Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Wells IPA

Wells IPA is, according to the can, "brewed in the heart of England."  It hails from Bedford, measures a typical 5% and is served in an attractive red and green 500mL can--it is just about as elegant as a beer can can look.
 As for the beer itself, it pours a striking rust colour.  It is clear with ample head and lace.  The aroma, fairly strong, suggests the foresty, floral scent of hops.  The flavour begins with a gentle maltiness that is gradually overtaken by a bitter finish.  Wells IPA tastes big and bitter, but without the unfortunate over-hopped quality that many so-called West Coast IPAs are prone to.  The aftertaste is both bitter and a touch bready.

Wells IPA is a solid brew.  It is attractive, tasty and affordable.  It isn't quite an elite ale, as it lacks that one of a kind character that sets the best beers apart, but it is quite enjoyable.  Definitely worth a try.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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