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Witchshark - Bellwoods Brewery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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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baylz

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

03-13-2014 00:26:31 | More by baylz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
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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Timmy13T

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-09-2014 22:27:40 | More by deonreds
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Ericlatreille


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-15-2014 00:39:17 | More by Ericlatreille
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring, almost opaque, with a clingy, filmy, white head. Nose of biscuit, mango and passion fruit sweetness, and floral hops. Flavors are rich caramel and biscuit forward, with a dark, resiny, bitter hops character at the end. Pepper builds with bitter hops, leading to a dry, spiced, and bitter aftertaste. Very rich and big in mouth, with a clingy, rich finish. Bitterness dries the beer out a bit. This one's heavy and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 23:03:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-25-2013 19:07:48 | More by FrankHammer
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vishnyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-21-2013 05:15:30 | More by vishnyc
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-19-2013 17:19:31 | More by tom10101
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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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swillmeister

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 02:29:40 | More by Sammy
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erha2

New York

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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)

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Witchshark pours a deep amber with a sticky head that reduced to a small ring as I drank this beauty.

The nose was classic IPA - hoppy, malty and a hint of fruit at the end.

Tasted of hops, hops and more hops. Bitter, dry and spicy. Classic East Coast IPA. Felt sticky and smooth in the mouth.

Overall an awesome IPA - not the best I've had but definitely highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:44:53 | More by pksauce
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 18:55:07 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-22-2014 21:36:04 | More by thatoneguymike
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 04:10:28 | More by Cycle69
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 20:25:35 | More by AugustusRex
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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.