Witchshark | Bellwoods Brewery

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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
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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Photo of Bunman3
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Bellwoods beer, and it is a very impressive way to start. Witchshark is nicely composed for a DIPA. It has the requisite grapefruit, pine, and caramel malt that I love. The finish is remarkably light and the alcohol takes its time to attack (perhaps this is a characteristic of the Witchshark.) Huge thanks to Coronaeus for setting me up with this delightful brew!

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Photo of ricoslim
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe not that fresh. Little bit of a malt bomb.

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Photo of safaricook
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes this is a good double IPA. If I could get this at home, I would look no further to make this my standard. However, it does not play on the same level as the big boys. The same can be said about all the beers that I had on this late spring night at the Bellwoods brewpub. Their beers are excellent representations of the respective styles. However, the do lack this extra special something to be extraordinary. If you are in Toronto you should definitely seek them out.

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Photo of 604growler
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yasky
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Bellwoods bottle shop for $6.50 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone in a few seconds. Medium gold color and nothing special.

S- Goodly amount of hops here. Like a DIPA. C hops o plenty

T- Pretty mild for a DIPA. Actually disappointing. So many better examples of an IPA let alone a high ABV IPA like this one. Sweet

M- Flat. Plain and simple it's flat and sticky

O- Ok at best. The scent is incredible but the flavor and mouth not so good. Will not buy again unless it's $3.00/ea

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with..... Roasted pork sandwich

Enjoy

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Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of MikeG9teen84
4.52/5  rDev +10%

Photo of schnarr84
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Alexxmw
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bhenry55
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adamthornton13
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of goalie35
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rafletch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sugar, hops and pine. A good DIPA

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Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Witchshark from Bellwoods Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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