Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
Fresh bottle from the brewery but no freshness info was apparent. Poured in to tulip glass.
A - Hazy medium orange with a half finger of cream coloured head.
S - Massive fresh hop aroma with grapefruit, tangerine and some pine notes. Lighter peach aroma is present as well as a slight caramel malt sweetness.
T - Moderate bitterness up front with grapefruit, tangerine and pine flavours. A slight caramel malt backbone provides some balance. The palate falls short of the wonderful aroma, but this is still tasty, especially given the ABV.
M - Light to moderate carbonation with some hop oils present. Moderate carbonation.
04-17-2013 01:42:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a tulip.
Hazy orange, with a dense white cap. Great retention and lacing. Nose of citrus, mostly oranges, light malt notes and some sweetness. A good bit of pine as well. Taste is generally citrusy and bready, some toasty malt and bread crust on the back end. More orange and a touch of orange pekoe. Medium feel, medium carbonation. Tasty, and while not a session beer, I could consume this in comparable quantities.
04-12-2013 00:12:30 | More by liamt07
4.01/5 rDev +5%
Pours a hazy copper with some suspended particles. A foamy off-white head lasts forever, draping the glass in lace. The aroma is lightly malty and citrusy. The taste is grapfruit hops mixed with a light, bready, caramelly malt profile. I guess hops win out, but balance is quite even. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a creamy, full carbonation. Light bitterness in the shortlived finish.
This is a simple, but well executed session ale. It shouldn't be measured against the great APAs, a different ballpark all together. I recommend it on tap especially.
12-11-2013 01:56:50 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5 rDev +5%
My parents brought this home from Toronto. From notes.
A - Poured cloudy golden or dark orange. Good soapy two finger white head on top with strong carbonation. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.
S - Zest, light fruits, light citrus, peach, grass.
T - Same as the aroma. Light/zesty fruits. Passionfruity, citrus peel, extremely hop forward.
M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.
O/D - Nice and light with lot's of hop character. Very similar to a few Australian beers. Nice session ale by North American standards.
07-03-2013 21:04:10 | More by tbeckett
3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of dense and rocky white head, lots of lace. Smell is packed with citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit and mango, a bit of malt in the mix as well but a big hop presence is dominant. Dry and bitter up front, lots of juicy citrus, orange flavours lead to a bready malt sweetness, more drying hop in the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Solid pale ale here, low abv with a ton of flavour, not unlike the Common but much drier.
04-17-2013 13:55:23 | More by peensteen
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
From the bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a bright golden colour, very cloudy with a strong couple fingers of rocky head, showing great retention and lacing.
S - is light but so intricate and flavourful, lemon and grapefruit citrus, guava, some rich berry and almost tropical papaya notes, florals are definitely there along a solidly crisp pale malt body. Really a lot of parts working together here.
T - along a firm pale malt bready body there is a flavour of citrus character, Meyer lemons, with some light hoppy oils, grassy and floral tones, also some passionfruit , guava and more robust tropical notes, the light body really showcases some flavourful hop flavour without a pressing bitterness, definitely a good dose and mix of late hops to add a lot of flavourful complexity to this. In my mind the light citrus and tropical fruit work together decently well. Toward the end it does appear to turn a bit more toward the grainy side and putter out.
M - a light carbonation for the style, the lightness of the body helps the lighter floral and fruity hops take more of the stage and supports the light body. Needless to say it has great sessionability, very flavourful and with a light crisp finish it makes it very easy to return to. Lingering pale malt and dry floral citrus.
A decently flavourful and balanced pale ale from bellwoods, packed a lot of really intense and intricate hoppy flavour into a lighter beer while still making it both satisfying and balanced. That is the main theme here and I think they did a solid job. Could it be better? Most likely. Probably just depends on your hop preference, this wasn't overly bitter but had a good tropical and citrusy blend of flavours to it, I would definitely have no trouble with this as a go to session option, nice lingering hop character to it, with a generous C-hop portfolio.
04-24-2014 00:18:24 | More by mick303
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coating of head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of pepper, cannibus, and oregano spices in the forward hops profile, with a tangerine and grapefruit backbone. Very light and crisp in mouth. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a slightly filmy, dry finish. Very easy to drink.
06-27-2013 22:35:23 | More by GarthDanielson
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a finger of bubbly white head.
Smell - citrus hop, grainy/biscuity malt, grapefruit peel, lemon
Taste - grainy/biscuty malts along with lemon and citrus hop. Light bitterness lingers. Not as hoppy as the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall - A crisp and easy drinking session ale. The aromas suggested a more hop forward session ale, but in the taste it is more of the grainy/biscuity malt that takes charge. This is a not necessarily a bad thing. A sessionable ale worthy for the masses.
07-01-2014 03:46:52 | More by leaddog
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.
05-02-2013 11:42:17 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -1%
(3.75) A: Hazy copper with a finger’s worth of head that promptly recedes to a bubbly ring. Very nice lacing.
(3.75) S: Cracker-like grains, floral, tart grapefruit, sweet mango, nutty, buttery, and a smooth caramel backbone. There’s a nice damp earthy-floral vibe to this that is appealing.
(3.75) T: Grains, grapefruit, floral qualities, straw, honey, and nutty elements. Nice and dry with a solid level of bitterness. Wide variety and diversity of flavours that are highlighted by a herbal-floral element.
(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick with a bit of a chalky texture that suits this well.
(3.75) D: This was very good and definitely meets the definition of session ale. Extra points for an awesome label.
05-27-2014 01:51:04 | More by Digimaika2
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.
01-21-2014 03:24:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
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