Review: Wellington Terrestrial India Brown Ale

I recently got my hands on the Re-Booted (clever use of the term, Welly) Terrestrial from Wellington.  A little background on this: originally released as a Welly One-Off last year, the Terrestrial was an India Brown Ale that - in this beer enthusiast's humble opinion - was probably one of their best One-Offs of the year.  It was so good that Welly decided to bring it back as the first in what I hope is a line of Reboots of their more popular One-Offs.  So here's a quick review before I settle into reading a little Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

It pours a deep brown with amber highlights.  A medium off-white to beige head that has little in terms of retention or lacing.

The aroma carries strong hop characteristics with hints of caramel and toasty malts alongside some citrus notes.  Citrus is always difficult to nail down for me in aromas, but I'd put it on par with a grapefruit smell.

The first thing you get from the flavour is malts from the nose - both caramel and toasty - with some spice undertones.  I got a hoppy and citrusy bitterness that comes in at the end, but feels rather well-balanced due to the caramel sweetness at the beginning.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some creaminess. Low carbonation and medium-bodied. 

Overall I enjoyed this beer, and I'm glad to have gotten my hands on a few cans of these.  This is my only experience with an India Brown Ale, so I can't offer a comparison in terms of style.  However, I will say that this is great for a brown ale.  The hops and citrus notes really add a different - and welcome - element to the brown ale style.  

 

Now, without editing or proofreading this, I'm posting so I can get to my book.   Thanks for reading, friends!

-James