Jelly King | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Taybeh on 01-08-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,030
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
114
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Photo of Elicoleman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TommyWiseau22
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_V
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JunctionCat
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Z-man
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Latarnik
1.71/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of JamFuel
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 kier
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
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 +3.6%
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 TrilliumFan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dvmin98
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sohearn
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of eberesford
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours misty ild gold with a thinnish head. Aroma and flavour both dominated by citrus and tropical fruit - light souring.

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Photo of ivyman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Nunya
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Jelly King from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 114 ratings