Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Produced for the North American market.
Production moved from Fountain to John Smiths in December 2004, then to Bedford in late 2011 following the acquisition of the McEwan’s and Younger’s brands by Wells & Youngs from Heineken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
Thin and nutty. Where is the I in this IPA?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (11181) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 11, 2001
ruby in colour, fine head, some vegetable aroma, almost no hops, slightly sour - I don’t see any analogies with an IPA but in any cases, IPA or not, this is a poor beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ccwinnies99 (10) - ardmore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 19, 2001
Mild aroma.Deep copper color. Was expecting stronger taste. No hoppy flavor. Too expensive for what I got.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2003 I was a little confused by this one. Not an IPA by English or American standards, but did make for a satisfying English bitter with a little extra carbonation. Yeastiness and fruitiness really make this a tastey brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2692) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2001
Clearly not an IPA, but not a Scottish ale either. This is more like a sweetish lightish ESB. Not a bad beer by any means, just not an IPA. Light fruitiness is the major trait I could detect. Quite smooth and easy drinking. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lmahony199 (52) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2001

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2001
I’m always leery when everyone else praises a beer for qualities I just don’t see. More specifically, the aroma of this beer is slightly sour rather than hoppy, there is no head, no lacing, moderate carbonation and a hop flavor that diminishes quicker than it starts. It really has some Belgian qualities to it, so perhaps it’s skunked?? This bottle did take a plane ride, so I’ll have to try a fresh one. In a nutshell, not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 A lot more like a standard British Pale Ale than an India Pale, and lacking somewhat in character, basically just consists of a wash of bland maltiness and a vague tanginess thereafter. Totally on the same level with Bass, Newcastle, etc.

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