Witchshark | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / 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

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This newest batch of witch shark from belly's is a home run. This is right there with the Pliny IMO. So good. This may have been the freshest I have had the chance to drink from Bellwoods. Dangerously good at a 9%-er...citrus forward hops at their best!!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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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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4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on January 30th, 2013 and bought from the brewery, Witch Shark pours a copper amber with orange hues and a slim white head (4.25). The boozy, pine, and grapefruit aroma (4.5) is followed by a rich sweetness and light caramel malt taste which is cut through by lots of big, sharp, almost acidic citrus and resinous hops (4.75). The strong bitterness is followed by a fair bit of alcohol heat, a syrupy body (4.25), and a lingering grapefruit rind taste. A wonderfully balanced beer between the big piney hops, the brown sugar sweetness, and the brazen booziness. This is a DIPA for those who really enjoy pine and resinous flavours that cannot help but remind me of Hercules DIPA by Great Divide Brewing Company (a somewhat polarizing interpretation of the DIPA, but one that I am particularly fond of). While not the tropical fruit combination which now seems to be emblematic of the style, Witch Shark is not to be over looked and is, at least in my opinion, one of the very best beers being brewed in Ontario (4.75).

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

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4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer has a bright yellow and opaque body. It initially has a two-finger white head. By the time I was about to finish the beer, the head had receded to a thin film with a few tiny holes.

Smell: The nose has a floral strength. Whilst one can sense freshness, notes of pine woods and a little bit of hints of tropical fruits in the background. There was no trace of alcohol, or should I say warmth, in the aroma.

Taste: Despite the strong presence of hops, this beer succeeds in being quaffable. It welcomes you with notes of mangos and moves on to its notes of pine woods. There was no trace of caramel on the palate. Moreover, the bitterness was not harsh.

Feel: The beer barely has any carbonation. It has a clean finish, no astringency, next to no warmth from the alcohol and a juicy feel. Overall, it has a medium-bodied feel.

Overall: I have nothing to addo about this beer. I love it, but I would have loved to see a better head retention that is comparable to Fat Tug IPA or Stone IPA.

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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 184 ratings