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Roman Candle - Bellwoods Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.19%


Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-17-2012)
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 20th, served in a Bellwoods tulip

A - Plenty of clingy head, with a pale golden body

S - Some pine, juicy fruit, a little malt.

T - This is delicious! Not overly hoppy, but good amount. Well balanced with the malt/body. Some nice fruity hops, but has a good amount of pine/resin as well.

M - Nearly perfect. Good carbonation, medium body. Slamming.

O - Great! Could easily be a go-to brew. Really nice medium step, or maybe an introduction, to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:43:18 | More by Beelzebeer
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, in a pint glass.

Slightly hazy orange, dense lacing and moderate retention. Nose is heavily tropical, honey dew melon, clementine and citrus rind. Sweet cookie dough like malt scents.Taste has more clementine, orange, tangerine, tropical fruits and a moderate and wholly complimentary sweet malt. Medium full feel, with gentle carbonation. Fantastically delicious, straight up one of the best IPAs I've had in Ontario, and probably Canada.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 20:28:21 | More by liamt07
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle from the brewery.

A clear amber yellow. Half inch fine white head that lasted right to the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation and excellent fine lacing.

A bright pine and citrus aroma with some sweet maltiness.

The citrus and pin is there but the taste is more herby hops - thyme and oregano. There is a solid sweet malty backbone. Great bitter aftertaste but not stringent - long, solid bitter aftertaste.

A rich full mouthfeel.

This is an excellent American IPA. For me it lives up to its rep. A very fine handling of hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:23:00 | More by ssmack
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, clear, copper-gold coloring with a bright white, clingy, filmy head. Nose of cedar and pine, grapefruit, and floral hops highlights. Wow! Smells delicious. Flavors are robust, with grapefruit and tangerine forward, followed by grassy and piny notes, and a resiny bitterness into the aftertaste. Very smooth, almost creamy. The aftertaste has hints of citrus sweetness, but mostly bitter resin, with a clean, slightly drying finish. Very balanced, solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 22:52:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bellwoods. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thin collar, and minimal lacing. Murky orange body with streams of tiny bubbles visible at the edges of the glass.

S - Dank, with a hefty dose of onion and marijuana, along with some juicy citrus flesh and zest. My wife guessed Columbus and Citra, and she was spot on. Very hop-forward, with only mild sugary malt in the background.

T - The taste is a tiny bit more balanced, with less dank ganja, and more juicy orange and a hint of tropical fruits. Mildly doughy and sugary malts in the background, and a touch of yeasty bread as well.

M - Juicy, medium body, pleasant carbonation, and a dry finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - A nice IPA that I enjoyed quite a bit. I would be satisfied if this were my local IPA, as it's pretty easy to drink and features an interesting hop combination.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 17:52:13 | More by MasterSki
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from Bellwoods bottle shop. Bottling date: Feb 20, 2013.

(4.0) A: Slightly hazy copper colour with lively carbonation and a puffy marshmallow-like foam head. Very long lasting retention and good lacing.

(4.5) S: Wet pine, heavily buttered bread, papaya, pink grapefruit, butterscotch, and vanilla. Wow. This is rich and robust, with strong independent aromas coming together beautifully. I’m trying to pick out my favourite and/or most dominant aromas but they are all strongly present and smell fantastic.

(4.25) T: Tart grapefruit, dry pine, buttered biscuits, and slight toffee. Similar to aroma but unable to taste any of those lush tropical fruits that were on the nose (and I was looking forward to). Definitely a hoppy beverage with a strong yet focused taste profile. As expected, heavy towards the bitter side with an appropriately dry finish.

(4.0) M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dense and oily with a rich buttery texture.

(4.0) D: This could be mentioned in the same conversation as any benchmark American IPA. One of the best aromas I’ve experienced in an IPA to date. The taste is quite focused, yet thankfully what it is focused on is very agreeable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 05:23:04 | More by Digimaika2
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whether an APA or American IPA, a fantastic new Ontario beer from an incredible (1 year old) Toronto brewery. Although prefer their draught version, take-home bottles make the computer rating less awkward.

Pours a beautiful bright and clear copper colour with a decent white head that has good retention. Resultant lacing makes it a good looking beer. Stunning "west coast" aroma of pine and citrus - a hop lover's dream. Taste is surprisingly well balanced, with a nice caramelized malt body balancing the full hop spectrum; from pine needles to grapefruit to pineapple. An abrupt bitterness - that lingers - suits my own personal taste perfectly. An Ontario IPA that could stand up well to any Michigan or Californian variety.

Thank-you, Bellwoods!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 00:18:21 | More by hopsolutely
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these from the brewery this past summer. My first boy's name is Roman, so this beer has to be awesome.

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: Pale malts, some caramel notes, honeydew melon and pungent grapefruit on the nose. Pretty good stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts and some caramel notes up front, with lots of sweet melon and bitter grapefruit at the swallow. Bold and lingering, bitter finish of citrus and grapefruit, with a good amount of melon sweetness as balance. Bold, flavorful and plenty fruity as well. Enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some nice bitterness lingers. Good here as well.

OVERALL: I was going to make a homebrew to celebrate my boy, but this will definitely do. Really nice stuff for sure! Perhaps a little one dimensional, but what was there was pungent, well balanced and plenty enjoyable. Really nice feel to support it all as well. An excellent IPA that I'm proud to have share my son's name. Cheers guys! I feel a collaboration coming on soon. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 13:56:31 | More by Jeffo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Roman Candle is indeed fairly bright; a clear and lustrous golden that is about as light an IPA as you'll find (obviously dark and specialty malts were exempted from this one). While clarity and the consistent bubbling are appreciated, the lack of head retention is disheartening.

The aroma is like stepping foot into a French kitchen: white onion, white onion, fresh herbs, and more white onion. There are elements of tropical citrus but pungency wins out. There's virtually no malt to detected and so the smell of hops - every and any form they take - is paramount.

The taste is like biting right into a melon. Fleshy and pithy, you get a mouthful of both the sweet fruit and the bitter, astringent rind. It's flavour is an even combination of honeydew and cantaloupe and topped with some dank weedy herbs and a grate of lemon zest.

This recipe offers a bit of everything on the hop front (pine, grass, ganja, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, onion) but little balancing breadiness or caramel sweetness. Still, it manages to be approachable even hovering around the 7% level. Seemingly endless flourishes of tart grapefruit, sweet papaya, and astringent herbals keep things refreshing.

I sincerely feel I have no biases when it comes to beer styles, but a true IPA - one brewed properly, which is to say with the right ingredients and the appropriate amount of hoppiness - seems in my books to always win, always get the girl, be forever invincible, etc etc. Roman Candle is one such superhero - a marvelous and sensational beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:43:57 | More by biegaman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apears a caramel gold and a light lacing. A very piney palate with a good bit of dryness. Smell is full of piney American hops, resin and honey. Taste is silky caramel malt, light smooth carbonation with a lot of hops. Full flavour but really crisp and refreshing, outstanding IPA. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 19:37:39 | More by mick303
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bellwoods.

Beer is a clear copper colour, with a moderately sized white head. Moderate retention, good lacing.

Smell is very nice. Big citrusy scent, lots of orange, tangerine. Menu suggests melon which I can pick up but would not have noticed without the suggestion. Some pine resin.

Taste is similar but not quite as vibrant. Orange and tangerine, a bit of pine. Fairly bitter. A bit of bready malt. and some spicy rye.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:40:59 | More by jrenihan
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy bronze color with a rocky, pillowy head that lasts the entire pint. Lots of lace patches and trails coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is full of lemon and orange hops mingled with a bready maltiness balancing things out. Loads of fresh citrus fruit fill the first sip - the flesh of the fruit, very fresh. A little bit of pine mixes with herbal notes in the back. A ballast of cookie dough malts lays in the back and never takes center stage. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a light carbonation. The finish is quite bitter with a lot of lingering fruity, juicy hop aroma.

This is a great IPA. Lots of fresh, interesting hop aroma and very good balance. Not the hoppiest of the style, but complex and hoppy enough to satisfy an ardent hophead, while balanced enough to recruit new fans to the style. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:42:47 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden orange colour, collar of white head, some lace as well but quite minimal. Smell is loaded with tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit and orange, pineapple and a touch of malt there as well, really nice nose on this. Taste follows the nose however is a bit of a let down in comparison, citrus and tropical fruit, big dry hop bitterness, orange, grapefruit, lightly sweet malt mid palate followed by more dry hop flavour in the finish, fruity-tropical aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, oily dry feel. Solid IPA from these guys, just delicious and something I would welcome anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 14:52:42 | More by peensteen
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a buddy for picking up a bottle of this for me. Pours a golden orange colour, fairly clear with good head. Smells very hoppy, quite nice. Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit and pine coming through in the smooth finish. Very easy to drink and its a quite refreshing beer. Another top quality beer from this kick ass brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:20:09 | More by WeedKing4
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hoppy notes with some floral and fruity hops notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by tropical fruit hops with some citrus and floral hoppy notes and limited bitterness. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good interpretation of the style with limited bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:01:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from brewery

A - medium to deep amber colour. clear with medium carbonation rising after pour. finger and a half of frothy, off white head which is fully lasting. fair lacing left on the glass.

S - hints of passionfruit, tangerine, honey dew melon, grapefruit, papaya, very tropical & hoppy off the pour. a very light sweet bready/biscuity malt is noticeable as the beer calms down a bit. also some herbal hoppyness and some peach become more powerful as the beer warms. doughy/sweet yeast.

T - melon, grapefruit, tangerine and some papaya hit you off the bat, but that is quickly removed and replaced by a very overly powerful piney hop bitterness. not a problem for hop heads, but it definitely takes away from the rest of the beer leaving it a bit boring imo. there is definitely a taste of italian herbs in there as it warmed up, and a bit of a biscuity/light toffee and pale malt taste. slightly sweet off the top and finishes with a piney bitterness,

M - medium body to it with a slightly sticky/oily feel that coats the mouth. soft to medium carbonation. light to moderately astringent on the finish. average length finish/

O - a good ipa, although not my favourite. it was quite a trek from my house to the brewery so i'd say based on that, i'll skip this one next time and go for something else. i love ipa's, and this is definitely drinkable, but didn't blow me away enough for me to want another too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 20:04:13 | More by randallpink
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled Jan. 8, 2013.

Appearance: A dark honey colored body, an almost white head that is very creamy, leaves some lacing and has average retention.

Smell: Good peach aroma (edgy), sweet hops, bit of a leafy aroma, almost herbal.

Taste: Hop juice, mangoes, pine, brown sugar, herb-like flavor. Good but lacks a little something.

Mouthfeel: Best part for me. Slick, dry, very well rounded, good carbonation, nice lingering bitterness tickles the tongue.

Overall: A real good IPA. Not has good as some of their others but still of a strong caliber.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 12:24:13 | More by papat444
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Adam. Thanks!
Bottled Jan 8, 2013. Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium orange; translucent. One finger of white head.

S - A bright citrus aroma stands out up front with grapefruit, orange zest and a touch of peach coming through. Some pine is present as well. The malt base adds some sweet bready caramel notes.

T - Bitter up front with pine, grapefruit and orange peel flavours standing out. A noticeable sweetness from the malt bill adds some caramel and bready flavours. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, creamy. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:59:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3.5
Golden orange body. Clear, incomplete white head with good lacing.

Smell: 4
Moderately intense pine & dank weedy notes with fainter orange/ citrus in background.

Taste: 3.75
Initially, sharp citrus with slight malt sweetness and strong piney resin. Midway, bitterness grow to moderate levels, with more bready/carmalt flavor. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness with citrus and pine from hops.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Moderate carbobation. Moderate thickness with good coating.

Overall: 4
Somewhat typical IPA with mix of pine/citrus as well as dectable malt in background, which adds a bit of complexity. Not sure if as good as hype though. Still worth checking out

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:38:52 | More by EnemyWithin
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Tasty, pineapple and tropical fruit right there even a tad acidic,but a little funky which we didn’t need. Big mouthfeel, big ibu, dry finish. Cloudy grapefruit colour with a little head and lace.Decent drinkability, but not the most drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 17:44:45 | More by Sammy
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Parents brought me this one from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured golden with a mild haze and medium carbonation. One finger of thick and creamy white head. Small film of retention and very spotty lace.

S - Dank, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, citrus, mango, dry grain. Decent.

T - Dry grain husks, citrus, peel, orange, citrus.

M - Quite bitter the whole way through, and quite dry in the mouth. Good carbonation, medium body. Dryness took away from the hop profile too much.

O/D - Wasn't a huge fan of this one. Bit of a letdown, especially considering the hype. Nothing really stood out in the flavour, and it didn't leave me wanting more half way through the bottle. Got tiresome pretty quick. Not a terrible IPA, but I'd go for something else first if this was on offer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 17:25:42 | More by tbeckett
Roman Candle from Bellwoods Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.