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:
51
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
Wants:
4
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For Trade:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed only 4 days after bottling on November 9, 2013.
Poured in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - Translucent dark yellow with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Orange rind, peach, pine, caramel and a general musky/dank aroma.

T - Sharp bitterness up front. Orange zest, peach, pine and a big musky/dank presence with a hint of tropical fruit and slight caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cat Lady looks something like fresh-pressed orange juice; it has a pulpy complexion and orange-y colour. Despite the mist there are flashes of clarity and eye-striking highlights. Its head is stretched over the surface like a tarp and makes the glass look something like a salt shaker.

Presumably the beer gets it name from the notorious 'cat pee' aromas that are sometimes a product of the Summit and Simcoe hops used in this recipe. Oddly enough, I don't get much of that particular flavour in this aroma, though I do detect a lot of the onion skin and leafy notes I so often do with those varieties.

More of the fruity components come out in the flavour, which tastes kind of like a guacamole if you were to replace avocado with a combination of orange and grapefruit; there's garlicky spice and a bunch of lime-like acidity. Or, less abstractly, it resembles an especially savory and citric marmalade - either way, I'd spread it on toast.

Speaking of, the malts are prominent enough to evoke a toasted bread-like flavour and near crunchy mouthfeel (or perhaps 'chewy' is more appropriate, owing to the nutty, nougat-like notes). Nods to the grain notwithstanding, of the two, hops again shout the loudest. Their dank, (oddly contrasted) onion and grapefruit notes vibrato throughout the aftertaste.

Cat Lady is a fair substitute for the awesome Roman Candle - they are different but pretty much equal IPAs. I'll take either. Give Bellwoods a bag of hops, some grain, and a fermentation tank and they're sure to come up with something great. They can pretty much do no wrong. Dear brewery: on the behalf of Toronto hop-heads, thank you.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me this from Toronto.

A - Two fingers of pillowy white head on a bright dark golden body with strong carbonation. Amazing lace rings all the way down and a half finger of retention. Fairly perfect.

S - Ripe melon, grapefruit, lime, lemon.

T - Lemon, citrus, a mild alcohol note, some breadiness. Syrupy fruits, pithy, juicy oranges.

M - Nice strong bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - No hint of the 7.2% Easy drinking and complex with layers of hops with a decent malt backbone. Nothing is too intense, but it's quite delicious. Quite drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov 5, 2013. 1 day old.

Beer is light amber in colour, with a large white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Not sure what hops are used in this one, but it smells like Simcoe to me. Pine and a damp weedy scent. Some light fruits, blend of citrus and tropical.

Taste contains a strong pine flavour upfront, but also juicy fruit flavours. Like the nose, I get a blend of tropical and citrus flavours, the former more strongly. Moderately bitter. Very good.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite oily.

Overall, very nice. I like the pine focus, and the fruit flavours are very nice as well. Another winner from Bellwoods.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

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

Pours a lightly chill hazed bronze with a chunky, everlasting head. Orange, grapefruit and mango in the nose. Curacao orange, lemon, herbal hops fill the first sip. This stuff is very hoppy and full of interesting flavors. Some toasty malt provides a minimal balance in the background, never pushing out in front of the hop onslaught. The finish is moderately bitter and medium lengthed, this beer is no palate wrecker by any means. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

This is a great IPA with a unique flavor profile. Complex, hoppy and very drinkable. Seek this out.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow.
Bottled Nov 5 and purchased at the brewery Nov 12. Stunning APA that's bordering on DIPA, both in ABV and flavour profile.

Pours a relatively insipid golden amber colour with a decent white head that leave an impressive amount of lacing. Aroma of pure "hops", piney and lovely. Flavour is less focused, with a nice tropical fruit malt balance underpinning the citrus bitterness.

This is a spectacular beer for anyone who enjoys the typical "west coast" portfolio - and shame on me for thinking "citra" was the answer to all of life's dilemmas!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

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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 51 ratings.
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