Cat Lady | Bellwoods Brewery

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Cat LadyCat Lady

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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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 ludachris
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is bright golden amber in hue with a touch of haziness. A moderate level of carbonation combined with a steady pour produces less than a finger's worth of fizzy white head. It moves from the center outwards quickly, forming a ring around the glass. Concentric rings of lace trail the beer as the glass empties.

Despite plenty of bread and honey being present in the nose, the malt bill doesn't come across as too heavy. It didn't click why this is called Cat Lady until I picked up on its hop character which gives the overall impression of cat pee. It's also quite leafy and a little resinous with some grapefruit pith as well.It's clean but reserved and straight forward.

The hops flesh out more in the taste. Its cat pee quality is at the forefront mixed again with pine, leafy flower hops and a twist of grapefruit. Fresh biscuit comes through nicely in the finish with a little hop bite clinging on top. Its bitterness is minimal and restrained.

The body sports a clean and crisp feel. Based on its weight and taste it's hard to believe its alcohol content. If it is indeed 7.2%, kudos to them. Its bready malt character gives it a nice texture that it would be a mess without.

I've had a chance to have a few of Bellwoods offerings now and this lies on the weaker end of that range. Sure this is a sessionable easy drinking IPA and maybe that's what they were going for. I myself found it bland and it to be a run-of-the-mill IPA in today's Ontario craft beer scene. Witchshark all the way!

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Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

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

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a coupe friends.

Pours to a bubbly white head that leaves some lacing. Straw, amber in color. A pleasant piney, hoppy nose with a bit of spiciness and a touch of fruit; a bit dank. Pine bitterness up front, spicy and crisp with a mild malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation, maybe a touch thin on the palate. Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable APA; nicely done!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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