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Witchshark | Bellwoods Brewery

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4.13/5
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182 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,613
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
182
pDev:
8.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of leitmotif
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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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4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NoahTile
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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 +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dcbeers
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GJKerr
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Bellwoods globe glass.

Creamy off white colored and three finger tall head on the pour. Nice golden orange body, with a slight haze but also a real nice glow. Very nice light amounts of carbonation keeping things repopulated and good ringed lacing. Real nice looking beer.

Pineapple to grassy aroma with some small dank earthy tones and pine. Quite a bit diverse, slightly juicy sensing character, with mild malt sweetness.

First taste brings a real nice creamy feeling palate. Slight vanilla flavors but with excellent rushing bitterness of earth, touch of pine and minimal sweetness. Sweet sensing light caramel, some tropical flavors slightly of pineapple on the aftertaste which works well with the creamy texture and flavors.

Excellent palate feel, goes for a bit more on the nose than the tastebuds, but sticks to the basics real nicely. Very solid brew.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwoolley1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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