Witchshark | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Generally an IPA is a beer that focuses on hop aroma and hop bitterness – and double IPAs, as you could imagine, are even more amplified in both bitterness and alcohol content. Our interpretation of this aggressive style, the Witchshark, is a bit of a favourite around here. Named after the elusive creature with the head of a shark and the body of a boy that first swooped in on a broom during construction of the brewery, this imperial IPA can elevate a bad day to good. The Witchshark is shy and mischievous, but once you let him into your heart you’ll see why this intense brew is a favourite among our patrons and brewers.

Added by jrenihan on 04-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,922
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
189
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of JunctionCat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my fav local double IPAs - always well balanced bitter, aroma and malt from the first to last sip. Sometimes harder to find and much better fresh than old, like a true IIPA. Far too easy to drink for a big beer. So good

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Thanks to Josh and Sarah for this delicious gift. Review from notes.

Appearance - super hazy, rich deep golden color with orange hues, a finger and a half of dense frothy white head. Very good staying power and lots of little buts of lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - big bouquet of tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango are the stars here with some melon thrown in for good measure.

Taste - sweet and fruity with some restrained bitterness in the back. Lots of tropical fruits again with melon and mango playing most prominent roles. Some pineapple with grapefruit shows up afterwards for added bitterness and fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel - smooth and quite light nice terms of body. Carbonation is expressive and flavours are sticky feeling. Easy drinking with a dry sticky finish.

Overall - prettying man good stuff that lives up to the Bellwoods name.

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Photo of kier
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of leitmotif
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber color with off-white head. Aroma has light nutty malt notes and some papaya and melon. Taste starts with some sweet malty notes, orange rind and light resiny bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's quite nice and easy to drink but quite unimpressive.

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Photo of Aboswell
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango, peach and pine with a herbal element.

Taste: Bitter, earthy, dank, pine, herbal, peppery with only hints of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not as juicy as I expected based on the nice aromas. It was still good to drink, but I definitely preferred the aroma.

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NoahTile
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, this beer was phenomenal. I am just starting to get into IPA's and Sours. I loved this. Sorry for the lack of technical langauge, but the smell was incredible, there was a perfect blend of bitter and sweet, and it went down so smoothly. Also love the 9%. Definitely a knockout. Was very memorable and hope to have some more on this new batch.
Belwoods Brewery is phenomenal.

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

Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dcbeers
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 189 ratings