Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Witchshark | Bellwoods Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
WitchsharkWitchshark
BA SCORE
4.13/5
Exceptional
180 Ratings
WitchsharkWitchshark
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:
#2,604
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
180
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of WeissBoy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of akdo
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 1,005 characters

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleiner
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade. Another winner from this great brewery.

59 characters

Photo of hunterjames
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McGee666
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OttawaBeerClub
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of btg95
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of twiens77
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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!!

 255 characters

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Roby923
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super tasty IPA from Bellwoods. Amazing hop punch hides the higher ABV. Super clean finish. Hard to drink only one. Worth the premium. Bottled from the Oss shop.

 162 characters

Photo of headlessparrot
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of simplejj81
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JahTurbo
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 180 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.