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Roman Candle | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,805
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
123
pDev:
9.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Tasty, pineapple and tropical fruit right there even a tad acidic,but a little funky which we didn’t need. Big mouthfeel, big ibu, dry finish. Cloudy grapefruit colour with a little head and lace.Decent drinkability, but not the most drinkable IPA.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 imbibehour
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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 liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, in a pint glass.

Slightly hazy orange, dense lacing and moderate retention. Nose is heavily tropical, honey dew melon, clementine and citrus rind. Sweet cookie dough like malt scents.Taste has more clementine, orange, tangerine, tropical fruits and a moderate and wholly complimentary sweet malt. Medium full feel, with gentle carbonation. Fantastically delicious, straight up one of the best IPAs I've had in Ontario, and probably Canada.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Erik-P
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Adam. Thanks!
Bottled Jan 8, 2013. Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium orange; translucent. One finger of white head.

S - A bright citrus aroma stands out up front with grapefruit, orange zest and a touch of peach coming through. Some pine is present as well. The malt base adds some sweet bready caramel notes.

T - Bitter up front with pine, grapefruit and orange peel flavours standing out. A noticeable sweetness from the malt bill adds some caramel and bready flavours. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, creamy. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle received in trade. A solid ipa.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 mattmarka1
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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 andrenaline
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bellwoods.

Beer is a clear copper colour, with a moderately sized white head. Moderate retention, good lacing.

Smell is very nice. Big citrusy scent, lots of orange, tangerine. Menu suggests melon which I can pick up but would not have noticed without the suggestion. Some pine resin.

Taste is similar but not quite as vibrant. Orange and tangerine, a bit of pine. Fairly bitter. A bit of bready malt. and some spicy rye.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very solid IPA.

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Photo of deonreds
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled Jan. 8, 2013.

Appearance: A dark honey colored body, an almost white head that is very creamy, leaves some lacing and has average retention.

Smell: Good peach aroma (edgy), sweet hops, bit of a leafy aroma, almost herbal.

Taste: Hop juice, mangoes, pine, brown sugar, herb-like flavor. Good but lacks a little something.

Mouthfeel: Best part for me. Slick, dry, very well rounded, good carbonation, nice lingering bitterness tickles the tongue.

Overall: A real good IPA. Not has good as some of their others but still of a strong caliber.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Roman Candle from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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