boring.

I'll serve the other can to an unwelcome guest. They'll never come back.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of akdo
2.74/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look: The body is filtered and amber. You can see through it. The head is white and one-finger high. There is no lacings as the beer becomes flat within five minutes. Moreover, the beer leaves no mark on the glass as you drink it, which should be a red flag for any purist.

Smell: Style-wise, the nose suggests that this is not even an IPA. The notes of orange or any other acid fruit are too weak and those for pine woods are absent.

Taste: Whilst the malt is not too aggressive as it is the case with some lagers, it is too dominant. In addition to that detail, the ABV is at 5%. Throughout the tasting, we are under the impression we are eating cereals as well as cooked bread and cookies. Expect no notes of pine woods. The hops just show up at the finish.

Feel: This IPA is more like a kolsch or even a kellerbier. It is watery, goes down the throat as quickly as a lager and has no creaminess. It is not dry enough to be considered an IPA let alone a pale ale! Moreover, because of its low ABV, the beer doesn't leave any sensation of a burn in the mouth as well as the throat.

Overall: If this beer was a kolsch, a kellerbier or a lager, I would have given a good mark to it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by its looks, its aromas, its taste and its feel. The taste is not offensive. The beer is just wrongfully marketed as an Indian pale ale. It is a drinkable beer, if anything.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I have had this a few times from the local LCBO. I keep forgetting that I don't like it. No real flavour. I should say, no real pleasant flavours. It is watery, dry and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. I will probably buy it again because I will have forgotten that I don't like it. I see English beer in a nice package and I am hooked. I stupider than a trout.

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Photo of JackieKu
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too boring to be a IPA.

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Photo of SillySir
4.02/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohhhh fuck off everybody.

This beer is legit. It's good... though I understand the frustration and disappointment for those who were looking for an IPA. An IPA this is not, but it's a great brew.

Here's what I put on my blog:

Appearance: medium-dark amber. A finger of creamy off-white head.
Aroma: forward on the malt. Smells like delicious, fresh bread. Herbal and earthy.
Taste; and extremely quick finish, with pretty low IBU. The malted barley is featured over the hops, and I love it. Sweet baked tea biscuit. Hmmm, hmmmpph... Pretentious enough?
Palate: oh whatever... I'm not feeling pretentious enough for this today.
Overall: I don't fucking care. It's a delicious beer. Yum. Low IBU and high malt. Not really an IPA so I don't know why it's marketed as such.

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Photo of TimWakimika
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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