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Witchshark - Bellwoods Brewery

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92
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Hazy amber orange colour, about a fingers worth of white head, good amount of lace. Smell is very hoppy, citrus, tangerine and grapefruit, a good dose of sweet malt is there as well but this is very much a hop bomb, a bit of alcohol comes across as well but it is a nice mixture of hops and sweet bready malt. Taste is lots of citrusy hop, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, a bit of sweetness, mid palate the malt comes through and breaks up the hop assault a bit. Super oily on the palate, medium-full body with a light carbonation making this go down fairly quickly. Solid stuff here, very easy drinking IIPA, it will be quite a while before another Ontario IIPA gives this a run for its money.

07-10-2012 18:13:40 | More by peensteen
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-23-2013 13:53:17 | More by beerhunter13
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2014 04:46:20 | More by Shagator
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A very drinkable DIPA. Yes, emphasizing the bitterness, however complex melange of hops and the malt backbone is present. Great hoppy aroma. Orange coloured body with retained beige head of 3/8" plus some lace.Citrus taste and I would like more of it.

04-16-2012 02:29:40 | More by Sammy
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phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-04-2013 13:02:05 | More by phirleh
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours golden with tan foamy head. Nose is citrusy resin hops and a creamy buiscuit malt. Quite balanced auroma, taste is bitter with the hops flowing nicely over the palate. Caramel malt rounds out the finish, and seems quite balanced as well. This isn't a relatively fresh bomber now, but the beer is not a hop bomb or palate cleanser by any means of a dipa. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

Overall a nice IIPA from Bellwoods and a welcome addition to the scene. Very balanced but don't expect the hoppiest brew just yet. Hopefully they decide to go that route one day.
Recommended.

11-22-2012 21:30:15 | More by heebes
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-17-2013 02:48:11 | More by Boozecamel
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy amber with a finger+ of thick cream coloured head.

Smell. Very perfume-like pine with oranges and red grapefruits, A little lightly toasted caramel malt is there backing all those nice hops.

Taste. Sweet ripe oranges complete with bitter rinds, juicy red grapefruit, a bit of cedar, and some nice sweet light caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. One of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Very juicy and clean with a nice oily bitter citrus rind finish. My kind of IPA right here, thanks again Liam.

06-15-2013 03:35:55 | More by Rutager
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops are quite power full with some bitterness discernable. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus notes with some resin and some medium sweet caramel malt. Aftertaste is quite bitter with maybe not as much floral aromas as I would have liked. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though a bit too much Cascade for it’s own good.

11-20-2012 21:38:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the brewpub. Served in Bellwoods snifter.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour. Half a finger of bright white head formed with decent retention. Light lacing.

S - Huge fresh grapefruit aroma up front. Tangerine and pine also accompany a bitter hop presence. A slightly sweet malt backbone provides some balance.

T - Big grapefruit, pine and orange peel flavours up front that accompany a sharp bitterness. The malt backbone is fairly noticeable and provides a fairly good balance and enough caramel malt sweetness to give this beer the perfect balance.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Full of sticky hop oils.

O - A really good DIPA. Highly recommended.

05-05-2012 01:32:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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drchristman

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-17-2014 18:17:03 | More by drchristman
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottled January 29th, served in a Bellwoods tulip

A - Chewy darker amber, with 1" head that I had to pull semi-hard to get out

S - Pine! Smells delicious. Resin, a little fruit, some malt.

T - Some jackfruit, more fruit than on the nose. 9% is evident, but not overwhelming. Nice malt backbone.

M - A little bit too thick for my tastes. Good carbonation.

O - Maybe not my fav, but not far off. Would love to have again.

03-09-2013 01:03:52 | More by Beelzebeer
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A. It has a caramel color, it was completely opaque. There's a slight foamy head with little lacing.

S. Very cidery with a grassy undertone.

T/M. It is extremely sweet. It is strong and hoppy. It has a very sweet taste, citrus with a tart apple taste in the back. Heavy with a long finish. There's a smokiness there, as well. Quite carbonated.

O. Very flavorful and strong. A great beer, even if it is a tad too sweet for my liking.

07-01-2013 00:15:07 | More by Amalak
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dipso123

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-03-2014 02:26:19 | More by dipso123
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-01-2013 02:51:08 | More by CurtisD
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erha2

New York

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Orangish amber caramel color and cloudy. Small head. Lots of lacing streaming down my glass.

Smell: Hoppy with more malt than I usually like in my IPAs. A little sour, ciderish, grassy too.

Taste: Bitter, citrus more muted (still delicious grapefruit), definitely more caramel malt. Love the candied fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich. Still medium-bodied and not syrupy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've heard good things about Bellwood and was not disappointed with this very fresh, outstanding double IPA. Thanks Twelve Percent for getting this stuff here.

Bottled 5/22/2013
Purchased at Whole Foods Tribeca for $10.99 (but 20% off for their annual 20% off all beer sale so $8.79)

07-06-2013 23:15:49 | More by erha2
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. stubby bottle, bottled Sept. 21, 2012.

Appearance: A nice slightly hazy honey-colored body with circle upon circle of nice, hanging lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, citrusy, orange.

Taste: Fresh fruit, bit of brown sugar, lots of grapefruit, flesh and rinds combined. Really intense and good.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, good bitterness, well balanced.

Overall: Very pleased with this one. Would love to have this on hand more often.

10-15-2012 11:20:19 | More by papat444
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-20-2014 17:42:42 | More by Caudalie
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-12-2013 03:13:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Timmy13T

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-23-2013 14:30:45 | More by Timmy13T
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

On tap at the brewery, into a branded tulip.

Lightly hazy darker orange with some red hues, a couple of fingers of white head with good retention and lacing. Nose is hoppy with sturdy malt support, sort of a sugar cookie type thing going on in the background. Clementine, mango anf a touch of pine later in the nose. Taste again features more malt with solid hop suuport - orange, tangerines, clemetines and relatively bitter into the finish. Again, perhaps a shred of pine. A balanced IIPA, with the alcohol being almost completely masked. Bitter with a generous amount of sweetness, and perhaps the malt could be dialed down just a bit, although I feel I'm being a bit nitpicky. Full feel with a somewhat low carbonation. Solid hop profile and an IIPA I'll definitely seek more of in the future.

04-16-2012 03:49:19 | More by liamt07
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-19-2013 17:08:45 | More by mattsander
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruits, pineapple, plenty of dank pine resins, light bready malts and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of grapefruit and pineapple (very tropical) along with some bitter pine resins, bready malts, and light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Maybe it's because I havn't had a good DIPA in a while but this thing is damn good.

04-24-2014 20:51:58 | More by SebD
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-16-2013 04:18:48 | More by gloryhole
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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.