Monogamy - Summit | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our single hop series has been a delicious and interesting experiment into the diverse world of hops. Following an identical recipe but only changing one variable each time (the hop) we've been able to study the exact aromatics and flavours imparted by specific varieties. Not unlike the series launched by Mikkeller, here at Bellwoods our Monagamy brews are all about settling down with one love. Yes, when ordering this beer in the brewpub the jokes are endless (ie. “I'm not so sure about monogamy” or “I tried monogamy once and never really liked it” or the oft hilarious “I guess I'll have it because my girlfriend/boyfriend is sitting beside me”) but stop being a wise-ass. Even the polygamous can't deny the allure of this beer.

SUMMIT: This incredible aromatic hop variety from Washington state is perhaps the most unique in our series. With a strong pungency bordering on savoury, Summit showcases just how diverse the range of hop scents and flavours can span.

Added by jrenihan on 08-06-2012

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Reviews by wizo:
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marketing itself as pungent is correct. Citra smell (cat p) and taste. Drinkable on a long summer day,need to get through the dryness. citrusy, but altogether so-so tasty. Worth a try but ony average for the style. Dark yellow bodied with some retained head. Medium mouthfeel, slightly undercarbonated.Thanks for getting a bottle, Doug.

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Photo of heebes
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery.

Pours golden with a good finger of fluffy white head. Nose is amazing; citrus, tangerine and floral. Really showcases the Summit hop. Taste is great with that citrus hop bite upfront and a nice clean malt sweetness to back it up. Mouthfeel is simple, smooth leaves a malty aftertaste.

Overall this is a great APA. The abv is a touch high but I'm thoroughly impressed by the auroma and taste is exatly what I was hoping for in a single hop pale ale. Glad I got a growler and bomber of this beer. Impressive from Bellwoods.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Bellwoods for around the $7.00 mark or so for a 500ml bottle. A bit steep. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens with a mighty pop and pours a good white head that films out in around 2mins or so. Nice moderately filtered light gold colored.

S- Lots of hops dry and wet. You can tell.

T- You can taste exactly what they want you to taste. Hops. Plain and simple. Very good blend.

M- Kind of dry but not a great mouth. Not a great APA but that's ok since taste is up there!

O- Me like. Overall I like it. Good hops. Nice malt. Very focused beer so it's a tough food pairing

Food Pairing

This very good APA went well with...... Tacos!! The nice greens and salsa hit this beer on the head!


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb 12, 2013 and consumed on Feb 16, 2013. About as fresh as it gets.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy medium yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - Tangerine, grapefruit, peach, melon and a hint of honey sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front. Musky flavour at first with grapefruit, tangerine, pine and grassy notes.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, less than a month old, bought at bottle sale. Served in Bellwoods glass

A - Citrus yellow, with 1.5" head, quickly dissipates.

S - Citrus fruit, tropical gum, pleasant cat piss. Similar to the Fruit Helmet they just made.

T - Fruit off the top, giving way to a medium-mild malt, very pleasant aftertaste, slight astringency. Little alcohol taste.

M - Lovely. Fairly dense for the style, with medium-high carbonation.

O - Lovely. I wish I had bought another bottle. I originally only bought the Baltic Porter, glad I went back. Sneaky 6.4%. Large amount of sediment at bottom of bottle. Would highly recommend.

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

500 ml from brewery. Drank 3 days later so it was very fresh.

A light golden straw colour. Slightly murky. Inch and a half fine white head. Large carbonation bubbles. Excellent thick lacing with very good retention.

A strong aroma of citrus - grapefruit and pine needles with a faint touch of glazed donuts. This was probably dry hopped to get this wonderful citrus aroma.

The taste is not quite as strong as the aroma. Grapefruit and orange taste with a very little bit of pine. The malt taste comes through as lemon bread. The bitterness is mild and not at all extreme.

A rich creamy mouthfeel.

This is great warm weather pale ale. I appreciated the opportunity to experience a single hop ale.

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Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a tulip.

Clear golden orange with white head, only a ring retains with some mild lacing. Nose has a fruity citrus, spicy with a distinct dank/weedy character. Slightly sweet, but pale malts are there too. Taste has alot of weed, juicy citrus, light onion, spicy and herbal bitterness which is pronounced. Pale malt evident on the back end. Medium feel, medium high carbonation. A nice weedy pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bellwoods. A single-hop pale ale featuring Summit hops.

Beer is blonde with a small white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves some lace.

Smell is hoppy. Orange, grapefruit and pine all present. Nice and fresh.

Taste is also, unsurprisingly, hop focused. Grapefruit pretty up front, a citrusy beer. Pine as well. Simple but good, a nice direct flavour. Not much going on in terms of malt.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, a nice beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of WeedKing4
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy for picking up a bottle of this at the brewery. 650ml bottle pours a clear copper with good head. Tastes of citrus, with a nice hope bite and fruits coming through like grapefruit and peach. Very refreshing and it gave me hop burps! Fantastic pale ale. One of the best Ontario beers I have had to date. This brewery kicks ass.

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Photo of korguy123
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 12th. Consumed Feb 20th.
Bottle into Bellwoods tulip.

Super clear bright apple juice colored pour. Two finger snow white head. Lacing is fantastic.

Bright grapefruit, some bitter pine and some sweet mandarin and a slight fresh cut grass.

Bitter pine, sweet tangerines, with a touch of wood in the dry finish. Little grapefruit and a bit of grass.

Light body, good carbonation.

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

Photo of Electros
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle from Bellwoods bottle shop. Bottling date: Feb. 12, 2013

(3.75) A: Clear copper coloured with a puffy and bubbly white foam head. Long lasting retention and good lacing down the glass.

(4.25) S: Grapefruit and orange rind, dry pine, lemon zest, pineapple juice, buttered biscuits, and spices. This is incredibly fresh smelling with lots of vibrant fruit aromas set against a solid bread-like malt backbone.

(3.75) T: Tart citrus fruits including a semi-sour lemon taste, a bit of pine, sea salt, and a fainter cracker malt. This has a mineral-like taste. Those aromas are harder to detect in the taste, but are present for the most part.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with medium-lower carbonation. Thinner with a lingering dryness.

(3.75) D: A very good aroma led into a good taste profile that displayed an okay mouthfeel. A decent IPA that's refreshing and certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A few fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap and plenty of lacing. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - Spicy and slightly oniony hop aroma, light crackery malt. A tad leafy and dank, touch of grapefruit rind, with a touch of sugary sweetness.

T - Bitterness is fairly high, which is to be expected from this hop. There's a fair amount of sugar cookie and cracker supporting the bitterness, but less in the way of hop flavor. A bit of green leafiness and zesty citrus.

M - Medium body, super dry, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Lots of lingering hop oils and resins on the palate. No alcohol.

D - It's a Summit pale ale. Pretty good, but perhaps not the most compelling hop to showcase, particularly with all the new strains. Still, glad it isn't heavy on the garlic/onion flavors. Easily consumed a 500ml bottle.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rappmann
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into GLB 25th anniversary glass. Bottled 2 days ago

A - straw/pale yellow, one finger head, gone in an instant, leaving a ring.

S - somewhat faint, I had higher expectations from such a fresh beer. Slightly peachy, and citrusy

T - Great, crisp, refreshing beer. Cuts across the tongue, leaving no trace of itself moments later. Nice malty finish, perfect balance

M - a little bit over carbonated, but it's so refreshing and light, and easy drinking that I don't even care at all. coats the palate, then is gone just like that. Really easy drinking for 6.4 ABV.

O - Love Bellwoods, they rarely disappoint, go get this beer! The monogamy series is great.

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Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blonde-ornage colour, one finger white head, some lace on the glass here as well. Smell is fairly citrusy, hoppy, lots of orange and tangerine, a bit of a sweet malty core, mostly dry tropical fruit. Taste is dry and hoppy, lots of citrus, orange, quite bitter throughout, a bit of malt in as well, a little fruity and a bit of onion in the aftertaste also, not unpleasant but a little distracting. Medium carbonation, medium body. A good hoppy pale ale, not as good as the nelson single hop they put out but still another solid beer from these guys.

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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Monogamy - Summit from Bellwoods Brewery
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