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Stay Classy Light Session Ale - Bellwoods Brewery

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Stay Classy Light Session AleStay Classy Light Session Ale

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84
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
After an extensive 3 minute Google search, the results are conclusive: We have brewed The Lightest Beer In Canada (that isn't non-alcoholic)! This bright light ale presents hop flavours and aromas without being bitter, and tastes extremely refreshing. A new style of beer for us, this uber light ale is proof that good things come in small packages.

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 12-19-2013)
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best low ABV beer I've ever enjoyed for a hop-forward, APA style.

Pours a thin golden colour with an impressive amount of lacing from the limited white head. Looks more lager-like than I'd choose, but that's a pedantic quibble compared to how much flavour is packed into this 2.3%. Aroma is citrus-forward, with grapefruit plus lemon rind and zest. The flavour is hop-centric, which from a personal preference standpoint is exactly as I'd choose. Although its limited malt profile means it is missing some of the depth of a truly well-balanced APA, it has a refreshing cleanness that's perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

hopsolutely, Mar 30, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and some grainy malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, grapefruit, some light grassy hops and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas but the body is too light.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 12, 2013.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. Medium-sized white head, fades steadily.

Nose contains a nice citrus aroma, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is very light, but more flavourful than one would expect from a beer this lite! Grapefruit and lemon again, not much more than that. No real malt flavour. A bit of a soapy aftertaste. Hops are the entire focus of the beer, but it is by no means a hop monster- just very easy drinking.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Super refreshing.

For a 2.3% beer, I am impressed. Much more flavour than I expected. This is definitely a beer that has to be tasted and reviewed in context. It is obviously not an American IPA, or an APA. It is a lite ale/session ale/whatever. For what it is, it is excellent. A great session beer for sure. I hope it is brewed again in the summer, because this would be great for an all day, backyard/cottage/deck/patio/park session.

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3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/12/13. Pretty fresh, looking forward to trying such a low gravity IPA.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge chunky head. Scads of lace coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is lightly sweet, grainy and tart. A bit of lemon herbal hops is noticeable in the nose as well, though very light, not IPA territory. The taste is light with honey and ryvita bread mingling with a chlorophyll green light hoppiness. Some soapy and vegetal notes. The mouthfeel is lightbodied with a sparse carbonation level. Some malt sweetness and tartness in the short finish.

An OK beer. Low hops and unusual malt profile. I won't seek this India Session Ale out again.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

yancot, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stay Classy sure looks classy: it has a sunny, lemon-yellow tone and plush ivory-white head. It's far from clear, but its complexion is not the least bit clouded; golden highlights abound. It may be only 2.3% but it's got plenty of colour (and clearly substance too, its lather leaves the glass looking like an unfinished cartography project).

Apparently the appearance isn't the only thing lemon-like; dry-hopping with Nelson Sauvin hops unfailingly ensures citrusy aromatics as well as plenty of grassy and floral features too. These notes of green mango, orange zest and lemon myrtle, however, are only about as strong as the beer itself and start to crumble under the weight of a rather 'cardboard-y' maltiness.

This graininess dominates on the palate as well, but still allows for those short spurts of tropical fruit and herbal tea. Biscuity, bready, almost doughy flavours are tasted first and foremost. Its profile, unsurprisingly, is very similar to Bellwood's 'Table Beer', albeit without the Brett.

This is far heavier than you'd expect from a measly 2.3%; the only thing light about this beer is its alcohol content. The mouthfeel is thick and doughy enough to be surprisingly satiating for something designed to drink all night. On that note, I tired of the pint about half way through; the hops become "catty" and the malts start to taste cardboard-like.

Stay Classy is a reminder that there's not necessarily any relation between alcohol content and flavour; what makes beer tasty is malts and hops and this recipe was sure to use lots of them. In truth, I didn't love it, but I do love the fact that Bellwoods offers it. I think it only makes sense that all brewpubs have something light and affable like this in their lineup.

biegaman, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parents brought this home from Toronto.

A - Pours a really cloudy golden colour. Two finger loose white head. Strong carbonation. Good spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lovely aroma. Very floral, pinesol, lot's of light tropical fruit. Nice.

T - Lot's more pinesol, light tropical fruit and floral again. Fruit juice and orangina.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, lightly fruity and drying finish.

O/D - Nicer aroma than flavour profile, but this is pretty solid. Impressive for the ABV. Enjoyable.

tbeckett, Jun 19, 2014
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Cycle69, Oct 18, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw coloured with a fairly thin head that lingers around awhile in the form of a ring. A bit of stringy lacing as this recedes.

S: Citrus, orange, mango, lighter grains, solid mix of spices, sweeter toffee, and a solid buttered bread structure to this. Was not expecting this much aroma- in terms of variety and intenseness- I’m impressed.

T: Cereal grains, light and refreshing lemon and grapefruit, subdued spices including cloves, and nice floral qualities are shining through. This has a sharp level of hops that are definitely noticeable and leave a very slight bitterness behind.

M: Light bodied with a mod-high carbonation. Semi-slick with a fizzy mouthfeel.

D: This is obviously easy-drinking but it has some good attributes including a huge aroma and a nice hop presence.

Digimaika2, May 29, 2014
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Stay Classy Light Session Ale from Bellwoods Brewery
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