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
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kestik
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imonhiatus
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hey now! solid ipa!!! a hint on the bitter side but so juicy and fruity...fairly sweet body is a but chewy but overall really nice.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of phosfiend
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 Derek
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour at the brewpub, june 6 2015

a: very opaque glowing orange with a finger of white head. just gorgeous (4.5)

s: melon, passionfruit, grapefruit and dank pine with slight onion-y undertones. ultra hoppy. some kind of funky note. alcohol is noticeable (4)

t: follows the nose (mega hops) with an added touch of malt, but the alcohol is even more apparent (3.5)

m: spot-on creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation (4.5)

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 (3.5)

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500ml bottle purchased on may 3 '17 at their hafis rd. location, consumed the day after. resinous pine, bright pineapple and tangerine, some mango. medium-plus bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. smooth medium feel. a very hoppy beverage overall. delicious. lots of sediment in the bottle which can make your pour look mad ugly though

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Photo of Corson
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 SebD
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KyleMcD
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneEffJef
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of riotontheroad
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time really smelling that "horse blanket" aroma. Weirdly kept me coming back for a whiff.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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 unclejazz
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Ultrarunner100
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Roman Candle from Bellwoods Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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