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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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +3.1%
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 J_B_K
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
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 akdo
2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -9.2%
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 SillySir
4.02/5  rDev +36.7%
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 DaveBar
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Rather light brown color and filtered clear

S- Metallic

T- Smoky believe it or not. Has a smoky bite right away on this one that leaves a chalk flavor when done. Kind of weird

M- Dry. No creaminess at all. Defininatley an English IPA

O- Not that good. Had this one before but didn't remember it being this bad but that was 5yrs ago. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... Soda crackers.


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Photo of Metalbrew
1.58/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A very poor English IPA, the flavour is quite strong with an awful after taste that lingers. Pour a dark amber golden color with one finger of head. Not a beer that I would try again.

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Photo of joesi
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

I don't see appearance, head/lace, nor smell being particularly relevant, especially for this type of beer.

Taste: Watery, so weak/mild. In addition, it was quite hoppy in my opinion, despite some others perhaps disagreeing. It also did seem dry, which at least one person totally disagreed with me on.
Something tastes bad about it — like sodium bicarbonate taste (club soda) or something.

Mouth feel: slightly finer carbonation than soda (a 'bleh' mouthfeel), very short/light carbonation. Pretty junky.

There's nothing to be said about this aside from it being watery hoppy junk.

At least it's a good price. I guess that's it's only redeeming factor. If it's not a good price where you are, don't even consider it!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wells & Young 'IPA' @5.0% , served from a 4pack of 500 ml can's purchased for $8.50

A-pour is gold from the can too a clear dark gold in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-dry midland hay , also slight medicinal smell

T-rough start , more dry midland hay , smoother finish , still dry

MF-ok carbonation , weak body , dry finish lingers on the palate

Ov-weak beer , poor english IPA

prost LampertLand

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Photo of biegaman
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Wells IPA is the 'Kraft singles slice' of the beer world: industrially processed, intentionally bland, made from inferior ingredients, and bears little resemblance to what it claims to be. Please make no mistake about this clear, auburn-amber ale - it looks normal enough but it's exceptionally awful.

Of course, if you've smelled the beer you already knew that. Overlooking for now the complete absence of hoppiness (the single most distinguishing feature of the style), this aroma is marred not only by a tall order of chemically, corn syrup-like adjuncts but also countless wretched byproducts of fermentation.

Whoever at the brewery is giving this beer the green light should be fired. Simple as that. It suffers desperately from diacetyl (cloying butterscotch taste) and has an off-putting cereal graininess that should be acceptable only as horse feed or nuclear fallout rations. Picking something random off my front lawn would probably yield a more agreeable flavour.

Equally offensive is the lack of hops; there's not a trace of grassiness, fruit, herbals, pine, flowers, or spice anywhere in the aroma or flavour or bitterness (heck, there is no bitterness). Selling an IPA with no detectable hoppiness is the equivalent of making fried chicken without the crispy breading - you're getting it wrong, and you've taken away the best, most important part.

There's really no other way to put it: this beer is an unfortunate thing. Wells IPA is an IPA in name only. Those naive consumers who buy and drink this are getting no more a taste of a true IPA than those at a Sandals resorts are getting an authentic experience of Jamaican culture. This give Keith's a run for the poorest excuse of an India Pale Ale I've ever tried. Stay away!

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Photo of beerluvr
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Finally got around to reviewing this beer. Purchased from LCBO for $2.15 CDN and served cold into a Guinness shaker pint.

Appearance - dark copper color, and crystal clear. Lots of lively bubbles and topped by a short lived half finger of off- white head. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - not a lot of aroma, so e general graininess and dose a hint of the cooked veggies reminiscent of a macro lager.

Taste - mild bitterness, slight metallicness, not sure if that's from the can or not. Taste is watery and virtually no sweetness is detectable.

Mouthfeel - medium to light body, some carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall - not a fave, plenty of better options out there. The dryness of the finish combined with the bitterness of the flavor and a hint of metallicness makes this a beer I probably won't be purchasing again.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Beer pours a clear copper colour, with a red hue. There is some a moderate white head that sticks around for a while. A reasonable amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Not much aroma coming off this brew. What is there is grainy and metallic. Not unpleasant, but certainly not appealing.

Taste - Getting an unpleasant metallic taste. I don't see a freshness date...but maybe it's old? I don't know. There is something of a hop profile but it's way to understated for the style. Maybe some caramel malts coming through as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Not too watery, not to thick. Carbonation is medium to low.

Overall - 2.75/5

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Photo of mick303
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BB (28/05/13) Beer pours a fluffy finger or two of soapy head, leaving a nice film and respectably good lacing. Colour is an intriguing medium-dark chestnut/oak brown.

Nose has round malts, hops are present but fairly light. Stale vegetable and skunked notes. Not really defined. IPA aromas don't really come through.

Taste has some initial full maltiness with a few caramel undertones then hop bitterness comes through with dryness. Dry, with a profile focusing on a moderate hop bitterness and a big malt presence. Typical and somewhat unremarkable. Finish is medium bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, course carbonation, slightly watery. Medium bodied, and fairly in keeping with the style for texture. Drinkability is okay but quite boring.

This one didn't come across as particularly memorable. Fits into the style but without many outstanding features. Drinking this isn't inspiring or overly pleasant. There are far better ones out there.

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Photo of Snatchomcfly
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden copper with nice foam head that stayed in the glass during the 25 minutes of tasting.

Smell: Like many other reviewers the smell of this IPA is not that appealing. Wet socks and stale bread on the nose.

Taste: Surprisingly tasty from the staleness of the nose. Smooth throughout but does seem to loses some steam going down the throat.

Overall: Decent IPA for the price but does not blow any socks off.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes... A brew from my brother in-law...

A - Pours a golden copper colour, solid finger of head with solid retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Super musty, grassy and pilsener type hop notes, with a slightly metallic finish.

T - The metallic grassy hops dominate, wet cardboard and paper mache comes to mind, surprisingly sour and bitter and reminiscent of a sweet tart.

M - Medium bodied, though prickly going down and a bit too dry for my liking.

O - A decent ale, but by no means a good example of the style. This is a mass produced IPA that is better than others, but still fails to fully meet the style expectations. That being said, if I were given more cans for free I certainly wouldn't turn them down.

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Photo of prosper
3.39/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

[Updated Jan 22 2013]

500 mL can, best before November 2013. I didn't really like this the first time I tried it, but I have given it many chances since (due to a lack of other options) and I must admit it's grown on me a little. I've probably bought close to a flat of these things over the last year or so.

Pours a bright, clear amber-bronze colour, topped with more than two fingers of off-white head that gradually recedes over the next four or five minutes. It leaves behind a doily pattern of lacing on the sides, in addition to a bumpy, creamy cap at the surface. A damn fine-looking glass of ale. The aroma is decent, but with a distinct metallic twinge to it, while leafy English hops, wet hay and some light caramel maltiness comprise its remainder. Appropriate for the style, and inviting enough I suppose.

The flavour is mild and balanced, perhaps not that surprising for an English session ale. The lightly toasted, bready malt character and slight honey sweetness are soon countered by a firm dose of leafy, grassy, somewhat floral, very English-style hop bitterness and light lemon citrus. The finish is dry, and a little metallic, though it doesn't linger terribly long on the palate. Light-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel.

I used to be the sort of person who would try an IPA like this and immediately write it off for not being hoppy enough. I still don't think it's anything terribly special for the style, but it's quite sessionable and tastes fine. Not an exciting pint, but a perfectly serviceable one.

Final Grade: 3.31, a B-. For any thrifty English ale drinkers out there, Wells IPA should make for a decent pint, if an unmemorable one. At its LCBO price point, I would consider it reasonably good value - any fan of English-style IPAs might as well give it a shot for this reason alone, given the lack of other options around here. It's not a masterpiece, but I've thrown several of these back in a night before and will probably do so again at some point.

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Photo of francisfilion
1.22/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is the most out of style IPA I have ever come across. It is a dark copper color with a soapy head and has good carbonation. The aroma or smell as we should call it for this beer (cause it is smelly) is one of cheap skunked ale. The aroma's are really bad and maybe a little grassy hop gets through but it is barely perceivable. The taste goes along the same lines, it is skunked, metallic and astringent. I can't believe this stuff is getting imported here and people buy it!! Overall the worst IPA I have come across and I definitely do not recommend it even if it is the only beer that is available for you, just have a glass of water and you will be much better off!

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Photo of paxkey
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Jaxxon61
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been quaffing this highly-affordable British-style IPA for a number of years and have usually thought...meh. But this time around it has less of that mineral/metallic taste. It's nothing to get get all hot & bothered about, but it's a clean, highly sessionable malty-less-hoppy bevvy that wouldn't be out of place around the barbecue or dart board. For about the same the price, it's head & shoulders above the crap domestic macro swill.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - very clear red-copper with a really nice white foamy head with excellent retention.

Smell - I had to inhale really deeply to gt much of anything on the nose of this one. Some musty, earthy English hops, maybe a touch of carmelized malt. Pretty weak aroma.

Taste - Echoes the smell - not much going on. Earthy hops and a bit of caramel. Has an oddly pronounced bitter finish for such an otherwise mild beer.

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