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Witchshark - Bellwoods Brewery

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%


Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Intensely hoppy American style Imperial/Double IPA. Tropical fruit aroma with a well-balanced bitterness showcasing flavours of mango, grapefruit, and pine.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-15-2012)
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mtomlins:
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.

Pours an orangey, amber color with a creamy white head leaving nice lacing. The nose is a beautiful balance of malt and hops. The malts roll in with sweet caramel and doughy, bready notes. The hops hit with lots of citrus (grapefruit and orange), lemon and pine. The palate follows suit with the nose in flavors, but with a bit of a woodsy, musty hop resin. The body is medium-high with nice about of carbonation. This is a solid DIPA with a great nose and mouthfeel; the finish on the palate through me a bit, but this is a personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 16:46:06 | More by mtomlins
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-20-2014 20:25:35 | More by AugustusRex
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle a friend brought from Toronto.

A - Light copper pour, bright with good carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy off white head. Spotty lace rings and half a finger of retention.

S - Grapefruit, sugar, sweet syrupy fruits, pineapple core.

T - Lot's of pineapple, syrupy and boozy fruits, pineapple core, grapefruit.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a gripping bitterness with some alcohol.

O/D - Not my favourite offering from Bellwoods, but decent for the style. Probably too sweet for my tastes and not aggressively hoppy in the way that I prefer a DIPA to be. All in all, a good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 19:46:34 | More by tbeckett
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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swillmeister

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint glass. Slightly cloudy, light copper color with a creamy head that dissolves fairly quickly

S: tons of floral scent with a whiff of dried orange peel

T: slight bitterness and tang up front but mellows out. Strong flavours of citrus. Close your eyes and you could believe you were drinking a tart grapefruit juice

M: mouthful is on the flat side. Very minimal carbonization

O: this is a quirky beer that may not be for everyone, but if you like a beer with tons of up front floral hops flavour, this is the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 18:28:09 | More by swillmeister
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Ontario (Canada)

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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright orange copper with a frothy, pillowy off-white head. The glass is coated with chunks and sheets of lace on the way down. Citrusy hops and caramel, bready malts in the nose. Huge hoppiness in the first sip, lots of tangerine mixed with grapefruit, passionfruit, orange and lemon. Chewy cookie dough malts lay in the background, providing a balance but never stealing the show. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Moderate to high bitterness and some tropical hop frutiness lasts a long time in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden throughout, providing only some spicy complexity.

This is a fantastic DIPA, the best from Canada imo. Tonnes of fresh, juicy hops, great balance. Definitely seek it out if you're in Toronto.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:09:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-16-2013 20:20:37 | More by valianes
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a couple of these from hopsolutely and peensteen. Thanks a lot guys!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A big nose of pale malts, sweet melon, some grapefruit and lots of pineapple. Some citrus lemon aromas, as well as some alcohol there too. Big stuff, and pretty good.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness, then some bitterness, alcohol and notes of hair spray at the swallow. A little off, unfortunately. Bold and lingering finish is bitter, boozy, with sweet flavors of pineapple and melon, as well as challenging hair spray flavors. Sweet and boozy, and somewhat unpleasantly bitter.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. A touch of booze lingers. Really nice feel for the style.

OVERALL: Both bottles of this brew were the same. This is a solid effort that didn't quite work out. The nose was nice and the feel really well put together, but the flavor just didn't follow suit. The same situation as their Wizard Wolf actually. Bitter for the sake of being bitter, boozy, with an off-putting hair spray quality that just didn't sit right. I'd love to try another batch, as Roman Candle has shown that IPA's are one of these guy's strong suits. Cheers for the bottles guys!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 14:05:40 | More by Jeffo
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for including this brew as part of the fall Canbif.

A: Amber-copper colour in the pour with 3 fingers of beige, off-white head. Crystal Clear brew with the most lazy carbonation slowly making its way to the surface, suggestive of a drink worth lingering over.

S: Smooth and creamy clean malts that let way to the hops, piney and bright lemons, and musky fruits . Intriguing notes of earthy wetness, like wet soil, but not at all off putting - somewhat mysterious.

T: Caramel malts and rock sugars wash over the palette that open up the way for the piney solid hops flecked with musky tropical fruit of mangos ,pineapples and musk melon. Lingering hops hold just long enough to pursued another sip without over powering. Worth noting is the woody notes towards the end, an oak quaintly similar to a French oaked wine. A delicate balance of hops, caramel, sugars and bitters.

M: Poppy carbonation on the front end in a medium syrup base. Just a slight alcohol ester at the end.

O: Witch shark is a delicious and expert balance of malts & hops. It's a mature version of imperial IPA offering a drink that sophisticated, approachable and unpretentious. The slightly higher alcohol content suggest a sipping drink, worth lingering over, rather than a brew to wash down.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:13:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.