Cat Lady | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This pungent IPA recipe was like a phoenix that rose from the ashes of hop politics. Faced with a serious shortage of Citra in early fall (2013), we had to put the production of Roman Candle momentarily on hold. In its absence, and to mend our broken hearts, we devised a recipe that was all about utilizing the pungent citrusy kick of two hops we call favourites here: Summit and Simcoe. The malt body is extremely light, which allows the focus to stay on the hops, both in aroma and bitterness.

The final product took us a bit by surprise: it wasn't just a runner up, but a hoppy sensation that would prove to give Roman serious competition. You decide which IPA reigns supreme.

Added by jrenihan on 11-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
7.46%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of StormAles
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold hazy pour, white frothy head. Stone fruit and dank aromas. Flavour follows a similar profile with a bit of spiciness. Finishes slightly astringent and bitterness lingers

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Photo of kristinc
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SSS
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S-Very dank and woodsy, with a slight spice
M-Medium to light body with lower end carbonation
T-This IPA is spicy and peppery, the bitterness is smooth and there is sweetness throughout. The resinous hop oils linger
O-This IPA is not for everyone as it is bold and quite upfront with its flavour, bitterness and character. Although I am not a huge fan of very dank IPAs this one grew on me. Try it but it's 50-50...

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmmm mmmm mmmm....super solid and drinkable ipa. soft citric blast of tropical fruits...little bit of caramel on the tail of the finish. yum yum.

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Photo of Corson
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the source. Served in a 2014 Zwanze glass from barVolo.

A - Pours with a voluminous white foam that settles to a cap, thick collar, and chunky lacing. Transparent golden body, with visible carbonation.

S - Dank, with some pungent citrus that is more on the lemon/grapefruit side of things. Herbaceous, leafy notes are in there as well. Malt backdrop is of the crackery variety. A little understated, but grew in intensity as the beer warmed.

T - Lots of grapefruit and lemon, with lingering bitterness that is intense but never excessive. Bready malt backdrop, with very low sweetness. No perceptible alcohol.

M - A tad grainy, but otherwise quite nice. Pleasant carbonation, medium body, dry finish, with some lingering hop oils and resins. Again, no heat.

D - It's a bit of a throwback, but it's a good one. If I had tried this in 2009 it would have been a world class beer; now it is merely a solid one in a very crowded field. Still, I actually like this more than Roman Candle and will definitely be buying it again. Had no problem with my 500ml bottle.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Adamthornton13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdellafave
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ery tasty and a great presence of hops with a small floral aftertaste. Surprisingly light for 7.3 ABV

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Photo of Jones153
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Cat Lady from Bellwoods Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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