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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
113
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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 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 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 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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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 tbeckett
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 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 papat444
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +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 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 peensteen
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden orange colour, collar of white head, some lace as well but quite minimal. Smell is loaded with tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit and orange, pineapple and a touch of malt there as well, really nice nose on this. Taste follows the nose however is a bit of a let down in comparison, citrus and tropical fruit, big dry hop bitterness, orange, grapefruit, lightly sweet malt mid palate followed by more dry hop flavour in the finish, fruity-tropical aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, oily dry feel. Solid IPA from these guys, just delicious and something I would welcome anytime.

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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 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 hopsolutely
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whether an APA or American IPA, a fantastic new Ontario beer from an incredible (1 year old) Toronto brewery. Although prefer their draught version, take-home bottles make the computer rating less awkward.

Pours a beautiful bright and clear copper colour with a decent white head that has good retention. Resultant lacing makes it a good looking beer. Stunning "west coast" aroma of pine and citrus - a hop lover's dream. Taste is surprisingly well balanced, with a nice caramelized malt body balancing the full hop spectrum; from pine needles to grapefruit to pineapple. An abrupt bitterness - that lingers - suits my own personal taste perfectly. An Ontario IPA that could stand up well to any Michigan or Californian variety.

Thank-you, Bellwoods!

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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.

Enjoy

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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 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 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 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 Digimaika2
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from Bellwoods bottle shop. Bottling date: Feb 20, 2013.

(4.0) A: Slightly hazy copper colour with lively carbonation and a puffy marshmallow-like foam head. Very long lasting retention and good lacing.

(4.5) S: Wet pine, heavily buttered bread, papaya, pink grapefruit, butterscotch, and vanilla. Wow. This is rich and robust, with strong independent aromas coming together beautifully. I’m trying to pick out my favourite and/or most dominant aromas but they are all strongly present and smell fantastic.

(4.25) T: Tart grapefruit, dry pine, buttered biscuits, and slight toffee. Similar to aroma but unable to taste any of those lush tropical fruits that were on the nose (and I was looking forward to). Definitely a hoppy beverage with a strong yet focused taste profile. As expected, heavy towards the bitter side with an appropriately dry finish.

(4.0) M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dense and oily with a rich buttery texture.

(4.0) D: This could be mentioned in the same conversation as any benchmark American IPA. One of the best aromas I’ve experienced in an IPA to date. The taste is quite focused, yet thankfully what it is focused on is very agreeable and delicious.

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Roman Candle from Bellwoods Brewery
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