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Omerta - Bellwoods Brewery

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Omerta
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BA SCORE
87
very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer was originally brewed for the breast cancer fundraiser Beer 4 Boobs last year, but we enjoyed it so much we decided to bring it back! With the addition of orange zest and hibiscus flowers, the resulting beer is deliciously fruity and refreshing.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 03-22-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tom10101, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Combine the orange skin and rosy flesh of a pink grapefruit and you've got Omerta. Though its colour would officially be listed as orange, there's an underlying pinkish hue that's appreciable at many angles. This completely cloudy but undeniably light toned ale reflects both its special ingredients (orange peel and hibiscus) and sports a very tattered head.

The aroma also showcases modest amounts of orange peel and hibiscus; there's a light floral air and juicy citrusy quality. More than the orange zest, I think it's Bellwoods' usual happy hand with the hops that accounts for most of the fruitiness; grapefruit and pineapple are in plentiful supply. It could almost pass for a Radler were it a little more acidic and a little less malty.

Same goes for the flavour - it's very Radler-esque but has far more breadiness than is customarily appreciated in a lager/juice blend; this has the weight and esters to be readily identified as an ale (and not quite enough citrus flavour to mistaken for anything freshly-squeezed). Still, notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits show up on the palate too.

I, personally, could have used more of both the orange zest and hibiscus - Breaking Bad taught us all never to take half-measures. In fairness, I'm sure the brewery used plenty of each but again, in typical Bellwoods fashion, neither malt nor hops were spared; this pale ale had a good amount of character to begin with. Orange and hibiscus play supporting roles.

... and they're very pleasant as such. Omarta is a quintessential warm-weather quaff, a beer designed seemingly with bright sunshine and patio drinking in mind. The zestiness and herbal tea qualities make for gratifying refreshment - as if the tropical hops weren't enough - and there's enough malt to provide proper sustenance. Stock up for nice days.

biegaman, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big favourite of the Beer4Boobs, on tap at The Rhino. Fresh orange sense aroma. The blood orange flavour comes through beautifully and exudes a tangy orange. Good drinkability. Light orange colour. Top of the line pale, and a clear winner. Worth seeking out.

Sammy, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Coronaeus
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Coronaeus, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewery. Served in a tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a bright glow throughout. A thin layer of off-white head slowly reduced to a a few scattered bubbles.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, sweet honey.

T - A good bitterness up front. Blood orange, pine, grapefruit, some muskiness. A touch of sweet honey in the background.

M - Light to medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a peachy gold colour with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - hibiscus flowers, orange, lemon, grapefruit peel, biscuity malts, and floral hops.

Taste - Light bitterness of floral hops along with hibiscus flowers, orange, grapefruit peel, and ends with the toasty/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. LIngering bitterness in finish.

Overall - A unique twist to the APA style by incorporating hibiscus flowers and a range of citrus fruits. I enjoy the floral qualities (from both flowers and hops) of this beer.

leaddog, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Fresh from the brewery. Jeffo is the man, cheers bud!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy peach colour with almost a finger of white head. 3.00

Smell. Nice citrusy hops in a pretty big way, orange and grapefruit peel, sour citrus juices and some sweet tropical fruits. Very nice. 4.5

Taste. Nicely bitter citrus hops with a bunch of grapefruit and orange peel, light tropical fruits and some light floral notes, and a little bit of crackery malt underneath. Tons of flavour for a 5% beer. 4.25

Mouthfeel. Medium to light body and just slightly watery. Medium-low, smooth carbonation. 3.0

Overall. Amazing smell and tons of great flavour but this is about as low as I can go when it comes to body, even with a lower alcohol beer. Maybe not technically a session beer, but for me this is the kind of think I actually could drink all day long in the summer. Unlike most of the tsunami of session beer that we've been bombarded with lately. Oh yeah, thanks again Jeff, best guy I know in all The Netherlands! :D 4.0

Rutager, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +0.5%

yancot, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +0.5%

deonreds, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

valianes, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, a little less than a finger of white head with a little bit of lace. Lots of citrus in the nose, oranges, some sweet buttered bread like malts, more fruity hops, grapefruit comes out as it warms a bit. Taste has lots of orange and graham cracker and honey malts, fairly bitter all the way through, a bit of grapefruit with an orange-malty aftertaste. Medium drying feel, medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Quite a good beer and the addition of the blood orange was quite nice, however probably not the most memorable offering from them.

peensteen, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Week and a half old bottle my parents brought home from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with a two finger white head. Good spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Zesty citrus, very complex floral and citric aromas. Hibiscus definitely there.

T - Neat hops. Floral, light malt, orange, orange peel, zesty.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, nice dry bitterness in the finish.

O/D - An interesting pale ale. The adjuncts definitely have a positive effect on the beer, which on its own, seemed like quite a good pale. Drinkable and complex. Nice.

tbeckett, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a bit dark in the bar, but the beer appears orangey-pink in colour, with a small to moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leave some lace.

The blood orange is quite strong in the nose, and is mingled with other citrus fruits. A bit floral. Not a lot else, but quite a nice aroma.

Flavourwise, blood orange again comes through strongly, Lemon and a herbal flavour, presumably from the Simcoe hops. Quite juicy, with a bit of a dry, powdery flavour. Moderately bitter. Wheat adds some crispness, and a bit of bread is present. but the malt plays a supporting role. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Almost too carbonated, but it works.

Overall, very nice. Really enjoyable beer. Another winner.

jrenihan, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the brewpub, into a tulip. A pale ale with blood orange zest and juice added, and hopped with Kohatu hops.

Rose-orange in colour, almost like the colour of grapefruit juice. Unfiltered body, white head with great lacing and light retention. Nose has some citrus, tropical hops, bitter orange-y leanings. Never had a blood orange myself, but I think I'm getting a good bit of that. Taste has more lightly bitter citrus and slight tropical notes. A touch of herbal hops, slight grain and wheat character but pretty citrusy and orange-y throughout. Slight pulpiness to the mouthfeel., so it's pretty full. Light bitterness. Real nice, love the hop profiles Bellwoods puts together.

liamt07, Mar 22, 2013
Omerta from Bellwoods Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.