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Roman Candle - Bellwoods Brewery

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-17-2012)
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Photo of polloenfuego
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Definitely not fresh... Almost a sink pour... Makes me sad I was hoping get for more for my first from this brewery.

polloenfuego, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

cfalovo97, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

tbeckett, Jun 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

byronic, Aug 24, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

BakaGaijin, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Coronaeus
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Coronaeus, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

evil_liver, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jriggins6, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Sammy, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.81/5  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

EnemyWithin, Sep 22, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Cycle69, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

papat444, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of randallpink
3.99/5  rDev -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.

randallpink, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Boozecamel, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dipso123, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

KeKeKumba, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JMBSH, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

yancot, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

AugustusRex, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jones153, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

timiskin, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

KrizzlyBear, May 16, 2014
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Roman Candle from Bellwoods Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.