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Roman Candle - Bellwoods Brewery

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89
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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 90
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-17-2012

If you're looking for a perfect, no-nonsense hoppy American IPA, this is your jam. It provides you with all the excitement of a real roman candle, but without the risk of accidentally lighting the damn thing while it's still in your pocket. If Roman Candle was a person, it would be the sort that brings home dinner and a movie, and then asks you if you want a massage. If you ask me, I think this is as good as it gets, but you probably weren't gonna ask me, and I do work here, so, take it as you will.

Over the past year this beer has risen to fame and won a much deserved place in the hearts of all us hop-loving folk.
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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bellwoods bottle shop for around the $7.00 mark or so. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens with a mighty pop then pours a good white head that is gone within a minute. Clear medium gold color.

S- Good hops here. Dry and wet can be felt. Malty and musty. Almost rotten smelling which is so nice. Enjoyable to the max.

T- Big let down here after smelling it. Has a bland multi hop flavor. Nothing outstanding and nothing to write home about. Just a well blended albeit lackluster beer. Not bad but not great. Score reflects this

M- Ok. Creamy. Nice beer

O- Glad I tried it but not a great beer by any means. Good try at an APA though

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Fried sauerkraut with sausage.

Enjoy (749 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft pour at the brewpub, june 6 2015

a: very opaque glowing orange with a finger of white head. just gorgeous

s: melon, passionfruit, grapefruit and dank pine with slight onion-y undertones. ultra hoppy. some kind of funky note. alcohol is noticeable

t: follows the nose (mega hops) with an added touch of malt, but the alcohol is even more apparent

m: spot-on creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: has a promising aroma and all the necessary traits to be a stellar IPA, but the alcohol presence is an issue. still worth a try due to its fruitiness (579 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (686 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge thank you to MasterSki for including this in his awesome CANBIF box. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a rich orangey-gold with a finger of sticky looking white head.

Smell. Big papaya, pine resin, cedar and green onion. Not exactly a winner in this dept.

Taste. Oranges, papaya, cedar, some toasted light malts, and a nice oily bitter yellow grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice looking and tasting beer. Not digging that green onion in the smell so much but an overall good beer. So happy to have finally tried it, thanks again for the opportunity, Masterski. (615 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of randallpink
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Roby923
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tastey IPA providing a distinct and flavourful experience on the palette. Not for the faint of hop-heart though. The hops are reminiscent of mosaic, surprised to see citra and columbus listed. (195 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle fresh from the brewery.

A clear brown amber. Half inch fine white head that lasted right to the bottom of the glass. Some carbonation and thick lacing.

Lots of citrus - grapefruit and lemon. Quite sharp. Bit of floral aroma under the citrus.

Less citrusy than the aroma. Strong bitter floral taste like biting into a chrysanthemum. The citrus and pine is there but the taste is more herby hops - thyme and oregano. There is a nice toffee malty backbone. Long, solid bitter aftertaste.

Medium dry feel. Low carbonation.

This is an very enjoyable American IPA. For me it lives up to its rep. A very fine handling of hops. (638 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Yellow color with a white head
S-Dank hop dominated, onion?
M-Carbonation is Medium high, mouthfeel lends a medium body
T-Bitter dominant with a very subtle sweet smoothness. There is also a pine flavour from the hops
O-Although I want to enjoy this beer more, it is heavily on the dank side of the hop world. I do recommend it, but do not misjudge for a citrus or fruity based IPA (383 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,397 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,536 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Had from bottle (28/08/14) - Aroma has a lovely pine spiciness, some lemony zip as well. Taste is a biscuity pine, medium tangerine and grapefruit citrus, smooth balanced sweet malt, rolling pleasing bitterness. Taste undergoes a number of transitions, sweet citrus and loads of pine getting a bit more honey-ied and floral and then a lovely balanced hoppy finish. Very nice IPA and very easy to drink. (696 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (752 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just a great, straight forward IPA. A touch of malt at first to set the stage, but all hops after that with lots of pine and American bittering hops in the nose and on the palate. Lots of carb to keep it lively and refreshing. This is going to be one of those classic IPAs like Stone IPA or Two-Hearted. (314 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Loads of fruity citrus and sweet pine, hints of pineapple and mango.
T - Solid dose of fruity hops, grapefruit and candied lemons, nice bitter citrus finish.
M - medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.
O - a top notch IPA, easily sessioned and a higher ABV that is very well concealed. (397 characters)

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