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Catherine Wheel - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 11-30-2013

This is a beer that calls upon the deliciousness of two styles we love: IPAs and Belgian ales. Refreshing and flavourful, Catherine Wheel is an untraditional Belgian/American melange.
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with subtle fruity notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hoppy notes with some citrus notes with light fruity undertones with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but the Belgian yeast didn’t come out a much as I was expecting.

Photo of ssmack
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque dark beige colour. Half inch medium white head. Lots of streams of carbonation. Full coat of lacing that is retained creating a great lace pattern on the glass.

Strong citurs aroma that can be easily detected from a distance. As I got closer the carmel malt and citrus are joined by a funky aroma.

The taste starts as a nameless malt/hops and then resolves to the hop flavours. Citrus ... lemon. Grassy and herby hops. Hints of Belgian esters. Long strong bitter grass after taste.

Medium feel with good bite.

This is more an American IPA with a hints of Belgian notes. I had this back-to-back with Houblon Couffe. They are different takes on the same style. The trick is the three way balance of hops, malt and yeast. Catherine's Wheel is heavy on the hops.

Photo of papat444
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 500ml bottle, .bottled Nov. 26, 2013.

Slightly lazy body, color is banana orange. Chunks of lacing hanging, glass is plastered with foam. A very floral aroma, powerful also. Lemony overtones and i'm willing to bet they used Citra hops. Flavor is not as full though; orangey, soapy, airy, light, small bitter finish. Flavor doesn't have depth and body is too light. Ok but expected better.

Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov. 26, 2013

Beer is a cloudy yellowish-orange. Moderately-sized white head, fades fairly quickly, leaving a bit of bubble.

Nose is very juicy, with nice citrus scents. Grapefruit sticks out for me. Also pine and weedy scents. While the hops are the dominant scent for me, the Belgian character is there as well. A slightly powdery yeast scent.

Taste is also very good. Moderately bitter with a dryness supplied by the yeast, accompanied by weedy pine flavours and citrus fruit. Also a tropical character. A noticeable Belgian yeast flavour mixes in nicely. From my tastebuds, I would guess that Nelson Sauvin is doing a bunch of the work here.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit on the tingly side. Oily.

Overall, very good. I am a big Belgian IPA fan, and this is a good one. Really nice blending of the hops and the Belgian character.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Champagne blonde with no head.
Musty lemon rind hop nose with some white balsamic – nice dynamic tension.
Some lemon curd, a powerful Citra-esque musty citrus hit, and some acid.
Pineapple finish and chalky linger.
Light, lean, a bit of oil.

Incredibly tart and aggressive. I’d believe Sorachi Ace, but since it’s Summit, Simcoe, and Cascade, I have to say the aroma hops get buried. West Coast bitterness and Belgian bite - an odd combo and a bad one.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with red glints. A billowy white head recedes quickly but coats the glass in foam. Orange and grapefruit in the nose with some graham cracker maltiness too. The taste is hop forward with lots of citrusy, piney, tropical fruit flavors up front and a solid bitterness throughout. Doughy malts and fruity yeast notes fill out the multi-faceted flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a ton of textured carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the long, dry finish.

A great example of the style. More focus on the IPA than the Belgian, and that’s a good thing in my books. Highly recommended.

Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's obvious Catherine Wheel is brewed as a Belgian IPA: it's hazy as lemonade and its foam covers almost a third of the glass (even after the liquid disappears, it sticks to the sides like plaster). It has the colour and radiance of a summer sunset. Very nice.

Catherine Wheel has a ton of tropical hoppiness - even a month and a half after bottling. This brims with fruity notes of papaya, grapefruit, mandarin, and lychee. The yeast has a tropical air too and contributes a strong banana flavour (on top of a prevalent barnyard-like funkiness).

The Belgians have a sneaky way of hiding the alcohol content of their beers and, indeed, Belgian-style IPAs have a similar tendency; not even Jonathan Creek could explain the mystery of how Bellwoods made that 7.3% alcohol vanish into thin air.

Part of the explanation probably has to do with the malts: they have a thick and bready flavour that makes for a wholesome and somewhat 'spongy' mouthfeel. Part of it might just be the hops, the citrusy acidity and tropical fruit notes of which are big distractions; there's just so much apricot, green mango, grapefruit, and ripe banana flavour.

The true culprit responsible for this wonderfully flavoured and fantastically drinkable ale, however, is an incredible brewer. What are the odds that such a new brewery could produce so many great beers so soon? Each offering seems to impress me as much (or more) than the previous. Catherine Wheel may be one of the best yet.

Photo of Coronaeus
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this more than the last time I had it about a year ago. A really great smell to this one. I should have bought more...

Photo of peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach-orange colour, one finger of white head, some lace here as well. Smell is quite hoppy, orange-tangerine, grapefruit and apricot mixed with belgian yeast with a bit of spice as well, incredible fruity hop nose. Taste is hoppy and spicy, yeast with a big hop bitterness, tons of peach and orange flavour, grapefruit with a dry finish and fruity aftertaste. Light-med carb, med body. Excellent belgian IPA, top notch stuff from these guys.

Photo of 4ster
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov.26, 2013. Poured into a tulip.

Poured a beautiful straw colour, hazy, bright white head and lots of it, slowly dies down into a nice frothy topping with some nice lacing. Nose is primarily floral and citrus with some bitter pungency... Taste follows but is quite muted... light undertones of citrus, orange, grapefruit, with a mellow, creamy, soapy bitterness that's a bit skunky with very light malt backbone....Mouth feel is very creamy, sticky soapiness... with a nice amount of carbonation.... Overall I agree with the others that the Belgium style could have been played up more with the drying mouthfeel the only stand out example of the style. Still, a decent effort for a not so defined style....

Photo of mick303
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the brewery, poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a cloudy and hazy yellow gold with great lacing.

S - full and complex, a lot of the character I would look for in a BIPA, tart lemon citrus, a bit of musty furniture and barnyard, peach, and green florals, also a dirty sock funkiness and earthy spiciness that is actually pleasant and adds to the overall balance.

T - start is fresh and green with orange and lemon citrus, white grapes, tending to a bit earthy and peppery spice, coating mineral chalky character, quite a light pale malt body, but a good base for the alcohol which compliments the yeast complexity. Bitterness is moderate and this definitely tends more on the belgian side of the fence, but I appreciate the bright citrus and floral components that add a nice brightness to the beer.

M - very drinkable and satisfying, carbonation is moderate adding a bit of pleasant acidity to the body. Quite a full bodied ale, a significant earthy and spicy yeasty component. Very well balanced.

I enjoyed this quite a lot, a really good example of the style and why it can branch into new territories. A quite earthy and bright and green BIPA, hops come through quite a bit especially as it warms adding a resiny slick citrus character and fruitiness but the balance overall I thought was quite strong and this was quite complex and satisfying overall. Worth trying out and seeking.

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Catherine Wheel from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.