Roman Candle | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you're looking for a perfect, no-nonsense hoppy American IPA, this is your jam. It provides you with all the excitement of a real roman candle, but without the risk of accidentally lighting the damn thing while it's still in your pocket. If Roman Candle was a person, it would be the sort that brings home dinner and a movie, and then asks you if you want a massage. If you ask me, I think this is as good as it gets, but you probably weren't gonna ask me, and I do work here, so, take it as you will.

Over the past year this beer has risen to fame and won a much deserved place in the hearts of all us hop-loving folk.

Added by jrenihan on 09-17-2012

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
No date

Pours a hazy, almost-greenish straw with a tight little bleached cap that ends up a cobweb with fuzzy-then Pollack-esque lacing; Meh retention. (4)

Rich, thick, tropical sweetness from the hops. Mango, over-ripe stonefruit, herbal bitterness, some crackery malt. (4)

Crisp, clean bitterness with some supporting malt and a lingering fruitiness; light lemony aromatics, some stonefruit and tropical sweetness quickly powdered with hop pollen with a floral finish. (4.25)

Medium-light body with crisp carbonation and slight creaminess, moldy fruit finish. (4)

Really tasty beer.
Pours a nice hazed brass with a decent head. It is fruitier smelling than the other couple beers I've had from them. Moldy peach in a pine forest, hollowed out to use as a pipe. On this, my last Bellwoods beer, I find myself reflecting on their beers. I am jealous that Ontarians get access to these beers. I like to think that I would keep these in my fridge regularly. Then I realize that they only sell from their brewery (as far as I know) and I get a little less jealous. Fruity, somewhat floral/piney IPA, really drinkable, quite fruity. Tasty, well-made beer. Would definitely have this one again. (4.25)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Bellwoods globe style glass.

Apricot yellow body and opaque. Minimal head when pouring, only about 2 fingers with good retention and swiss cheese make up in the bubbles. Settles flat and nice after awhile and some excellent lace. Nice looker.

Aroma is great juicy hop aromatics. Thick and rich velvet like hop oils on the nose. Earth and dank softness with minimal sweetness from the malt. Some faint hints of tangerine orange really squeak in to make it even more interesting and varied. Great aroma on this brew.

Taste is a very clean palate. Slightly fruity mid palate flavors, but a bit indistinct than the nose sort of hints at, somewhere between citrus and herbal tea. Dry grain finish, but stays away from flour and powdery mouthfeel and flavors luckily. Mouthfeel is fairly basic, but solid with no faults.

A very good solid IPA with some characteristics that are quite exceptional.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is tropical, fruity with sweet melon and tangerines. Taste starts juicy with citrus fruits and pineapple. Really good one, up there with the New England IPAs.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/5/16 big thanks to billverstein for sending me the long standing want

A dark gold liquid, lots of sediment everywhere being moved around by a few bubbles here and there, looks thick and well and truly unfiltered, thumbs width of foam hang around for a few sips leaving some random patches

S honeydew, cantaloupe, papaya, over ripe mango, sweet orange creamsicle, soft caramel, faint pine, such a familiar hop profile but I just can't place it, dank and a little catty, citra and simcoe?

T citrus rind and melons, not far from the nose though but a little toned down

M silky entry, has weight and enough carbonation to give it some life, not over the top bitter but, just a little sticky on the lips piney finish

O something different but oh so familiar, well rounded and my bottles pretty much gone at this point typing so that says something

Solid IPA ad something I'd drink on a regular basis if I could get it in my area, more melon then citrus makes this one stand out in the crowded world of IPA's

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery.

Hazy yellow colour. Foamy half inch of head.

Hop aromas of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

Bracingly bitter. Lots of complex hop flavours consistent with the nose. Like most of the hoppy Bellwoods beers, the malt sweetness in this one is super-restrained. It's quite dry.

Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A solid IPA from Bellwoods. If they were available I'd probably opt for the lighter, slightly less boozy Jutsu or one of the more over-the-top double IPAs, but I'm happy with this one.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle purchased at the brewery's bottle shop into a shaker, pours a beautiful dark golden honey with a faint tint of orange, a really nice nose, both strong but mellow, some gentle pine, grapefruit pith and some mellower fruitiness -- almost overripe passion fruit and cantaloupe.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Loads of fruity citrus and sweet pine, hints of pineapple and mango.
T - Solid dose of fruity hops, grapefruit and candied lemons, nice bitter citrus finish.
M - medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.
O - a top notch IPA, easily sessioned and a higher ABV that is very well concealed.

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Photo of SSS
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Yellow color with a white head
S-Dank hop dominated, onion?
M-Carbonation is Medium high, mouthfeel lends a medium body
T-Bitter dominant with a very subtle sweet smoothness. There is also a pine flavour from the hops
O-Although I want to enjoy this beer more, it is heavily on the dank side of the hop world. I do recommend it, but do not misjudge for a citrus or fruity based IPA

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Photo of Roby923
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tastey IPA providing a distinct and flavourful experience on the palette. Not for the faint of hop-heart though. The hops are reminiscent of mosaic, surprised to see citra and columbus listed.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft pour at the brewpub, june 6 2015

a: very opaque glowing orange with a finger of white head. just gorgeous

s: melon, passionfruit, grapefruit and dank pine with slight onion-y undertones. ultra hoppy. some kind of funky note. alcohol is noticeable

t: follows the nose (mega hops) with an added touch of malt, but the alcohol is even more apparent

m: spot-on creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: has a promising aroma and all the necessary traits to be a stellar IPA, but the alcohol presence is an issue. still worth a try due to its fruitiness

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Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just a great, straight forward IPA. A touch of malt at first to set the stage, but all hops after that with lots of pine and American bittering hops in the nose and on the palate. Lots of carb to keep it lively and refreshing. This is going to be one of those classic IPAs like Stone IPA or Two-Hearted.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bellwoods bottle shop for around the $7.00 mark or so. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens with a mighty pop then pours a good white head that is gone within a minute. Clear medium gold color.

S- Good hops here. Dry and wet can be felt. Malty and musty. Almost rotten smelling which is so nice. Enjoyable to the max.

T- Big let down here after smelling it. Has a bland multi hop flavor. Nothing outstanding and nothing to write home about. Just a well blended albeit lackluster beer. Not bad but not great. Score reflects this

M- Ok. Creamy. Nice beer

O- Glad I tried it but not a great beer by any means. Good try at an APA though

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Fried sauerkraut with sausage.


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Photo of unclejazz
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced with solid malt bill and not overdefining, but delicate hops both in aroma and taste. Medium bodied and excellent finish. Thanks @mtomlins76!

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Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge thank you to MasterSki for including this in his awesome CANBIF box. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a rich orangey-gold with a finger of sticky looking white head.

Smell. Big papaya, pine resin, cedar and green onion. Not exactly a winner in this dept.

Taste. Oranges, papaya, cedar, some toasted light malts, and a nice oily bitter yellow grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice looking and tasting beer. Not digging that green onion in the smell so much but an overall good beer. So happy to have finally tried it, thanks again for the opportunity, Masterski.

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Photo of randallpink
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from brewery

A - medium to deep amber colour. clear with medium carbonation rising after pour. finger and a half of frothy, off white head which is fully lasting. fair lacing left on the glass.

S - hints of passionfruit, tangerine, honey dew melon, grapefruit, papaya, very tropical & hoppy off the pour. a very light sweet bready/biscuity malt is noticeable as the beer calms down a bit. also some herbal hoppyness and some peach become more powerful as the beer warms. doughy/sweet yeast.

T - melon, grapefruit, tangerine and some papaya hit you off the bat, but that is quickly removed and replaced by a very overly powerful piney hop bitterness. not a problem for hop heads, but it definitely takes away from the rest of the beer leaving it a bit boring imo. there is definitely a taste of italian herbs in there as it warmed up, and a bit of a biscuity/light toffee and pale malt taste. slightly sweet off the top and finishes with a piney bitterness,

M - medium body to it with a slightly sticky/oily feel that coats the mouth. soft to medium carbonation. light to moderately astringent on the finish. average length finish/

O - a good ipa, although not my favourite. it was quite a trek from my house to the brewery so i'd say based on that, i'll skip this one next time and go for something else. i love ipa's, and this is definitely drinkable, but didn't blow me away enough for me to want another too quickly.

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Photo of ssmack
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle fresh from the brewery.

A clear brown amber. Half inch fine white head that lasted right to the bottom of the glass. Some carbonation and thick lacing.

Lots of citrus - grapefruit and lemon. Quite sharp. Bit of floral aroma under the citrus.

Less citrusy than the aroma. Strong bitter floral taste like biting into a chrysanthemum. The citrus and pine is there but the taste is more herby hops - thyme and oregano. There is a nice toffee malty backbone. Long, solid bitter aftertaste.

Medium dry feel. Low carbonation.

This is an very enjoyable American IPA. For me it lives up to its rep. A very fine handling of hops.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these from the brewery this past summer. My first boy's name is Roman, so this beer has to be awesome.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, some caramel notes, honeydew melon and pungent grapefruit on the nose. Pretty good stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts and some caramel notes up front, with lots of sweet melon and bitter grapefruit at the swallow. Bold and lingering, bitter finish of citrus and grapefruit, with a good amount of melon sweetness as balance. Bold, flavorful and plenty fruity as well. Enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some nice bitterness lingers. Good here as well.

OVERALL: I was going to make a homebrew to celebrate my boy, but this will definitely do. Really nice stuff for sure! Perhaps a little one dimensional, but what was there was pungent, well balanced and plenty enjoyable. Really nice feel to support it all as well. An excellent IPA that I'm proud to have share my son's name. Cheers guys! I feel a collaboration coming on soon. Recommended.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy bronze color with a rocky, pillowy head that lasts the entire pint. Lots of lace patches and trails coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is full of lemon and orange hops mingled with a bready maltiness balancing things out. Loads of fresh citrus fruit fill the first sip - the flesh of the fruit, very fresh. A little bit of pine mixes with herbal notes in the back. A ballast of cookie dough malts lays in the back and never takes center stage. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a light carbonation. The finish is quite bitter with a lot of lingering fruity, juicy hop aroma.

This is a great IPA. Lots of fresh, interesting hop aroma and very good balance. Not the hoppiest of the style, but complex and hoppy enough to satisfy an ardent hophead, while balanced enough to recruit new fans to the style. A must try.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3.5
Golden orange body. Clear, incomplete white head with good lacing.

Smell: 4
Moderately intense pine & dank weedy notes with fainter orange/ citrus in background.

Taste: 3.75
Initially, sharp citrus with slight malt sweetness and strong piney resin. Midway, bitterness grow to moderate levels, with more bready/carmalt flavor. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness with citrus and pine from hops.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Moderate carbobation. Moderate thickness with good coating.

Overall: 4
Somewhat typical IPA with mix of pine/citrus as well as dectable malt in background, which adds a bit of complexity. Not sure if as good as hype though. Still worth checking out

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hoppy notes with some floral and fruity hops notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by tropical fruit hops with some citrus and floral hoppy notes and limited bitterness. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good interpretation of the style with limited bitterness.

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Photo of mick303
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apears a caramel gold and a light lacing. A very piney palate with a good bit of dryness. Smell is full of piney American hops, resin and honey. Taste is silky caramel malt, light smooth carbonation with a lot of hops. Full flavour but really crisp and refreshing, outstanding IPA. Delicious.

Had from bottle (28/08/14) - Aroma has a lovely pine spiciness, some lemony zip as well. Taste is a biscuity pine, medium tangerine and grapefruit citrus, smooth balanced sweet malt, rolling pleasing bitterness. Taste undergoes a number of transitions, sweet citrus and loads of pine getting a bit more honey-ied and floral and then a lovely balanced hoppy finish. Very nice IPA and very easy to drink.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, clear, copper-gold coloring with a bright white, clingy, filmy head. Nose of cedar and pine, grapefruit, and floral hops highlights. Wow! Smells delicious. Flavors are robust, with grapefruit and tangerine forward, followed by grassy and piny notes, and a resiny bitterness into the aftertaste. Very smooth, almost creamy. The aftertaste has hints of citrus sweetness, but mostly bitter resin, with a clean, slightly drying finish. Very balanced, solid IPA.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Parents brought me this one from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured golden with a mild haze and medium carbonation. One finger of thick and creamy white head. Small film of retention and very spotty lace.

S - Dank, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, citrus, mango, dry grain. Decent.

T - Dry grain husks, citrus, peel, orange, citrus.

M - Quite bitter the whole way through, and quite dry in the mouth. Good carbonation, medium body. Dryness took away from the hop profile too much.

O/D - Wasn't a huge fan of this one. Bit of a letdown, especially considering the hype. Nothing really stood out in the flavour, and it didn't leave me wanting more half way through the bottle. Got tiresome pretty quick. Not a terrible IPA, but I'd go for something else first if this was on offer again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Roman Candle is indeed fairly bright; a clear and lustrous golden that is about as light an IPA as you'll find (obviously dark and specialty malts were exempted from this one). While clarity and the consistent bubbling are appreciated, the lack of head retention is disheartening.

The aroma is like stepping foot into a French kitchen: white onion, white onion, fresh herbs, and more white onion. There are elements of tropical citrus but pungency wins out. There's virtually no malt to detected and so the smell of hops - every and any form they take - is paramount.

The taste is like biting right into a melon. Fleshy and pithy, you get a mouthful of both the sweet fruit and the bitter, astringent rind. It's flavour is an even combination of honeydew and cantaloupe and topped with some dank weedy herbs and a grate of lemon zest.

This recipe offers a bit of everything on the hop front (pine, grass, ganja, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, onion) but little balancing breadiness or caramel sweetness. Still, it manages to be approachable even hovering around the 7% level. Seemingly endless flourishes of tart grapefruit, sweet papaya, and astringent herbals keep things refreshing.

I sincerely feel I have no biases when it comes to beer styles, but a true IPA - one brewed properly, which is to say with the right ingredients and the appropriate amount of hoppiness - seems in my books to always win, always get the girl, be forever invincible, etc etc. Roman Candle is one such superhero - a marvelous and sensational beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bellwoods. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thin collar, and minimal lacing. Murky orange body with streams of tiny bubbles visible at the edges of the glass.

S - Dank, with a hefty dose of onion and marijuana, along with some juicy citrus flesh and zest. My wife guessed Columbus and Citra, and she was spot on. Very hop-forward, with only mild sugary malt in the background.

T - The taste is a tiny bit more balanced, with less dank ganja, and more juicy orange and a hint of tropical fruits. Mildly doughy and sugary malts in the background, and a touch of yeasty bread as well.

M - Juicy, medium body, pleasant carbonation, and a dry finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - A nice IPA that I enjoyed quite a bit. I would be satisfied if this were my local IPA, as it's pretty easy to drink and features an interesting hop combination.

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