Wellington S.P.A. (Special Pale Ale)

Wellington S.P.A. (Special Pale Ale)

Rated 3.240 by BeerPals

Brewed by Wellington Brewery (formerly Wellington County Brewery)

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Style:  English Pale Ale

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

22 International Bittering Units

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2018 Description Special Pale Ale is an approachable and smooth pale ale that is deep copper in colour with a roasted malt and subtle apricot aroma. With a balance of malt and hops patterned after traditional English pale ales, this malt-forward beer has biscuit and caramel flavours upfront with a delicate floral hop finish. And hey, it’s just “S.P.A.” to friends! 2011 Descriprion With the balance of malt and hops patterned after classic English pale ales, S.P.A. is Wellington’s best seller as a draught. ALCOHOL VOLUME: 4.5% COLOUR: Copper AROMA: Bread, biscuit, apricot TASTE: Malt, nut with a spicy hop aftertaste FOOD PAIRING: Hot spicy foods, excellent with Thai or Indian

ID: 7105 Last updated 10 months ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank14611
Overall Percentile69.2
Style Rank90 of 425
Style Percentile78.8
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score3.7
Average Score3.300
Weighted Score3.240
Standard Deviation0.429

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  • PAULCARDOM 548 reviews
    rated 2.7 3 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer is a pale ale in name only as it’s a solid amber colour with a huge white head. Quite a bit of effervescence. Aroma is weak and almost non-descript. There are bready malts and perfumy hops present, but nothing overpowering. The flavour is bland and non-offensive but nothing that makes you gag.

  • PALEALERIDER 2233 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Had a pint at Pour Boy just after the Dark Ale. Arrived with no head whatsoever once again. Poor lacing, seems watery. Has a light amber/copper appearance. Aromas are quite faint, light malts and hops. Flavours are slightly sweet with herbal and floral hops. Very mild citrus hops as well as dark fruity flavours. Watery mouthfeel. Medium retention. Also a good beer, would try again.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 2.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    On tap. Caramel malts, long boil goldings, thin mouth feel, light bitter finish. Hard to tell Wellington ales apart these days. This is just short of boring. Won’t be back for more. Boring English styles are not my cup of tea.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Richly colored reddish copper body ¼” noisy tan cap floating on top, this be looking like a high quality brew. Aroma is smoky an I swear I’m smelling peanut I have never smelt that before in a beer. Aroma is nice and malty some sour toffee and mild hops round it out. Malty, malty flavor with a slight roast to it. Extremely mild coffee can be tasted, and a mellow hop presence witch I want to say grape fruit but I know that not correct so I’ll just call it citrus. Great bitterness with a lingering sweet after taste. There are tons of little subtle flavors coming through that are hard to describe. Great EPA!!!!!!!!

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Will this be close to the English style? Turns out to be a decent Canadian version. Pours out a nice deep amber brew with a large off white foamy cap that stays around for the entire length of the tasting. Very nice rich sweet caramel aroma with some roasted character that goes well with yummy hops. The taste is not bad, this is very drinkable but comes across light in the flavour department. Caramel, hops, that's about it. Leaves a nice soft bitter reminder well after. Fluffy mouth feel, ample hops when warmer. An average EPA.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    The Wellington County brewery has always been a sore spot with me as they have produced some wildy inconsistent beer over the years. I was hoping for a hoppy brew with this offering, but they missed the spot. First off, it pours an amber colour, unlike most English Pales. Secondly, the nose is more malt than hops. Third, the flavour profile has weak flavours. I give it a D-

  • COLEMASON 9 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    As mentioned in another review, the beer poured a perfect amber colour, slightly darker than I had expected. A moderately fine frothy head that settled slowly brought some excitement in taking my first sip. Unique but light nose. Very smooth to drink with limited carbonation. This is a very good and I hope to have more of it in the future.

  • CYRENAICA 2132 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    341 ml bottle
    4.5% ABV
    Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
    April 30, 2008
    The poured a beautiful translucent rusty red colour with a thin white rocky head. The aroma is some roasted malt, with a hoppy background. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with ample carbonation. The flavour is malty with just a little hops. I was expecting a more hoppish flavour profile.

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A decent Canadian microbrew. First of the line that i've tried. Nice apperance and a smooth attack. Very full of hops and a nice finish as well. Decent beer, especially for the Price. Recommended.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    This is a very well balance pale ale from wellington brewery... A velvety flavor,sweet malt and perfectly hopped for the style a very nice ambrée color,little carbonation smooth finish, a good beer to start an evening.

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