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Wadworth IPA

Rating: 2.55

This one is a beer that I’m not overly looking forward since it turned out to be a random purchase in a Morrisons supermarket a couple of weeks ago when I noticed it on offer for £1 a bottle. The beer is a fairly weak, 3.6% abv. session offering from Wadworth, a Wiltshire based brewery and it will be the first of theirs that I’ll have tried. After doing a bit of digging online, it would appear that the beer is usually known as Henry’s IPA or Henry’s Original IPA but I’ll go simply with Wadworth IPA since that is what’s listed on the bottle I picked up. Maybe it’s one that will surprise me in the end but I’m not usually a huge fan of these traditional style British beers and I can’t image this one will be a favourite of mine; hopefully I’m wrong.

Appearance (4/5): The beer pours a dark amber colour that is almost copper, there is a fairly large head on top that is foamy and a slightly off white with a cream texture to it. Retention is pretty good with no much movement initially and the head manages to hold most of its height in the early going before eventually leaving plenty of nice and thick looking lacing on the sides of the glass after that.
Aroma (6/10): Quite an earthy hop aroma to this one with a lot of biscuit malts and faint floral touches in the early going, you know straight away that it is an English style beer with the bitterness also seeming quite subdued and earthy. Hints of sweetness come through thanks to a little caramel and touches of vanilla but these are fairly minimal, some further toffee notes do feature further along though before some butterscotch rounds things off nicely.
Taste (5/10): Much like the nose, this one opens with a lot of earthy flavours and some light caramel at the start but it’s certainly not a sweet beer. There’s hints of floral hops coming through but they are fairly subdued thanks to the biscuit malts and earthy hops that balance them out. The beer hints at some citrus but doesn’t really commit and there is a subdued bitterness nearer the end too; it’s pretty much as I’d expected going in.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied and very earthy with some basic ale bitterness and hints of citrus that added the most subtle of tangs to the middle of the beer. It was quite well carbonated but still seemed a little bland and boring at times; definitely not my style of beer.

Overall (7/20): Not the strongest or the most interesting of beers, this one started relatively weak with little more than some biscuit malts and an earthy bitterness to show for itself. There was some faint sweetness at times that was a mild surprise but for the most part the beer seemed bland and watered down, never really making itself known and as a result it’s one that I’ll be avoiding in future sadly.

Brewed In: Devizes, Wiltshire, England
Brewery: Wadworth
First Brewed: 1992
Also Known As:
Wadworth Henry’s Original IPA
Type: English IPA
ABV: 3.6%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons (Glasgow)
Price: £1.00

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  1. April 6, 2017 at 13:14

    Ah, but Wadworths 6X is lovely…..

    • April 8, 2017 at 19:05

      I’ll keep my eyes open but I struggled finishing this one. Just glad it was cheap.

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