Brewed by Wellington Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Guelph, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
(formerly Special Cream Pale Ale.) A refreshing and creamy smooth ale that is notably full of flavour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerWeg (1593) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 On tap at Bookshelf Cafe, was a fine Creemore Lager clone it seems - odd hop presence, not a fan of Creemore lager. A bit fizzy, aroma of nondememo ’cottage beer.’ Moderate-thin palate. Drinkable but not what I’d want a second pint of. Just okay, and I LIKE what Wellington does in other beers. Will try bottled. ** Slight re-rate ** re-tried at another Guelph restaurant, on tap. This is leaning dangerously towards being almost a Sleeman-style Macro, It reminds me more of a lager with a certain palate ’bite’ also. There is basically no ale fruit either. No hop distinction at all. Uncomely. Minus point four.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
Finished off a 6-pack of this "Special Cream Pale Ale" over the past two weeks. 5 of the bottles were fine, but one bottle seemed a little bit off--it’s taste wasn’t consistent with the other 5. Overall, a nice beer with good golden appearance and a nice well-rounded mouthfeel. Good bitter flavour overall, but at the back of the tongue is somewhat watery and unpleasant. I think it’s growing on me, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Poured into a pint glass, clear copper colour with small head which dissapeared almost instantly. An aroma that reminded me of cheap beer. Taste was bitter and thin in the body, needs some maltiness. These guys make a great imperial stout but this spa I’ll avoid in the future.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
asheft (2960) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
[old bottle] Hazy golden-orange with filmy and bubbly head ring. Strange banana aroma full of DMS and candy--I think this bottle may have been a bit old/oxidized. Bland taste with some graininess and some bitterness--really very little to report. Metallic feel with a thin body. I would maybe try a fresher bottle or from tap, but I won’t go out of my way.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
Light, sweet honey aroma is somewhat papery. Clear orange coloured body with shy off-white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Bland, stale, lightly sweet flavour with no hop character whatsoever. Light, somewhat thin body is still in the mouth due to very low carbonation. Bottle sampled at MontreAlers brewclub February meeting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
golden pour with a cereal malty taste. The head is light and so is the beer really. There are probably some very subtle notes in here of sweetness, but I missed them for most part. It’s a solid brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
volare26 (4) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
Flavouful IPA Ale. Medium carbonation and distinct hoppiness. Amber colour with decent nose. Ends slightly bitter with mild sweetness. Solid if unspectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 Half pint at the Alex, draught. Well, it looked like a good bitter, and tasted like one too..except that it was a bit thin. Could be because it was the tap version, but it just felt like it was rolling off my tongue, and not lingering. A decent brew, but not what I have come to expect from this brewery. RE-RATE: Heck..it wasn’t as bad as I thought. A nice bitter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Light amber ale with a good off-white head. Malty aroma with herbal notes, slightly off. Crisp malts with a sweet finish and faint hops in final. Medium bodied. Not as good as i remembered it though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
341 ml bottle courtesy pintbypint. Copper colour with a mostly lasting frothy and rocky off-white head. Bready, fruity, and caramel aroma. Light bready malts and fruitiness with a light earthy bitter finish. Medium bodied and refreshing.

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