Stay Classy Light Session Ale | Bellwoods Brewery

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Stay Classy Light Session AleStay Classy Light Session Ale

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
After an extensive 3 minute Google search, the results are conclusive: We have brewed The Lightest Beer In Canada (that isn't non-alcoholic)! This bright light ale presents hop flavours and aromas without being bitter, and tastes extremely refreshing. A new style of beer for us, this uber light ale is proof that good things come in small packages.

Added by CAMRAhardliner on 12-19-2013

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by hopsolutely:
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best low ABV beer I've ever enjoyed for a hop-forward, APA style.

Pours a thin golden colour with an impressive amount of lacing from the limited white head. Looks more lager-like than I'd choose, but that's a pedantic quibble compared to how much flavour is packed into this 2.3%. Aroma is citrus-forward, with grapefruit plus lemon rind and zest. The flavour is hop-centric, which from a personal preference standpoint is exactly as I'd choose. Although its limited malt profile means it is missing some of the depth of a truly well-balanced APA, it has a refreshing cleanness that's perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with light citrus undertones is pleasant enough. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with nice citrus hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nice mix of low alcohol beer with nice hoppy punch.

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SebD
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and some grainy malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, grapefruit, some light grassy hops and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas but the body is too light.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: I have had this beer many times since my first taste/review. It has grown on me remarkably. Rather than finding it excellent for "what it is", I think it is just a straight-up very good beer. Flavourful and very refreshing, The fact that it is so low in alcohol is just a huge bonus. One of the unsung gems of the Bellwoods' lineup.

Bottled December 12, 2013.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. Medium-sized white head, fades steadily.

Nose contains a nice citrus aroma, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is very light, but more flavourful than one would expect from a beer this lite! Grapefruit and lemon again, not much more than that. No real malt flavour. A bit of a soapy aftertaste. Hops are the entire focus of the beer, but it is by no means a hop monster- just very easy drinking.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Super refreshing.

For a 2.3% beer, I am impressed. Much more flavour than I expected. This is definitely a beer that has to be tasted and reviewed in context. It is obviously not an American IPA, or an APA. It is a lite ale/session ale/whatever. For what it is, it is excellent. A great session beer for sure. I hope it is brewed again in the summer, because this would be great for an all day, backyard/cottage/deck/patio/park session.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the brewery retail store at 124 Ossington Avenue in Toronto, Bucky picked up a bottle of Bellwood’s Stay Classy Light Session Ale (among other Bellwood brews for future review). Stay Classy was a modest 2.8% alcohol by volume and came in a brown, 500 ml bottle with no visible production or ‘best before’ date.

Stay Classy poured a very cloudy apricot colour topped by about ½” of lily white foam that stuck around for about 3 minutes before dissipating to a thin collar and film. As the beer retreated down the glass, these remnants left behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma was dominated by grapefruit, but with distinct notes of tangerine and underdone toast. The flavour began and was dominated by grapefruit, with undertones of lemon, tangerine and lightly toasted bread. A modestly bitter grapefruit bitterness lingers for a few seconds after the finish. While Stay Classy holds up nicely in terms of its appearance, aroma and flavours, for me it falls short overall with a very light body, almost watery mouthfeel and feels somewhat under-carbonated, too. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more in the summer than in early fall?

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3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/12/13. Pretty fresh, looking forward to trying such a low gravity IPA.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge chunky head. Scads of lace coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is lightly sweet, grainy and tart. A bit of lemon herbal hops is noticeable in the nose as well, though very light, not IPA territory. The taste is light with honey and ryvita bread mingling with a chlorophyll green light hoppiness. Some soapy and vegetal notes. The mouthfeel is lightbodied with a sparse carbonation level. Some malt sweetness and tartness in the short finish.

An OK beer. Low hops and unusual malt profile. I won't seek this India Session Ale out again.

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Stay Classy Light Session Ale from Bellwoods Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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