Jelly King
Bellwoods Brewery

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #424
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,452
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
138
From:
Bellwoods Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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SCORE
92
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Notes: This mixed fermentation ale was soured with a 5-strain house blend of lactobacillus, and heavily dry-hopped with Citra. The result is a juicy, hybrid ale with a clean, balanced acidity, lots of hop flavour and aroma, and very low bitterness.
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Photo of Pmicdee
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favourite style at all, but I’m glad I tried it. It has your usual funky bitter taste of a sour ale but it’s mild compared to others I’ve tried. Pours hazy gold coloured with a medium sized head that disappears quite quickly. I would try this again as well as the other iterations of this beer
February 1 2020

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Who is the King of the land? this jolly Jelly fellow? Let us find out.
Poured into a tulip wine glass with a hazy, yellow orange thick with good collar but didnt last long. Nose is a tropical citrus blend with sour notes in abundance. Taste is sour orange juice with orange finish. Excellent body here. Not sure why I tried this in the winter as it would be great in July heat but hey....why should I complain.
Yum!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the brewery in Toronto

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Dry Hopped Sour

APPEARANCE: Pours two finger, creamy, medium white head with very good retention. Hazy amber yellow with minimal carbonation. Head slowly fades to a faint half wisp leaving touches of lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving decent lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Definite soured fruit tartness, melon and tropical hop aromas, mango and lactose sourness on the nose. Bold and funky.

TASTE: Some soured and fermented fruit, melon and tropical flavors up front. Flavorful with lots of tartness and lemon at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of lactose sourness, tart fruit and fermented mango, melon and pineapple flavors with a touch of bitterness as well. Flavorful and funky for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: This reminds me of the fermented fruit farm in my compost bin after a couple weeks. Oddly enough it’s rather refreshing, even if it is straddling the line between that and being absolutely putrid. If you like lactose sours, this will definitely do it for you. If you are unsure, try it anyways. Think fermented tropical fruits. Enjoy!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. A sour beer that stood out to me. Has some awesome character through and through. I enjoy the name, smell, and definitely the flavor. Very juicy but also very tart. A sour I could have several in a sitting.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This hazy sunset yellow-orange brew has a short white bubbly blanket and features pretty juicy peach and apricot. A mild toastiness is also met by passion fruit and apple in the lightly effervescent medium body.

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Photo of octortus
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL Bottle. ABV 5.6%.
Appearance: Veiled deep gold, Under a finger of fairly fluffy eggshell white head, Low carbonation.
Aroma: Citra hops, Pomelo, Lemon, Pineapple, Papaya, Stone fruit, Slight funk.
Mouthfeel: Fairly delicate, Light-Medium body, Pretty smooth, Noticeable carbonation, Off-dry.
Flavour: Tart, Pomelo, Lemon, Pineapple, Papaya, Pale malt, Slight hop bitterness on the finish.
Overall: Very drinkable. It has an enticing aroma and the yeast is well balanced though not overly complex.

Review: 21

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle received in a recent trade - and I'd like to thank Artem for the hook-up, as this is the first chance I've had to try anything from Bellwoods. No bottling date; served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy, light golden-blonde colour, capped off with one finger of soapy white froth that seeps off within a few minutes' time; a modest collar and filmy-thin cap are all that remain. I'm sensing notes of citrusy lemon, lime and mandarin orange on the nose, along with a fair bit of lactic sourness; slightly more difficult to discern are subtle hints of honeydew melon, mango, underripe peach, passion fruit and kiwi.

Now this is my kind of sour, with a light crackery pale malt sweetness that underlies flavours of yogurt, peach, orange and lemon-lime citrus. The lactic tartness starts off mild but intensifies towards the end of the sip, at which point I also start to notice hints of mango, melon, white wine and a faint touch of apple cider vinegar. It concludes with a blast of sour lactic acidity as the citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavours eventually fade from prominence, lingering briefly into the aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that gently prickle the surfaces of the palate, adding a bit of much-needed crispness to the texture. Outstanding drinkability; I certainly wouldn't mind another glass of this.

Final Grade: 4.32, an awesome A grade. Jelly King is a rather highly lauded sour in Ontario beer geek circles, and I can't say it's hard to see why - this brew is straight-up delicious. Sour, sure, but not aggressively acidic - I mostly just found it tart, with the fruity character (courtesy of the dry hop treatment) working wonderfully in conjunction with the base lacto-sourness. Anyone who enjoys dry-hopped sours can consider this one to be well worth picking up if they have the opportunity.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to almost orange color with a quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fair pace. No lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet to tart lemon, peach, tangerine and nectarine sort of meshing up front. Some plum. Light hay to grassy sort of hop effect with a good juiciness.
The flavor was a tart juicy sweet rolling bouquet of lemon to nectarine to tangerine meshing. It's really nice and seems to slide into the aftertaste very nicely.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV seemed to continue on in dealing with a non-puckering sour grip along my tongue. Nice finish of juicy tart tangerine and necatarine skin with plum fleshiness.
Overall, very nicely done sour ale and am certainly glad to see Bellwoods in Vermont. I hope they stay and continue sending to Vermont.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unclea yellow, with some wispy head.

Smell is deliciously tart, with notes of gooseberries, grapefruit, lemon and just a hint of rosewater. Some floral notes as well.

Taste is juicy and fruity, with notes of grapefruit, oranges, gooseberries and some grapes. Delicate bitterness that melds perfectly with the tartness. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a delightful sour, balanced very well with some hoppiness.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Bar Hop Toronto...didn’t really jump off the page, so to speak - the hops don’t really shine through, and the tart elements are a bit muted

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Photo of A_Null_Tyrant666
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

16 ounce can into tulip glass; unreadable can dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, black men, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/greasy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Sort of reminds me of the time my wife had her friend Lamar over. He was a beautiful man who smelt like cocobutter and his scrotal sac was as velvety and smooth as this beer. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Labeled as an NEIPA. Does not match the profile, but perfectly fine for a regular IPA. Feels like Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial. Great juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank hop complexity; nice lactose/malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable and well made offering.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent local release. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, green apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, white wine, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of lacto/musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, green apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, white wine, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of lacto/musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light lactic tartness, pine/herbal/grassy bitterness, and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, green apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, white wine, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance; and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and fairly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is an outstanding dry hopped sour/wild ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly acidic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Awesome balance of Brett/Lacto complexity and juicy Citra hops; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with a hint of green. Lots of fast rising large and small bubbles. Topped with 4 fingers of bright, white head.

Smells of fruity pineapple jam and Brett. Hints of dank hops and garlic, lemon juice and sour oranges.

Extreme sour and dry fruitiness, predominately unsweetened lemon juice, pineapples and oranges. Hints of dankness and Brett quality, candy jelly with zero sweetness.

Medium, tart, acidic body, with moderate carbonation.

Got at the Brewery on Hafis earlier this year, drinking this balmy evening on Lake Rousseau at the boathouse, May 25th, 2018.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Served in a wine glass. Pours a lighter blonde yellow body, slightly cloudy, one and half finger white head, fair retention. No lacing. Smell is light caramel and straw, a bit of mild lactic acid, mineral, a touch of hay and grapefruit. That's really about it. The flavour is similar; the mineral is straightforward but a bit dominant, a bit of hay complements the light caramel and lactic acidity. There is a slight grapefruit zest bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, not difficult to drink by any means. Mild zesty bitterness is balanced out by a dry lemon, mild acetic acidity.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a far more delicate experience than i was expecting after having some super mature and very sour beers in their barn owl series. this one seems to be one of their most popular brews, and in fact is exactly what is on trend out there right now, a wheaty hazy juicy dry hopped tart ale, lots of these in circulation at the moment, and this one is quite good. its only subtle sour, tart more than acidic, refreshing and drinkable, it doesnt get to be too much no matter how much of this i drink. i really like the hops, citra bursting from the nose, subtle lemon, mango, and papaya notes to it, and a west coast oily character that sets it apart. the lacto sourness is really tidy in here, no sweat or cheese or anything, not rushed, understood, which is no surprise after being pretty well impressed by everything i had from bellwoods. excellent carbonation, a round uplifting body that still drinks light, and wonderful freshness. nicely made beer here, not quite as evolved as some of the barn owl beers, but we all liked this one a lot, and i can see why its becoming one of their more well known offerings.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head that leaves globs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of peach, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, navel orange, lemon juice and some mildly sour lacto milkiness.

Taste is more muddled than the nose. Tropical fruit salad, peach slices, yogurt and lemon.

Feels light and lively. Light bodied with peppy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Should come in a much bigger bottle.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Making a hopped sour that is this good is quite a feat!

Great straw opaque colour with medium head.

Wonderful hoppy smell with the sour acid coming through.

So we'll balancers between hop great, yeast earthiness and bacteria souring.

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Photo of kitch
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington, Toronto. A 16oz pour into a goblet glass.

Appearance: It was a hazy yellow orange colour (like pineapple juice) with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing. Side by side Runes Simcoe & Mosaic, it looks exactly the same.

Aroma: Sour peach, some citrus lemon and mandarin.

Taste: Juicy, lightly sour peach with hints of mandarin.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing and easy to drink sour ale.

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Photo of Frudel
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle shared.
Hazy yellow/orange liquid with some shy bubbles inside.

Nose is fruity, hoppy, passion fruit, mango, exotic fruits.

Taste is lactic acid, fruity, yogurt. An IPA starts with a final lactic sourness, citrus.

Very good!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bellwoods Brewery 'Jelly King' @ 5.6% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $10
A-pour is a light yellow gold from the bottle to a cloudy yellow gold in the glass with no head , no lace
S-hints of dry hopped
T-refreshing & tart
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-maybe not the best bottle from back east ,
prost LampertLand

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Photo of NoahTile
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am just getting into sour beers, and I am sorry for the lack of technical language. But this beer is wonderful. Wow. I love Sours, and this has such an incredible sour taste. Love the plucking part of the tasting experience. Even though it is lower in alcohol content (5.6%), still an incredible, light, buzzy feeling from one of these. overall, one of my favorite sours I have had the privieldge to try thus far and I am now a Belwood's regular!

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery, so it's super fresh. Intense passionfruit aroma, medium tartness, bready wheat, nice citrusy zest. Should have bought more bottles.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 19/5/17

A milky pale yellow liquid, enough clarity to see a couple streams going up the side, finger of loose soapy foam makes some noise as it falls leaving no lace

S pineapple juice, kiwi, tangerines, lemon, sweet orange, apple cider vinegar, sweet yogurt, canned peaches, candy like green apple jolly rancher, catty notes come out strong after a few sips, I could smell this stuff all day

T slightly more apple cider vinegar and less tropical notes then the nose, some lemon rind and a hint of spruce, tastes great but the nose has a little something on it

M fairly light and the bubbles soften it up, a little grit at first and somehow slickens up, not that sour but a little tart with some pucker, fruity pine on the finish

O my glass is already empty at this point, I pretty much just poured this stuff into my face, highly drinkable stuff

Did I really just buy this Canadian Top 100 major want off the shelf in Alberta? Bellwood's continues to impress and I really hope this is just the first of many to make it out here.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, the first from this revered Ontario brewery to grace the shelves of Alberta bottleshops, I believe. Nooiiiice!

This beer pours a hazy, medium yellow banana colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of random sudsy islet lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells like a tropical fruit smoothie (pineapple, mango, guava, and kiwi), with some minor grainy and crackery pale malt, Pez dispenser candy, a mild earthy yeastiness, ethereal spoiled milk, and some very tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is slightly sour yogurt, muddled domestic citrus rind and exotic fruitiness, faintly funky yeast, some understated bready and doughy pale malt, and more gentle earthy, musty, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-pricking frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a teensy airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the lingering fruitiness doing well to parry any persistent sour or tart notes, lactic or otherwise.

Overall - welly, welly, welly, Bellwoods, you have become part of a small cadre of brewers that have managed to convince this heretic that sour beers can actually, oh, I dunno...taste good! Wow, the dry-hopping really does a fruity number that would make off-Broadway proud. Great stuff, especially as a follow-up to an 'experience' yesterday after which I almost swore off this stuff forever.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at RibEye Jack's in Burlington at a post busy season social gathering.

Appearance - yellow, close to neon green/yellow what's the term for that color? Safety green? The new color (replacing orange) that construction workers working at night wear cause it stands out so much. Anyway, hazy as hell and a decent two finger head is poured but diminishes quickly.

Smell - interesting mix of rhubarb, stone fruit and hints of wheat and yeast. To my untrained nose, kind of like a goes but amped up a bit more. Certainly interesting.

Taste - stone fruit, some tartness like from an underripe plum. Possibly rhubarb. There's also a creaminess and yeastiness to the beer which is different. Also reminiscent of a gose minus the salt with a little funkiness thrown in.

Mouthfeel - smooth and light bodied, goes down incredibly easy. Carbonation is just right.

Overall - a great first impression from Bellwoods with this well crafted, delicate but delicious ale. Certainly worth a try and I definitely understand the hype now.

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Jelly King from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 138 ratings