Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle; Pasteurised.
A pasteurised higher abv export version of the regular cask beer. Available in cans and plastic bottles.
Rich, full flavoured ale and notably dry.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 7, 2013
A pretty crappy IPA. No carbination, No head, and bareley any lacing. Overall a pretty junk brew. Waste of time IMO. Thanks wells!

Stew41 (2118) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 11, 2018
IPA? Traditional (just) but drinks more like a PL...or have my tastes been so twisted by modern IPA? Real quaffer but absolutely nothing memorable at all. MOR bitter at best with some tangy metallic notes around the edges.

Jabic (733) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Ar: Light, corny malt; a hint of pineapple. Ap: Copper and clear; medium-large off-white head with very good retention, slowly receding into lattice structure, leaving stretchy foam patterns on the glass sides. T: Dry, grainy malt; very slight butterscotch; zesty, vinous hop flavor with a moderately clean high bitterness; a bit of melanoidin richness, but very, very slight; chalk and bitters on the finish. P: Medium body with high carbonation; finish is dry. O: A very clean copper ale with a noticeable though understated English character; bitter, lightly malty, and quaffable.

ChadPoole (479) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours dark copper with a small white head. Aroma is malts up front with some hops in the background. Taste is malt, carmel and biscuit, more like a red lager than an ipa. Very disappointing.

Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
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.

BrewWhatIWant (323) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2016
Pours red with a decent off white head. Aroma is malty. Taste is mild. Hints of malt, caramel and a light spicy English hop quality. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. It is surprisingly light. Doesn’t really seem like an IPA, I would say it’s a bitter or special bitter at most and very much in the English style. All in all not bad if you go in expecting this.

Brettsky06 (536) - Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 27, 2016
Pours an amber color. Bit of a caramel aroma. Taste is more malty than anything. Definitely not a fan of this one

dfearnley (2381) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2016
Can to shaker Consummation: Biscuit, bread, red bell pepper, with a skunky end Adjunct: Sweet corn and straw aroma; clear light amber with no head.

sawyerpc15 (194) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2016
Good Amber ale that I got on sale. Smooth and not quite as flavourful as some of my Favorite ales.

Gluepot (756) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Sweet malt/biscuit malt nose. Slightly more hops and biscuit malt taste than standard Canadian mass produced ales ( or Keith’s IPA which is actually a weak ale). I will finish this can, as opposed to many of its domestic Ontario rivals. (Amending my report - I couldn’t finish it.)

futre7 (259) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JUN 9, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Interesting. I think this is JUST an export beer. Indeed it seems Ontario is the main recipient judging by the other reviews. The version I got was Well’s IPA ..not the Eagle version. But since I can’t review that one I assume this is the same. One obvious point is that it does not taste like an IPA at all. The head is thick and reminiscent of a good bitter from England. The nose is liquorice and malt but is not overly obvious. Colour is dark brown and copper The flavour is not heavy. Indeed this is almost a mild ....apart from the light carbonation and 5% of course. Unspectacular beers like this are not meant for consumption in cans. They are meant to be drunk on draught and at a lower %. The light,dry flavoured cask ale is meant to be consumed over a long period of time and is moreish. The canned version is overly strong and misses the mark a little. It’s not bad...it’s just not a memorable ale.

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